The 21st Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship, Central Conference has witnessed the setting of a new secondary school basketball record which saw two teams battling each other vigorously to secure the finals slot.
Christ Comprehensive College of Kaduna in the semi-finals, male category defeated Akpur College Gboko of Benue State, 50-46 after four rounds of extra time at the Indoor Sports Complex, College of Education, Niger State on Tuesday.
Both teams ducked each other points by points and were levelled on the same points after normal time.
In the accordance with the rules of the game, the match was forced into extra time four times till the Kaduna based school emerged victorious.
Team Kaduna will later today battle Father O’Connell Science College Minna of Niger State in the finals of the Central Conference.
In a chat with the Team Kaduna coach, James Jatau is seeking to revenge previous losses to Team Niger.
“We are going against Niger state tomorrow (today) and I must confess it is a tough team, they are a family and we are familiar with each other.
“Last year we met with them in the finals and at the first match they beat us by 5 points, in the finals they beat us again with about 30 points. But we are trying to make a difference for this year hopefully our game will be good enough to match them up,” he said.
In the same vein, Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue State defeated Government Girls Unity College, Birnin-Kebbi 51-2 in the female category to set up a final clash with Government Secondary School, Karu FCT who had earlier defeated Government Girls Science College, Bida 26-18.
Speaking with Benue school coach, Aker James Terwase, he expressed his confidence at winning the female finals against the FCT side.
“From the beginning up till this moment, everything has been going on fine.
“We came here, the first day we played with FCT which we won them by 12 – 5, then the second match we played with Zamfara, we won then 62 – 8, and yesterday we played with Kaduna and we won 34 – 16 and today (yesterday) we played in the Semi – finals with 51 -2. So far, we are doing well.
“With the level of training I have given them, I don’t think there will be anything like fatigue. They have the fighting spirit and team work. They also try to understand themselves well,” he concluded.
It will be noted that the championship was divided into conferences according to the geographical location of the states.
Each state produced a male and a female champion including the FCT while the state champions have played in the four regional conferences where they have vied for spaces in the National finals billed for the National stadium Lagos from June 27 to July 4, 2019.
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