Lagos, Nov.4, 2012 Lagos Islanders has defeated Chariots 78 -71 to clinch the trophy of the Lagos City Basketball League.
The Islanders achieved the feat in the second match they played to decide the best of three finals of the competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the first clash, the Islanders outscored chariots by 69 to 60, while in the second encounter; they became crown champions of the seventh edition of the league.
The competition which started Sept. 28, with eight teams drawn from Lagos State, was organised to prepare team Lagos for the forthcoming National Sports Festival, “Eko 2012” slated for between Nov.27 and Dec.9.
The Captain of the victorious team, Seun Akinwande commended the organisers of the competition and hoped that it would be an annual event.
“It has been a great competition and I am proud we are this year’s champions. I look forward to the next basketball league and subsequently an off-season event of this calibre.
“Chariots gave a good account of themselves; we know they were going to give us a tough time having lost the first match of the final leg.
Coach Charles Ibeziako of Chariots, whose team came second, also expressed delight over the performance of his team.
“I am proud of my teams’ performance, they gave their best but fell to Lagos Islanders, a more organised side with lots of experience.
“I look forward to the next basketball season and hope this off season league can be continued with more playing time because it has served well as preparatory ground.”
Ibeziako, however, called for more off-season competitions and more playing time in subsequent championships.
Meanwhile, in the one month long league, Michael Onyewu of Lagos Islanders won the most valuable player award and went home with an undisclosed cash reward.
Highly elated Onyewu said: “I am happy about how everything went, it was a very interesting competition and I couldn’t have achieved my award without the cooperation of my teammates.
“We played together as a team and won the championship.”
NAN reports that in the third place final, Union Bank defeated Warriors Academy 80-71 to clinch the third place trophy.
In the female category, Team Lagos defeated Police Royal 55-46 to clinch first and second positions, while Sea Rovers outscored Hope for Girls 38-14 to clinch third position.
First, second and third teams in the competition went home with trophies and cash rewards.