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First Deepwater upsets Dolphins, meets First Bank in final

First Bank (white jersey) taking IGP Queen in the first semifinal of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League at the National Stadium, Lagos…yesterday.

First Deepwater caused a big upset in the semifinal of the Zenith Women Basketball League yesterday when they beat favourites, Dolphins, to qualify for the final.

The impressive Deepwater girls won 70 to 57 to set up a crunch final with defending champion, First Bank, that defeated IGP Queens 93 to 64 in the first semifinal also decided yesterday.

Deepwater were also no pushovers but in the past three seasons, it has always been Dolphins, First Bank final. The Aboderin ladies won two seasons back while the Elephant Girls won last year.

Dolphins team apparently lost due to their inexperience as they failed to control the game when it mattered most, especially towards in the third and final quarter of the match.

First Bank Coach, Peter Ahmedu said the final would be an explosive encounter tomorrow at the National Stadium, Lagos.

He said the two semifinal matches yesterday were very interesting and the fans were also well entertained.

Ahmedu said: “This is a very keen contest. I am happy we are in the final but it is not yet over because our target is to win.

“We still have a big game ahead. Deepwater is a strong opposition and we are going to give our best. They have quality players and the battle is not won until we finish the match on Saturday.”

The All Star match is scheduled to take place today with many officials of the sponsors, Zenith Bank, expected to be in attendance.

The competition started April 10 in Abuja after which the second and third phases took place in Kaduna and Asaba respectively.
Ibadan hosted the fourth edition of the competition before the Final Phase which draws to a close on Saturday.



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