Benue Princess, Plateau Rocks battle for final eight slot


Benue Princess

Benue Princess and Plateau Rocks at the weekend continued their search for Final Eight spots at the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League with victories over Oluyole Babes and Taraba Hurricanes respectively.

Playing against Oluyole Babes, Combo guard Patience Idoko scored 12 points with five rebounds to lead the Benue Princess to a 52-44 defeat of the Oyo girls.

It was the second win in five matches for the Benue girls, who have been dogged by many challenges. With their four wins in the first phase in Abuja, the Middle Belt princesses are now tied with Plateau Rocks in the fifth position.

The Rocks defeated Taraba Hurricanes 48-19. Both teams will have to slug it out with AHIP Queens and Sunshine Angels in a compact Group, which has First Deepwater and defending champions, First Bank, comfortably leading the pack.

Speaking on his team’s performance so far, Benue Princess coach, Zaka Aondona, said their aim was to qualify for the Final Eight play off, adding that the latest victory has boosted his team’s chances of being part of the event in Lagos. “I am happy for this latest victory.

It is a while since we won, but having won our second game here in Ilorin and with more victorious in our last three games we can be sure of a place in the play off.”

The league has been very competitive as well as demanding, but any team that wants to be in Lagos, must do well to achieve that aim,” Aondona said .

Plateau’s coach, Alex Guwan, also said his team’s win over Taraba Hurricanes has brightened their chances of making it to the Final Eight and commended her girls for putting up a spirited fight against Taraba.

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