Gen. Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College, Bauchi, on Wednesday emerged the Sahara Conference Champions of the Nestle Milo Basketball Secondary School Championships after defeating Gen. Murtala Mohammed College, Yola, 38-35 in Bauchi.
Similarly, Government Secondary School, Numan, defeated Government Girls College, Doma, Gombe, 28-18 to clinch the first place trophy in the girls’ category and also a qualification to the national finals.
The Sahara conference finals which dunked off on May 3 and ended on May 8, held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
The final male match played was keenly contested and saw both teams working hard to outplay one another but eventually the Bauchi team’s stability and determination gave them the day.
The Bauchi team also would have the home support to thank for their victory going by how they supported them by chanting victory songs and applauding their ball play.
“We worked hard throughout the game and never stopped doubting our ability to win the match.
“We will continue to build on this and hopefully be better prepared for the national conference finals coming up in Lagos,’’ Abba said.
Adamu Mohammed, the State Coordinator, expressed happiness over the successful hosting of the competition, thanking Nestle Nigeria for backing Bauchi to host the conference finals.
“I am happy and forever grateful towards the role Nestle Nigeria Plc in continuing to support the developments of our youths through basketball.
`It feels good to win the boys category, indeed it is an enterprising performance, we thank God for the trust Nestle Milo has on us to host a successful championships.
“Our team will go back to the training board and be better prepared as we also we get set to back them to do well in the national finals,” he said.
In the third place match for boys, Ahamadiyya College Kano beat Government Science and Technical College, Bukuru, 35-20, while Government Secondary School, Zing, Taraba beat Government Girls College Bauchi, 11-6 to claim the third place prizea.
The winners in the conference for boys and girls proceed to the national finals and were awarded N100,000 cash for the developments of sports in their schools.
They also received branded basketball, certificates and their championship trophy for their efforts.
No fewer than 44 matches were played in all with 20 schools from 10 states participating in the competition which includes Teams from Bornu with Government College, Maiduguri and Government Girls Secondary School.
Gombe had Pen Resource Academy, Gombe and Government Girls College, Doma, while Jigawa had representatives from Government Unity School Secondary School, Ringin and Government Girls Unity Secondary School, Malam Madori.
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