Lagos- Adamawa, Ebonyi, Edo and Benue on Thursday booked their places in the boys category of the ongoing 2014 edition of the Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championships in Lagos.
Gen. Murtala Mohammed College, Yola, Adamawa defeated St Augustine’s Seminary, Ezamgbo, Ebonyi, 46-37 in their second game, having beaten Ilupeju Grammar School, Lagos, 33-25, the previous day.
Adamawa qualified for the semi-finals, topping Group A teams, while Ebonyi qualified in the second position, having recorded one victory out of Group A matches.
Lagos will play classification match, having placed third in Group A.
In the Group B matches played, Edo, Benue and Delta were tied on the same points, having recorded one victory each in the preliminaries.
Teams were then judged by the organisers based on their aggregate scores.
Jesus College, Oturkpo, Benue, qualified for the semi-finals with +7 scores from two games played while Henson Demonstration Group of Schools, Benin, qualified with +1.
Osadennis High School, Saba, Delta had a -7 scores aggregate and lost out in the opportunity to reach their first ever semi-finals.
Adamawa will square up with Edo in the first semi-final match while Edo will play Benue on Friday.
Meanwhile, Lagos and Delta which came third in their groups will play the classification match.
Edo sensational player, Leonard Okhidemeh, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was delighted to be playing in the competition.
”I am happy to be in this competition; I love basketball, and I am to do well for my teammates and my school.
”The competition has taught me a lot, and it has made me to desire to have a career in basketball,” Okhiedemeh said.
Delta’s Refuge Oghomienor, whose efforts thrilled the fans and who received a lot of admiration for his ball handling, said that the competition was worth commendation.
I started basketball in 2012 in my school, and I have grown to love the game and develop in it.
”In the future, I will want to play for the country and the NBA in the U.S.,” Oghomienor said.
NAN reports that 12 teams began the championships in Dec. 2 at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. (NAN).