Day 3 of action at the inaugural Dr. & Mrs. D.K Olukoya Women’s Basketball Championship in Lagos saw powerhouses First Bank Basketball club roll over Sunshine Angels with an emphatic 52-36 points win at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Lateef Erinfolami’s Elephant girls shook off a rusty start with just 8 points in the first quarter (8-16) having been jolted by some hair drier treatment after a time out to take a 26-19 advantage into the halftime break with John Grace and Murijanatu Musa putting up 15 and 12 points respectively. Sunshine’s fightback in the 3rd and 4th quarter (11-12); ( 6-17) could not keep the Akure side off the jaws of defeat.
In the other games on Wednesday, two teams battled for their first win of the tournament with Raptors Girls of Surulere besting the War Queens of Sango Ota. The Stadium girls as they are fondly called were the more composed of the two sides bagging a 63-48 points win over the Peter Akindele tutored team. The young War Queens outscored Raptors in the 2nd and 3rd quarters (11-10) and (16-13) but ran out of legs towards the end and were outscored 21-10 in the 4th quarter.
The shocking result of the day was the valiant 63-51 points victory of Coach Dossu Mensah’s Warriors Amazon of Ilupeju over the much experienced but match rusty Inspector General of Police Queens. A very edgy first quarter (18-17) followed by an offensive collapse in the 2nd and 3rd quarters (7- 14); (10-14) gave the Amazons what proved to be an unassailable 10 points lead and win.
Day 4 of the Dr. & Mrs. D.K Olukoya Women’s Basketball Championship at the Teslim Balogun Stadium will start with a battle for the runners up spot behind First Bank in Group B between Sunshine Angels and War Queens at 10:00 am on Thursday.
Delta Force will lock horns with Warriors Amazon at 11:30 am, Raptors will have a tall order to wrap up a second win over First Bank at 1:00 pm and the last game of the day will see IGP Queens try to arrest the Shade Olukoya Girls, MFM at 2:30 pm.