The Nigeria Customs men’s basketball team weekend emerged the 2011 champions of the National Division One basketball league. They beat the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) 77-59 to win the tournament.
The match played at the indoor hall of the National Stadium, Abuja, concluded the championship which began on Nov. 14. Both teams had earlier qualified for the 2012 DSTV/NBBF Premier League by picking the two available tickets after winning their respective groups in the eight-team championship.
Nigeria Customs had on Thursday won the three-team Atlantic Conference Group, while the `Defenders of Abuja’, as the NSCDC team topped the five-team Savannah Conference Group.
In the final game, Nigeria Customs took an early lead, winning the first quarter 19-8. In spite of the stiff opposition from the NSCDC, the Nigeria Customs led 40-22 at half-time.
The third quarter saw the Defenders fighting gallantly to reduce the margin, although still trailing the Customs 39-55. The Lagos-based Nigeria Customs played better in the final quarter to clinch the game.
Customs’ coach, Scott Nnaji, said the outcome was a reflection of his team’s superiority over the other teams in the championship. ``I can agree that our performance dipped during the game, but we still showed the stuff we are made of as the best team at this championship,’’ he said. Coach Tope Olowosulu of the Defenders said he was happy as his team ``still gave a very good fight’’ in the match to show their quality. (NAN)