The National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) basketball team and defending champions of the Abuja City Basketball League (ACBL), The Defenders, over the weekend, retained their title, with a well-deserved victory over Abuja All Stars in the final game of the tourney, at the basketball indoor hall of the package ‘B’ of the National Stadium, Abuja.
The Defenders defeated their bitter foes 72-52 points in a game which lived up to its billing, as the players showed grit, determination and raw power to the applause of the spectators who enjoyed the game from the blast of the whistle.
Earlier, in the third-place game, the FCT Hard Rockers made quick work of the Suleja Hornets with a 81-65 win.
President, FIBA Africa Zone 3, Col Sam Ahmedu represented the NBBF; the chairman of the Nigeria Police Basketball Association, C. P. Moses Jituboh,was present, while a five-man delegation from sponsors of the event, Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), were present, as well.
One of the coordinators of the league, Ogunleye Opeyemi Oluwaseun, told LEADERSHIP Sports that the aim of floating the league is to create an atmosphere for youths to compete, socialise and promote peace and national unity.
“The NBBF has encouraged us to come this far with their advice which has propelled us to move from where we started three years ago. Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) bankrolled this year’s event and you can see the outcome today,” Ogunleye said.
Most Valuable player (MVP) Efe Adota of the Defenders won the most valuable player award, Emmanuel Ndumezie won the Promising Player Award, while the 3 Points Contest Award went to Mohammed Usman of the Suleja Hornets.