Plateau Peaks win Division 1 Basketball League title, beat Oluyole Warriors


The two teams have earned promotion to the NBBF/DSTV Basketball Premier League.


Plateau Peaks of Jos, on Friday in Abuja, emerged champions of the Nigeria Basket Ball Federation, NBBF, National Division One Basketball League, after a 67-59 win over the Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan.

In the final match played at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, the Jos-based team led the game throughout, leading 22-13 from the first quarter.

They went on to lead 36-22 by the game’s break at the end of the second quarter, and consolidated their firm leadership by leading 56-38.

Speaking at the end of the game, Plateau Peaks’ captain, Victor Zammeh, said their victory was a result of hard work, commitment and perseverance.

“We not only prepared very well for this championship, we also worked hard and committed ourselves to it.

“Even in the face of odds, especially after losing to the Benue Braves 70-76 on Wednesday, we never relented because we knew what was at stake,’’ Zammeh said.

The match was to determine the champions of the league, which is a cadre lower than the NBBF/DSTV Premier Basketball League.

The match had rounded off the six-team championship which got underway on Tuesday, 24 hours later than earlier scheduled, with two Premier League tickets at stake.

In the competition’s individual awards, Okoli Anthony of Oluyole Warriors emerged the Atlantic Conference group’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Augustine Ese of Plateau Peaks won the Savannah Conference group’s MVP award.

In his speech during the closing ceremony, President of the NBBF, Tijani Umar, said the federation would have organised a better league but for exigencies.

“We had wanted the championship to be greater than this, but because of the change of venue we had to hurriedly arrange for the event to hold in Abuja here as we have to ensure that the championship holds.

“So, we tried our best and it happened to be like this. I therefore congratulate both teams on their promotion to the premier league,’’ he said.

The Oluyole Warriors and Plateau Peaks of Jos had on Thursday secured promotion to the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences of the 2012/2013 Premier Basketball League. Both teams achieved the feat after winning their groups after four rounds of matches in their different groups, each with three teams.

The Ibadan-based Warriors had upstaged the Nigerian Air Force Rockets 77-55 in the final game of the Atlantic Conference group, for seven points from three wins and a loss.

The Plateau Peaks also beat Benue Braves of Makurdi 69-62 in the Savannah Conference group’s final game, chalking up seven points from three wins and one loss in four matches.

The victory had ensured the Plateau Peaks were returning to the top league from where they were relegated at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Both teams will now replace the Defenders of Abuja and the Chariots of Lagos, which were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/2012 season.

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