Team Plateau won bronze.
Team Rivers Friday night won the gold medal in the male basketball event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.
The game, which took place at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, saw Rivers outscoring Team Oyo 60-31.
Meanwhile, it was a sad day for Team Lagos as they were defeated in the third place match against Plateau.
Team Plateau defeated hosts Team Lagos, 50-49, in the men’s third place match, while FCT outplayed Team Delta, 66-58, to claim the bronze medal for the women.
The bronze medallists, Plateau and FCT, in their matches, came from behind to snatch the medals in the events held at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall, Lagos.
Team Lagos was leading 32-16, but later succumbed to the wilful power of Team Plateau and lost its bid to win the bronze.
Team FCT also came from a 10-point gap in the second quarter of the match to overcome Team Delta, before maintaining the lead all through the rest of the game to claim the bronze.
The Coach of Team Plateau, Jacquiline Niagwan, attributed his team’s victory to hard work and determination, saying that Team Lagos lacked coordination and was weak in defence.
“My boys were the more determined side. We wanted to take something home, so we took the game to them and it worked out for us in the end.
“We came from a 16 points gap when we saw the slackness in the Team Lagos defence,” Niagwan said.
Lagos Team Coach, Mark Balogun, who obviously was devastated after the loss, declined comment.
Team FCT Coach, Emmanuel Odah, was full of praises to God for the victory, saying the victory was not expected, judging from Team Delta’s quality of players.
“I thank God for the victory. Sincerely it was not expected. My girls came from a 10-point gap and outplayed Team Delta in all aspects of the game,” Odah said.
Team Delta Coach, Nosa Oyenebor, said he was not happy about the loss, saying that a bronze medal would have been good enough for his team.
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