Ogori, Okene In Flying Start As Lokoja, Idah Suffer Defeats On Match-day 1 Of Ajanah Basketball C/ship
By Niyi Busari
Defending champion, Ogori Magongo and Okene Local Government Areas won their first two matches on the match-day One of the maiden Ajanah Memorial Basketball Championship, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
Six matches were played on Monday as Ajaokuta and Idah Local Government Areas had poor start to the 15th edition of the championship, after recording losses in their first two games.
In the first match, Kogi were too tough for Ajaokuta to handle as they won 30-16.
The match started with great enthusiasm. Kogi took control of the first quarter as they had adopted a good strategy and took a lead fast to end it 02-11. In the 2nd quarter, Ajaokuta came back stronger to outscore and leading 10-9. However, the third quarter was marred by both teams losing scoring opportunities. Kogi who were aggressive and had good footwork managed to end it in their favour pulling a 04-01 win while the fourth quarter ended 03-06.
In the second game, Ogori Magongo got many 3 pointers to put Adavi Local Government to the sword. Though, Adavi fought back in the third and fourth quarters but their efforts were not enough to win any, but, only reduced the lead. It was a close call as the scores were always neck to neck and Magongo with their fabulous comeback brought the final scoreline to 45 – 27.
Matchh-Day 1 Full Results
Ajaokuta 16-30 Kogi
Ogori Magongo 45-27 Adavi
Okene 36-14 Lokoja
Idah 27-45 Okehi
Ajaokuta 28-45 Okene
Ogori Magongo 41 – 29 Idah
Match-day 2 which takes center stage today (Tuesday) will witness six pool matches where the semifinalists will emerge to progress to the knockout stages of the first Ajanah Memorial Basketball championship.
Match-Day 2 Fixtures
Adavi Vs Okehi (9am)
Kogi Vs Lokoja (10am)
Ogori Magongo Vs Okehi (11am)
Ajaokuta Vs Lokoja (4pm)
Adavi Vs Idah (5pm)
Kogi Vs Okene (6pm)
Semifinal Pairings (30/12/2020)
1st in Pool A Vs Second in Pool B (9am)
1st in B Vs 2nd in Pool A (10am)
Third Place match takes the center stage at 3pm while the Final comes up at 4:00 pm.