In a colourful and cultural fashion, the maiden edition of the Eko Basketball League came to an end at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
First Bank Women`s Basketball Team emerged winners of the women`s final after defeating rivals Dolphins 58-46. Mary Isambuk and Marilyn Ogoigbe played a key role in the club`s victory with both players finishing with double-digit points - 14pts and 13pts respectively.
In the men`s final, Hoops & Read won their game against Raptors Basketball League 79-67. Bolaji Emilagba made 5 3-point shot, finishing with 27 points. Three other Hoops & Read players - Komonibo Victor (19pts), Owen Oriakhi (10pts) and Aliu (12pts) all had double-digit points.
According to the Chairperson of the Lagos State Basketball Association, Ms. Barbara Harper, the maiden edition of the revamped league is an indication of the initiatives the association has in store towards the development of the sport in the state.
"Like our commitment when we first came on board, we revamped the dead Lagos State City League with the Eko Basketball League, adding the women`s competition for the first time. We will continue to push the frontiers of basketball development in Lagos State with both elite and grassroots programs. This is the beginning for us"
Mary Isambuk and Bolaji Emilagba were awarded league Most Valuable Players.
Images - Itopa Sule/Brian Obehi