Mark D Ball: Bayelsa Patriots, Sweeties of Makurdi, ESPN, 5 others qualify for semifinals
By Yemi Itodo
A total of 8 teams have made it to the next stage in the ongoing Mark D Ball Basketball tournament in Otukpo.
In the matches decided on Tuesday, the Sweeties of Makurdi defeated the Tin City of Jos by 42 to 14 points to qualify for the semifinal while the U-17 female champion slugged it out with Apa Queens on 36-16 aggregates.
Though the Amazons from Nasarawa defeated the Future Drives of FCT with 30 points against 29 but they could not qualify for the next stage due to their poor performance at the early stages.
The Bethlehem came hard on Apa Flames with 41 points to 31 in the Male category while Team Bayelsa defeated G and G of Benin City with 28-24 points.
The ESPN of Otukpo also made it to the next round by defeating the Blazers with 55-36 aggregates.
In today’s semifinals, the Sweeties of Makurdi shall take on Bayelsa Patriots in the opening match by 4pm while the U-17 will face the Future Drive by 5pm.
The Braves are expected to to dig it with the ESPN while the defending champions, Blame it on Experience will face the Bethlehem in the concluding semifinals.
This year’s edition of Mark D Ball will come to an end tomorrow 31st when the 3rd place and final matches shall be decided.
Source : Gist Arena