Dolphins, First Bank maintain unbeaten run as fourth phase ends

A First Bank player in action at the Phase Four Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, which ends today in Ibadan. PHOTO: FIBA

The finalists in last year’s Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Bank and Dolphins, both of Lagos, have done almost everything right to again meet in the final this term.

First Bank and Dolphins are the only teams with an unbeaten run in the ongoing campaign, which started in Abuja two months ago. From the FCT to Kaduna (Phase Two), Asaba (Phase Three) and now Ibadan (Phase Four), these two teams have maintained complete dominance and so, lovers of basketball are likely to see them in the final again in Lagos.

This also means First Bank and Dolphins will still be the country’s representatives in the African club championships later in the year.

Yesterday, First Bank defeated IGP Queens 119 to 86 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan in continuation of the Phase Four stage. Dolphins also defeated Customs 72 to 48 to further boost their chances of picking one of the two continental tickets at stake.

In another match, Benue Princess defeated First Deepwater 63 to 49, but both sides will still have to record another win to avoid missing out of the grand finale.

Only eight teams will make it to Lagos for the final round out of the 14 teams competing in Ibadan. Six teams will be eliminated from this stage.

Meanwhile, the Phase Four of the competition sponsored by Zenith Bank ends today.

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