It’s First Bank versus Dolphins final
Nkechi Akachili’s game high 15 points, six rebounds and four assists combined with Chidimma Nwakamma’s 14 points as well as reigning MVP, Chioma Udeaja’s 13 points, took defending champions, First Bank, above four-time champions, First Deepwater, whom they beat 68-43 in the semifinal of the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League at the National Stadium, Lagos.
The win took First Bank to their first consecutive finals appearance since 2011.
The reigning champions started slowly in the game as First Deepwater raced to a 10-8 lead in the opening five minutes. But a 10-0 run in the closing minutes of the first quarter from the ‘Elephant Girls’ ensured they took an eight-point lead to the second quarter.
First Bank continued from where they stopped in the second quarter with a 36-19 lead at half time.
However, First Deepwater came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring First Bank 17-11 to close the margin to within nine points in the third quarter (36-47). But they ran out of firepower in the final quarter as the reigning champions raced to a 68-43 win.
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