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Defending champions of the Zenith Bank League, Dolphins, will take on Customs in one of the semi-final games billed for Tuesday in Lagos. The other semi final match will see former champions First Bank taking IGP Queens who defeated Delta Force 60-58 on Monday to book the game with the bankers.
The excitement at the Zenith League playoffs holding at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium has been dimmed by the poor lighting at the venue. Spectators have raised concerns over the lighting even as the nature of the hall has forced some disruptions of games.
Dolphins on Monday consolidated their lead at their group by beating Plateau Rocks 74-57 while the First Bank ladies, who have averaged 92 points per game over, defeated AHIP Queens of Kano 106-38.
The tournament which began on Saturday will continue today with the classification rounds and the semi finals.
On Monday Dolphins dominated their game from the first quarter and never relinquished their lead till the end of the game. National team invitee, Patience Okpe, and last season’s Most Valuable Player, Juliet Currency, continued their impressive runs in the league.
The defending champions won the first quarter 17-13 before finishing at half time with 35-24. The third quarter saw more fireworks as they extended their lead against the hard-fighting Rocks to finish 55-39.
Coach of the side, Ochuko Okworogun, is hopeful of a successful defence of the title.
She said, “It is one game at a time. We have finished the group stages, so the focus is on the semi finals. It is clear that everybody wants to beat us, so we have to be more careful with each game as the competition progresses.
“We will work harder and take our chances where it needed to be taken.”
The All Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday while the final will hold on Thursday.
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