Zenith Basketball Final Eight Playoffs began at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos as four times champions, First Deepwater Basketball club of Lagos beat Gt 2000 of Abuja, 73-69.
First Deepwater got into the lead in the first quarter with some exceptional display from Blessing Obeten, Mistura Subar and Kasaham Emmanuel to record a 28-17 in the first quarter.
They went ahead in the second quarter with more offensive play to record a 43-28 in the close of the first half of the game.
First Deepwater brilliance was too much for the Gt 2000 team to cope who were quite inexperienced as compared to their opponent as they fell 48-53 in the third quarter.
The game got into fever pitch in the dying minutes when a resilient effort from the GT 2000 team tried to fight the game back to their favour .
They, however, could not break the defence strategy of the First Deepwater team and they held on tight to record valuable winning points.
Head coach of the First Deepwater team, Lateef Erinfolami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the team had played well and would do better in other games ahead.
“We played well but were not at our best, we would do better in subsequent games as our target is to play in the finals of the match.
“However, we are happy to be in the final eight as we are still in the rebuilding process after losing so many of quality players to other teams due to financial constrains,’’Erinfolami said.
In other matches played at the sports city, former champions, Dolphins of Lagos scaled through a very resolute IGP Queens, 65-64 while Delta Force of Asaba beat Plateau Peaks of Jos, 69-66.
The competition which began on July 24 ends on July 29 where other teams like First Bank of Lagos and Customs of Lagos are lso in the race for the championship trophy. (NAN)