By Bamidele Boluwaji:
The qualifying rounds of Nigeria's annual Zenith Women's Basketball League ended on Wednesday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos with four teams making it to the semi-finals stage which will come up on Thursday at the same venue, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
In the first game of the day, former champions First Bank Basketball Club had a convincing 83-40 victory over GT 2000 Basketball Club.
The result was good enough for the Lagos team to book a place in the semifinal stage.
In the second game, Dolphins dominated the four quarters to edge Plateau Rocks 69-64.
Dolphins who were supervised by the owner Wale Aboderin during the game will now feature in the semi-finals.
Both IG Police Queens Basketball Club and Delta Force had a tough duel before a winner could emerge. The first quarter ended at 9-9 points, second quarter saw the Police officers taking the lead with 23-22 points while they capitalised on the efforts to make the third quarter easier with 44-41 points lead.
The last quarter however proved more difficult for them as they narrowly won 61-60 points to qualify for the semi-finals.
And in the last game of the day, First Deepwater's late efforts helped them to beat Nigerian Customs by 51-50 points to qualify for the last four stages.
Meanwhile, First Bank will meet IGP Queens in the first semi-final pairing while both Dolphins and First Deepwater will slug it out at the Indoor Sports of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Reacting to the games of the day, former D'Tigers captain Olumide Oyedeji, who was at the indoor Sports Hall to supervise the matches, told Completesportsnigeria.com: “I am really impressed with the performances of the players and with what I have seen in this tournament so far, I can see that the semi final games will be tough."