19th Milo Basketball Zonal Championships: Ebonyi, Bayelsa emerge champions in Enugu
Ebonyi and Bayelsa State on Wednesday in Enugu emerged the Zonal champions of 19th Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship for South-East/South-South.
St. Augustine Seminary School, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi, won the boys category after defeating Belary Schools, Yenagoa, Bayelsa, 31-20 in the final. They took home the N100, 000 at stake.
In the girls’ category, St Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa thrashed Holy Rosary College, Owerri, Imo, 22-5 to win the girls category.
The second placed teams went home with N70, 000 each as the third placed schools went home with N50, 000.
Community Secondary School PABOD, Port Hartcourt, Rivers and Marrist Comprehensive Secondary School, Nteje, Anambra, were placed in the third positions in boys and girls categories.
Nwankwo Samuel of St. Augustine Seminary School Ezzamgbo won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the boys’ category.
John Grace of St. Jude’s Girls’ Secondary School, went home with girls’ category MVP.
The Enugu State Commissioners for Youths and Sports, Charles Ndukwe, addressing the closing of the championships, commended Nestle Milo Nigeria Plc., for their continued sponsorship of the competition.
He urged the participants to always believe in whatever they were doing knowing full well that they could become stars in future.
“Many have become basketball stars through this annual Nestle Milo competition and I am sure that the basketball you have here will inspire you to become champions tomorrow.
“This is the 19th edition and since Milo can be staging this competition yearly, I think they deserve commendation because they have been doing what most states in the country cannot do,’’ he said.
The MVP in the girls’ category, Grace John, expressed joy at the outcome of the championships, saying that she was overwhelmed at her school’s achievement.
She thanked Nestle Milo for their love for basketball and prayed God to sustain their efforts in ensuring that Nigerian youths made careers out of sports, especially basketball. ##