FCT Angels, Pearls, book semi-final tickets at Mark d’ Ball tourney

FCT Angels and Pearls of have booked semi-finals tickets in the ongoing Mark d&; Ball Basketball Tournament in Otukpo, .

The teams secured their semi-final slots in the women category of the competition after winning three matches each out of their five group games.

Pearls started their campaign on a high note by thrashing One Wing of Kaduna 61-10 in the first game.

The Lagos based team secured their second win in the competition with a 41-17 defeat of Apa Queens of Otukpo before recording their third victory in the 27-23 defeat of Baby Seals of Lagos.

FCT Angels berthed in the semis after a 39-29 defeat of Plateau Rockers, 38-26 win over Purple Mat of Otukpo and a 47-32 defeat of Sweeties of Makurdi.

It was also moment of joy for Experience of Otukpo, fully packed with ex-internationals, as the team cruised into the semi-finals stage of the male category.

The team which crashed out at this stage in the 2013 edition proved its capability after a hard-earned 32-28 victory over rivals Bethlehem of Otukpo in their first match.

Experience continued with their top form in the second game which ensured their 36-34 narrow win over Zuba of Suleija.

The team, subsequently, brushed aside another Otukpo team St. Marks 54-44, to berth in the semi-finals of the tournament.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that national team players Ejike Ugboaja, Stanley Gumut, Tunji Awojobu and Nda Abu, featured for Experience.

Ex-Internationals Tijani Abubakar, Osita Nwachukwu, Ogor Daudu, Abdulrahman Muhamed and Oguche Mark also played in the jerseys of Experience.

NAN reports that the finals of the male and female category of the competition will take place on Dec. 31, the closing day of the tournament.

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