Henson Demonstration School, Benin City and Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, Lagos have emerged regional champions in the boys and girls’ categories respectively of the Western Conference of the 18th edition of Nestle Milo Secondary Basketball Championships concluded at the indoor sports hall of National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos yesterday.
Henson Demonstration School got the better of hard-fighting Osadenis Mixed Secondary School of Delta State 46-37 in a well contested match that ended 46-37.
In the girls’ category, Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School Lagos State, gave the Lagos crowd something to cheer as they defeated last year’s regional champions: Yejide Girls Grammar School Ibadan 34-22 to emerge champions of the Western Conference
The two finalists in the boys and girls’ categories will represent conference in the national finals in Asaba, Delta State. It’s the first time the national finals will be played outside Lagos in the 18 years history of the championship.
Speaking before Tuesday’s matches, Branch Manager, Nestle Nig Plc, Mr Deji Adeshoga, said Milo is a brand that is well known in Nigeria as the number one supporter of grassroots sports. “For 20 years, Milo has been at the forefront of basketball development in Nigeria through the Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship; producing many top players in the sport”
Meanwhile, the Category Business Manager, Mr. Femi Akintola has reiterated the company’s resolve to continue to contribute its quota to the development of basketball in the country. According to Akintola, it is the belief of the company that sports is a veritable platform for youths to learn values such as honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect, adherence to rules, discipline, perseverance, resilience and a strong sense of purpose.
“These are the motivating factors behind Nestle’s commitment to this championship,” Akintola concluded.