Second round of Ibadan City Basketball League to tip off May 31st


…Oyo State Basketball Association appeals for support
By Maxwell Kumoye

The second round of the inaugural edition of the Ibadan City Basketball League (ICBL), is expected to tip off on 31st of this month.

This piece of information was made public by the Organizers of the League, Oyo State Basketball Association (OSBA) on Friday.

At the end of the first round of matches, Showtyme Hoopers are dictating the pace in the Olubadan group with eight points. Trust Hoopers are second in the group with seven points, one more than third placed The Polytechnic.

Hoop Dreams are the front runners in the GSM group with six points while Unibadan are on five points and Liberty Spears have four points.

The Scribe of the Oyo State Basketball Association (OSSA), Mrs. Oluwatosin Adekunle says the break will allow the team to x-ray their outing so far and map out plans for the busy business end of the City League.

“It’s been an interesting and exciting journey so far, am really happy with the way it has been organised. The technical Committee of the League has done a fantastic job.” she said.

She further stated that, “What makes ICBL exciting is the fact that fans turn out in large numbers to drum support for their various teams. Some school principals allow the entire students to watch games.”

Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of Oyo State Basketball Association (OSBA), Barrister Damola Awosika has made a passionate appeal to well meaning individuals, corporate bodies in and around Oyo State to support the Ibadan City Basketball League (ICBL).

Board members of the Oyo State Basketball Association (OSBA), are currently footing the bill of League. He stressed that OSBA cannot do it all alone.

“We have done a comprehensive package for any body or organisation interested in supporting the slamming and dunking game in Oyo State, the home of the game in the South West region of the country.” The Vice Chairman stated.

“Individuals or corporate organisations with deep pocket and passion for basketball can pick up any of our various sponsorship packages: Endorsement, full sponsorship, associate sponsors, partners and suppliers and the benefits are massive.” Awosika added.

The OSSA is already planting the seeds of a Secondary School Basketball Championship as a result of the success story of the ICBL.

The Ibadan City Basketball League (ICBL) which started on 29th of April has nine teams participating and six venues are hosting games.

The clubs are:
✓ Showtyme Hoopers
✓ Adamasingba Spartans
✓ The Polytechnic
✓ Loyola Warriors
✓ Liberty Spears
✓ Trust Hoopers
✓ Hoop Dreams
✓ Egbeda LG
✓ Unibadan

The six venues for the city league are:

★ Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba
★ Ajani Sports Complex, Alakia
★ Liberty Stadium Basketball Court
★ University of Ibadan Basketball Court
★ The Polytechnic Basketball Court
★ Loyola College Basketball Court

The top two teams in each of the groups qualifies for the City League play-off and about a million naira has been set aside as prize money for the League that will run for ten weeks.


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