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Basketball - 11. March 2008.

NGR - Avi-Cenna, ISL share Ivy League honours

LAGOS (Ivy League) - Avi-Cenna International School Friday became the new champion of the Ivy League on the boys’ category while the girls from the University of Lagos International School were crowned winner in the girl’s cadre.

The Avi-Cenna boys coached by former Indian Language School head coach Adebiyi Oyewole backed by home support played the game of their lives to out dunked the ISL boys as the UNILAG International School are to win the crown by 56-53 points.

The grand finale of the Ivy League was the first inside the newly constructed court of the Avi-Cenna International School. The atmosphere was electrifying with students, parents, drivers and masons cheering all the way.

UNILAG (ISL) girls defeated Indian Language School 21-16 to win the girls title; other schools on the prize list include Atlantic Hall who carted home the third place title with a 22-12 point’s victory over 2007 champion, Vivian Fowler Memorial School while Ifako International School ran away with a narrow win of 29-28 points over the American International School.

Charity Owoh of UNILAG International School was voted the league Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the girls’ cadre just as Avi-Cenna Steven Odobetu won the boys' MVP.

The Best Behaved team (Boys) was won by American International School while Indian Language School was adjudged the Best Behaved School in the girls’ category, Coach Ijeoma Earnest of UNILAG School Best Coach (female) while Coach Adebiyi Oyewole of Avi-Cenna was voted the best coach among his male team peers.

John Bimbo Faniran CEO AKOFA and Coordinator of the league thanked the almighty, the kids whom he described as the main actors, the coaches, media and the fans for staging a lovely league once again in 2008.

"We thank God for yet another lovely tournament. The interest has become tremendous and we are glad to hear experts of the game acknowledge that the standard is getting higher every year.

"This hall built by Avi-Cenna has become quite inspirational to the ideals of the championship - development and growth. We remain grateful to schools and parents for releasing their wards; to our sponsors and of course the media for taking us into every home in Nigeria and across the world," he concluded.

By Olusegun Ikuesan

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