The Bayelsa State Women Basketball Team, ‘Blue Whales’, have qualified for the national finals of this year’s Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League from the Atlantic Conference after they defeated First Bank Ladies 55-44 points.
MFM Lagos also qualified for the finals from the Atlantic Conference.
They will now slug it out in the finals in Lagos with Nigeria Customs and Air warriors who had qualified from the Savannah Conference.
The victory for the Yenagoa based side nailed the coffin of the First Bank Ladies who underperformed in this year’s competition.
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Bayelsa Blue Whales who are appearing in the Zenith Bank Women’s League for the first time, barely 6-months after the club was established, didn’t allow their underdogs status to weigh them down.
Speaking after the victory over First Bank, Blue Whales coach, Tony Nelson lauded the excellent display of his ladies.
“We have some incredible competitors in that locker room. The players love the challenge,” Coach Tony Nelson said.
“They love putting themselves out there in front of everybody. Open to criticism. Open to everything.”
“I think the girls deserve it, they trained really hard, willing to learn and improve on areas that we noticed our lapses.”
Bayelsa Blue Whales ended the Atlantic Conference Phase-1 and Phase-2 combined as the best team followed by MFM and First Bank while Sunshine Angels, Dolphins and IGP Queens occupied the bottom three respectively.