By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The Director of Operations of Mark D. Ball Basketball Championship and Chairman, Kaduna State Basketball Association, Pastor Scambo Morrison has lauded the standards set by the organisers of the basketball championship.
Pastor Morrison, a member of the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA), Technical Officials Committee was speaking at the conclusion of championship’s round of 16 tagged “Sweet 16” said that the Mark D. Ball Basketball Championship has raised the bar in the history of NIgeria’s Basketball, noting that the gains achieved so far are unquantifiable.
“Never in the history of Nigeria basketball that a championship would be so glamorous, elegantly packaged with a touch of panache. Officials, coaches and players were happy with the organisation of the championship. I think the standards set will be difficult to match, reason be that we have upped the ante and the gains achieved are unquantifiable. Certainly, the round of eight (8) will be better and bigger, wait for it,” Pastor Morrison stated.
Sixteen (16) teams participated in the round of 16, tagged “Sweet 16”with eight (8) teams qualifying for the next round.
The qualified teams are, Hot Coal Ballers, Nigeria Customs, FCT Hard Rockers and Kwara Falcons.
Others are, Mo Heat, Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls and Delta Force.