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Basketball: First Deepwater makes spirited return to the continent

*We were not given this chance when the league started 

Former Nigerian women league champion, First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos, have made a big return for continental honours following their second place finish in the Zenith Bank sponsored women’s basketball league championship that ended over the weekend.
Coach Shola Shomala of Deepwater...satisfied with her lasses
Coach Shola Shomala of Deepwater…satisfied with her lasses

They will be competing in the FIBA Africa Zone Three qualifiers for the African Women Club Champions Cup.

The team which was not given a chance to even make the Final 8 championship turned out the surprise team of the league falling in the final to her former players who now ply their trade with First Bank Basketball Club also of Lagos.
Though, First Deepwater Basketball Club lost the final 53-84 points, team captain, Kasham Emmanuel led the floor in scoring in the final game with a game high of 23 points.
She told the media after the final that she is happy to have led the team to back to reckoning. “No one gave us a chance to get this far talk less of playing in the final. We surprised ourselves and I must say that my teammates worked tirelessly for us to finish second place. Our loss to First Bank had to do with our poor defence but we’re overjoyed that we got to the final.”
The shooting guard who also made the top five players list for the championship said despite poor runs in the league for some time now was only a setback that has set them on the right pact of progress.
Deepwater coach and a former national captain Shola Shomala said her team’s appearance in the final was a surprise and praised her girls for a deserved second place.
Zenith Bank Women's Basketball League...First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos
Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League…First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos

“We are just rebuilding and so we started off the league prepared to play to respectable level being former national champions. But midway into the league we realised we could make it to the playoffs and so our determination got to a fresh level.

“At the playoffs we were aiming for a 4th or 5th but as the games wore on it became evident that we could push to the limit and here are today playing the final match. This is quite exciting.”

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