Eight schools are currently jostling for tickets to represent Kwara state in both the male and female categories of the national finals of the 19th Milo Secondary Schools Basketball championship, at the outdoor court of the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin.
The competition began on Tuesday, with Adesoye College of Offa beating Unilorin Secondary School 21-17 in the opening game in the male category.
Adesoye College, Offa and Unilorin Secondary School are playing from Group A alongside Thomas Adewumi College, Oko and Government day Secondary School, Okelele.
Playing from Group B are the defending champions, St. Charles College, Ilorin, Offa Grammar School, Offa, Cornerstone College and Government Day Secondary School, Odo-Okun.
Five of the schools registered to participate in the female version and they are Thomas Adewumi College, Unilorin Secondary School, St. Charles College, Cornerstone College and Government Day Secondary School, with the contest expected to run on a round robin format.
The competition will end next week, after which the two schools that will represent the state in the national competition would have emerged.
The state Coordinator of Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), M. A. Lasisi said that everything have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free competition.