Doregos Schools 19th B’ball tourney set to dunk off

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According to Punch, the 19th Doregos Inter-School Basketball Championship dunks off Saturday Nov 4 with the zonal preliminaries, organisers of the event have stated.

According to the organisers, the 19th edition will hold in four zones, namely Doregos Private Academy, Lagos (Zone 1), International School Lagos (Zone 2), Christ The Redeemer College, Sagamu, Ogun State (Zone 3) and Roniks Comprehensive School, Ejigbo, Lagos (Zone 4).

Thirty-one schools will compete in the preliminaries. The quarter-finals hold in Zones 1 and 4 Nov 18, with the semi-finals scheduled for Jan 20, 2024.

The final of the annual basketball championship is billed for Feb 15, 2024 at the Doregos Private Academy, Ayobo, Lagos.

Head of School, Doregos Private Academy, Mr A.S. Adegbulugbe, praised Mrs Clementina Doregos, founder of the competition, saying he has helped imbibe the fitness culture among students.

“Basketball is exerting, your skill has to be on display to do exceptionally well. Nowadays, young people are not too fit and this isn’t good for their health because they are the future of the country.

“In an attempt to prevent this, the founder of the competition, a sports enthusiast, philanthropist and lover of children, initiated this inter-school competition, particularly for private schools 19 years ago,” Adegbulugbe said at a media parley in Lagos on Friday.

He added that strict adherence to the rules of the competition had kept the event going for close to two decades.

“Once you compromise your standard, it takes a long time time to rebuild your integrity. So, we stand by what we say we will do.”

Meanwhile, Topfield School Apapa, Lagos point guard Martina Ilomu has sounded a warning to their opponents, saying they are working to grab a fourth straight title.

“We want to perform better and that’s why we are putting in more efforts in our training sessions. If we have to be back-to-back champions again, we have to put in more effort.”

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