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Milo Basketball Championship enters crucial stage

Almost 9,000 secondary schools began the journey, but only 74 are left standing as the 18th edition of the Milo Basketball Championship enters crucial stages.
Now split into 4 geographic groups, the 37 Boys teams and 37 Girls teams who emerged state champions will compete in round robin tournaments to determine the teams that will go even further.
Action begins in Lagos today as the National Stadium, which hosted the grand finale in the last 17 years, now hosts the Western Conference Games. The matches will run until May 4, 2016.
Participating States are Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Oyo, Osun, Delta and Ekiti states.
Ilupeju Grammar School and Wesley Girls Secondary School, will be representing Lagos State while Greater Tomorrow Int’l College, Akoko will be representing Ondo State in the Boys category. Henson Demonstration School and Idia College are the qualifiers from Edo State, while Oyo State Champions are International School Ibadan and Yejide Girls Grammar School.
Other qualifiers for the Western Conference are Good Tidings Secondary School, Oshogbo and Regina Mundi Girls School, Iwo, who qualified from Osun State, while Delta State are being represented by Osadenis Mixed Sec. School and Ugborikoko Secondary Schl, Asaba .
Two schools from the capital city, Ado Ekiti, Ado Grammar School and Anglican High School will represent Ekiti State and Ogun State champions Greenlands International Academy and Adedokun International School of Abeokuta, will complete the number.
The Conference matches will run back-to-back with the Central Conference matches holding in Ilorin between May 5 to 12, while Confluence Conference matches will hold in Lokoja from May 13 to 20, 2016
The Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu will host Equatorial Conference games between May 21 to 27, 2016
For 18 years, the Nestle Milo Basketball Championship has remained the Nation’s flagship grassroots competition and the President FIBA Africa zone 3 Col. Sam Ahmedu confirms that Nigeria is already reaping the dividends of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championships in schools.
The grand finale of this year’s championship will hold in Asaba, Delta State  and outstanding players will be invited for the top 50 camp by Nestle in Lagos in September. The camp will be conducted by top NBA coaches to be led by Masai Ujiri of The Toronto Raptors. A selection of players from the tournament will eventually represent Nigeria at an international tournament to be decided by the NSSF.

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