Lagos teams were at their best, yesterday, as they defeated formidable opponents to better their chances in the ongoing Ardova Handball Premier league holding in Benin City.
In yesterday’s games, Tojemarine, a privately owned team, defeated reigning champions, Kano Pillars 23-19, Seasiders Babes beat Bayelsa Queens 26-25, while Lagos Seasiders defeated Niger United 21-20.
In the Pillars versus Tojemarine game, Pillars led 11-10 at the end of a keenly contested first half. At the resumption of the second half, Tojemarine improved tremendously dominating on both ends of the court.
The reigning league champions, who survived Niger United’s onslaught on Wednesday, were not lucky against Tojemarine, as they were exposed in the rear to lose 19-23.
Tojemarine’s coach, Bright Agubata, described the victory, as a good one for his team, noting that such performances would spur them to win the league.
“It was a great performance by the boys. Efforts like this will help us do well in the league. It is a marathon and hopefully, we will be strong till the end. Other teams have also been fantastic and competition has been stiff,” he said.
In other game played yesterday, D: Defenders beat Benue Buffaloes 22-21, Confluence Stars defeated Police Machine 33–29, while Correction Boys lost to Rima Strikers 24-33.
In the women’s category, Plateau Peacocks lost to Safety Babes 27–28, a game that could have gone either way.