Our players can compete with the best in the NWBL – Hotcoal Sizzlers
Bek Jang, manager of the Hotcoal Sizzlers basketball team, said the team is capable of competing with the best in the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL).
Jang spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, ahead of the end of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League scheduled for October.
NAN reports that Hotcoal Sizzlers became back-to-back champions of the just-concluded Abuja City basketball league after beating Mo’ Heat women’s team 48-25 in the final.
A total of 16 teams participated in the league with no less than 115 games played over four months, from June to September 11.
The coach said the tournament was a preparatory ground for his team ahead of the 2022 NWBL season, adding that the girls performed well during the competition.
He said it was an uphill battle against the best teams in town and the tournament had fully prepared his squad and got them in top shape ahead of the league season proper.
“We had a great time in the league this year after successfully defending our title which we won last year.
” It was not easy. Last year we were unbeaten, but this year has been more difficult as we had to bounce back from a narrow 36-35 defeat against Mo’ heat in the first phase.
“We had to go back to the drawing board and correct a whole bunch of mistakes. So when we got to the final it was easy for us,” he said.
The coach noted that with the team’s outstanding performance, they hoped to secure a spot in the upcoming Zenith Bank League season next month.
He revealed that three of the top five players in the league came from the Hotcoal Sizzlers basketball team.
“The best point guard, best shooter, best center and most valuable player (MVP) in the league all belonged to the Hotcoal Sizzlers basketball team.
“So I can comfortably tell you that we have some very good players who can represent the country at the highest level in the Nigeria national basketball team,” he said.
He thanked the team’s general manager (Ubon Udoh) for the moral and financial support that went a long way in ensuring the team’s success at the end of the league.
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