By Taromane Martin
EL DIVAS are the women’s champions of the 2018 D Fenders Tip-Off basketball challenge after defeating Sunrise 20-17 at the Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
The competitions entered the finals, after the last pool matches yesterday but saw the heavy rain forcing organizers to cancel the men’s grand final match.
El Divas led by Nicola Pongi, on the three point’s duty, led Sunrise 14-8 at the end of the first quarter but saw Sunrise clawing their way back in the second quarter.
Sunrise came strong for the second quarter with Elsie Daiwo, Joey Basia, Rebby Basia and Carrisa Malma shooting a combined nine points but could not find enough to deny El Divas the win.
Finals score 20-17 to El Divas.
Meanwhile in the men’s division both Marist and Gunnerz are through to the grand final of the competition.
Gunnerz defeated Pool A runners ups Canberra Cannons while Pool A leaders Marist defeated Pool B runner-ups Chamba Pinoy in their semifinal match yesterday.
The grand final match was postponed and is set for this Sunday at the Multipurpose Hall.
Results from the men’s final pool games are as follows:
Canberra Cannons lost 38-21 to Marist.
Hillcock Bandits lost to SOSSA 14-7
Ronkay Knights drew 17-17 with the Chamba Pinoy while Crusaders lost to Pool B leaders Gunnerz who are still undefeated in the competition.