APA Flames basketball workforce of Otukpo will slug it out with event’s favorite `Blame it on Experience’ in a single the semi-finals encounter of the 2017 Mark d’Ball basketball competitors in Otukpo, Benue.
The encounter tagged “the titanic battle” by basketball pundits, is seen as “final before the final” as each workforce are from Otukpo.
Both groups are assembly the second time at this stage in three years, having met in the identical stage in 2014, with Flames dropping to Experience.
Team Experience booked their semi-final ticket after defeating South East All Stars 40-31 of their final group sport, midnight on Friday.
They had earlier defeated Apo Settlers of Abuja, Zuba Hornet of Suleja and Blazers of Otukpo 33-32, 43-35 and 39-34 respectively to complete prime of Group A, whereas Flames completed as Group runners up after a complete 51-21 defeat of Bethlehem of their final group encounter.
APA Flames had earlier defeated UNTL and South East All Stars 43-36 and 49-36 respectively, after dropping 19-26 to Benue Braves to complete runners up of Group B.
Group B winners Benue Braves will sq. up towards Group A runners up Zuba Hornets within the second semi-final encounter.
Braves who didn’t drop a degree within the Group stage have been tipped by book-makers to play the defending champions of the event `Blame it on Experience’, within the remaining anticipated to be performed within the early hours of Jan. 1
In the feminine semi-finals, Customs will lock horn with Bayelsa Patriots, whereas Providence have interaction FCT Queens.