By Samuel Ahmadu, Lagos
Prison Keys Boys recorded their first win, while Lagos Seasiders left it late to pip Safety Shooters in the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League Day 6 contests at Rowe Park Sports Center, Lagos on Thursday.
The Nigeria Prison side made an ugly start to the second phase of the championship but they held their nerve to defeat Borno Spiders 30-28 to secure their first win.
Despite their maiden triumph in six outings, the Prison Boys are still rock bottom on the men’s standings after defeating their Maiduguri based foes.
Likewise, Owena Kings clinched their first victory in six matches in Lagos and second of the season in a 29-26 win over Plateau Vipers.
De Defender bounced back from their Wednesday’s loss to defending champions Niger United to defeat COAS Shooters 37-31.
League leaders Kano Pillars strengthened their grip at the summit of the standings with a 26-14 victory over Sokoto Rima 26-14, while Niger United crushed northern rivals Kada Stars 29-19.
Niger’s triumph ensured they close the gap on leaders Kano Pillars and Safety Shooters who capitulated against Lagos Seasiders in 25-24 defeat no thanks to Hakeem Salami’s injury-time winner.
In the women’s category, Kada Queens subdued Owena Queens 37-30, while defending champion Plateau Peacocks maintained the fine start as they defeated Abia Valiant 27-16.
Ghana Police continued with their stunning performance with another win, this time a 36-29 triumph over Defender Babes.
On individual awards, Owena Kings’ Akinseye Samuel and Ameh Iko-Ojo were named the Most Valuable Player of the Day 6 for fine displays in the male and female categories respectively.
After six matches, the organisers have offered both the men and women’s teams a break as they declare Friday as a free day.