The curtails of the 2020/2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League season was on Saturday in Lagos drawn to a close after winners emerged from the Division A and B of the most glamourous scrabble Championship in Nigeria.
Team Brainiacs comprising Eta Karo, Emmanuel Ofidi, Ben Quickpen, Godwin Victor, Emmanuel Umujose and Wawe Tuoyo built an unassailable lead of 41 wins in 55 rounds with a cumulative of 9478 points to claim the 1.5 million naira cash prize.
2019 champions Team Blazers settled for the second place position with a total 36 wins, 19 defeats and 5313 cumulative points to earn a sum of 800, 000 naira for their efforts.
Teams Hurricanes, Airpop Alpha and Bulldozers who placed 3rd, 4th and 5th received 450,000 naira, 250,000 naira and 150,000 naira accordingly.
In other placements, Tekena Drones, Phoenix, Olowoyeye Predators, Gracious Pickers and Supremes fell into the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th positions respectively while Lekki Bombers and Lusty Seniors were relegated to Division B on the 12-team league table.
Brainiacs’ captain Karo said ” I feel extremely elated and justly joyous. It was not an easy experience. We missed the top position last year and came second. It was very painful so, we went back to the drawing board and came out with a strong formula. We changed two players who were our weak links and replaced them with Ben Quickpen and Emmanuel Umujose who have both represented Nigeria at international events and are rich in experience. We had to play like every player is am MVP of the team.”
In Division B, Merry-ers claimed the pole position and won a cash prize of one million naira in the 10-team championship which was introduced this season.
By this victory, the team have now been promoted alongside Team Indomitables to Division A of the MSPL where they will campaign next season.
Other teams in the second tier are: Aries, D’Warriors, Anagrammers, Airpop Falcons, FPC Titans, Encore Flamingoes, Brain Teasers and High Flyers.
Hakeem Olaribigbe won the newly introduced MGI Patrons Cup which was designed for players who were not involved in the MSPL.
Winners were decorated with their awards at a Gala Night which was attended by the who-is-who in the Scrabble community.