Dansoman edged past Cantonments in the top liner of the on-going Community Dunks tourney triumphing 41-38 at the El-Wak stadium last Friday August 14.
The match involving the two sides was expected to be tight and keenly contested and really lived up to its pre-match hype.
Hundreds of fans who thronged the venue were left sitting on tenterhooks during the entire duration of the game as the action swayed from one half of the court to the other.
Great display of Basketball artistry coupled with sublime piece of individual brilliance and solid team work were the bed foot of an exciting game involving arguably the ‘two big’ sides in the competition.
Fans were held spell bound through out the game screaming and cheering on their respective teams.
Aside the fact that the game was meant to decide which of the sides will assume full control at the summit of the table, it was also expected to set the record straight and determine which of the sides’ two star players was better than the other.
Indeed it was an individual battle between enterprising Raymond Maha of Cantonments and Dansoman’s inspirational player Paa Kwesi Awuah and both players never disappointed.
Dansoman took the first quarter 12-10 but lost grounds in the second quarter after Cantonments mounted a serious comeback to take the second quarter 26-25. After finishing the second quarter with a 26-25 lead, both teams went to the locker room with tight 33-31 advantage for Dansoman. The Dansoman Community basketball crazy never looked back to claim an incalculable 41-38 victory over Cantonments. Despite the sorry defeat, both communities have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Kaneshie also pulled the chest nut out of the blazing fire to record a 51-43 victory over Tema to book their place in the semi-finals stage of the competition.
Kaneshie were seen as the outside contenders to qualify into the next stage in the run up to their match against Tema having lost their previous two matches.
But they showed determination and stamina to overpower Tema at the El-Wak stadium to book a surprise entry into the semi-finals.
The loss effectively ended Tema’s stay in the competition as they failed to advance to the semi-finals of the three month competition.
Another side that failed to impress in the second classification is Ashaiman and they will live to rue the miss opportunities in their tie against Ridge.
Ridge managed a 43-29 win over their opponents to ensure they bow out of the competition winless in the second classification.
But Ashaiman will take consolation in the fact that their star player Daniel Opoku thrilled spectators to great basketball artistic quality. He is one certainly made for the future.
It is expected to be fireworks when Dansoman, Cantonments, Ridge and Kaneshie battle it out in the semi-finals stage at the El-Wak stadium come