So home support didn’t count after all. Holy Family defies the vociferous home support and inflicted a painful 35-29 victory over Magic in a highly charged game on Wednesday at the Lebanon house in Tudu.
It looked home and dry for the home side in the first two quarters where they took a 20-18 lead but a strong comeback in the penultimate and final quarters enabled the visitors to record their final win of the championship which will be wrapped up on Saturday.
Magic was a delight to watch in the early exchanges in the first quarter where they took the game to their rivals, playing some delectable, free flowing and attacking game which caught the players of Holy Family in sixths’ and sevenths’.
Playing point guard interchangeable young Mavis Martey and Cynthia Sosavi thrilled the scores of fans who thronged the venue to spontaneous applause with quick fast breaks and dashing moves on the court.
Exasperated on the baseline, Coach Samuel Kweku Jackson in his usual charismatic manner charged on his players and began to scream at them-prompting jeers and boos from the sparse crowd.
But that seemed to have done the trick and when the team regrouped for the third quarter, confidence was restored and they begun to play like a team. They started getting the goals on the rebounds and made Magic to pay dearly for their lackluster attitude in the remaining minutes of third and final quarter.
No one knew exactly what had hit Magic- a team that were on top now suddenly found themselves scrapping for the ball as their opponent continued to drill and pass the ball with so much precision.
The final score line speaks of how close and tight the game was but it had all the ingredients that most lovers of the game look forward to witness in any classic contest.
It the end Coach Francis Wilson couldn’t believe his crop of young players had given away their lead as they wait for another year to stake a claim for the title.
In the first game of the day, Reformers ended the season on the high-beating whipping girls Turbo Jets 45-18 in a one sided game at the Lebanon house.
The final round of matches for the season comes up on Saturday at the same venue with defending champions CEPS and Police meeting for the championship decider.
By: Patrick Akoto