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Big win for Kaneshie, Cantonment bounces back

Champions Cantonment bounced back in style to beat Ashaiman, Teshie-Nungua are blown apart, Ridge turn the heat on James Town and Kaneshie shocked host Legon to complete an incredible second round of matches on Sunday.

It was a good day for sides that were on the losing front last week as they seemed to have corrected their poor play.

The defending champions finally took centre stage and delivered a big-time performance with sweet-flowing and attacking game that caught the attention and admiration of the sizeable crowd.

They finally made their ‘acid-tongue’ Daniel Sowah a happy for the first time in the competition – wearing big smiles after the epic encounter.

The 31-25 victory over Ashaiman has put them in a good stead to qualify for the next stage of the competition if they negotiate their final group match. Coach Raphael Ahadzie was left speechless after the defeat as he watched on with agonic eyes. He couldn’t believe the same side that won their opening game against Maamobi-Nima was now at the receiving end. The group has now been widely opened with all teams having realistic chance of making into the knockout phase.

It pits the final group matches into a photo-finish with the side that manages to get a score line qualifying into the semi-finals. The game was tactical with

Elsewhere, Ridge bounced back from their opening day defeat to triumph 29-24 against James Town and in the process denting the qualification ambition of Coach Douglas Nii Aryee side. That was their second successive defeat and effectively means they require a miracle to seal a semi-final spot.

It has also revived the hopes of last year’s bridesmaid and now faces a must-win encounter against host Legon on September 25 at the University of Ghana basketball court.

That will be one battle fixed for the books as it will determine which team qualifies at the expense of the other.

Meanwhile Kaneshie became the first in the championship to win two matches in a row after nail-biting victory over host Legon in arguably the finest match on the day.

Coach Sam Tagoe has built a formidable squad who seems to be in an all-conquering form at season-2 of Community Dunks. They play with so much chemistry and team spirit that they could be the outside community to lift the most prestigious basketball championship among communities in the Greater Accra region.

They were tie at the end of the final quarter as the buzzer went and needed extra-minutes to separate the two sides. It finally ended 25-23 in favour of the Kaneshie team which send their teeming fans and players jubilate deep into the night.

It was a positive response from Maamobi-Nima who nicked a 48-36 victory over new entrant Teshie-Nungua. It was a shocking display from the side that caused the major upset in the opening day last week beating defending champions Cantonment.

But they failed to find their rhythm and now leave them with no alternative but to win their final group game against Ashaiman on Saturday.

This weekend’s round of matches will conclude the fixtures in the group stages before the championship venture into the knockout phase.

Community Dunks is an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Indomie with support from 90 Minutes Newspaper and Metro TV.

By: Patrick Akoto

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