The defending champions lacked the power and ideas in their crunch game against Maamobi-Nima who looked superior on all front- much to the shock of fans gathered at the University of Ghana basket.
They virtually look like the spirit was not up the ceiling for the game and when power forward Frank Adobler failed to spark in the first two quarters, it was obvious their quest to take another crack at title was under huge threat.
Sowah charges who won the competition in a stylish fashion last year at the El-Wak stadium were brought down to earth on Saturday losing by ten point difference in an encounter that ended 34-24 in favour of Abeiku Solomon’s side.
Shooting forward Albert Nana Yaw Yeboah who was tipped to be one of the key men for Cantonment this season, left the venue knowing he failed to live up to his pre match hype – a clear disappointment for the 18-year-old.
And that will almost mean the 18-year-old won’t have any chance to play in Community Dunks again. He will be 19 next year and that clearly put him above the age band.
This was supposed to be his farewell championship in this division for his community, but he failed woefully and he will need to take another shot at the senior level.
‘The reason for our defeat today narrows down to fatigue. My boys were simply tired and that’s the major reason for our defeat today’. Sowah told basketballghana.com after the match.
‘That was the reason why I kept changing the boys frequently to give them enough room to rest. I don’t know what hit them today but they were simple worn out and that’s why we lost the battle’
‘It part of the game and so we take in good stride and hope that we bounce back next year stronger. Sometimes it must happen like this to learn our lessons. We’re disappointed but not disgraced that we couldn’t defend our title. We live to see another day’. he concluded
Community Dunks is an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Indomie with support from Metro TV.
By: Patrick Akoto