The former student of St Peters Senior High took the top individual accolade at the University of Ghana basketball court after his sterling performance helped his community to lift the trophy for the first time.
May be the 18-year-old is long away from been a super star but his display was somewhat timely as he delivered the only ‘dunk’ in the one month tournament in the final game against host Legon.
He was the force behind the determination and the never say die attitude of Coach Sam Tagoe’s young charges. When the tie seems to be going in favour of Legon, Lamptey took the team on his shoulders, stepped up when he was fouled for the two crucial free throws which handed them the title by nicking a painful 48-47 success over their opponent.
There has been a lot of talk as to whether the youngster deserved the accolade. I have my own comment to pass but will leave that for another day. For those who thought he didn’t deserved the plaudit, you may have a case but for him and the Kaneshie community, they will salvo the moment for the next one year where they will remain the kings of the game in Greater Accra region.
He told basketballghana.com: ‘it’s a great feeling when your performance is recognized like this. ” This award is going to spur me on to train hard and become a better player in future’’.
‘Basketball is my life and I’m glad we’re been offered the opportunity to showcase our talent to the rest of the world’.
He added: ‘This award certainly does not belong to me alone, but the entire team who have helped me to achieve such a great feat. I want to thank our coach, fans and everybody who supported us throughout this journey. It’s been long but I’m glad we finally ended it on a positive note’.
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By: Patrick Akoto