Host Opoku Ware School relied on home support to inflict a painful 19-15 victory over rivals Prempeh College to lift the Ashanti regional 2010 Sprite Ball Championship while Sunyani Senior High completed the double in the Brong Ahafo region to qualify for the grand-finale in Accra.
The competition in the two regions was characterized with massive power play and determination as thousands turned out in their numbers to witness the most prestigious basketball competition among the youth in the West African country.
It was a sweet revenge for Opoku Ware (Owass) who lost to their bitter rivals at the semi-final stage last year as they displayed sheer brilliance and fortitude to beat Prempeh in the finals in front of a packed crowd over the weekend.
It was huge loss for the defending champions Kumasi Technical Institute in the boys division who were shocked by Nkawie at the knockout stage. The debutant won 11-10 in a nail-biting contest.
With arguably the best player in the Ashanti region Dompeh David Edem dictating affairs infront of a electrified atmosphere, the host were a delight to watch as they silenced their rivals with some sweet flowing and attacking game. Prempeh gave their opponent a good run for their money as they bounced back greatly in the penultimate quarter but their surge was curtailed by a well-displayed performance from power forwards Obeng Jeffery and Kwabena Osei Fosuhene who thrilled the crowd with some scintillating individual performance on the day.
Yaa Asantewaa also accounted for St Louis 12-4 to lift the title in the girls division. It’s a competition that highly unpretentious and defending champions Supreme Toase will like to forget quickly.
They succumbed to Yaa Asantewaa at the semi-final stage while St Louis also beat last year’s bridesmaid Kumasi Wesley Girls to book their place in the grand finale in Accra.
The next train hit the Eastern region on the 13th of November, 2010 where over 15 schools have confirmed their participation in the one day championship.
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