Catholic Jubilee Junior High School put up a peerless performance to inflict a painful and narrow 18-17 victory over rivals St Nicholas JHS to lift the maiden edition of the 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship on Friday at Cape Coast.
The competition which took place in the Central region for the first time saw thousands of crazy basketball fans gather at the Hoops Care International basketball court to catch a glimpse of the talents on shore.
In the end, the games lived up to expectations as the eight selected schools that took part in the games exhibited enormous potential and power play to the satisfaction of the fans at the venue.
The two schools, Catholic Jubilee and St Nicholas looked destined to play in the finals following riveting performances in the group stages of the competition through to the knockout phase.
Catholic Jubilee begun the journey on a whirlwind fashion beating William De-graft Junior High School by a comfortable 10 points difference – triumphing 12-2 and went ahead to cement their status as a force to reckon with by killing off the challenge of George Efem Ferguson 19-3 to set–up a semi-final clash with Philip Quaque who themselves had beaten Mfantsipim Junior High School 11-6 in their opening game before succumbing to St Nicholas in their final group game.
It was the final many had expected and so when the two sides negotiated their respective ties at the semi-final level, the stage was set for the big cliff hanger.
And indeed it was one game that will go into the history books as one of the best finals at the Milo Junior Ball Championship.
St Nicholas were in cruise control at the end of the first half when they eclipsed the dangerous boys Kingsley Whyte and Henry Ampiah.
But the duo dugged deep in the second half to reduce the deficit and eventually inked it by half basket.
Catholic Jubilee has therefore qualified to represent the Central region in the grand finale of the 2011 Milo Junior Ball Championship at the Aviation Social Centre on Saturday March 19.
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