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Ashaiman, Kaneshie complete semi-final berth

Ashaiman underlined their title ambitions in the ongoing 2011 Indomie Community Dunks with a well-rehearsed success in their quarter-final meetings with Ridge and Kaneshie on Saturday.

The side came through unscathed with an explosive and thrilling round-robin format at the Prisons court, exhibiting sublime piece of skills to the admiration of fans gathered at the venue.

They earned one of the two automatic places available for the semi-finals on October 1 with victory over the two other combatants and will head to their third straight round of four.

To get there, they had they had to survive a heart-stopping Final against an over-matched Kaneshie who simply outsmarted Ashaiman for large part of the game.

Ultimately it came down to the final moments and Ashaiman did enough down the stretch to win 59-58 despite scoring only 11 points in the last quarter, with a solitary free throw from Moses Arthur with 20 seconds remaining the difference.

Arthur was outstanding with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, deservedly claiming the MVP on the day.

Coach Raphael Ahadzi’s players celebrated on court to the thunderous approval to their fans, and now can prepare for the semi-final and final games this weekend.

They lost no friends with their performance and will move on to the final home with their heads held high.

Kaneshie nicked the final qualifying spot with a narrow victory over highly Ridge in the battle for second-placed team.

Experienced coach Braimah Lawah sat on the bench speechless as he saw his side miss out on the boat following successive defeats to Ashaiman and Kaneshie.

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