The hugely awaited season-3 of Community Dunks has reached the Semi-Final stages, and with only two places at the championship qualifying round on offer the action is about to heat up over the final days.
The four combatants: Ashaiman, Dansoman, Maamobi-Nima and Kaneshie are expected to produce a purple patchy display on the Aviation basketball court with eyes firmed up on the title.
The Four competing communities in the capital are not novices in the game, having excelled in their past appearances.
With the exception of Kaneshie who won the competition last year, none of the other three competitors have notched up the title and hence their determination to make history for themselves.
The team everyone is talking about is Dansoman. They have been dominant in their last four games and they are the gold medal favourites in many people’s minds. Is it possible they have picked up some bad habits beating teams by so much?
The answer for some critics could be yes. Dansoman’s problem is they haven’t been pushed and tested with pundits arguing their cat and mouse game could help them win the title.
But coach Feranyi Olulonyo’s young charges must first fend off competition from highly–rated Ashaiman in the second semi-final encounter.
Dansoman must limit the turnovers and try not to over- rely on their impressive duo Joel and Maja since they may struggle if they fail to hit the right code on the day but rather explore the other talents in the team.
But with what Ashaiman has been able to demonstrate over the past few weeks, any team that underrates their ability does so at their own peril. They also remain unbeaten- just like their semi-final opponent and that should sum up what the two teams are made off ahead of their clash on Saturday.
Kaneshie ran Maamobi-Nima off their feet last year, and some teams have scored in transition against them in this tournament, raising questions about their ability to defend the trophy they narrowly won at the expense of Legon.
But boss Sam Tagoe’s team seems to knock their qualification at every inch off the way and could prove the catalyst in their semi-final meeting with Nima, who have also credited themselves well in the competition.
The event meant to unearth talents in the sport, as well as promote basketball in the various communities would be witnessed by the Chairman President of the Ghana Basketball Association (GBA), Chairman of the Greater Accra Basketball Association, officials of the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
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