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Kwadaso coach humble in defeat

Kwadaso head coach Maxwell Asiamah is refusing to blame his team after they lost the finals of the 2012 Indomie Community Dunks.

The Kumasi-based side qualified for a memorable final after an incredible run during the one-day competition at the El-wak stadium.

The managed victories over James Town and Djejeano-Anafo but their astonishing 25-21 overtime victory over high scoring Burma Camp really underlined their status as one of the heavyweights for this season.

The Ashanti regional champions never looked back as they continued their surge in the semi-finals against sleek-looking Dansoman side.

Dansoman forced Kwadaso to play better but were too dangerous for them to go Harlem globetrotters on them. But given the groin punch at the end of the third quarter, the two teams seem to have grown a genuine dislike between them during the course of the game.

At the end of the final analysis, Kwadaso reigned supreme to edge past Dansoman in a close contest, winning 31-28.

They entered the final game against Kawanopado as the underdogs following the sublime performances from the Cape Coast-based side.

Their adopted all defensive, all attack approach, preventing their opponent from operating at will,  worked to perfection in the first quarter.

Kawanopado lack of focus early in the game started to become a trend rather than exception and their trainer Claudius Thompson was growing impatient with their lackadaisical approach on the baseline.

But they slowly came out of the gate and started playing basketball and that proved the nemesis for Kwadaso’s downfall.

With captain Benjamin Sagoe dictating the pace from the centre court, Anthony Duodu used his height to his advantage and he used his speed and aggression to bulldoze his way through the defensive network of Kwadaso.

At the end of the game, Kawanopado fought back gallantly to win the contest 43-31 but coach Wahab insists his players deserve massive praise for their team effort.

“We played against a very good side and so we are not ashamed to have lost to them,” Asiamah told BASKETBALLghana.com

“Our plan was working until complacency began to set in. That really caused us the defeat,”

“But this is our first time of asking and so I believe we have done well. Everybody here will attest to the fact that we did not disgrace ourselves,”

“We hold our chest high and proud for what we have been able to achieve. Like I have been saying all along, without Kwadaso there is no basketball in Kumasi and we have made our people proud.”

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