For the time, the competition was extended to the Ashanti and Central regions to serve as a platform of shoring up potential talents for the country.
The journey to glory begun in the Ashanti Region on July 28 where seven communities consisting of Kwadaso, Bourkrom, Kofrom, Asem, Dechemso, Asokwa and Toase lined up to battle it out for the two available slot for the grand-finale.
The players never disappointed at the centre court of the Kumasi Anglican Senior High School as they churned out eye-popping performances that got many crazy basketball fanatics screaming on top of their voices.
It had all the ingredients in the game: sublime skills, quality shooting, creative rebounds, three pointers, anxiety, sweltering assist, inter-positional passes, excitements, disappointments, power play and an implausible team character and spirit.
At the end of a riveting contest Kwadaso stole the march off Asokwa to win the ultimate title recording a 17-12 overtime victory in front of a charged crowd as both teams picked their ticket for the finals.
With Ashanti region done and dusted, the focus was swiftly shifted to the Greater Accra Region where eight teams housed in two groups gathered their loins for the cliff hanger.
Pot A comprised of Dansoman, James Town and debutants Adabraka and La while pot B had 2009 winners Cantonments, Nima-Maamobi, Ridge and Burma Camp.
The stage at the CYCC basketball court at Kawukudi was set to for an enthralling three-week action.
The three week competition produced a repertoire of emerging talents who are expected to blossom into future stars.
Former Basketball stars like KSTS Emmanuel Ekow Amoako and the egotistical Raymond Maha were in charge of both James Town and Burma Camp respectively – given true meaning of their desire to impact positively their knowledge on these young lads.
Indeed the three-week round-robin competition was replete with determination, aggression and some controversial refereeing decisions that got some fans livid.
But after 21 days of exciting basketball artistry, Burma Camp and Dansoman topped their respective groups after recording three victories in three games.
The likes of James Town and Cantonments also managed to book their passage to the finals.
Two communities from the Central Region – Kawanopado and Djeajano-Anafo were picked to represent the region to seal the number of qualifying teams.
Cometh the day, cometh the moments and the eight finalists lined up to face each other in what was expected to be an enthralling affair.
Burma Camp were handed a tough draw in group A where they were paired against Cape Coast-based Djejeano-Anafo and Kwadaso from the Ashanti Region.
Group B saw Dansoman handed a similar difficult group which had Kawanopado, Cantonments and Asokwa.
The venue was set, the court was ready as Kwadaso and Djejeano-Anafo got the competition off to a whirlwind fashion.
Kwadaso coach Ishmael Wahab quickly pulled the plug on the opening unit, bringing on star man Kyei Baffour who turned up the intensity, with some attacking flair to help the side coast to a comfortable 36-18 over their opponent.
On the other court, Kawanopado forced a lot of time off the clock to beat Dansoman 32-25. Coach Ferranyi’s young charges struggled to advance the ball in that contest as they lost their opening game.
The intensity of the competition grew stronger as Kwadaso surprised many on the court with a well-worked performance to beat highly fancied Burma Camp 15-11.
Team Kwadaso pressured the defense of Burma Camp and they ended up committing turnovers due to a shot clock violation. The next trip down the court, Nicholas Amofa penetrated and dished to Kyei Baffour who delivered a powerful bucket to silence their opponent.
Tough talking Kwadaso trainer Ishmael Wahab said his side never stopped believing they could qualify to the semi-finals.
Other encounters saw Burma Camp white-washing whipping boys James Town 34-4; Kawanopado trounced Cantonments 43-30 while Dansoman returned to winning ways in their second group game by beating Asokwa 23-19.
At the end of the group games, Kawanopado, Kwadaso, Dansoman and Burma Camp were up for a slot in the finals.
Kawanopado were up against Burma Camp while Kwadaso set up a meeting with Dansoman and both games were not without suspense.
The game between Kawanopado and Burma drew massive attention following their stellar performances in their previous games.
It was expected to be keenly fought but at the end of the day it rather turned out to be a one-way traffic for the Cape Coast-based side.
Team Burma Camp just swung the ball around the perimeter and shot open threes, which bricked and were easily rebounded by Kawanopado. Kawnopado’s Benjamin Sagoe stole most of the ensuing possession, and Anthony Duodo had the simplest of task of finishing the layup in transition to hammer them 43-12.
Meanwhile Kwadaso accounted Dansoman 28-13 after a close contest.
The final stage was set between Kawanopado and Kwadaso and the two teams sold out an exciting and end-to-end action at the El-wak stadium.
The Kumasi-based side entered the final game as the underdogs. Their adopted all defensive all attack approach, preventing their opponent from operating at will worked to perfection in the first quarter as the led 9-7.
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, pulling the cap off the rim and started playing basketball and that proved the nemesis for Kwadaso’s downfall.
Benjamin Sagoe stole the ball and fed Daniel Owusu a rhythm bucket from the top in transition. Sagoe continued his excellent play swatting Kingsley Whyte from behind following an over the top entry pass. Anthony Duodu calmly came down the floor and sank a jumper from the elbow to give Kawanopado 43-31 win at the end of the game, with their players going banana crazy on the court.
Meanwhile Burma Camp picked bronze after they beat Dansoman 28-23 in the third and fourth place match.
The 2012 edition of the Indomie Community Dunks will never go without identifying one talent who stole the show in every sense of the way.
Kawanopado’s power forward Anthony Duodu was a sure powerhouse in this year’s competition as he thrilled fans with some swash buckling performances at the El-Wak stadium.
He was an intricate part of his team’s success. The young facilitator possesses a refined, smart game. Not only can he dish his opponent efficiently, but he can score when called upon.
While his skills and athleticism are undoubtedly deteriorating, his calm demeanor and championship attitude was priceless for his team.
Providing solid rebounding and gritty defense was the basic framework of his play. The ability of the 15-year-old to handle the ball is what really has got scouts drooling.
The 2012 Indomie Community Dunks will forever leave an imprint on the minds of local fans for the next 12 months.
We say a big thank you to Indomie for given the platform to these players to showcase their mushrooming talents.
Lets stand up for the Champions!! KAWANOPADO COMMUNITY FROM THE CAPE COAST.
By: Editor-In-Chief: Patrick Akoto