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Team Kwadaso: Flair and flaws

Kwadaso came into the finals of the 2012 Indomie Community to make a bold statement, and rightly so they justified why they earned the right to represent the Ashanti Region.

The Kumasi-based side showed finesse and character but were denied the ultimate by Kawanopado in an epic show of power play in the finals.

They worked magic at the centre court of Kumasi Anglican Senior High School as they beat rivals Asokwa to book a seat in Accra.

Cometh the hour, cometh the day, and the twinkle little starlets from the Garden City begun to grab the headlines by stealing the show from pre-tournaments favourites Burma Camp and Dansoman.

One wasn’t sure however as to what to expect from them since they had little experienced playing together as a whole unit and the fact that their coach had ring some changes to the squad that reigned in their region.

The additions of Abdul Rahman, Emmanuel Wiredu and Sani Mohammed proved key for their fortunes.

Influential captain Kyei Baffour was terrific scoring ball inside all game long, but really hurt their opponent in crucial spots by burying long jumpers.

He was an inside-out force at the El-Wak stadium and Kwadaso leaned heavily on him to create offense, primarily down low.

They had two outstanding rebounders in Ata Akoto and Dickson Amponsah who played well in the competition. They could block shots and finish calmly.

The team however lacked the big temperament particularly in defensive but pretty much good for dunks or lay-ins.

Offensively, they weren’t great during the finals, but they were nowhere near as ragged as expected with reservations about how their half-court offense fared.

They were not a good outside shooting team and not filled with much passing talent either.

Kawanopado’s captain Benjamin Sagoe used his great speed to attack Kwadaso’ lane and disrupted their defensive. In short, they had erratic defensive.

Kwadaso didn’t’ shoot well in Accra, but would consider Kawanopado’s Anthony Duodu shooting ability at the perimeter. He was a spot-threat off the bench.

Looking into the future, their head trainer Maxwell Asiamah must focus on using their athleticism to get out in transition and try to lessen the time it’s in the centre half-court.

They did upset high-scoring Burma Camp in their group play but took that victory with a grain of salt.

Camp went into the game as the favourite to scale past their opponent, but Kwadaso silenced them with some sweet flowing and attacking game that got them many admirers.

Kwadaso had the physical talent to competitive but when fatigued set in, it splashed on their faces like and egg.

They could outrebound any of the teams and defended alright. But their overall low offensive skill pulled them back in the longshot.

The most intriguing Kwadaso player was Kyei Baffour. He wasn’t too polished offensively, but his high-volume rebounder and defensive presence prove the catalyst for their surging run.

Samuel Boateng was a nice jump shooter and darted around to drop nifty bounce passes that got opposing teams scratching their heads for answers.

He was a solid shooter and a productive player who caused many problems for the likes Of Dansoman, Djejeano-Anafo and Burma Camp.

All said and done, the silver-medalists deserve massive commendation for their discipline both on and off the court, character, team spirit and sense of fair play.

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