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GABA boss Baafi eyes natural progression

The finals of the Indomie Community Dunks proved to be an exciting and riveting contest that caught the eyes of many including Greater Accra Chairman of the Basketball Association, Benjamin Baafi.

Young but talented players drawn from three regions took to the centre court of the El-Wak stadium and never disappointed as they put up swash buckling performances that will continue to leave an imprint in the minds of supporters.

The road was long and hard for the teams that had the aspiration of winning the ultimate.

While the teams came with high hopes, some crushed at the eleventh hour after they failed to go past the group phase.

Cantonment started brilliantly after defeating Kumasi-based Asokwa in their opening encounter but they flattened to deceive after they lost their remaining two matches to crush out.

Humbling defeats to Dansoman and Cape Coast-based Kawanopado killed off their title ambitions for a side that showed so much optimism ahead of jump ball.

Young coach Emmanuel Ekow Amoako guided James Town in the competition for the first time since he steered Koforidua Secondary Technical School (KSTS) to win the Eastern Regional Sprite Ball Championship two years ago.

While Burma Camp had some rough patches against Kawanopado in the semi-finals, they provided enough evidence against one of the traditional powerhouse of Dansoman to suggest that come the business end of the competition, they will be in the reckoning.

But they could only to pick bronze after beating Dansoman in the third-place-play-off.

There were several players who shone in the championship including the likes of Kawanopado trio Daniel Owusu, Kingsley Whyte and Anthony Duodu as well as Kwadaso star boy Kyei Baffour.

Dansoman’s young centre Albert Osei Agyemang cannot be overlooked for his individual brilliance on the day.

The Greater Accra basketball chief was simply short of word for the talents on display.

“I am speechless to say the least. The future is looking amazing for Ghana and I am happy to be part of this drive,” Baafi told basketballghana.com’s editor Patrick Akoto

“These players will naturally progress into the next phase and I am sure many of them will form the nucleus of the national Under-17 team.

“We saw how our Under-18 performed at the last Afrobasket championship and I have no doubt in my mind that these players can progress into the team.

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