August 1, 2009
The battle for the title began last Friday at the El-Wak sports stadium when six of the clubs who have qualified into the second stage of the maiden U-18 basketball tournament dubbed ‘Community Dunks’ displayed the best of basketball skill and technique. Spectators at the venue were trilled to see young boys exhibiting standards only to be seen in an NBA game. The first game saw Dansoman led by Coach Maja Olunloyo disorganising the defence structure of the favourites Kaneshie, with quick inter-positional passes, pick and rolls, fast drives coupled with an excellent finish. In the final analysis Dansoman recorded a sweet revenge with a score 49-37 over their contender who made mincemeat of their team in the first round of the competition.
In a sensational twist Ashaiman gave away the two maximum points when they allowed the habour boys to fight from behind with only five players to win a match characterized by speed, energy and determination. Supporters of both teams cheered the boys on until the blast of the final whistle . The charged atmosphere at the stadium threw the venue into a dramatic state of ecstasy. Spectator were excited and trilled to see Okyeame Kwame the 2008 artiste of the year at the last Ghana Music Awards perform live. The game ended 65-50 in favour of Tema placing them on top of the league table with two points and a higher goal margin.
The last game between Ridge and Cantonment was tough. There was no clear cut winner till the last three minutes of the last quarter when the exploits of Raymond Maha in the eleven shirt of the Cantonment team displaced the tight defence network of the Ridge team with two quick lay ups which resulted in a goal to seal the game 49-45.
This Friday August 7,2009 will see yet another interesting pairings as Cantonment lock horns with Kaneshie, Tema plays Ridge whiles Dansoman engages Ashaiman in a match expected to generate fireworks. Lets meet at the El-Wak Stadium,2pm sharp . Admission is free.
Community Dunks is an initiative of Rite Multimedia and sponsored by Sprite and Indomie with support from DDP Outdoor Ltd, Western Publication, Silicon House Production, Y FM, TV Africa, 90 minutes News Paper and Ghana’s World News Paper.