The attention will shift to Cape-Coast on Friday March 9 when over fifteen Basic Schools battle for honours in the 2012 Central Regional Milo Junior Basketball Championship.

Defending champions Catholic Jubilee must fend off competition from the likes of sworn rivals St Nicholas, William De-graft, George Ekem-Ferguson, Mfantsipim and Philip Quaque amongst others to retain the trophy from the Central coast.

The level of competition in the region is arguably touted as second-rated in the country as it continues to produce top-notch talents that have gone ahead to make huge impact at the Senior High School and the Tertiary level in the West African country.

Jubilee produced a five-star display to ink the title in their debut appearance last year in the prestigious championship, but with the dynamics and tactics expected to change in 2012, they will need to dig deep to write their name in the history books once again.

The one-day competition is likely to attract many ingredients including surprises, asserting of dominance and revenge among the competing schools with an eye on qualifying to the national final top of the agenda.

Jubilee killed off the challenge of their closest rival St Nicholas by the whisker-recording a narrow 38-37 victory with a second left before the buzzer went off.

There are no injury concerns for the champions as power forwards Kingsley Whyte and Henry Ampiah are expected to spearhead their title defence in style.

But that will not come on a silver platter at the Jubilee Basketball court as the other participating teams will give them a good run for their money.

The penultimate regional qualifier comes on the heel of the triumph of Rev Francis Lemmens Roman Catholic Junior High School in the Eastern regional qualifying round on February 25 at Koforidua.

The final round of qualifiers will take place in the Greater Accra region where close to twenty schools will converge at the El-Wak stadium on March 19 before setting up the final date on April 13, 2012.

The 2012 Milo Junior Ball is brought to you by Nestle Milo- the food drink of future champions and powered by Rite Multimedia-leaders in basketball development and promotion in Ghana.


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