Presec-Legon boys’ endured a difficult stretch in recent past which led some to believe the team’s hopes for a second title were fading.
The Royal Blues recaptured the spotlight at the 2014 Sprite Ball Championship after playing catch-ups since winning the competition in 2007.
The Accra-based side looked totally transformed as they ditch out an amazing performance that thrilled many during the two-day championship at the El-Wak stadium.
Presec etched their name in the history books when they became the maiden winners of the prestigious basketball championship in the West African country.
They were the unbeatable side with enormous potential to excel in the years ahead but shocking they slept on their achievement and allowed Achimota and Mfantsipim to take over the mantle and dominate until they resurfaced six years later.
They indeed hit back with a vengeance and left teams panting for breath.
They won all their group games including fixtures against Ghana Secondary Technical School, Kumasi Anglican and Easter Regional surprise package Akwamuman Senior High.
After starting off the giants of the West, Ghana Secondary Technical School with a decisive triumph against the Takoradi-based side, they never looked back as they strolled to win after win.
Their semi-final victory over defending champions Mfantsipim underlined their title credentials and really cemented their status as a likely candidate to win the title.
However they lost their grounds against a resolute Ketasco side in the crunch final.
However, their trainer Kofi Yesu, was left satisfied with their performance, revealing in confidence they are on the right path.
“We are walking on a better path than we were few years ago,” Yesu told BASKTEBALLghana.com
“We feel more optimistic right now, we are looking forward and not thinking of what happened before.”
“A stronger, healthier roster is helping us as is its commitment to playing better defense. The future looks bright for us. I have no doubt about that.
“One of the main factors in beating Mfantsipim was that we forced them to shoot 30% on two-pointers and the way we played defense didn’t allow them to play their game.
One of the lynchpins in the Presec team team, Paul Buamah,says it’s important for the players to keep their feet on the ground.
“It is too early to make predictions on what the future hold but we’re confident about our chances next year,” he said.
“There are a number of months ahead to prepare ahead of next year’s final and so anything can happen.
“There is no perfect team and despite the records, the most important thing is to keep our focus and keep training hard.
Part of the game in the Sprite Ball is the one played in the head, and that is one of the strengths of Presec.
He knows his players have to remain mentally sharp in 2015.
“The most important thing in sports is to stay healthy, not only in the bodies, but mentally as well,” he said.
There is a long way to go for all teams, with others like Ketasco, Mfantsipim, Opoku Ware, Koforidua Secondary Technical School and Prempeh College sure to have a say in matters.
There are plenty of national team players involved in the fray as well, many who will feature at the 2015 Sprite Ball Championship.
It’s all going to make for very interesting viewing the rest of the way.