The Tema Community Basketball League maiden edition’s regular season is over but the postseason is in full flow at the Community 4 Basketball Court with four teams battling for top honors in Ghana’s next big league.
Flashlights of Tema New Town and Community 12 are in battle for third place as Ashaiman Lions and Nungua Coldstore do same for the top position. In Game One of the respective series, Flashlights beat Community 12 39-33 and Nungua beat Ashaiman 49-38.
With Game Two set to commence on Sunday October 30 at the same venue, here are some interesting things to look out for:
1. The season can end early for Ashaiman and Community 12 should they lose again.
After both sides lost the opening games of their respective series, a repeat of last week’s results will bring an end to the campaign for Lions and C12.
2. A reverse in fortune for C12 and Ashaiman Lions would extend the season and the series.
Should both win their respective matchups on Sunday, both sides will tie the series at 1 hence the need for a deciding Game 3 to decide who gets what medal at the end of the season. For Ashaiman, it would mean cutting down turnovers which proved crucial in getting Nungua back in the game. For C12 Coach Emmanuel Partey , that means getting his side to outrebound the bigger Flashlights side.
3. Fans get to see MVP candidates duel
Frontline contenders for Most Valuable Player in the league will have another go at each other and another opportunity to show fans why they deserve to win the top award. Nungua Coldstore duo Kofi Agyei and Kwame Boamah Djan will go up against Ashaiman’s Shooting Guard Elvis Pobi-Siaw as Flashlights dynamic duo, Joseph Boye and Kingsley Quist take their turn against Community 12.
Coldstore’s duo produced the highlight moment in Game One as Agyei’s block was completed with a huge one handed dunk from Djan.
4. Visibility will not be a problem.
For the first time in what looks like a millennia, the Community 4 Court will be able to host games late in the day as the court has been fitted with outdoor lights. Overhauling the lighting system at the venue was catered for by National Democratic Congress Parliamentary Candidate for Tema Central Constituency, Ebi Bright.