Junior Reformers.

Tema West and C12 (yellow) in action.

The Tema Community 4 Court has not been the best place to visit this weekend as the usually attractive brand of basketball that characterizes the venue has gone amiss over the last couple of days.

Beginning with the junior division, the Tema Under 19 Tournament was a success seeing the high level of competition and skill for young players. Home side Community 4 won the competition beating Nungua 46-39 in the final game.

However, prior to that game, an all Tema showdown took place between Community 12 and Tema West Academy in the bronze medal fixture.

C12 won the tie 29-28 in a feisty encounter that had young players slug it out on the court. Though calm was restored immediately after the fracas, the sight of young players getting overly physical was a bad footnote to the tourney.

Two players had to be ejected from the game for the record.

In another equally entertaining yet controversial game played a few minutes ago albeit in the senior division, witnessed gory scenes never seen before since the league began in 2016.

Again players from both sides -Nungua Coldstore and Ghana Police- got into several confrontations that marred the beauty of a very good game between two of the best outfits in the league this season.

Again, players from both sides got ejected as Coldstore wrapped another regular season win over Police with a 47-39 win.

Prior to this week, the Tema League has largely been a competition immune from malpractices on and off the court.

Worsening matters, neither Junior Reformers of Prisons nor Tema Community 5 showed up for the second game of the round; both sides abandoned the game.

However, events recently has plunged the reputation deep in the doldrums and needs restoration.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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