Okine and Team POJOSS.
Pope John (yellow and blue) beat Sacred Heart 21-12

Osu (green) frustrated Pope John to clinch the win
Pope John (yellow) beat Adisadel

Pope John Guard Sanisa Merdi in action
Pope John High School Basketball Coach James Okine has revealed his focus on schools other than Greater Accra Region caused his team a place in the final game of the just ended Sprite Ball Championship.

This year’s tournament had Presbyterian Senior High School (Osu PRESEC) beat the odds to win the competition with Mfantsipim School placing second and Pope John coming in third place.

Okine made the statement in an interview following his team’s second bronze medal in the past three editions of the Championship.

The Eastern Region representative lost 12-16 to Osu PRESEC in the semifinals and Okine pointed out his preparations prior to the tournament were channeled toward nullifying the threat of Ashanti and Central Region schools to the neglect of those in Ghana’s capital region.

Prior to the recently held competition at the El Wak Stadium, no team from Accra had won the championship in the male division since 2009.

On the other hand, teams from Ashanti and Central have won the competition in that period bar Keta Senior High Technical School’s 2014 win.

Central schools Mfantsipim School and St. Augustine’s College and Ashanti rep Opoku Ware have won the title prior to Osu PRESEC’s triumph.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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