The 2019 Sprite Ball Championship produced a string of sterling performances from the 20 participating schools at the El Wak Stadium in Accra.
Mfantsipim School and Kumasi Girls Senior High School were crowned champions in the Boys and Girls Divisions respectively.
However, some teams overachieved per the expectations plaudits placed on them prior to the 13th edition of Ghana’s biggest high school basketball competition.
West Africa Senior High School (WASS)
The Adenta-based school was not tipped to progress from Group C ahead of Pope John Senior High School and Prempeh College.
However, WASS progressed and went all the way to the final game before losing 16-35 to Mfantsipim to win the silver medal.
WASS recorded its best result in the competition after beating December 2016 winners Opoku Ware School 25-12 in the semifinal.
Sekondi College (SEKCO)
Prior to this year’s competition, SEKCO had not competed at the national stage due to consistent failures to progress from the Western regional qualifiers.
However, in its maiden run, SEKCO surprisingly topped Group C ahead of 2018 winners PRESEC-Osu and fellow debutant Bishop Herman College. The team exited at the quarterfinal stage after losing 18-29 to WASS.
Shama Senior High School (SHASS)
SHASS had not progressed from the group stage before the just ended edition but halted that run by placing second in Group B. Despite losing in the semifinal to eventual winners Kumasi Girls, SHASS clinched third place thanks to a 16-14 win over St. Louis Senior High School.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter