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Western and Central regional schools jostle for places on Friday, Saturday

By Patrick Akoto
By Patrick Akoto

11/27/2010 9:31:15 AM -

The regional qualifiers in the 2010 Sprite Ball Championship is gradually reaching home stretch and the spotlight will swinged to the port city of Sekondi - Takoradi before the Central region takes it turn in deciding the fate of schools that will represent their respective territory ahead of the national final in Accra next month.

More than fifteen (15) schools from the Western Region will make their second appearance in the much –talked about Sprite Ball Championship on the campus of Ghana Secondary Technical School (G.S.T.S) on Friday November 26th, 2010.

The host underlined their status as the ‘powerhouse’ of basketball in the Western Region with a splendid team work coupled with some individual brilliance to clinch the title at the expense of perennial rivals Ahantaman Senior high last year.

They began their quest to win the title with a resounding 13-5 victory over Takoradi Senior High before victory over arch-rivals St John’s, Bompeh Senior High and Adiembra Senior High Ahantaman handed them the title for the first time.

But their quest to win the title for the second time in a row will be tested to the elastic limit as other schools will be determined to erase last year’s blemishes’.

Schools like Fijai Senior, St John’s, Asankaragua, Arch Bishop Porter Girls, amongst others will vie for honours in the one –day championship.

Expectations among the various schools have reached and epoch stage and if what transpied in the previous five regions (Volta, Bong Ahafo,Ashanti, Eastern and Greater Accra) is anything to go by then, their compatriots from the twin-city will sell –out an electrifying game in the cliff hanger.

The best they say in Ghana comes from the West, and it remains to be seen if senior high schools in the region have got enough impetus to thrive in their second season in the famous Sprite Basketball Competition this year.

The Western hemisphere of Ghana has always pride itself as the embodiment of greatness in the West African Country and Ghanaians will be waiting with baited breath if they can translate that unto the court.

Fishermen, traders and the entire crazy basketball community are bracing themselves for an exciting challenge in two months time in the Sekondi –Takoradi Metropolis.

The Sprite Ball competition in both the male and female divisions have been dominated by schools in the Central and Greater Accra regions over the past three years and the Western regional schools are bent on halting the supremacy of the two regions in the final chapter on December 22nd and 23rd at the El-Wak Stadium.

After the Western Regional schools are determined, schools in the central region will also do battle the next day in what many pundits have described as the game fit for the gods.

Mfantsipim Senior High won the competition for the second time last year while Wesley Girls were dethroned by Aggrey Memorial in the girl’s division and so a lot will be at stake when they slug it out for the title.

Adisadel College (Adisco), St Augustine’s College (Augusco), Ghana National, Isaaniya Secondary Business School, Cape Coast Technical Institute amongst others are primed for action on Saturday November 27th, 2010 at the Schools and Colleges Park in Cape Coast.

At the end of the two-day competition from the two regions, eight (8) schools will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the grand finale slated for the El-Wak stadium on December 22nd and 23rd, 2010.

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