The connoisseurs and bookmakers of sports will at any event involving the Mfantsipim School, from Cape Coast and the Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC) at Osu, predict that Mfantsipim will emerge victorious.
This is, especially at a time when Mfantsipim School also known as ‘Kwabotwe’, has dominated that particular event over the years.
However, this was not the case in this year’s Spriteball Basketball Competition at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra, when Presec, Osu, defeated Mfantsipim School back-to-back to emerge champions.
Players of Presec, Osu, proved that their first win over Kwabotwe was not a fluke when they repeated their scintillating performance against the ‘The School’ this year.
Presec, Osu, were unable to repeat the massive margin of their first victory over four-time winners, Mfantsipim, which ended 45-14 on Thursday but came from behind to edge their second meeting 25-22.
The teams were tied on 12 points each at the halfway stage, with Mfantsipim ending the half on a poor run after dominating the early exchanges.
Mfantsipim guard, Gabriel Hammond, scored from two three-point shots to give his side a 20-16 lead.
However, the Presec guards, Prince Lumorvi and Joel Koboayere, scored from the free throw line to hand their school their maiden victory at the Spriteball Championship.
Presec’s point guard, Joel Koboayere, was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition.
Pope John Senior High School and Junior Seminary defeated Sacred Heart Technical Institute 21-12 to claim a third-place finish in the Boys Contest.
In the girls final, Kumasi Girls’ High School clinched the giant gold Spriteball Championship trophy after beating Accra Wesley Girls’ High School 30-29 in the final.
The Kumasi side won the championship in the exciting finale although in regulation time the score was tied at 27.
Kumasi Girls’ could have won the game at the end of regulation time but Point Guard and tournament MVP, Rose Yeboah, missed a free throw to complete a three-point play after getting fouled on a drive.
Accra Wesley Girls’ took an 8-1 lead in the opening minutes of the first half but got pegged with a flurry from Kumasi Girls’ to lead 13-8.
However, Accra Wesley Girls’ recovered well to end the first half on top courtesy a 15-13 lead with back-to-back made free throws.
In the end, the teams could not be separated as they were tied at 29 so the game went into overtime. Abigail Agyapomaa, Centre, converted a free throw with a few seconds remaining on the clock.
Eric Ankamah Agyapong of Presec, Osu, and Zibo Brown of Kumasi Girls’ were named Male and Female Coach of the Year respectively, while the vociferous supporters of St Thomas Aquinas SHS were named Fans of the Year.