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‘Temple Jam Championship will correct wrong impression about Ghana’s basketball’

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Tema Youth Basketball Club of Ghana Coach, Emmanuel Quaye believes the performance of his team in the ongoing Temple Jam Basketball Tournament at the Teslim Balogun Stadium will expose the quality of Ghanaian clubs to not only Nigerians fans, but also followers of the sport across the world.

Speaking after Tema lost to Gombe Bulls 68-65 in the most entertaining game on the opening day of the international invitational tournament, Coach Quaye said, “As you would have noticed, the game didn’t play out the way most people expected. Nigerians have largely seen Ghanaian teams as teams to run over in the game of basketball.

“That’s the unfortunate perception of us but I am glad that Gombe worked very hard to gain that victory. It could have gone either way.”

Quaye, who has been friend and colleague of the Gombe Bulls coach Abdulrahman Mohammed over the years, says his major concern was for his team to return to Tema, Ghana proud of their outing in Lagos.

“We want to showcase Ghanaian basketball positively, even as we also learn here, such that the general assumption that Ghanaians can’t play good basketball would at least change,” he added.

Tema players, who were billed to arrive in the country on Sunday only got into Lagos on Monday, with barely enough time to rest after the organisers had adjusted the fixtures to take care of the two teams, who arrived behind schedule.

The Ghanaians skipped their major meal and settled for fruits before the game that turned out to be the most contested in the competition so far.

Tema, which had trailed through the first three quarters, cut the six points and took over the lead with two minutes to the end of the game. The Bulls rallied back to win the game.

The Temple Jam Championship, which is running in conjunction with the Lagos State Basketball Association, continues tomorrow with another four matches. The competition is billed to end on Sunday.


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