08 April 2011
GHANA : Hoops defeat Fire in season opener
Cape Coast Hoops finally was on schedule. After its previous two matches against Police and Holy Family were postponed due to technical issues the team finally had its season opener against Ghana Fire Service Basketball Team. The team had the opportunity to debut a lot of new players for this match up. Partly because some of its players in the likes of “Sky Walker,” “Osofo,” “Ill Nana” et al were representing their university in the UPAC qualifiers which was held in Cape Coast. You can read more about this competition at www.basketballghana.com
Making their debut for Hoops were, Akpabio J, Pobi E, Soule I, Joseph L, Ikeh C and Okomefua A. The new look of the team had many fans at the venue going wow as the starting lineup was averaging 6’5” in height, which seems the biggest lineup in the league.
Been the first game and most of the players playing together for the first time, the game started with Meme F, throwing down the first dunk from a jump ball possession. That had the crown on their feet. From there it was rather a slow and calculative maneuvers as both sides look to take advantage. Hoops which trademark is defense for the season played spectacular 2-3 and 3-2 defense which checked the Fire team from freely attacking the basket and had to rely on outside shooting. There were out rebounded and a lot of blocks each time they enter the paint area.
By the end of the third quarter, darkness came in and both teams played under the light at the Prisons court. The poor light quality might have caused the progressions of the game as a lot of turnovers due to low visibility.
Meme F led all scorers with 16pts and 5 assts. The next match up is against Warriors on April 2, at the Prisons Court, Cantonment, Accra