After three failed grand finals Ganta United Methodist School (GUMS) finally grabbed the Harold McGowan Basketball Trophy, in the Upcountry basketball tournament.
GUMS, dubbed the Lion whipped the Upcountry basketball highest taker, Dolokelen Gboveh High School of Bong County, 44-18 points over the weekend in Ganta, Nimba County.
The tournament brought nine schools from five counties for the first time in Nimba County for over a decade.
Defending champion St. Martin High School (Gbarnga) held off Zorzor Central High School 22-18 and whipped the William V.S.Tubman-Gray 31-13 points, but lost to GUMS 21-33 points.
St. Martin trailed by five points entering the 2nd quarter and was hammered by the GUMS’ marksman Lawrence Mahn overriding former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Eric Wangar.
Earlier, GUMS began their winning spree against C.H. Dewey (Bomi County), 27-20 points 28-23 points against St. Mary’s.
Gboveh joined GUMS in the finals, having defeated William V. S. Tubman-Gray 22-14 points in the semi finals.
The former title holders qualified narrowly with Brumskine from Group II, with a win and defeat. In the quarterfinals, Gboveh bowed 24 to 26 points to GUMS but moved to the finals along with St. Martin’s and William V. S. Tubman-Gray and GUMS.
Presenting the trophies to the 1st and 2nd winners, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BYC Football, Robert A. Sirleaf extolled GUMS for the final victory after three wins and urged them to maintain the success.
He admonished Gboveh High School to keep on the fight.
Mr. Sirleaf also presented medals to players and technicians of the teams.
GUMS’ duo, Lawrence Mahn and Diamond Wesley was awarded the highest scorer (41 points) and Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Gboveh’s point man, Olesen Adama Kamara was the highest three pointers.
Businessman Floyd Tomah was among those certificated for the promotion and success of the tournament.
Acting Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele in separate remarks commended participating teams.