The 2016 Ghana Basketball Awards made a huge splash on Friday at the Best Western Premier Hotel as Suleman Abubakar and Matilda Gordon were declared Most Valuable Male and Female Players of the Year respectively.
The event which was well attended had Abubakar, who goes by the moniker “Big Time”, win the most coveted prize alongside her Braves of Customs and Accra Polytechnic counterparts, Matilda Gordon.
Gordon also emerged winner of the Tertiary Female Player of the Year ahead of Yayra Kluiboto of University of Cape-Coast and Osseni Mahmoudath of Valley View University. University of Ghana (UG) Power Forward Maxwell Okuampah piped Abubakar to the Tertiary Male Player of the Year title.
It turned out to be a massive winning night for UG as the institution’s Male Basketball Team won the Team of the Year, GUSA (Ghana Universities Sports Association) Team of the Year and UPAC (Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges) Team of the Year. Meme Falconer won Coach of the Year.
In the High School Division, St. Augustine’s College duo of Dennis Dugbenu and Lawrence Ampiah won the Male Player of the Year and Coach of the Year respectively. Aggrey Memorial’s Juliana Cudjoe won in the girl’s category.
Comedian DKB and singer eShun of X Factor Nigeria fame thrilled guests with knockout performances.
Below is a full list of winners at the Ghana Basketball Awards third edition:
Development Award – Chiefs Basketball Academy
Clean Team of the Year – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
High School Male Player of the Year – Dennis Dugbenu, St. Augustine’s College
High School Female Player of the Year – Juliana Cudjoe, Aggrey Memorial Mount Zion
High School Coach of the Year – Lawrence Ampiah, St. Augustine’s College
Referee of the Year – Gasu Quarmyne
Tertiary Male Player of the Year -Maxwell Okuampah, University of Ghana
Tertiary Female Coach of the Year – Matilda Gordon, Accra Polytechnic
Coach of the Year – Meme Falconer, University of Ghana
Overall Most Valuable Female Player of the Year – Matilda Gordon
Overall Male Player of the Year – Suleman Abubakar
Africa Development Award – Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors General Manager
African Player of the Year – Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic
PUSAG Male Team of the Year – Marshalls University College
PUSAG Female Team of the Year – Valley View University
GUSA Female Team of the Year – University of Cape-Coast
GUSA Male Team of the Year – University of Ghana
GHAPSA Male Team of the Year – Accra Polytechnic
GHAPSA Female Team of the Year – Accra Polytechnic
UPAC Team of the Year – University of Ghana
High School Male Team of the Year -St. Augustine’s College
High School Female Team of the Year – Aggrey Memorial Mont Zion
Dedication and Valor – Anthony Adjorh
Dedication and Valor – Benjamin Baafi