With the start of the new NSMQ season, new histories will be written. Three schools have already begun their journey to the ultimate prize, with a pit stop at the Preliminary Stage and an expectant continuation at the One-eighth Stage. At the Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, KNUST, Sunyani SHS (SUSEC), St. James Seminary SHS and Ofori Panin SHS (OPASS) booked their place at the One-eighth stage with varying degrees of strength and impressiveness.
Here’s a quick run-through of the first day’s contests at the Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, KNUST Kumasi.
SUSEC progress despite low scores
In the first contest for the day, Sunyani SHS limped into the One-eighth Stage after beating Northern School of Business and Nalerigu SHS at the Saarah-Mensah auditorium, KNUST Kumasi. SUSEC had a not-so-tough win as all three competing schools ended with less than 20 points, with SUSEC emerging victorious with an unimpressive 19 points, whiles Northern School of Business had 17 points and Nalerigu SHS followed with 15 points. Regardless, they earn a slot in the One-eighth Stage scheduled for 15th to 18th October, 2022.
St. James Sem. SHS backs ambition with action
The team from St. James Seminary SHS had a point to prove in the second contest, leaving no stone unturned to thoroughly defeat Assin State College and Bongo SHS. As the Bono-Ahafo Zonal Champions, St. James Sem. SHS proved their mettle with 60 points at the end of five rounds. Assin State College lost graciously with 40 points and hopes to return to the One-eighth Stage as one of the 15 Prelims Top Runners-up, while Bongo SHS can pragmatically cut their losses and invest in improving this year’s 11-point Prelims performance with a rejuvenated team next year.
OPASS sneaks a late win
Ofori Panin SHS (OPASS), Akumfi Ameyaw SHTS and Adiembra SHS climaxed the day’s contest with a serendipitous tough win for Ofori Panin SHS. What started as a seemingly keen contest between Adiembra SHS and Akumfi Ameyaw SHTS ended in their simultaneous heartbreak when Ofori Panin SHS answered three riddles in succession to move up the pecking order and end the contest as winners. With just a point separating each of the schools, OPASS managed a win with 34pts while Adiembra SHS and Akumfi Ameyaw SHTS scored 33pts and 32pts respectively.
At the end of an interesting day of thrilling contests, Sunyani SHS, St. James Seminary SHS and Ofori Panyin SHS move a step closer in their quest for the ultimate prize at the National Championship. Congratulations to all three schools.
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