Guard Benjamin Debrah recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Taking on the challenge of stopping Ashaiman’s high scoring backcourt combo of Shooting Guard Elvis Siaw and Point Guard Emmanuel Amartey, the duo limited them to just 21 combined points.
The Tigers after going undefeated in two games on the back of strong shooting beyond the arc, lost their bearings as they continuously air balled many shots and eventually the match.
Returning to the Tigers lineup after a one game absence due to a national team call up, John Teye Okumoh scored 14 points with none coming from seven attempted shots from three point range.
Heading into the second quarter losing 11-19, the Hawks scored points by driving hard to the basket. This tactic proved useful as they reduced a 13 point deficit to just two. Come half time, the score stood 44-46 in favor of Ashaiman.
Earlier in the third quarter, Debrah tied the game with a nifty layup. The Hawks continued to score on drives to the basket as they extended their slim lead to 13. Hawks Coach Daniel Sowah called a timeout after seeing his team’s lead cut to seven.
The fourth quarter display by the Tigers was miffed by looking on as the Hawks buried free throws and jumpers and many of their shots kept missing the target.
Despite recording two wins from two matches, Hawks Coach Sowah declined to tag his team favorites for the title.
Tigers Coach Lawrence Nortey described his team’s performance as flat but attributed it to ailments to some players which caused to tire out early and not defend better.