The Tema Sharks failed to make an appearance in the final game of the Rush Community Basketball Tournament by falling to a 79-88 defeat in over time to the Ashaiman Tigers at Accra Polytechnic court.
The defeat meant the Sharks also missed out on the huge financial rewards an appearance in the finals would have brought.
Small Forward Ebenezer Borsah scored a team high 21 points to rally Tema from a 13 point deficit with five minutes to go and force overtime. Borsah was in the zone as he converted three straight 3-pointers to reduce Ashaiman’s lead to six.
Tema took a 20-11 lead in the first quarter on the back of Power Forward MacMartey Larweh’s impressive dunks but a weak performance from the Sharks allowed Ashaiman to whittle their lead to just a point.
With Tema down 73-74, Borsah converted one of two free throws to even the scores and move the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Tigers had more left in the tank to pull away from the Sharks and move into the finals.
The Rush Community Tournament is Ghana’s first community basketball tournament and had 10 teams from the Central and Greater Accra Regions respectively compete against each other.