The Accra Basketball League (ABL) began on Thursday May 5 at the Lebanon House with seven games taking place in Week One of the competition.
The Women’s Division had two of three scheduled games played on Thursday; Galaxy Ladies recorded a walkover win over Police Ladies after the latter failed to show up for the game.
Upsets ruled the first week of the formerly known Greater Accra Basketball League as last season runner up Tema Youth suffered a 46-51 loss to Navy. The Navy team barely missed relegation last season by placing eight on the standings.
Teshie Rangers produced a stunning 52-50 win over DC Dynamics in a battle of the debutants in the last game on Friday. Dynamics, last season’s Division II champions beat Rangers twice on the road to winning the division but pissed away the game’s lead with a minute and 21 seconds remaining after wielding it for long periods of the game.
Rangers’ Center Emmanuel Ocquaye and Shooting Guard Gabriel Numarworse converted from the free throw line to give the Teshie-based side a massive win.
Defending champions Braves of CEPS did not go according to the script as the title favorites pummeled Holy Family 69-37.
In the women’s division, Air Force handed Navy a 45-37 loss to leave Navy coach Alexander Tindani stunned. According to the trainer who goes by the moniker “Coach Super”, his team’s superiority over Air Force caused him more disappointment.
Below is a summary of results from Week One of the ABL:
Women’s Division (Thursday)
Air Force 45-37 Navy
Fire 30-62 Prisons
Galaxy-Police game was forfeited due to Police’ inability to complete registration of players in time.
Men’s Division I (Friday)
Tema Youth 46-51 Navy
Braves of CEPS 69-37 Holy Family
DC Dynamics 50-52 Teshie Rangers
Men’s Division II (Saturday)
CYO 45-37 Tema Youth
Adenta Leopards 68-65 Reformers in overtime.