Week Two of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) delivered another exciting round of games at the Lebanon House in Tudu, Accra which had defending champions Braves obliterate another opponent and Magic finally make its’ debut in the 2016 season. Dynamics’ woes continued after losing to Prisons Reformers.
Braves, after brushing aside a Holy Family side who did not have any substitute or coach in last week’s matchup, the multiple champions delivered the goods again. This time around, they beat Navy 55-29 in a very physical game.
Both teams played tough basketball through the length of the game and unsurprisingly had officials making calls frequently. The constant whistling made life pretty uncomfortable for both sects including coaches Lawal Brimah of Braves and Alexander Tindani of Navy.
After Point Guard Baniba Dodzie got called for an offensive foul, he went irate at officials and had to be held back by his players. On the court, his charges got the business done without much fuss.
Brimah wasn’t the only trainer to exchange words with game officials as DC Dynamics Coach Feranmi Olulonyo went equally ballistic on the sidelines. His charges blew a 20-4 first quarter lead to lose 59-65 to Reformers.
His complaints were made after David Maja got called for a travelling violation in the paint with less than 15 seconds left on the clock and Dynamics down by two. The incident came on the back of a call on Emmanuel Mensah for a blocking foul.
Reformers Shooting Guard Elvis Pobi-Siaw came through for his side by hitting huge three point shots to will his team back into the game following a poor showing in the first quarter.
Tudu Magic’s debut in the new season ended with a close 43-40 win over Air Force with the likes of Power Forward Evans Anfom and Point Guard Nii Koi getting crucial baskets to stave off Air Force fightback.