Air Forces’ opening day 40-43 loss to Tudu Magic in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) will not affect the team’s morale according to team coach Thomas Ankrah. The team’s first game of the 2016 season which was played at the Lebanon House in Tudu, had Air Force trail by a point after the first quarter.
However, the deficit increased to six in the second quarter as Magic found new joy in the post which wasn’t the case in the opening quarters. Speaking to Basketballghana.com, Ankrah was disappointed with the loss but was adamant it wouldn’t affect the team going forward. He said:
“Its’ rather unfortunate that we lost this game but its’ our first outing this season and we will not take it as something that will dampen our spirit…we lost during the last quarter we could have made some difference”.
The outlook of the game changed from one characterized by Magic shooting a lot outside the paint to them scoring in the paint later on in the game due to the presence of Emmanuel Gyampong and Evans Anfom.
The latter was impressive in his battle with Air Forces’ big men in the painted area as he outrebounded and out hustled them which created second opportunities for Guards Eric Quaye and Nii Koi Kotey to benefit from.
Both teams were making their respective debuts in the new season.