The Fire Service Basketball team finally managed to score in the win column of the 2016 Accra Basketball League (ABL) following the male side’s 69-46 win over Holy Family. The team’s female side is yet to register a win after two games played thus far in the women’s division.
However, the men got the job done in an emphatic way thanks to the brilliance of enigmatic swingman Farahat Aliu Tamimu. Fire got off to a wobbly start as Holy Family raced to a 13-7 lead as both side traded excellent ball sharing plays.
First, Fire Center Joseph Boye and Daniel Okoe Laryea combined for Philip Armalo to score inside the paint. Holy Family responded in appropriate fashion with Point Guard Adams laying off a sweet pass to big man James Offei to score.
Family’s competitiveness sucked out of the game as time went by with Fire dictating the pace and Farahat dominating the score sheet with two quick three point shots and going coast to coast for a layup to give his a 33-21 lead at half time.
The remaining quarters had little in terms of competition as Fire extended its’ lead to as many as 20 points (55-33). However, the game was marred with loads of malicious play which almost degenerated into a fist fight with the enthusiastic Armalo and Tamimu heavily involved.
In a post game interview with Basketballghana.com, Fire Coach Lawrence Nortey praised his team’s approach in the game saying, “I feel so good because we had team work and we played as a team and not individually and that helped us win the game.
Tema Youth beat Tudu Magic 59-43 whereas Teshie Rangers lost 37-39 to Air Force in the other games on the day.