Fire Service Coach Lawrence Nortey has indicated substitutes were influential in his team’s strong final quarter showing against Holy Family which resulted in a 69-46 win for Fire. The win gave Fire a debut win in the 2016 Accra Basketball League in a game played at the Lebanon House in Tudu, Accra.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com, the experienced trainer narrowed his team’s superior play in the final quarters to the impact of substitutes including Point Guard Kingsley Quist who extended the team’s lead as starters rested. He said:
“From the third quarter, we had some players kind of slow down so we had to substitute them to recover from that and later we put them back and it helped us to win.”
It was a cagey affair in the opening quarter of the game as Holy Family looked an improved side from its’ opening day heavy defeat to defending champions Braves of Customs. Family deservedly held a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before new Fire recruit Farahat Tamimu torched them with back to back three point shots.
Fire extended a 33-21 lead to 55-33 in the third quarter as Family’s bench, unlike Fire’s, couldn’t offer much production when the starters rested.
Fire will be in action on June 3 when they play Navy .