Teshie Rangers, Braves of Customs and Tema Youth delivered superb performances en route to record impressive wins over Holy Family, Air Force and Reformers of Prisons respectively in the Accra Basketball League (ABL).
The defending champions Braves extended its’ winning streak to three following a resounding 69-26 win over Air Force in the fourth round. Emmanuel Otu started the barrage with two quick layups and a deep three point shot. 2015 National Most Valuable Player Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan checked in from the bench and instantly made his presence count with a converted three point attempt.
Air Force’ Point Guard Edward Sarpong proved the only threat for Braves and beat the buzzer with a beautiful three pointer just on the center line to end the first quarter losing 8-20.The second and third quarters turned out to be another rout with Center Suleman Abubakar making two outstanding blocks.
Rangers put last weekend’s close 37-39 loss to Air Force behind them by beating Holy Family in another close game winning 54-51. The team as has become synonymous with its performance after three rounds, started with a 21-30 loss in the first quarter but close down the deficit as the game wore on.
Heading into the third quarter trailing 30-34, Point Guard Cecil Arthur converted two straight baskets to give Teshie the game’s lead. Holy Family Center James Offei had the chance to tie the score at 52 but was called for an offensive foul which Rangers converted to seal the win.
Tema Youth made it two straight wins with a 57-49 win over Reformers. Tema started on a strong note as Forward John Karikari scored eight points but Reformers Yakubu Mohammed countered with eight points of his own to give Reformers a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Tema got back in the game by capitalizing on a bigger lineup to punish Reformers inside the paint despite Mohammed’s game high 17 points.