Accra Basketball league (ABL) Women Division outfit Air Force was on the receiving end of two losses as it got beaten 29-48 be Braves; losing its’ winning streak in the process. The team’s maiden loss of the season at the hands of defending champions Braves of Customs at the Prisons Court in Cantonments, Accra, came after a disjointed and dispirited performance in the second half.
Racing into a seven point lead to nothing, Air Force looked set for a major win in the season which would have signaled strong indications of a shift in power in the division. However, the brilliant start did not hold with Braves coming strongly back in the game to overturn the deficit and build a massive lead which would not be closed.
For starters, Air Force’ usually consistent shooting from deep deserted them. Guards Grace Yinamyah and Memena Mumuni’s shooting touch could not find the bottom of the hoop. Yinamyah’s strong defense on the perimeter alongside Susan Mills were almost nonexistent as the duo got overpowered by Braves bigger players.
In one of several moves which highlighted the vast disparity in height, Mumuni’s missed three point attempt ended with Braves big Gloria Gyampoh scoring a fast break layup.
Despite the big loss, team leader Annabel Dsane who looked uncomfortable throughout the game due to an injury believed the defending champions Braves are “beatable” and the loss “was one those things that happen in basketball”.