Air Force’ campaign in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) took another major hit as the team lost 38-56 to Tema Youth over the weekend at the Lebanon House in Tudu in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
In contrasting fashion, the loss sent Air Force spiraling down the standings to sixth place despite playing more games than Fire Service and Navy who have played two games all season. Tema on the other hand, moved to the summit of the standings.
Air Force’ second loss from three games puts the team in danger of missing out on a playoff position come the regular season end. The team showed loads of inconsistency throughout the matchup with Tema. In some limited periods of the game, they played with control and moved the ball well. For most parts of the game, they played loose turning the ball over on multiple possessions.
One of the main issues the team needs to address ahead of tougher challenges will be the Point Guard position. Starter Edward Sarpong has shown he can play the position but his position becomes a less viable offensive option for the team when he sits close to the end of games.
The lack of ample playing time does nothing positive for the team as backup Manasseh Morkli has struggled to make an impact in limited minutes allotted.
Another disturbing trait in the team is the lack of rebounding. Air Force has consistently missed out on crashing boards even when the team recorded its’ only win of the season over Teshie Rangers.