Navy Guard Mensah with ball.
Braves (blue) proved too much for UG to handle.

Braves of Customs and Ghana Navy have registered important wins over University of Ghana (UG) and Fire Service in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women’s Division games played at the Lebanon House in Tudu.

Defending Champions Braves eased away from UG’s tough matchup to win 45-28 after Navy beat Fire 46-37 in the opening game.

Navy and Fire were tied on nine in scoring at the end of the first quarter as the opening exchanges of the game were cagey. Neither side was able to separate itself from the other as Fire led 19-15 to close the first half.

Fire in particular found more joy scoring from distance including a three point shot from Carlyn Adjei. Navy fared better in the second half as Guard Maria Mensah tied the score at 19 before converting an uncontested three point shot to give her side a 25-21 lead.

New recruits Memuna Mumuni and Grace Yinamyah converted crucial baskets down the stretch to see off Fire’s threat as tensions rose.

Braves got off to a good start against UG with a 23-13 lead in the first half but were made to sweat during lengthy stretches in the third quarter.

However, the side showed its experience over the young tertiary side to coast to victory in the final minutes of the matchup.

Braves Guard Nana Afia Agyemang starred for the league champions with seven points in the first quarter but tremendous ball movement from UG kept the side in the tie.

After a dry spell, Agyemang combined with backcourt mate Grace Doe to score four straight points effectively sealing the win. Doe produced the game’s highlight play with a huge block.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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