Adenta Leopards has successfully secured a third straight win in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I earlier tonight.
The team clinched a 70-60 win over Navy Warriors in overtime at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu; the game was the first of two fixtures to mark Week 6 games in the division.
The in-form Leopards side was made to work for the win as the leads exchanged several times in an entertaining and fiercely contested game.
Leopards trailed 53-54 with seven seconds remaining but an ill advised proved costly for Warriors as the game ended tied on 54 to send it to overtime.
In overtime, Leopards still had their wits about them and channeled that into stretching the lead to 12 in the extra period.
Nana Owusu Agyei tied score at 23 with a jump shot for Leopards but Sylvester Esrifie beat the buzzer with a three point shot to give Warriors a 27-25 lead.
Emmanuel Sarkor of Warriors registered two highlight blocks and scored the final baskets in the second quarter from the free throw line to give his side a 33-31 lead. Muhaimin Guba had tied the score earlier at 31 scoring four consecutive points.
Two quick threes got Adenta up 41-39 with 4:38 remaining in the final quarter. Ernest Kojo Ofori gave Warriors a short lived 43-41 lead with a layup as Leopards ended with a 48-45 third quarter lead.
With 6:25 left in final quarter, Warriors trailed 47:48 before Ofori gave Warriors a 50-48 lead with a three pointer. Guba scored a contested layup but four points from Ofori restored Warriors lead -54-52 – with 1:29 left.
The game ended tied at 54 and Leopards scored a majority of points from the free throw line to clinch the win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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