Panthers made its vastly experienced roster count as it scored late baskets to clinch a win over Junior Reformers in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division II game played in midweek.
Panthers beat Junior Reformers 68-64 in an entertaining game at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu; the matchup was Reformers second this season after a delayed debut.
Reformers Emmanuel Larbi traded baskets with Panthers Emmanuel Otoo to start the game with Otoo draining two three pointers. Feranmi Olulonyo scored four points inside the paint and Reformers big man Samuel Odamtten did same. Reformers Jeffrey Narh drained a three pointer to close the quarter with Reformers trailing 16-17.
Reformers Larbi scored a shot from deep as Reformers went on a seven point run to begin the quarter and take a 23-17 lead. Kofi Attafuah ended the run with a fastbreak layup.
Emmanuel Mensah tied the game’s score at 23 with off a drive but Reformers scored off a miss to give his side the lead only for Panthers Patrick Awuley to beat the buzzer with a surprising three pointer. Panthers finished the first half leading 28-26.
Panthers front court of Awuley and Olulonyo asserted their authority inside the paint to stretch Panthers lead. Reformers responded with Michael Anaman and Andrews Lamptey scoring to make score 42-44 with Panthers leading after Kwame Attafuah’s circus layup and three pointer.
Reformers Samuel Olimpio spun beautifully beating two Panthers players to score and Ibrahim Jafaro added a layup to give Reformers a 53-47 lead.
Olimpio completed a three point play but Mensah scored four points and Kofi Attafuah scored a fastbreak layup to tie the game at 56. With 2:34 left, score was tied at 62. Mensah scored points late in the final minutes of the quarter with Kwame Attafuah completing a three point play to give Panthers the four point win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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