Novas trailed Ghana Air Force for most parts of its tough matchup in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division II at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu but emerged strong late to steal a win.
Novas beat Air Force 49-46 to condemn the latter to a second straight loss in the division. Air Force lost for the second time this season 52-53 to Tudu Galaxy in the past round.
Force trailed 6-9 before Emmanuel Lamptey scored a three pointer to tie the
game. Sulley Wahab and Sampson Annan added a pair of jump shots to give Air
Force an 11-9 lead. Annan delivered a block to maintain Air Force’s lead.
Larry Alhassan scored for Novas in the quarter.
Wahab beat the buzzer with a jump shot to give Air Force a 25-17 half time lead. Annan tipped in a rebound earlier in the second quarter as Novas bagged a pair of points from the charity stripe.
Novas held Air Force to just four points in the third quarter as the team won the third quarter thanks to a 13-4 run. Novas held a one point lead 30-29 heading to the final quarter. Novas got points from Paul Adzowu, Mubarak Alhassan and Bernard Sewiri.
Back to back three pointers kept Novas’ lead intact but Lamptey came off the bench to bury two jumpers as Air Force trailed 32-33. Another deep shot put Novas up 38-34 but Wahab’s layup leveled the score once again.
Lamptey gave Air Force a 42-41 lead with 1:48 remaining by scoring two free throws. Air Force got four more points from Wahab and Annan but expert shooting from Edem Dagadu and Nicholas Achiboye halted Magic’s run and gave Novas a stunning 49-46 win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah