For the second year in a row, Adenta Leopards will compete in the final game of the CAP7 Memorial Basketball Tournament.
The team secured its second straight appearance in the final thanks to a 56-47 win over Tema at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu on Friday, September 20.
Leopards beat Kawukudi Warriors to win last year’s title and will battle home side Tudu Galaxy in this year’s final later today at the same venue. Tema plays Adabraka CYO for the bronze medal.
Adenta led 12-10 after the first quarter with Kwame Opoku leading the way with a jump shot, layup drives and a couple of baskets from the free throw line. Tema got points from Joshua Annan’s tip in and Simon Aphour’s three point shot.
Tema dominated the boards but missed easy attempts around the rim. Fred Asante came off the bench to drain a three pointer in response to four points from Annan. Kofi Elias completed a three point play during a good run for Tema. Emmanuel Wolff and Muhaimin Guba scored points from the free throw line to give Adenta a 26-20 first half lead.
Aphour continued to impress from three point range as he hit another. Wolff scored five straight points for Adenta including a three pointer stretching Adenta’s lead to 33-24. Tema went on an eight run to trail 32-33 with Nii Moi scoring a three point shot and Annan adding a tough jumper. Adenta got points late in the quarter to lead 37-33 heading to the final quarter.
Kwame Boamah Djan scored for Tema early in the fourth quarter. Opoku and Wolff combined to put Adenta up 49-39. Djan and Brian Kwami drained three pointers and Mubarak Alhassan scored for Tema but Adenta got crucial baskets to clinch the win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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