Agyei (second from left) with Nungua Coldstore teammates after bagging 2018 TBL title

In a fierce battle between 2017 league winners Tema Community 4 and reigning league champions Nungua Coldstore in the Tema Community Basketball League, Coldstore came out on top.

Nungua delivered a 38-31 win over the home side to maintain its record of losing just a game in 16 appearances all season.

Emmanuel Wolff scored the game’s first basket off a jump shot before Kwame Boamah Djan and Nii Moi exchanged baskets. Djan scored another layup after great ball movement from Coldstore to put Nungua up 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Kwame Opoku and Kofi Elias scored for Coldstore. Brian Kwami came off the bench to score a driving layup. Joy Ofori’s three pointer gave Coldstore a 15-6 lead with 3:12 left to play. C4 got points late with Muhaimin Guba burying two free throws as his side trailed 11-15 at the end of the first half.

Coldstore led 17-15 before Gerald Sappor twice in the paint to stretch Nungua’s lead. Guba drained a jump shot during a very physical stretch in the quarter where both teams struggled to score. Coldstore led 22-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Sappor scored and Elias converted a jumper in a 6-0 run. Lesley Abu’s three pointer ended the run and Guba and Kwami scored to tie the game at 28 with 5:28 to play. Wolff scored four straight points and Dennis Dugbennu slammed a two handed dunk to put Coldstore up 34-28.

C4 (white) v Coldstore

Kwami hit a three pointer for C4 but Dugbennu scored four more points to give Nungua a 38-31 win.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

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