Defending Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I Champions Braves of Customs stayed alive to force Game 3 in the Playoff Finals Series.

Braves beat Adenta Leopards 82-69 in Game 2 to tie the series on Saturday, November 16 at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

Customs lost Game One 57-65 at the Prisons Court in Cantonments and gets the chance to successfully defend its title at 17:00 GMT in Tudu.

Braves Guard Jeffrey Djimate was the star of the first quarter drilling a trio of three pointers. Teammate Suleman Abubakar made three blocks and scored five points including a three point play. Kofo Asirifi scored from three point range in the quarter.

Leopards got three pointers from Kwame Opoku and Fred Asante. David Pinto scored a layup but couldn’t complete the three point play after getting fouled on the shot attempt. Braves led 26-15 at the end of the first quarter.

Leopards bagged back to back three pointers including one from Thomas Amedeku to trim its deficit to six (21-27) with 8:39 minutes remaining. James Pappoe scored on a fast break after stealing an inbound pass from Opoku to stretch Braves lead (33-24).  Asirifi hit an uncontested three pointer after great ball movement from Braves.

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Opoku converted two free throw attempts; Amedeku and Asirifi responded by trading three pointers. Nii Kwatey Quartey beat the buzzer with a floater to give Braves a 49-42 first half lead.

Amedeku scored four points in a 9-2 to tie the game at 51 before Opoku drained a three pointer to give Adenta a 54-51 lead with six minutes left. Daniel Ayarna scored one of two free throws and Samuel Abbey scored a jumper off the missed free throw. Djimate and Asante traded three pointers, Abbey scored another jump shot to tie the game at 58.

Braves v Adenta (yellow)

Hashim Brimah put Braves up 59-58 with 3:38 minutes to play from the charity stripe. Abbey dominated down the stretch draining four jump shots to give Braves a 68-60 third quarter lead.

Djimate and Kontor Appiah traded three pointers and Baniba Dodzi added another deep shot for Braves in a wild start to the final quarter. Dodzi pulled off a beautiful Eurostep for a layup; Amedeku hit a three pointer. With 5:48 minutes remaining, Braves led 78-66. Pappoe and Abubakar scored to increase Braves’ lead and clinch the win with Leopards wilting away.

Braves v Adenta (yellow)

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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