Defending Tema Community Basketball League Champions Nungua Coldstore stayed in play for a Finals appearance by beating Tema Rockets 71-43.

After suffering a 42-46 loss to Rockets in Game One, Coldstore played tough and parlayed its youthfulness to the 28 point win.

Game 3 is on Sunday, February 2 at the Tema Community 4 Court; Coldstore seeks to make a third league finals appearance.

Kwaku Arhin Twene scored six points and Awuletey Junior added a shot to give Coldstore an 8-4 lead with 5:55 minutes left with Baba Ibrahim bagging all points for Rockets.  Rockets hit a trio of three pointers to tie the game at 16 at the end of the first quarter with two coming from George Opoku-Pare.

Aninagyei Osei put Rockets ahead 18-16 and added a three point shot to stretch Rockets lead (21-16) with 6:55 left.

Joel Tham reduced the deficit to one (20-21) but Jibril Musah hit a long three pointer in response. Dennis Dugbennu and Joel Tham scored points from the free throw line as Rockets led 24-23 at half time.

Coldstore went on an 11 point run to take a 39-28 third quarter lead with Jonathan Walker and Twene running the show as Rockets crumbled due to multiple disagreements with game officials over calls made in the contest.

Coldstore went on a 12-3 run to stretch its lead with Kofi Elias, Abibu Aminu and Lawal Toyin scoring three point shots respectively.

Coldstore (black) v Rockets

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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