After bagging an impressive win earlier this week, Ghana Air Force Turbo Jets quest to clinch a second win in a row failed to materialize in the face of a strong second half performance from Panthers.
The veteran side pulled off a 62-53 win over Turbo Jets after trailing by 10 points heading into the second quarter. It was the last of two games played in the Division.
Earlier in the day at the Prisons Court in Cantonments, Adenta Wolves lost 47-70 to El Wak Wings in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division II.
Ibrahim Amo, Robert Nii Kotei, Emmanuel Lomotey and Cyril Klenam scored for Turbo Jets. Kwame Attafuah scored four points and assisted Kofi Attafuah’s layup. Selassie Adzadi hit a three pointer. Sampson Aryee scored one of two free throws as Panthers ended the quarter trailing 7-17.
Emmanuel Otoo scored a layup and Kwadwo Attafuah added more points in a great run for Panthers as the team battled back to take a 30-28 first half lead.
Kwame Attafuah scored four straight points and Otoo buried a three pointer. Lomotey scored in during a poor run for Air Force consistently marred by turnovers.
Air Force got its act together and went on a run sparked by Manasseh Morkli’s five point production. Amo pulled off a euro step to score a layup. Panthers led 46-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Prince Djan blocked Nii Kotei’s shot attempt after the latter buried a shock three pointer. Kwame Attafuah had another strong start to a quarter burying a three pointer.
Emmanuel Sarkoh split the defence to score a layup as Turbo Jets rallied in the fourth quarter. Rafiq Arthur buried two free throws and Aryee scored inside the paint to stave off Turbo Jets’ rally and seal the win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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