After losing to defending champions Reformers of Prisons in its last outing in the 2022 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I Regular Season, Ghana National Fire Service bounced back to winning ways.
Fire recorded a 52-33 win over St. Joseph’s CYO earlier today at the Prisons Court in Cantonments as the first round of league games draw to a close.
Ernest Ottu-Laryea was left alone in the paint and he easily converted a layup to commence proceedings. Andre Adusei scored one of two free throws in response for CYO.
David Laryea and Yusha Idriss traded three pointers before Ottu-Laryea set up Dennis Dugbennu to score a fast break layup.
Bashiru Moro added two more points and a buzzer beating three point shot put Fire up 12-5 in the first quarter.
Adalbet Allotey scored CYO’s first points in the second quarter after Fire opened the quarter with a deep shot. Jeffrey Annan buried all two free throws and Allotey spun beautifully to score a short jumper.
With 4:03 minutes left in the half, Fire led 17-13. Clement Tetteh hit a three pointer and gathered a long pass from Gilbert Wood to score a late fast break point. Dugbennu hit a shot jump to put Fire up 24-13 at half time.
CYO edged Fire as both traded three pointers early in the third quarter. CYO missed a handful of shots and Dugbennu gathered a loose ball to register a breakaway dunk and hit another jumper. Idriss worked the ball into the paint to score CYO’s final points in the quarter; Fire led 37-22.
Jibril Musah and Emmanuel Baidoo scored as the teams traded baskets. Power Forward for either team Emmanuel Ocquaye (Fire) and Solomon Nettey (CYO) scored late in the game.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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