A late converted three point shot from Center Emmanuel Ocquaye proved to be the game defining moment to settle a close fixture between Ghana National Fire Service and Ghana Air Force; Fire topped doused Air Force with a five point win margin via a 54-49 result.
Air Force will feel hard done by the result after leading the game for long stretches only to see its eight points lead with under three minutes remaining in the game go with the wind.
Air Force trailed 24-26 at the end of the first half. Gabriel Atachie, Evans Armah and Emmanuel Owusu scored for Air Force early in the third quarter. Nana Tuffour scored six points off fast break layups to tie the game at 30 with 4:08 minutes remaining.
Clement Tetteh scored and assisted Patrick Junior for Fire Service. David Laryea and Sulley Wahab traded three pointers. Laryea then delivered a no look pass for Ocquaye to score as Fire took a 36-33 lead.
Daniel Opoku drained a jump shot and Sulley Wahab scored one of two free throws to tie the game at 8:31. Evans Armah fed a cutting Tuffour who scored a layup to give Air Force the game’s lead but that was short lived as Tetteh tied the game at 38 with 7:31 left in the game.
Tuffour fouled out of the game with 2:53 minutes left after scoring seven points including a three pointer to put Air Force up 47-39 before Ocquaye scored and Tetteh scored two free throws. Otu Laryea and Ocquaye scored for Fire to reduce the deficit to two (47-49) with 1:14 minutes.
Ocquaye drained a three pointer to put Fire up 50-49. Otu Laryea delivered a long pass to David Laryea who scored on the fast break to stretch Fire’s lead and seal a 54-49 win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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