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No winner: Police-Prisons matchup ends in controversy in Accra Basketball League

There were emotions at play in the course of a thirsty matchup between Ghana Police Service and Reformers of Prisons in the 2021 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division I played earlier today at the Prisons Court in Cantonments in Accra.

The exhilarating game ended tied at 72 points after both teams failed to close out with a win; Reformers Guard Andrews Ayienab turned the ball over and the ensuing possessions ended in Police scoring points.

Police Guard Dickson-Reformers Amotoe (with ball) in action.

Police Guard Benjamin Omari had the chance to end the game when he was sent to the free throw line with just a second left on the shot. However, he missed both.

The game was thrown into chaos as Reformers prepared for overtime while Police checked out believing they had a draw. After a long delay, Police refused to play the overtime and lodged a protest to defend its actions to avoid a loss via forfeiture. A winner is yet to be declared.

Match Report:

Benjamin Omari scored the game’s first points and Dennis Dugbenu gave Police a 4-0 by scoring on the fastbreak off a long pass from Emmanuel Dickson.

Reformers answered with a shot from James Amotoe who stole the ball and delivered a double pump dunk. Dickson scored four points with Daniel Laryea adding a three pointer to give Police a 15-10 first quarter lead.

Omari scored five points to open the second quarter. Prisons Abraham Allotey delivered a vicious slam to get the crowd on its feet again. Former Prisons Guard Elvis Pobi-Siaw hit a pair of three pointers in response. Mubarak Alhassan scored inside the paint as Prisons trailed 21-30 with 5:04 minutes left to play.

Amotoe scored five straight points including completing a three point play as Prisons trailed 27-32 with 3:10 minutes remaining. Dugbenu and Prisons Raymond Abagi traded three pointers. Laryea converted one of three free throws to end the half with Police leading 38-33.

Prisons made a strong to close the deficit to three points with 2:41 left to play. Andrews Ayienab and Mubarak Alhassan scored in the run that was halted by Police with points coming from Pobi-Siaw, Dickson and Laryea. Nana Kwame and Allotey scored late for Prisons to end the quarter trailing by two (54-56)

The teams traded baskets but Amotoe tied the contest at 60 with a three pointer. The game was tied at 62 with 5:14 minutes remaining. The teams traded baskets but Prisons edged Police via a 66-64 result with 2:54 minutes remaining.

Dickson tied it up at 66 with a layup high off the backboard. Amotoe scored four points including a pair of free throws to put Prisons up 70-66 with 1: 22 left.

Dickson and Dugbenu scored to tie the game at 72 with 16 seconds remaining off a costly turnover from Ayienab. Omari missed two free throws to send the game into overtime.

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