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Accra Basketball: Enterprising Galaxy inks first playoff win; stays in hunt for Division II title

Earlier today at the Prisons Court in Cantonments, Tudu Galaxy produced an impressive at the both ends of the court to clinch its first win in the 2021 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men’s Division II Playoffs.

Galaxy recovered from 50-56 loss to TUSK Foundation a couple of days ago, to secure a 69-52 win over Ghana Navy in an entertaining game. The win breathes life into Galaxy’s quest to win the division title.

Match Report

Fayad Muslim blocked Mubarak Mohammed’s shot after the latter scored off a Navy turnover and Mohammed Brimah drained a three pointer. Mubarak Mohammed delivered his block on Jacob Atsu and Rafiq Brimah scored two free throws to give Galaxy a 12-5 lead.

Divine Quartey stole the ball and scored in a strong run for Galaxy. Ashietey Ollenu completed a three point play. Richard Donor and Ibrahim Lawal traded three pointers as Galaxy closed the first quarter with a 19-9 lead.

Jedidiah Akapkameh for Reformers and Samuel Abekah got in on the scoring act off the bench in the second quarter. Ollenu and Abekah scored to shave the deficit down to five (15-22). Ollenu’s big block on Atta Badu ignited sparked Navy’s offense into life.

Abekah scored four points and Selassi Wornyo added two more to trail 23-24 with 1:55 minutes before a timeout was called. Raymond Affram stole the ball and scored to stop Galaxy’s hemorrhaging of points. Galaxy led 26:23 at half time.

Both teams got points on the board via free throws early on. Quartey stole the ball and scored with Mohammed adding a layup. Lartey Tawiah scored two free throws but Navy was guilty of too many turnovers as it trailed 30-35 with 4:34 minutes played.

Quartey and Affram got big three pointers to stretch Galaxy’s lead to nine (41-32) and Bismark Addai scored a layup off Affram’s assist on a fast break off another turnover. Affram buried all two free throws to give Galaxy a 49-39 lead.

Ollenu buried a three pointer from the top of the key and Muslim scored in a 5-0 run for Navy to open the final quarter. Mubarak buried one of two free throws to halt Navy’s run and Quartey buried a three pointer. Ollenu and Muslim scored to make the score Navy 50-54 Galaxy.

Galaxy responded with Addai grabbing four points and Mubarak completing a three point play to put Galaxy up 61-50 with 4:04 minuteseft in the game. Aminu Mohammed buried a corner three pointer to put Galaxy up by 14 points.

A deflated Navy had no answers down the stretch as Galaxy walked away with a strong closing performance to clinch a 69-52 win with Muhulis Futa hitting a late three pointer.

Credit: Basketballghana

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