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.