With the Greater Accra Basketball League about to hit the halfway mark, the biggest story is the position of the Ghana Police Team who currently trail the league with 10 points after 8 games played. This is new because Police has enough talent to take on the perennial league leaders CEPS.
On Saturday, Police played their last game of the first round against CYO and the Prisons Court in Cantonments. CYO set the defensive tone early with a monster block on the first possession from Melody Edwards who is 5th in blocks for the season and averages 1.3 blocks per game.
Game started of slowly and was tied at only 4 points apiece after 4 minutes. Police took the lead briefly in the first quarter however CYO ended the quarter strongly scoring 11 unanswered points to end the quarter 15 – 6.
Police started the second quarter strongly with a full court press which yielded some results. They also beefed up their front court with substitutes who could rebound better and also get some points in the paint. Police’s leading scorer for the season Benjamin Debrah tied the game late in the second quarter with his second three pointer of the game and even went on the take the lead for a brief period. The second quarter ended 27 -27.
In the third both teams lost key players to injury. Melody, CYO’s Centre, got a cut on his chin in a rebound action and Debrah seemed to have a leg injury. Dickson who plays at the small forward position for Police entered the game in the third quarter. It was not clear why he did not start the game. Dickson hit a three pointer early in the third but also picked up three quick fouls in the same quarter. At the end of the quarter CYO led 41 – 35.
In the fourth Police reinserted Debrah and also had Dickson on the floor at the same time and tried to make a push for the game. CYO also reinserted Melody with his chin heavily plastered due to the injury sustained early. He however fouled out with CYO up 47 – 39 and with 4.19 to go. CYO managed to hold on to win 59 – 50.
With the win, CYO will end the first round at the 4th position.