22 December 2007

RWANDA : APR fall to mighty ABC


Quarterfinal results

ABC 81-37 APR
Primiero 104-46 Onatra BC
Atletico 79-45 ASB Kauka
Interclube 65-56 Nig. Potters


Primiero Agosto v ABC
Petro Atletico v Interclube

APR’s run at this year’s Fiba-Africa Club Championships was halted when they were knocked out by Ivory Coast’s Abidjan Basketball Club at the quarter-final stage.

The 2005 champions shoved aside APR 81-37 to set up a semi-final clash with 2006 runner-up Primiero de Agosto. The Ivorians who finished second in Group B behind reigning champion Petro Atletico were on course from the first quarter.

After a 23-10 first quarter lead, ABC did not look back as they maintained their pace in the remaining three quarters 16-10, 15-04 and 27-13 which accumulated to 81-37 at the end of the game.

ABC’s Konate Stephane scored a game high15 points while Nigerian import Kevin Ninmol Nanbam added 14 points. Daniel Okwirry top scored for APR with 13 points.

In the other quarter-final clashes; all three Angolan giants Petro Atletico, Primiero de Agosto and Interclube progressed to the semi-finals.

Defending champions Petro preserved their unbeaten run with a 79-45 victory over DR.Congo’s ASB Kauka while Interclube secured a 65-56 victory over a fighting Niger Potters side.

The 2006 runner-up Primiero who paraded some of the best hands in African basketball for the tournament stopped ambitious BC Onatra (DRC) with a convincing 58 points margin.

Despite a spirited first quarter lead from the Congolese (21-18), the Angolan giants upped their game with convincing 30-06 and 31-05 wins in the second and third quarter to leave the score 82-29.

Renowned Angolan basketball talent Cipriano Olimpio poured in 18 points for Primiero. In the classification games, MBC of Guinea and ASPAC registered victories over Stade Malien and Ferroviario and will now contest for the 9th and 10th slots.

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