Kano Pillars Basketball Club hope of reaching their first final in the FIBA African Champions dashed this evening as they fell to Al Ahly Sporting Club in the semifinal game.
The Nigerian Champions who lost their last group A game to the Egyptians suffered once again losing 65-71 points in Cairo, Egypt.
The host won the first quarter 15-13 points but lost the second quarter by 2 points, 19-21.
After the second quarter, the Nigerians started gathering momentum, but Al Ahly’s determination of reaching their first final did not allow Pillars to go far, winning the third and fourth quarters, 20-17,17-14 points.
Top performer for Nigeria was Dele Daniel Ademola who scored 8 points, 4 rebounds,1 assist, 4 steals and 1 block with efficiency of +16.
Tarek Taha El Sayed had 13 points, 17 rebounds, 1assist, 2 steals, 4 blocks and efficiency of +28 to push the Pharaoh boys closer to their first trophy since the tournament began in 1992.
Pillars will either face Recreativo do Libolo of Angola or Association Sportive de Saleh of Morocco in the third place game on Friday December 16, 2:45pm Nigerian time.