FIBA AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP: Pillars fall to Al Ahly again

BY

MARIAH OLATUNJI

 

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.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
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