The 2017 FIBA Africa Champions Cup has tipped off in Tunisia with six games played on the opening day of the nine day competition.
The competition which runs from December 11-20 has 12 teams competing for the chance to replace Al Ahly of Egypt as Champions following Ahly’s failure to participate and qualify from Zone 5.
However, Zone 3 representatives Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls have made a very bad start in the tournament after recording heavy losses on Day One of the competition.
Pillars lost 83-112 to AS Sale of Morocco while fellow Nigerian side Gombe lost 62-90 to home side US Monastir of Tunisia. Monastir received one of two wild card slots to feature in the tournament.
Both teams qualified from the West African zone ahead of Ghana’s Braves of Customs a few weeks back but failed to replicate the same form in the maiden round.
Veterans Usman Abubakar and Abdul Yahaya top scored for Pillars with 21 and 22 points respectively while Ibe Agu paced Bullswith 14 points.
Pillars and Bulls will be in action today against Inter Clube and Ferroviario Beira of Angola.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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