Hoopers Chris Daniels (in white) registered 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks against GNBC Photo Courtesy: BAL

Basketballghana.com can confirm Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club has been eliminated from the Basketball Africa League (BAL) competition taking place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

The West African side missed out on progressing from Group A via the two automatic spots falling behind Rwanda side Patriots and Tunisian side US Monastir.

Hoopers Precious Saliu in action against GNBC Photo Courtesy: BAL

Hoopers also fell behind Cameroon’s FAP and Senegal’s AS Douanes in the race to earn the two qualification spots as the third best placed teams ranked at the group stages.

Patriots’ Shooting Guard Kenneth Gasana with ball against Hoopers Photo Courtesy: BAL

Rivers lost two games but managed to beat Madagascar side GNBC 80-69 in its final game of the FIBA Africa-NBA competition that has 12 teams representing 12 nations on the continent.

US Monastir beat Patriots 91-75 to top Group A with six maximum points and Patriots coming in second with five points. GNBC recorded no wins.

Patriots Forward Brandon Costner defends in game against GNBC Photo Courtesy: BAL

Angola’s Petro do Luanda and Morocco’s AS Sale ranked first and second in Group B while the winner of Group C is yet to be decided as Zamalek plays GS Petroilers later today.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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