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Angola’s Petro De Luanda has clinched third place in the inaugural edition of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) after beating Rwanda’s Patriots 97-68 in the bronze medal game earlier today at the Kigali Arena.

The result comes ahead of the final game in the competition between Tunisia’s US Monastir and Egypt’s Zamalek at the same venue at 14:00 GMT.

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The NBA-FIBA Africa competition has attracted a ton of high profile personalities in basketball and beyond with French President Emmanuel Macron and Rwanda President Paul Kagame attending a semifinal game already.

From Left to Right: French President Emmanuel Macron, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Masai Ujiri, BAL President Amadou Fall Photo Courtesy: BAL

The North African clash brings the tournament that commenced on May 16 to an end with more fans expected to be in attendance as COVID 19 related restrictions on attendance have eased as the tournament progressed.

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Zamalek beat Petro Luanda 89-71 while Monastir beat home side Patriots 87-46 to setup the crucial matchup between the rivals. 12 teams representing 12 nations on the continent competed in the tournament.

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

Ghana’s Braves of Customs missed out on qualifying from the zonal competitions.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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