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Qualifiers: AS Police loses to Manga Basket but passes in half

Courtesy FIBA
AS Police were scared when they lost to Gabon’s Manga (64-67) on the third and final day of the African Basketball League (BAL) qualifying group stage. Despite the defeat, the police finished second in Group B behind ABC and ahead of Manga thanks to a better goal-average.

Poorly boarded in the first quarter time, the police were limited to just 10 points by the Gabonese Manga Basket (10-25). A first game that was detrimental for the rest of the AS Police who had to run behind the score on the rest of the game.

Even after winning the last three quarter times Q2: 16-17, Q3: 11-16, Q4: 15-21, Ibrahima Cherif Haidara (limited to only 9pts) and his teammates have had to face the tenacity of Gabonese who have believed in their luck until the end.

Manga Basket, who started strongly against BC Mazembe on the opening day, conceded a big defeat against the Côte d’Ivoire’s CBA on the second day. The Gabonese had to win their third match against the AS Police to hope to keep a chance for the semifinals.

Alpha Ndiaye (15pts), Ousmane Traore (11pts) and Mamadou Keita (11pts) were the only ones in the AS Police finished with more than 10 points. Side Manga Basket, the duo Brice Eyaga Bidias (21pts) and Cédric Tsangue Kenfack (15pts et 10rbds) has accumulated 36 points to give the victory to the Gabonese.

The AS Police, who made the pass of two Wednesday by defeating BC Mazembe (87-76), gives up the first place in group B at Abidjan Basket club (ABC) who beat BC Maszembe and finishes second thanks to a better goal-average in front of Manga Basketball.

The Malian club and the Ivorians of the CBA qualify for the semi-finals of the qualifying tournament for the BAL. The AS Police will be opposed to the first of the group A and the ABC to the second of the group A. The teams qualified for the final will be automatically qualified for the BAL while it will be necessary to await the winner of the small final for designated the team who will validate the 3rd ticket.

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