GABORONE (FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017) - Angolan side InterClube made light work of their Mozambican rivals Ferroviario de Maputo 101-76 to remain unbeaten at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 6 Qualifiers on Sunday in the Botswana capital Gaborone.
Joao Jungo and Jose Salvador Vemba added 20 and 19 points in a rather high scoring game that was close from the onset when the first quarter ended 22-21 in favour of InterClube.
Things went haywire in the second quarter onwards when InterClube’s defense reflected well on the offensive side of the court.
A 52-39 lead at the half time break set the pace for the eventual result as Nasir Sale’s side failed to stop them in both transition and in the paint.
“This is a very big win for us because they were our top challengers at this tournament. Our coach got us prepared and we have a young team. We executed our game plan and won,” Okechukwu said.
Meanwhile, another Angolan outfit Libolo made it three wins out of three following their convincing 120-27 win over Troopers of Botswana.
The one-sided encounter was a true reflection of the division between the two sides and a quick reminder on why Angola dominates the Zone 6 region courtesy of decades of experience at the world stage.
Paul Tatenda put up a man-of-the-match performance recording a double double dropping 27 points and picking 11 rebounds to guide Harare City Hornets past Botswana’s Dolphins 75-53 to stay on course with their objective at the tournament.
Both Libolo and InterClube remain unbeaten after three games while Ferroviario de Maputo cannot afford to slip up going forward.