CAIRO (FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2016) - The four North African teams opened the FIBA Africa Champions (ACC) 2016 in a remarkable fashion on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.
Angolan international Olimpio Cipriano’s three-pointer with twelve seconds remaining put Libolo in front, however, Brandon Freeman’s easy layup with four seconds changed the course of the game, giving the Moroccans a deserving triumph in Group B.
Brandon finished with a team-high 22 points, Abdelhakim Zouita and Soufiane Kourodu - two Moroccan internationals - combined for 30 points, while Cipriano led the Angolans with 24 points off the bench.
Local fans turned out in reasonable numbers to see Al Alhy outplaying Nzui-Manto from the start to finish.
The Egyptians led by as many 35 points and sealed a convincing victory.
In Group A’s first game of the day, Abdellah Hamdini was superb leading the Algerian champions Groupement Sportif des Petroliers to a 77-69 victory over Uganda’s City Oilers.
Although Ugandan international Stanley Ocitti tried to spark the East Africans with his 24 points and 12 rebounds, Hamdini ruled the painted area finishing with 27 points.
The Algerians capitalised from their functional bench who outscored City Oilers' 60-3.
In Wednesday’s final game, Tunisian champions Club Africain proved too much for Nigeria’s Kano Pillars.
Even the addition of London Olympian Ejike Ugboaja made little difference for the Nigerians who saw Club Africain cruise to an 87-47 win in Group.