MAPUTO (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - In the most hotly contested game of Sunday’s FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women (ACCW) 2016, Angola and ACCW defending champions Primeiro de Agosto beat Nigerian side First Bank 76-62.
Here is a look at the day’s action at Maxaquene Pavilhao in Maputo, Mozambique.
K.P.A (Kenya) vs Ferroviario de Maputo (Mozambique)
Two days after losing to InterClube de Luanda, hosts Ferroviario de Maputo seem to have finally found the way to glory.
With around 40 percent of spectators capacity at the Pavilhao do Maxaquene, Ferroviario de Maputo, inspired by Anabela Cossa, sealed an 84-58 win over Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The Mozambican international made 18 of her game-high 22 points from behind, sending local fans into a frenzy.
Cossa later said: “Our coaches did a great mental and technical job after our loss on Friday. We are still in competition with the same chances like other teams here.”
Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) vs First Bank (Nigeria)
The ACCW reigning champions Primeiro de Agosto made sure to remind everyone that their goal is to retain the continental crown.
In the most hotly contested game of the day, the Angolans led throughout the contest to secure their second victory in as many games.
Once again, counting with great players on their roster proved crucial for the Angolans.
Playing at home, Mozambican ace Leia Dongue contributed 12 points, two more points than teammate Rosa Gala.
Meanwhile, Cristina Matiquite was the game-changer, leading all players in scoring with 18 points, two more points than her teammate Danielle McCray.
“We are champions and every team knows that our goal is to defend the title won last year. But to achieve that objective, we must win game by game”, recalled Jacqueline Francisco, assistant coach of Primeiro de Agosto
Etoile Filante (Togo) vs InterClube de Luanda (Angola)
In Sunday’s opening game, InterClube de Luanda - runners-up at ACCW 2015 - showed tremendous quality trouncing Etoile Filante of Togo (94-30), thanks to great performances from Ngiendula Filipe and Rosemira Daniel, who finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Despite their struggles ACCW debutant Etoile Filante, Samiya Pindra was the difference-maker scoring a team-high 10 points, which corresponded to 33 percent of her team’s production.
USIU (Kenya) vs A Politécnica (Mozambique)
Despite losing to First Bank on Saturday - after a great performance - the talented team of Universidade A Politécnica was rewarded on Sunday.
Facing United States International University (USIU) of Kenya, the “students” emerged with a lesson well revised securing a 53-41 triumph.
A Politecnica’s Isabel Mavamba, who finished with 10 points and two rebounds, expressed her delight as the Mozambicans improved their record to 1-1.
“After our performance against First Bank,” she said, “we knew that we could beat U.S.I.U. We are too happy with this result. We’ll try to finish second or third on our group in order to have a better opponent in the Quarter-Finals.”