LUANDA (FIBA Africa Women's Champions Cup 2017) - Reigning champions InterClube and First Bank picked their first wins at the ongoing FIBA Africa Women's Champions Cup 2017 to announce their intentions at the continental showpiece.
"For the first game, we got our feet underneath us and got the rotation going. We'll pick it up as the tournament goes on." - Lucas
Appolinario Paquete's team led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter but ran away with the game in the second quarter when they limited the Algerian outfit to just six points to lead 33-19 at the half time break.
A solid second half saw the home side dominate every aspect of the game much to their contentment.
Lucas told FIBA.basketball that, "As a team, our conditioning was good although there is some easy baskets that we definitely need to finish especially against tougher teams."
"For the first game, we got our feet underneath us and got the rotation going. We'll pick it up as the tournament goes on."
Congolese forward Ginette Makiete Mfutila scored a game high 16 points and picked 10 rebounds for the game's only double double while captain Nesrine Taibi added 12 but their efforts were not enough to secure a win.
In the Bankers Contest, Nigeria's First Bank came out top following a 62-43 win over Equity Bank Hawks of Kenya to go top of Group A.
American-born guard Dominique Wilson and Ivorian center Minata Fofana were at the center of this victory dropping 12 and 10 points in that order.
According to First Bank head coach Peter Ahmedu, his side are eyeing a medal place and this win means a great deal to them going forward.