CAIRO (FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2016) - Both hosts El Ahly and Association Sportive de Sale have reaffirmed on Saturday why they are the ruling teams at the ongoing FIBA Africa Champions Cup (ACC) 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.
Less than 24 hours after beating title contender Club Africain in overtime, and playing in front of an almost sellout crowd - most of them local fans - the Egyptians beat the most successful FIBA ACC team to improve their Group A to 3-0.
Both Ibrahim ElGammal and former Egyptian international Tarek El-Sayed proved to be the game-changers.
In addition to ElGammal's team-high 16 points, El-Sayed dominated the boards with a game-best 11 rebounds.
On the other hand, D'Agosto felt the absence of Emmanuel Quezada and Tarik Kirksay, who sat out due to undisclosed health issues.
Although Hermenegildo Santos tried to ignite the Angolans' offense, finishing with 14 points, the eight-time FIBA ACC champions struggled immensely from the charity stripe. D'Agosto made 11-of-27 from the free-throw line while making 11-of-27 from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Brandon Freeman came up with yet another stellar display, sparking AS Sale with a team-best 20 points.
Three other Moroccans - Abdelhakim Zouita, Zakaria El Masbahi and Soufiane Kourodu - combined for 47 of AS Sale's 84 points as they keep going from strength to strength.
Even though City Oilers' Benjamin Komakech dished out a tournament-high 10 assists and Kami Kabangu added 19 points, the Moroccans finished out stronger forcing the Ugandans to their second straight loss in two games.
In Saturday's Group A's first action, Nigeria champions Kano Pillars beat Cameroon's Nzui-Manto 86-75.
Former Nigeria DSTV League MVP Abdul Yahaya led the Pillars making 6 of his team-high 20 points from behind the arc, Stanley Gumut made his tournament debut in style adding 11 points and the Nigerians improved to a 1-1 record, while the Cameroonians dropped their third defeat in as many games.
In the final game of the day, Recreativo do Libolo dispatched Cameroon's BEAC Basket 76-52 to improve to 2-1 in Group B.
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