Finals: Al Ahly Sporting Club 68-66 Recreativo do Libolo
3r Place: AS Sale 88-76 Kano Pillars
The deafening noise inside the Al Ahly Sports Hall propelled home side Al Ahly to their first FIBA Africa Champions Cup on Friday night.
The Egyptian side defeated Angolan heavyweights Libolo 68-66 to become the first local club to win the continental club cup since Al Gezira in 1996.
The contest was as close as a final should be. Al Ahly who led for large periods of the game edged the first quarter 14-13 and were in charge 33-31at halftime.
Although the Al Ahly led most of the contest, Libolo never backed down. Gerson Domingos connected from 3-point range to give Libolo a 58-56 lead with seven minutes to play.
However, a couple of throws from tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Markeith Cummings drew the Egyptians level with just under five minutes to play.
Andre Harris leveled the game for Libolo at 60-60 but Mohamed Eldahshan sunk three throws and Al Ahly led 63-60 with 2:55.
Cummings scored 23 points to lead Al Ahly and Wayne Arnold the other player to reach double figures contributed 16 point, picked 7 rebounds and assisted 8 on baskets for the cup winners.
Harris scored team high 16 points for Libolo, Eduardo Mingas scored 12 to go with 12 boards while Valdelicio Joaquim and Olimpio Cipriano contributed 11 and 10 respectively.
The final was Libolo’s third in a row but only won in 2014. Last year, they fell to local rivals Petro Atlético.
All –Star Team
MVP Wayne Arnold was joined on the All-Star team by teammate Taha El-Sayed, Libolo’s duo of Jekel Foster and Valdelicio Joaquim and Abdelhakim Zouita of AS Sale.
1. El Ahly (Egypt)
2. Recreativo do Libolo (Angola)
3. AS Sale (Morocco)
4. Kano Pillars (Nigeria)
5. Club Africain (Tunisia)
6. GS Petroliers (Algeria)
7. BEAC Basket (Cameroon)
8. Primeiro D’Agosto (Angola)
9. City Oilers (Uganda)
10. Nzui-Manto (Cameroon)