Harare – Angola’s Petro de Luanda finished third in the inaugural Basketball Africa League, emerging as Southern Africa’s top participant in the 12-team tourney.
The tournament was held at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda and it ended on Sunday.
Petro de Luanda, Madagascar’s Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club (GNBC) and Ferreviario de Maputo of Mozambique carried the Southern Africa region’s hopes.
Egypt’s Zamalek won the first BAL, which was jointly organised with the NBA of the United States.
Petro de Luanda came closest to challenging for honours as they finished an impressive third, while Ferreviario de Maputo reached the quarter finals. GNBC failed to progress beyond the group stages.
The Southern Africa Basketball League, to which all three of the region’s BAL representative clubs are affiliated, commended the trio’s showing.
In a statement this week, SABA president Sunny Mbofana said: “There is just one area we need to polish up as Southern Africa; the talent is there and with the showing by Petro de Luanda it means we are almost there. Hearty congratulations to Petro;we all know they have always done better but the latest and third position at BAL is very commendable. Ferreviario de Maputo as well as GNBC also did well and we have to build from there as a region.”
Zamalek were 76-63 victors over US Monastir of Tunisia in the final played on Sunday.