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Basketball League Africa (BAL): Rwandan club Patriots beat Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers

Rwandan club the Patriots Basketball Club beat Nigerian side 83-60 late Sunday to win the opening game of the inaugural…

Rwandan club the Patriots Basketball Club beat Nigerian side 83-60 late Sunday to win the opening game of the inaugural Basketball League Africa (BAL) which is being played in Kigali.The game saw American rapper Jermaine Cole, known as J. Cole, make his Basketball Africa League debut as a player for the Rwandan side, scoring 3 points.

Former NBA players Talen Valdis Sullivan and Ben Uzoh scored 15 points and 12 points respectively but the Nigerian side could not match the Rwandan side which won all 9 qualifying games, while Rivers Hoopers qualified as champions in their country.

On Monday, May 17, Senegalese side AS Douanes will take on Algeria’s GS Petroliers while Egyptian champion Zamalek will take on Mozambique’s Ferroviario Maputo.

A total of 12 African teams will be battling it out in the first edition of the BAL, with the final slated for May 30.

The Basketball Africa League is Africa’s premier men’s basketball league.

The league consists of twelve teams, each qualified through their domestic competition.

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