May 27, 2024

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Rwanda’s Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) and Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers Register their First Wins

 Rwanda’s Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) defeated Tunisia’s US Monastir 89-84 in an overtime nail-biter, and Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers beat Senegal’s AS Douanes 77-68 when the BAL’s Sahara Conference (https://BAL.NBA.com/) tipped off for the third consecutive year at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal yesterday.
 
It was a dream start for APR, with Adonis Filer and Obadiah Noel combining for 48 points, and Axel Mpoyo adding 15 points and seven rebounds on a night where the team struggled making shots, but made up for it defensively forcing Monastir’s 20 turnovers.
 
Chris Crawford led US Monastir with 21 points and seven assists, while 2022 Dikembe Mutombo BAL Defensive Player of the Year Ater Majok recorded 12 points and nine rebounds.
 
In the second game of the day, Hoopers’ Devine Eke scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, making some key plays down the stretch.  Will Perry added 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and the Hoopers ended the opening night on top of the Sahara Conference.  They will hope to solidify their top position when they meet APR in their second game of the conference this afternoon.
 
Home team AS Douanes was led by Mike Fofana (14 points) and Chris Obekpa (14 rebounds). AS Douanes will take on US Monastir this afternoon, with each team looking for their first win in the competition.
 
The highlights of the opening day also included performances of Senegalese music artists Ngaaka Blindé and Daara J Family.
 
Game Highlights US Monastir vs APR (https://apo-opa.co/3Wvm8q2)
 
Game Highlights AS Douanes vs Rivers Hoopers (https://apo-opa.co/3y9l0OI)
 
All the teams in the Sahara Conference will play each other twice, with the top two teams joining Morocco’s FUS Rabat, Angola’s Petro de Luanda, South Africa’s Cape Town Tigers, Egypt’s Al Ahly and Libya’s Al Ahly Ly in the BAL Playoffs and Finals in Kigali, Rwanda later this month.  The last playoff spot will be decided between Central African Republic’s Bangui SC and the team which will end up third in the Sahara Conference.
 
The 2024 BAL season is reaching fans in 214 countries and territories in 17 languages through free-to-air and paid TV broadcast partnerships with the African Union of Broadcasting, American Forces Network, Canal+, NBA TV, SuperSport, Tencent Video, TSN, TV5 Monde, Visionary TV and Voice of America.  Every BAL game also livestreams on the NBA App, NBA.com, BAL.NBA.com and the BAL’s YouTube channel. 
 
Tickets for the Sahara Conference games are available at Teewtickets (https://apo-opa.co/3JRLCq1).

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