BAL: End of the Road For Patriots As Monastir, Zamalek Storm Final

Patriots’ Kenneth Gasana. BAL photo

Saturday, May 29
*Zamalek 89-71 Petro de Luanda
*US Monastir 87-46 Patriots

Sunday, May 30
Final: Monastir Vs Zamalek

Patriots’ journey at this year’s Basketball Africa League came to an end after a disappointing 87-46 loss to favourites US Monastir in the semis at Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

The hosts were outplayed to say the least and the tie was over at halftime when they trailed 37-22 after a second quarter in which they scored just eight points.

Monastir extended their lead to 32 points thereafter going into the last quarter before getting the job done to win a 41-point blow out.

Omar Abada scored a game high 18 points, Firas Lahyani added 13 while Wael Arakji bagged 12 to send the Tunisian giants through.

Dieudonne Ndizeye weighed in with 13 points and he was the only Patriots player to score in double digits.

Brandon Costner’s performance continued to deteriote after the star player contributed just six points, Bush Wamukota was no where in the score column while Kenneth Gasana had eight to his name for the Rwandan outfits.

After shooting a lowly 16 of 57 and making 26 turnovers, the loss was surely inevitable for Patriots.

This was the second loss for Patriots against Monastir in this tourney having lost to the side 91-75 in the group stages.

Patriots went on to finish second in Group A behind US Monastir and later edged Ferroviario de Maputo 73-71 in the Quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Besides Patriots, Monastir bear Rivers Hoopers and GNBC to top Group A and later ousted AS Douanes in the quarterfinal.

Egypt’s Zamalek beat Angolan side Petro de Luanda in the other semi and will face Monastir in a battle of unbeaten sides in what promises to be a mouthwatering final.



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