Four teams have made it to the semi finals of the West Division at the Basketball Africa League Elite 16 in Abidjan.
BAL Elite 16 debutants, Stade Malien of Mali and Bangui Sporting Club of Central Africa Republic finished the group stage undefeated (3-0).
Host Abidjan Basket Club who finished with a 1-2 mark and Seydou Legacy Athletique Club of Guinea (2-1) complete the list of teams in the semi-finals.
Shockingly, two-time BAL quarter finalist AS Sale of Morocco and 2022 BAL semifinalist Cameroon’s FAP have been eliminated.
Bangui will take on SLAC in the first semi final at 5:30 PM (WAT) while Stade Malien will face ABC at 8pm (WAT) on Friday.
All four teams will battle for three tickets to the 2023 Basketball Africa League.
Meanwhile, a look at how the Nigerians in the Elite 16 fared in the last round of the group games.
Chris Obekpa was pivotal for SLAC as he made 11 points and 7 blocks to stop FAP in the paint. He added 6 rebounds and 2 assists while Emeka Michael Nwabuzor added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in SLAC’s 85-75 win over FAP.
In other games, Michael Okiki Afuwape shot a team high 19 points in second consecutive game. Afuwape also made 8 rebounds, 5 assists and shot 6-of-6 from the line but it was not enough to see Elan advance to the semi final as they lost 57-62 to Bangui.
Wisdom Anyaoha had a rebound in 5 minutes while Chinedu Martins Chimbuo scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block.