Seydou Legacy Athletique Club (SLAC) of Guinea and host Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) have qualified for the 2023 Basketball Africa League.
After respective wins in their semi final games on Friday, the two teams picked two of the three tickets on the offer to next year’s BAL.
SLAC became the first to reach season 3 of the BAL thanks to a 69-61 win over Bangui Sporting Club.
The Guineans had a good start to the game as they took a 7 point lead to the break (34-27).
Bangui almost turned it around in the third when both teams scored 18-18 but SLAC saw off everything thrown at them including some key missed baskets by the team from Central Africa Republic.
The win ensured SLAC are back to the Basketball Africa League for a second consecutive season.
Michael Poole led two other players with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while Dane Miller added a double-double 16 points, 13 rebounds with 4 assists and 2 steals to go with it.
Captain of the side Ibrahim Fofana had 7-for-13 shooting including two three-pointers to finish with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
In the second semi-final game played on Friday, ABC picked the second ticket to the 2023 BAL after an 80-63 win over Stade Malien.
The Ivorians dominated the game from start to finish leading the first three quarters but lost the fourth (17-22)
Stephane Konate shot 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Mike Fofana added 16 points , 6 rebounds , 2 assists and 3 steals and one block while Moussa Kone hit a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds .
The former African champions outclassed their Malian opponents as they advanced to the BAL for the very first time.
While Bangui and Stade Malien will battle for the third ticket to the 2023 BAL, SLAC and ABC will battle for the top spot in the West division on Saturday night.