Rivers Hoopers knocked out of inaugural Basketball Africa League

KIGALI, RWANDA - MAY 22: Members of the the Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club pose for a team photo before the start of a game against the Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club during the first half at Kigali Arena on May 22, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Nicole Sweet/BAL/Basketball Africa League via Getty Images)

The journey of Rivers Hoopers at the inaugural edition of the Basketball Africa League has officially come to an end, because results of other group games played on Sunday afternoon did not go their way.

After securing a win in our last group game against GNBC, Rivers Hoopers hopes rested on other teams contending for the second best loser’s slot, but after Sunday’s games, FAP of Cameroon and Douanes of Senegal had superior points difference.

This meant the Nigerian side sat third on the best loser’s standings, falling short of the two spots allocated to the best losers.

It is obviously not a result the KingsMen hoped for, but they will return as history makers, setting some impressive records in the tournament.

One of the notable records set by the KingsMen was Ben Uzoh’s first points in BAL, ensuring they became the first club to score a point in the history of the competition, a record that cannot be erased.


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