ES Rades through to Elite 8 after win over Defenders

ES Rades through to Elite 8 after win over Defenders

Etoile Sportive Rades are through to the Elite 8 of the FIBA Africa Basketball League following a 96-80 win over Civil Defenders Basketball Club on Saturday in Cotonou.

Elhadj Amadou led the way with 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks to go with it, Nicholas Simon West added 15 points and seven rebounds while Omar Mouhli had 13 points, four rebounds and five assists for ES Rades.

ES Rades dominated all through the game outscoring Defenders in all quarters. They also out-rebounded the Nigerian side 43-40 at both ends of the boards.

32 year old Mouhli made 4/8 from the three point line while Mohamed Hadidane shot 100% of his 3 pointers, 2/2 in the game.

Ibe Agu once again showed up for Defenders as he scored a team high 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists but his efforts were not enough to stop the Tunisians.

Two other Civil Defence players finished on double digits, Ocheibi Okpe had 18 points and nine rebounds while Umar Garba scored 17 points, 5/10 from behind the arc and 2/2 from the free throw line.

Former Mark Mentors star, Okpe, who was one short of a rebound double-double, contributed 3/5 three point shots in the game.

Defenders shot a total of eight 3-pointers in the game compared to Friday’s game against BC Terreur they had no shot. But were still guilty of more turnovers in the game 13-7 suffered by ES Rades.

In the other game, Elan Sportif bounced back from Friday’s loss to beat BC Terreur of DR Congo 80-74 to stand a chance to pick the last slot to the Elite 8.

Defenders will take on host Elan Sportif while Etoile Sportive Rades will face BC Terreur on Sunday.

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