Basketball: Pillars Out of ACCM, Mentors 1-1 in Tunis

Defending Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) league champions Kano Pillars have been withdrawn from the 2014 Fiba Africa Champions Cup for Men (ACCM) after it failed to honour its wild-card ticket.

Pillars were awarded a wild-card by the continental basketball governing body after failing to emerge from the Fiba Africa Zone-3 qualification round. They have now forfeited the tournament following their inability to process funds in time for departureto Tunis, host city for the 29th edition of the competition.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s sole representative Mark Mentors opened their maiden FIBA ACCM campaign with a hard-fought win over Abidjan Basketball Club (Cote d’Ivoire) on Thursday but lost to Primo Agusto (Angola) on the second day of the championship.

Mentors beat ABC 68-65 on Day 1 but lost 74-88 to Primo Augusto on Friday.

Mentors will look to return to winning ways against home favourites Étoile Sportive de Radès on Saturday.

Day 2 Results

Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea) – Kano Pillars (Nigeria) Walk-Over

Primo Agusto (Angola) 88 – Mark Mentors Basketball Club (Nigeria) 74

Basket Club Mayotte 56 – Libolo (Angola) 89

Abidjan Basket Club (Côte d’Ivoire) 70 – Étoile Sportive de Radès 72

Club Africain 68 – Sporting Alexandrie (Egypt) 66

Union Sportive Monastirienne 68 – Basket Club Mazembe (Congo) 54


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