Egypt’s Sporting Alexandria will face Libya’s Al Ahly Benghazi in the quarter-finals of International Basketball Federation (FIBA) African Champions Cup on Thursday.
Sporting qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition being held in Tunisia by coming in 2nd in a tight Group A, which resulted in three teams tied on nine points after five games. Sporting was beaten in the group by Tunisian team Etoile Sportive Sahel, which emerged with the highest point average.
The team from Alexandria lost their only game in Group A to Algerian team CS Constantinois by only three points. In their final group game, Sporting saw off Liberian team LPRC Oilers opening up a 13 point lead by the end of the first quarter and eventually winning 101-65.
Sporting’s opponents in the quarter-finals, Al Ahly Benghazi, finished 3rd in Group B, having lost their last two games in the group, including suffering a 50 point deficit against Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto.
If Sporting can overcome Al Ahly in the quarterfinals they will face either Taly BB from Gabon or Primeiro de Agosto. Sporting beat Taly BB 90-56 on Day 2 of the competition.