19 October, 2021
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After F.A.P and SLAC which team will secure the last ticket to the BAL?


YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - At the end of Wednesday's two Semi-Finals of the Elite 16 Division West, one question remained unanswered after F.A.P and SLAC secured the latest two tickets to the Basketball Africa League (BAL).

Which team will secure the last ticket to the BAL 2022?

Ruthless F.A.P dispatched Espoir Fukash 70-56 and extended their winning streak to 3-0 in the Elite 16 Division West, while SLAC overcame AS Police 81-78 in overtime to become the first Guinean team to qualify for the BAL. 

F.A.P remain undefeated three games into the Elite 16 Division West 

F.A.P and SLAC will square off on Thursday for bragging rights, but it's the Third-Place Game between Espoir Fukash and AS Police that will determine the last team to qualify to the second season of the BAL.

The Policemen of Mali have featured in the inaugural BAL season in May in Kigali while BAL qualifiers debutant Espoir Fukash will be looking to put the DR Congo's name in the BAL map.

Both teams head to the decisive encounter on Thursday with a 1-2 mark apiece, but only one will advance to the FIBA-NBA competition, scheduled to run from March to May with stops in Dakar, Cairo and Kigali.

The Congolese opened their Elite 16 campaign with a 104-91 defeat to Nigelec BC, but bounced back with a crucial 104-89 victory over SLAC before falling to F.A.P on Wednesday. 

AS Police, on the other hand, beat S.O.A of Cote d'Ivoire 85-70 in Group G1's opener , but two straight defeats to F.A.P and SLAC left the Bamako-based team in a do-or-die situation. 

Cote d'Ivoire international Stephane Konate has been the heart-and-soul of AS Police, averaging team-highs 18.3 points and 4.3 assists, but coach Boubacar Kanoute will need a productive bench to overcome the likes of Rolly Fula and Ben Ilunga Mutanga, a duo that propels Espoir Fukash at both ends of the floor.

Both games will be live on FIBA's Youtube Channel.