COTONOU – Civil Defenders punched a ticket for the Elite 8 of the Africa Basketball League following a 62-58 win over host team Elan Sportif in Cotonou on Sunday.
The Nigerian side emerged from a make or mar tie against the host team at the Hall des Arts Loisirs et Sports, leaving the home crowd stunned.
Victor Okpe led the rest of the pack with a game high 16 points; on a night when he scored a double double with an impressive 16 rebounds.
Also, Ibe Abuchi and Umar Garba contributed a combined 27 points; 13pts and 14pts respectively.
Defenders join AS Rades from group B and six others in the next round of the competition that gets underway between March 22-31 (first-leg) and April 5-14 (second-leg), when the draw is done.
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