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AS Douanes' Dominance Seals Final Playoff Berth in 2024 BAL Showdown!

Game Report: AS Douanes showcased their excellence by outclassing and dominating APR with a 79-54 victory, securing the coveted last 2024 BAL playoff spot. The game was a testament to AS Douanes' determination to reach the postseason.

Published on

May 13, 2024

Last Updated on

May 13, 2024

Jonathan Oriant

Jonathan Oriant

Staff Writer

AS Douanes' Dominance Seals Final Playoff Berth in 2024 BAL Showdown!

AS Douanes' Dominance Seals Final Playoff Berth in 2024 BAL Showdown!

It was a do-or-die clash for both teams, with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. The presence of the respective presidents, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Diomaye Faye of Senegal, added an extra layer of intensity to the atmosphere, ensuring that an electrifying spectacle awaited the spectators. AS Douanes wasted no time asserting their dominance, taking control early on and securing a 23-18 lead in the first quarter.

With a relentless display of skill and determination, AS Douanes continued to surge ahead, stretching their advantage to a commanding fourteen points (42-28). They maintained their momentum throughout the first half, heading into halftime with a comfortable 44-28 lead. However, the absence of key players Adonis Filer and Noel Obadiah due to injury was keenly felt by the Rwandan side, dealing a significant blow to their chances and highlighting the human aspect of the game.

As the game progressed, the Senegalese club only strengthened their grip on the match, steadily widening the gap to a staggering 14 points (54-30) with just six minutes remaining in the third quarter. By the end of the quarter, AS Douanes had extended their lead to 63-46, leaving little doubt about the outcome.

With victory seemingly assured, AS Douanes' coach, Pabi Gueye, made a strategic move. He took the opportunity to rotate his squad and give some playing time to younger players. This decision not only showcased the team's depth but also their confidence in securing the last playoff spot.

As the clock wound down, it became increasingly evident that AS Douanes would secure the last playoff spot while APR faced elimination. When the final buzzer sounded, AS Douanes emerged triumphant with a decisive 63-48 victory.

With this win, AS Douanes joined Rivers Hoopers of Nigeria and US Monastir of Tunisia as the teams qualified for the finals, set to take place in Kigali.

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