ABIDJAN (Côte d’Ivoire) – BAL’s Elite 16 West Division begins its third day on Wednesday in Abidjan. But first, let’s review the players who shone on Day 2.
Here’s how five players stood out from the rest.
Dane Miller Jr (Seydou Legacy Athletic Club)
Although the 32-year-old finished on the losing side against Stade Malien (82-76), his performance did not go unnoticed.
The 2.03m (6’8″) player was the jack of all trades in the difficult game against Stade Malien de Bamako, and he came away with a double-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and an efficiency rating of 25.
Mamadou Keïta (Malian Stadium)
Keita, 29, has been everything for his team since action began on Monday, November 14. He lives up to the expectations of coach Kaba Kanté.
The 1.92cm (6’3″) full-back has been terrific on the pitch every time he’s called up, propelling his side to two stunning wins against tough opponents and a place in the semi-finals even with a game late.
Keita held on against SLAC, finishing the action-packed game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 18 save points, the best result of any player on his team.
Michael Afuwape (Elan Coton)
Confidence saw Benin’s Elan Coton claim a surprising victory over Morocco’s Association Sportive de Salé, former winners of the African Cup of Champions.
And the 1.85m (5’11”) Nigerian played a major role in this matchday two game.
Afuwape led his team with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals and 21 save points.
Kenneti Mendes (Armed Forces and Police)
The Cabo Verdean international shined on the court by playing his role well to help his team achieve a first victory in the quest for a place in the semi-finals of the Elite 16 of the West Division.
The 2.03m (6’8″) 32-year-old center scored two three-pointers that drew cheers from the fans.
He did, however, finish as the team’s top scorer with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a save percentage of 21.
Jimmy Djimrabaye (Bangui Sporting Club)
The 2.03m player from Bangui Sporting Club was not hampered by a technical foul midway through the third quarter. He played an important role in his team’s victory over Abidjan Basket Club in a tense Group A match.
He recorded a double-double against ABC, winners of the 2005 African Cup of Champions, with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, one blocked shot and 28 efficiency.