Seychelles to play in zone 6 qualifiers - Feb 15, 2013
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Seychelles will not host the zone 7 qualifiers for the 27th mens African Basketball Nations Championship (AfroBasket) 2013 and will have to take part in the zone 6 qualifiers after not receiving automatic qualification as previously said.
Sports Nation learned of this new development yesterday and Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) chairperson Sheila Ah-kong confirmed that the countrys mens team are preparing for the zone 6 qualifiers in Mozambique later this month February 16-23. Other than Seychelles and hosts Mozambique, the other countries which will be taking part in the zone 6 qualifiers are Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa. Angola, who have won the mens Afro-Basket a record 10 times in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 form part of zone 6 but will not take part in the qualifiers after receiving automatic qualification for finishing as losing finalists at the last competition in Madagascar in 2011. Other teams who have already qualified for the AfroBasket final stage in Ivory Coast are Ivory Coast (hosts), Tunisia (defending champions), Nigeria (All-Africa Games winners in 2011 and third place finishers in the AfroBasket in 2011), Burkina Faso (zone 3 winners), Morocco (zone 1 winners), Algeria (zone 1 runners-up), Senegal (zone 2 winners), Cape Verde (zone 2 runners-up), Central African Republic (zone 4 winners), Cameroon (zone 4 runners-up), Congo (zone 4 third place) and Egypt (zone 5 winners). The three other spots are to be filled by the zone 6 winners and runners-up, and the zone 7 winners. But according to latest development, only one team will qualify for zone 6 and it is not clear who will fill the other two spots. In a new development yesterday, the SBF was informed that there will still be only one place for zone 6 and the place of zone 7 will be a second wild card. SBF head Ah-kong said the Seychelles mens team, who won the Indian Ocean Island Games gold medal on home ground in 2011, will have to compete in the zone 6 qualifiers as instructed by Fiba Africa after none of the other zone 7 countries Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Djibouti showed an interest in taking part in the zone 7 qualifiers Seychelles was to host. And in past interviews with this paper, SBF representatives had said that if no teams enroll for the qualifiers, Seychelles will finish as automatic group winners and will represent the zone 7 region at the 2013 AfroBasket tourney. But the situation has now changed and the mens team have to play the zone 6 qualifiers. In the event of the countrys mens team not qualifying for the final stage in Ivory Coast, the SBF can still make a formal claim to Fiba Africa to be the legal representatives of the zone 7 as it is not Seychelles fault if other countries in the region do not want to compete in the qualifiers. In fact, Seychelles was twice asked to move the dates of the zone 7 qualifying tournament. Initially scheduled for December last year, the tournament was postponed, at the request of the Fiba Africa executive committee, because of the final round of the Champions Cup which was being held around the same period in the Equatorial Guinea. The tournament was then moved to January 28 February 2 and once again the local organisers were asked by Fiba Africa to push it to a later date as it was to clash with the Fiba Africa central board committee meeting. The Fiba Africa executive committee awarded the organisation of AfroBasket 2013 to the Ivory Coast who overcame bids from Rwanda and Tunisia following a six-month bidding process. Ivory Coast previously hosted the Championship in 1985. That year, the hosts beat African powerhouse Angola in the final to secure the second of their two AfroBasket gold medals to date.
Two venues will be use for the games a 3,000-seater Palais des Sports of Treichville and in a newly built 8,000 arena between the 16 teams. Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 25-year old Seychellois ex-international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90, agency: Comsport). He moved there from Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) where he played this season. In 34 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.9rpg [read more]
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 25-year old Seychellois ex-international center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90, agency: Comsport). He moved there from Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) where he played this season. In 34 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 3.9rpg. The last season Sylla played also at Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In 23 games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg. His team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup Final Four in 2012. Sylla was a member of Seychellois Senior National Team in 2011. He has played previously professionally in Seychelles (Cobras). On Sylla:
An hard worker, long armed, very athletic inside player. Has good moves around the basket, intimidates the opponents and can finish with thunderous dunks. Even after having done great improvements in last season, observers say he has yet a tremendous upside. Has dreams of getting drafted and playing in the NBA, maybe that they will come true.
Baya clinch second league title in dominant fashion - 3 Years ago
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The 2014 mens division one league title will settle in Bel Air this year as Baya managed to wrestle the league championship from challengers Mont Fleuri Dawgz. Baya title winning game took place at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday evening where they faced the task of defeating an MBU Rockers side who had already defeated them in the first round. As this was a high profile match, the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) took every necessary precaution as they deployed police officers aroun... [read more]
The 2014 mens division one league title will settle in Bel Air this year as Baya managed to wrestle the league championship from challengers Mont Fleuri Dawgz. Baya title winning game took place at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday evening where they faced the task of defeating an MBU Rockers side who had already defeated them in the first round. As this was a high profile match, the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) took every necessary precaution as they deployed police officers around the grounds to ensure order among the passionate fans. Baya showed their intention from the start as they opened up a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter much to the delight of the large crowd inside the gymnasium. It ended 26-16 on favour of coach Michel Malbrook s side. The second quarter continued much like the first as Baya kept on scoring to increase the gap to 13 points to take the scores to 42-29 at the end of the first half. By then the Baya fans had already began celebrating as although not impossible, on this day it would prove difficult for MBU Rockers to get back in the game. By the third quarter, the game picked up in intensity with very neat passing and finishing taking place on the court, which delighted the fans. Again it was Baya who had the edge in this quarter as they put the result beyond any doubt, taking the score to 65-44 and within minutes of the league championship. The final quarter saw the Rockers playing for pride, as this day belonged to the hard working Baya side, who despite already putting the game to bed, continued to give the fans some good displays. Timmy Adam was again the star man as he put the fans and his own players to their feet with two one-handed dunks in a row. He finished as the games highest scorer with 25 points. With time winding down, Baya were in possession when the final buzzer rang to send the fans and players into raptures as they claimed a second league title to cement their position as the best basketball team in the country. The final score was 92-64. I am extremely happy right now. We knew what we had to do before the game and we came out and achieved it, said Baya coach Michel Malbrook . When we defeated Mont Fleuri Dawgz last week, I said that we will not look back now and that is what we did today.This is Bayas second league title after winning it for the very first time in the 2008 season and will now hope to add the knockout title to their collection and of course, they will be hoping not to have to wait as long to taste another league success. As for MBU Rockers, they have been ever-improving over the years and will hope that they can challenge for the league title next year. In the other first division match played last weekend, Ervin Agathine scored 31 points to lead Drifters to an 87-79 win over Beau Vallon Heat. Courtesy of: basket-in-africa.blogspot.com
Dawgz keep title charge, Stars title defence in tatters - 3 Years ago
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Mont Fleuri Dawgz kept their hopes of a first ever league title alive as they won their ninth game of the season, while Anse Etoile Stars suffered another defeat, making their title defence all the more difficult. Mont Fleuri Dawgz was victorious over RC Dynamics, a side that has yet to record a win this season. A win against a much improved Dawgz side was always going to be a tough task and the boys from Mont Fleuri showed their superiority as early as the first quarter where they scored... [read more]
Mont Fleuri Dawgz kept their hopes of a first ever league title alive as they won their ninth game of the season, while Anse Etoile Stars suffered another defeat, making their title defence all the more difficult. Mont Fleuri Dawgz was victorious over RC Dynamics, a side that has yet to record a win this season. A win against a much improved Dawgz side was always going to be a tough task and the boys from Mont Fleuri showed their superiority as early as the first quarter where they scored 15 points compared to 4 for their opponents. The game continued with the same momentum, with the match ending in a big 92-34 score which put the Dawgz at the top of the standings. Ron Estico was the games leading scorer as he managed a contribution of 28 points including three successive three-pointers for his Dawgz side, who will next play Praslin Warriors. Third placed MBU Rockers suffered a major blow to their own title challenge, after they lost to Anse Boileau based Drifters. The match remained tight throughout, but in the end it was Drifters who ran out victorious with a 75-68 win. Drifters Arnaud Arissol led the scoring for his team with 17 points, with Keven Morel of MBU also contributing the same to his side. PLS Hawks, whose hope of defending their league crown looks bleak, were in action against last years surprise package Beau Vallon Heat and they managed to grab a big win. The game remained close, up until the final quarter where the Hawks increased their lead by 15 points, to win the contest on an 84-66 score. Captain Jean-Paul Desaubin led the scoring for his team, getting 21 points. Heats Jean-Paul Camille scored a game-high 23 point, but it was not enough to prevent defeat. The ladies division two saw defending league champions Anse Etoile Stars up against the defending knockout champions Mont Fleuri. Bernadette Songor led Mont Fleuri to a 67-43 win over the Stars who now find their bid to keep hold of the league title slip of their hands. Mont Fleuri and unbeaten Hotshots are now the two teams challenging for the title. In the mens division two, Grand Anse Wolves recorded an easy 67-38 win over Anse Etoile, while Cascade Bullets managed a 58-48 win over Juniors. Courtesy of: nation.sc
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