Angloa’s Inter Clube secured the bronze medal at the Africa Women’s Basketball League (AWBL), staging a comeback against Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to claim an 83-68 victory.
The Angolan team, led by coach Elisa Pires, demonstrated resilience after suffering a defeat to REG earlier in the group stage.
Cristina Matiquite, Nadir Manuel, and Italee Lucas combined for 60 points, with Matiquite contributing 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists. Skipper Manuel achieved a double-double with 14 rebounds and added 6 assists.
In the rematch, Inter Clube dominated from the start, going on an 8-point run with contributions from Lucas and Marioneth Silva, establishing an early 20-9 lead.
Despite REG’s efforts to regroup, Inter Clube extended their advantage to 54-38 at halftime, putting the Rwandese side at a 16-point deficit.
Destiney Promise Philoxy led REG’s attempt at a comeback in the third quarter, contributing two three-pointers, along with Betty Kalanga’s jump shot.
However, Inter Clube maintained control, finishing the third quarter with an 18-point lead. The final quarter saw an even contest, resulting in a 14-all score, as Inter Clube ultimately clinched the bronze medal.
Coach Pires expressed satisfaction with the bronze, emphasizing the need for increased investments to elevate the club’s performance in the highly competitive new tournament.
Acknowledging the evolving landscape with new players bringing a different style of basketball, Pires stressed the importance of enhancing their game to compete at a higher level in African basketball.