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Cape Town Tigers make Basketball Africa League play-offs at first attempt

The Cape Town Tigers make a return to Cape Town after successfully competing in the Nile Conference of the Basketball African League in Egypt. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

The Cape Town Tigers make a return to Cape Town after successfully competing in the Nile Conference of the Basketball African League in Egypt. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Apr 22, 2022

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Cape Town - The Cape Town Tigers basketball team continue to go from strength to strength in their quest for continental glory as they progressed to the play-offs of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda, in May.

The team fought hard to get to the competition, first emerging as South African champions before navigating a tricky qualifying tournament to qualify for the 2022 BAL season.

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They played in the Nile Conference, which took place in Egypt, against six other African sides that qualified for the competition, and managed to finish third in their conference by winning two out of five games – enough to qualify for the play-offs.

The team’s shooting guard, Ben Myburgh, said: “The BAL was a great experience for us. The organisation took great care of us, fitting us in a nice hotel with good food, proper facilities and transport to and from the arena. It was amazing to perform on this level and represent South Africa at the highest level of basketball in Africa.”

Myburgh added that despite facing challenges, the team kept their heads up and remained focused on the goal

“We had our share of adversity but we stayed together as a team and regrouped after every game. We worked hard to play on this stage and for a team as young as us, I’m proud of how we performed,” he said.

The team returned to Cape Town International Airport from Egypt on Thursday to prepare for the play-offs and they’re calling on South Africans and basketball fans alike to rally behind them and show their support as they get closer to victory.

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