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Final BAL Qualifiers: Patriots to face JKT in opener

Dec. 17
Patriots Vs JKT (Tanzania) Dec. 18
Patriots Vs Pacers (Zambia) Dec. 19
Patriots Vs GNBC (Madagascar) Rwandan champions Patriots will start their quest for a ticket to the 2020 Basketball Africa League (BAL) against Tanzanian side JKT on December 17. Full schedule for Group H – which also has been divided into Pool A and Pool B – were released on Wednesday. Set to be held at the Kigali Arena, Group H qualifiers will get underway on Tuesday, December 17, and run through December 22. The first two teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals, from where the best three teams will be determined and automatically seal their tickets to the highly anticipated showpiece. Patriots, Rwanda’s only representatives in the tournament, reached the second and final round of the qualifiers after finishing top in Group D, whose games were held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in October. During the first round, Patriots beat JTK 79-65 en route to their unbeaten run. After their opener against JKT, Francis Odhimbo’s side take on UNZA Pacers of Zambia the following day before winding up their preliminary campaign against Madagascar’s GNBC on December 19. Pool A: Patriots, JTK, GNBC and UNZA Pacers Pool B: KPA (Kenya), Cobra (South Sudan), City Oilers (Uganda) and Ferroviario de Maputo of Mozambique.

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