By Fred Vubem
BEAC won in both the men and women categories.
The finals of the national basketball cup were played last Saturday September 16, at the Concorde sports complex of the University of Yaounde I, with BEAC carrying the day. In the men's senior category, BEAC beat Noga Air force of Douala 76-65. It was a tough match with both teams seemingly equal in strength before BEAC had an edge during the last fifteen minutes of the game as reflected in the quarterly scores; 22-20, 40-37, 55-54 and finally 76-65.Contrarily in the female category, it was an easy walk for the BEAC girls who established their supremacy over LMS Douala from the beginning of the match and dominated all through the game; 13-8, 29-20, 48-32 and 65-49.It was an all Douala affair in the junior category between Phoenix and Ecole de Basketball of Douala. The match was characterised by several misses with the boys of Phoenix showing signs of more maturity and experience than the basketball school boys and finally won 78-61.
The finals were presided at by the Minister of sports and Physical Education, Philippe Mbarga Mboa I the company of his colleague of Higher Education, Fame Ndongo. The matches were lively as fan clubs rivalled for public attention. Conspicuous among them was a group of BEAC fans made up exclusively of disabled people. Supporters who turned out in their numbers cheered and jeered as players made offensives and counter offensives. On hand also was the band of the national gendarmerie, traditional dance groups and 'pomp pomp girls'.
The only stain on the finals were complains about the referees from Noga Air force and Ecole De Basket of Douala. There was also a squabble between the federation and Noga Air force over putting on a T-shirt other than that of the official sponsor of FECABASKET. A request by Noga Air force for two of their suspended players to be allowed to play, was turned down be the federation. Something they claimed minimised their chances of winning the cup.