Mozal Basketball League: Ferroviário da Beira and Costa do Sol impose themselves on the opening day

Liga Mozal de Basquetebol: Ferroviário da Beira e Costa do Sol impõem-se na jornada inaugural

Ferroviário da Beira and Costa do Sol entered the 14th edition of the Mozambican Senior Men's Basketball League, also known as the Mozal League, on the front foot, beating the "locomotives" from Maputo and Nampula respectively..

The headline match of the first round involved Ferroviário de Maputo and their Beira counterparts, with the Chiveve "locomotives" imposing themselves in the first quarter with a 12-21 lead, but in the second quarter the team from the capital evened things up with an 11-13 lead, and the score was 23-34 at half-time.

In the third quarter the team from the Mozambican capital, coached by João Mulungo, came out on top and as a result ended the half with a 16-13 lead, putting the score at 39-47. In the final quarter, Ferroviário de Maputo continued to be on top and even had the lead (52-50), but with a minute to go the game was tied at 57.

But in the final moments of the game, according to "Lance", the Chiveve players' coolness and concentration paid off, with Ismael Nurmomade going to the free-throw line twice to put the final score at 57-59.

In the match, the highlights went to Hugo Martins with 15 points and 4 rebounds, which were not enough to lead his team to victory, while on the Ferroviário da Beira side the performance of William Perry (CFvB) who scored 12 points and 2 rebounds, as well as Ismael Nurmamade (CFvM) who finished the match with 12 points and 2 rebounds.

The runners-up, Costa do Sol, had an easy time beating Ferroviário de Nampula 30-98, with scores of 4-20, 11-27, 9-29, 6-22, numbers that could have taken the "canarinhos" to the "chapa-100" if they hadn't slowed down at the end of the match.

The highlights of the game went to Daniel Maveure, who scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, Milton Caifaz, who contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds, and young Azénio Cossa, who scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

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