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Ferroviario de Maputo secures Basketball Africa League playoff spot

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No-look dish leads to Ferroviario dunk (0:24)

Demarcus Holland and Adjehi Baru connect for the dunk in Ferroviario's win over GSP. (0:24)

Ferroviario de Maputo secured its playoff berth after beating Algeria's GS Petroliers 86-73 on Saturday at Kigali Arena.

Adjehi Baru propelled Ferroviario with 17 points and 10 rebounds; Alvaro Masa added 17 points and nine rebounds; Myck Kabongo contributed 18 points as the Maputo-based team improved to 2-1.

Baru, who sat out in Ferroviario's loss against Zamalek, recorded his second double-double on a 17 points and 10 rebounds performance, but as Ferroviario's assistant coach Marti Zamora noted: "This is not a one-man team. We play together. Everyone can help the team."

As of Saturday, Ferroviario leads Group C ahead of Zamalek (1-0), AS Douanes (1-1) and GS Petroliers (0-2).

With the win, Ferroviario de Maputo became the second team from the FIBA-run qualifying round - after Patriots BC - to reach the BAL playoffs.

Ferroviario led by as many as 21 points and GSP, who seemed quite decent in the opening ten minutes, was unable to fight back.

In the absence of GSP leading scorer Mohamed Harat, who sat out due to a muscle strain, Abdellah Hamdini took the lead, powering his team with a game-high 33 points, Touhami Ghezzoul added 11 points and seven rebounds, but the Algerian powerhouse struggled to cope with Ferroviario's sense of urgency.

"He had a great individual performance, but we suffered as a team due to the lack of preparation," GSP head coach Sofiane Boulahia said.

The former point guard of the Algerian national team went on saying: "We haven't played competitive basketball for a year and half in the [Algerian] league. We only trained once a day rather than twice a day.

"The effort was there, the anger was there, but we lacked preparation. Technically they were in a good place but, they lacked preparation."

GSP will conclude its Group C campaign on Monday when it takes on Zamalek.

Asked about GSP's game plan against Zamalek, Boulahia insisted that his team, "will approach in a normal way with the same effort. We are not eliminated. We'll approach the game with the same motivation and same objective and try to win the game."