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Former Gator Walter Hodge leads Zamalek to BAL semifinals

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Hodge's 3-pointer increases Zamalek's lead over FAP (0:16)

Walter Hodge of Zamalek stars as the Egyptian side sweep aside FAP in the quarterfinals of the Basketball Africa League. (0:16)

Former Florida Gators star and U.S. Virgin Islands international Walter Hodge scored 18 points in Zamalek's Basketball Africa League quarterfinal against FAP, leading the Egyptian side to a 82-53 win.

The win took Zamalek's record to 4-0 in the tournament, and Hodge to 62 points, 20 assists, and 23 rebounds overall.

Zamalek used a strong third quarter to pull away from a stubborn FAP squad, after a low scoring first half where the Egyptian outfit led 30-28.

Early in the game, FAP's aggressive zone held Zamalek scoreless for almost five minutes. They embarked on a 10-0 run, taking a 14-7 lead and looking poised to cause the biggest upset in the tournament.

But that was the best moment for the Yaounde-based outfit. They went ice cold on offense, missing shot after shot.

Zamalek capitalized with a 10-3 run in the last five minutes of the second quarter, paving the way for its two-point lead at the break.

Aside from Hodge's 18, Souleyman Diabate contributed 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and 18-year-old Mohab Yasser -- the youngest player in the BAL -- finished with 14 points, helping the Egyptians improve their record to 4-0.

Amadou Harouna, the only FAP player to score in double digits, finished with a game-high 21 points, but the Cameroonian team's poor offense proved costly.

FAP made only 2 of its 21 three-point attempts, and with Marcus Thomas Jr, who averaged 13 points in his first three BAL games, finishing with just four points, Adie Ngono's men found themselves unable to fight back.

"Our mistakes turned into points for our opponent," Adie Ngono said.

"We had everything prepared for this game, but we couldn't execute and we lost focus.

"In the second half they took advantage of our mistakes. The major takeaway from this tournament is that we have to continue to grow the game of basketball back home and put our players in a better situation for these kind of tournaments."