The NBA Africa Game 2018 is now history but the memories remain. The NBA is the world’s most competitive and most exciting league no doubt. Little wonder stakeholders in basketball across the continent of Africa and the world converged at the Sun Arena, Pretoria, South Africa to watch the stars of the NBA lit up the arena.
In its third year, the NBA Africa game has definitely come to stay. Leading the roaster for Team Africa was Philadelphia 76ers Power Forward, Joel Embiid alongside stars like Pascal Siakam, Luol Deng, Al-Farouk Aminu, etc.
This year’s game celebrates the life and the legacy of a global icon and hero Mandiba Nelson Mandela’s centenary said Mr. Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa who runs the NBA Africa office in South Africa.
Before the game jumped off several of the players expressed their joy and excitement on being a part of the NBA Africa Games 2018.
Team Africa had lost the last two games and was looking forward to preventing a losing hat – trick which eluded them and it’s a 3-0 run for Team World.
The game started with the national anthem of the United States of America by Kalina Neubert and that of the African Union by Langa Mavuso and the national anthem of South Africa was sung by Jessica Mbangeni.
On the starting line-up for Team Africa were Evan Fournier, Luol Deng, Cheick Diallo, Serge Ibaka and Joel Embiid while Team World starters were Harrison Barnes, Rudy Gay, Khris Middleton, Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee. Surprisingly, this year’s game spiced up the game with appearance from two former WNBA players Swin Cash a 15 years veteran in the league and Chlarisse Machanguana who played 4 years in the WNBA .
The first quarter ended 20-27 in favour of Team World; second quarter ended 47-54 still Team World leading; third quarter ended 68-78 and the game ended Team Africa 92-96 Team World.