FIBA AfroBasket 2021 day 2 recap
Day two of FIBA AfroBasket 2021 was highlighted by a 38-point blowout win and a Group D loss.
The Group D game between Cameroon and South Sudan was declared expired in favor of South Sudan based on COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for Cameroon.
The game was awarded 20-0 to South Sudan and Cameroon received zero classification points.
Two Cameroonian players first registered positive tests upon arrival in Kigali, Rwanda, and were asymptomatic.
Two other players and a training employee then tested positive for COVID-19.
The situation will continue to be monitored in the future.
In the first game of the day in Group C, Nigeria defeated Mali 81-73.
Nigeria was led by Benjamin Emelogu (18 points, 6-out-of-10 out of three, eight rebounds, four assists) and Stephen Domingo (16 points, five rebounds, two assists).
With Ibrahim Djambo (18 points), Benke Diarouma (11 points), Mamadou Keita (11 points) and Siriman Kanoute (11 points), Mali had four players in the double-digit range.
Senegal blew past Uganda 93-55 in a Group D game.
It’s just a game but Senegal looked like a real contender for the championship as they were led by up to 45.
NBA center Gorgui Dieng led Senegal with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Senegal had a strong backcourt game, with Brancou Badio (six assists) and naturalized player Pierria Henry (eight assists) delivering 14 assists, almost as many as Uganda as a team (17).
Uganda faced fouls early on, with key players Ish Wainright and Deng Geu conceding three fouls in the first half.
Uganda also struggled with his shot, shooting 27 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from the three-point.
In the last game of the day, Ivory Coast defeated Kenya 88:70.
Kenya is in their first AfroBasket since 1993.
The score doesn’t really show how close the game was as Kenya was 71:65 with less than five minutes of play.
They were then beaten 17-5 to end the game.
The Ivory Coast was led by naturalized player Matt Costello, who posted 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Kenya was led by Tylor Ongwae with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists and was the team’s only goalscorer in the double digits.
Ranking of groups C and D:
Next Group C games: Kenya against Nigeria and Mali against Ivory Coast on August 27th.
Next group D games: Uganda against Cameroon and South Sudan against Senegal on August 27th.
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