FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Day 4 Review
After four close matches on the third day of FIBA AfroBasket 2021, the fourth day saw all four games decided by double digits.
In the first match of Group D that day, Uganda defeated Cameroon 80-66 and won the first victory of the tournament.
Ish Wainright almost had a triple-double with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Four Uganda players scored in double figures, Adam Sperm (20 points), Robinson Opon (15 points), Dunge (14 points) and Arthur Kaluma (12 points).
At the same time, due to the COVID-19 health and safety agreement, Cameroon participated in their first game after losing to South Sudan in the last game.
They struggled to shoot, 21 of 79 shots and 6 of 36 three-pointers.
Cameroon (0-2) had no chance to advance to the next round due to the loss of the game, while Uganda advanced 1-1.
In the second game of the day, Nigeria defeated Kenya 71-55 in Group C.
Nigeria led by Uzodinma Utomi with 17 points.
Jeremiah Mordi scored 10 points and the other three players each scored 9 points.
Kenya’s assist-to-turnover ratio is astonishing 8:28.
Kenyan leader Tylor Ongwae could not find a shooting opportunity today. He scored 4 points on 2 of 13 shots and 0 of 7 3-pointers.
Albert Odero led Kenya with 23 points, making 10 of 15 shots and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Nigeria (2-0) has a chance to win Group C in the last match of the group stage against Ivory Coast, while Kenya (0-2) will face Mali in the third and final match. The position in the group is available for competition.
In a match in Group C, Côte d’Ivoire narrowly beat Mali 90-67.
Mali trailed by as many as 32 points, leading 53-34.
Matt Costello contributed 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Côte d’Ivoire team and is now the top scorer in the championship, averaging 22.5 points in the two games.
Côte d’Ivoire’s field goal percentage is 51.5%, while Mali’s field goal percentage is only 31%.
19-year-old guard Siriman Kanoute led Mali with 19 points and 5 assists.
Côte d’Ivoire (2-0) will compete for the top spot in Group C in the next match against Nigeria, while Mali (0-2) will need to beat Kenya to advance to the next round because the loser will be eliminated.
In the last game of the day, Senegal defeated South Sudan 104-75 and still looked like the front runner to win the championship.
This is the first game since South Sudan lost the game against Cameroon.
History was made because South Sudan participated in their first AfroBasket game in history.
Brancou Badio and Gorgui Dieng led Senegal in the victory.
The 22-year-old Badio had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals, while Dion had 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Except for one player from Senegal, all the other players scored.
South Sudan has two 17-point scorers in Kuany Kuany and Dhieu Deing.
Senegal (2-0) holds the top spot in Group D, while South Sudan (1-1) will face Uganda next to decide second and third in the group.
Standings of Group C and Group D:
The next game of Group C: On August 29, Kenya played against Mali and Nigeria played against Côte d’Ivoire.
The next match of Group D: South Sudan vs. Uganda, Senegal vs. Cameroon, August 29.
This post is written by Chris Tulp