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Game Day Three Wrap-Up: FIBA Africa Zone 5 U18 AfroBasket Qualifiers

Africabasket's thorough analysis of day three at the FIBA Africa Zone 5 U-18 AfroBasket Qualifiers delves into the tournament's defining moments. This article highlights exceptional performances, strategic plays, and critical junctures that have influenced the competition thus far. Join us as we explore the intense matchups, where nations vie to demonstrate their prowess ahead of the August 2024 FIBA U18 AfroBasket championship.

Published on

June 19, 2024

Last Updated on

June 19, 2024

Kendi Mwiti

Kendi Mwiti

Staff Writer

Day Three Wrap-Up: FIBA Africa Zone 5 U18 AfroBasket Qualifiers

Game Day Three Wrap-Up: FIBA Africa Zone 5 U18 AfroBasket Qualifiers

Uganda's Junior Gazelles and Silverbacks have advanced to the finals of the FIBA Africa U18 AfroBasket Zone 5 qualifiers in both the boys' and girls' categories. They will face Rwanda, vying for a ticket to the continental competition scheduled for August.

In the girls' competition, the Gazelles dominated their Tanzanian counterparts with an impressive 100-56 victory, just one win away from qualifying.

Stepping into the semifinal match as clear favourites, the hosts swiftly established their superiority with a 23-14 first quarter, setting the pace for the game. They maintained their strong performance, ending the second quarter 18-12 in their favour.

Despite holding a 15-point lead at halftime, the John Omondi-coached team did not relent. They overwhelmed their opponents with a 38-9 third quarter before concluding the match with a 21-all fourth quarter.

"It was a win we had expected as we had prepared well. The final is no different. We are ready to face Rwanda and book our slot to the continental competition," Uganda skipper Christine Namyal said.

In the boys' competition, the Silverbacks delivered a commanding 101-41 victory over their opponents, advancing to the final as favourites. They will face Rwanda, which secured its spot in the final by defeating Kenya.

The outstanding Brighton Galowango continued his impressive performance, leading the game with 16 points. Five Ugandan players scored in double digits, showcasing the team's depth and skill.

"I am happy with how we played today. I feel like we are moving with intensity and are sharing the ball. We go into the final with a similar strategy and I believe no team can stop us," skipper Tijan Rugette offered.

Meanwhile, the Rwandese teams triumphed over Kenya in both categories, securing their final spots. In the boys' competition, Kenya was overpowered with a 70-55 loss, while the girls' team fell 78-49. Kenya will now compete against Tanzania in the third-place matches.

"I have to give it to the Rwandese team, they are a good side. We fought but they were the better side. We will not let missing our final chance dumpen our spirits as we have a third-place match to win. As far as qualification goes, we have picked valuable lessons and we will be back bigger and better," said Kenya's Patrick Ndung'u after the match.

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