Angola, Egypt storm FIBA quarter-finals

Angola and Egypt have become the first teams to reach the quarter-finals of the 2016 FIBA-Africa U18 Championships taking place at Amahoro indoor stadium in Kigali.
Rwanda's Samuel Niyonshuti takes on Malian players during Sunday's game at Amahoro indoor stadium.  (Niyigena Fausin)
Rwanda's Samuel Niyonshuti takes on Malian players during Sunday's game at Amahoro indoor stadium. (Niyigena Fausin)

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Angola vs DR Congo 11:15am
Benin vs Uganda 1:30pm
Gabon vs Ivory Coast 15:45pm
Algeria vs Mali 6pm
Egypt vs Tunisia 8:15pm

 

Angola and Egypt have become the first teams to reach the quarter-finals of the 2016 FIBA-Africa U18 Championships taking place at Amahoro indoor stadium in Kigali.

 

Angola thrashed debutants Uganda 105-59 to book their slot in the quarters at the continental youth competition. Bruno Fernandes nailed a game high 21 points despite sitting out the second quarter, while Tarcio Domingos added 14 points.

 

Egypt put up a stellar performance to seal victory over a determined DR Congo side 95-68 on Sunday, and will wind up their group campaign against North African archrivals Tunisia at 8:15pm today. Angola takes on DR Congo in the days’ first game at 11:15am.

Both Angola and Egypt have registered three wins each heading into today’s fixtures and before what promises to be a tough encounter between the two teams on Wednesday evening. The top four teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.

Egypt top Group B, level with second-placed Angola, while Tunisia and DR Congo are third and fourth respectively. Uganda and Benin are placed bottom of the group all with three points each.

Tunisia beat Benin 86-33 to improve their winning ratio to 2-1. The victory saw them rise to third place in Group B with five points.

Patrick Mwamba (DRC), leads the average individual player statistics rankings with 63% after three games, followed by Bruno Fernandes with 56%.

Meanwhile, Mali handed hosts Rwanda their first defeat with a 61-40 victory. Rwanda started well, winning the first quarter 17-9 but slipped in the second quarter where they managed just two points.

Rwanda faces Algeria on Tuesday; a game which head coach Moise Mutokambali believes his boys must win to progress to the quarter-finals.

“We must do whatever it takes to win against Algeria if we’re to achieve our goal of reaching the quarter-finals. Algeria is a very strong side that is performing well in the tournament, so we have to be well prepared,” said Mutokambali.

Despite defeat, Rwanda still top Group A with 5 points, while Gabon is bottom with just two points. Algeria edged Ivory Coast 58-45 in a tightly contested game to go joint-second with Mali on 4 points from three games.
Mostefa Braik collected 18 points while Abderrahmane Hailouf picked an impressive 14 rebounds to guide Abidat Mohamed’s side to their second victory.

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