Uganda Under-19 national girls’ basketball team, the Junior Gazelles, started their campaign for a place in the FIBA Africa U16 with a commanding 58-39 victory over Tanzania.
The Tanzanians started the tournament well by beating hosts, Rwanda, 74-63 on Monday but failed to catch up with the tactical Gazelles on Tuesday.
Uganda started the game well by controlling the first quarter 18-9. Tanzania improved in the second to win it 15-11 and cut the gap to only five from 9.
However, Coach Harriet Lubowa’s girls pumped up to demolish the Tanzanians 16-2 in the third before equaling strength 13-13 in the last.
Uganda now needs to replicate the same performance and beat Rwanda on Wednesday to go through.
The boys’ team start their games today against Rwanda at 7 PM.
Games Fixtures and results;
Day 1: Monday, June 10
18.00 – Rwanda 63-74 Tanzania (Girls)
Day 2: Tuesday, June 11
18.00 – Tanzania 39-58 Uganda (Girls)
Day 3: Wednesday, June 12
17.00 – Uganda Vs Rwanda (Girls)
19.00 – Rwanda Vs Uganda (Boys)
Day 4: Thursday, June 13
18.00 – Tanzania Vs Rwanda (Girls)
Day 5: Friday, June 14
18.00 – Uganda Vs Tanzania (Girls)
Day 6: Saturday, June 15
17.00 – Rwanda Vs Uganda (Girls)
19.00 – Uganda Vs Rwanda (Boys)