Friday, November 9
First game: Uganda 14-13 Cape Verde
Second game: Uganda 5-22 Nigeria
Uganda’s senior Men national 3*3 basketball team suffered a mixed start at the ongoing FIBA 3*3 Africa cup in Lome, Togo.
The Silverbacks edged Cape Verde before falling to defending Champions Nigeria to finish second of Pool C.
The results means that Uganda will face off with Mali in the Quarter finals on Sunday.
Uganda finished eighth last year in the first edition held in the same country (Togo) and the team who is ranked third in Africa is seeking for a better placement.
Uganda started with Cape Verde who they edged with a 14-13 victory in a closely contested opening game of the tournament. The side survived the wrath of star player Fidel Mendoca on the way to victory.
Uganda looked to have run out of steam against Nigeria in their second game later on in the day. The side lost to the D’Tigers 5-22.
The side struggled against an all Kano Pillars quartet of David Godwin, Abdul yahaya, Azuoma dike and Lucky Subel Okoh.
It should be noted that Nigeria won the first edition after beating Ivory Coast 21-9 in last year’s finals.
In both games (Cape Verde and Nigeria) combined, Tonny Drilleba has collected 9 points, James Okello and Mark Opiyo have scored 4 points each while Athieu Madol has made 2.
Quarter final opponents Mali beat up on Benin and Egypt 15-6 and 14-13 in that order.
The Women side (Gazelles) who are ranked number one in Africa, will be in action on Saturday against Cape Verde and Ghana.
It should be noted that the 2018 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup, will play a major role in the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where 3×3 basketball will debut.