Sunday, November 12
Mali 19-13 DR Congo
Uganda 6-14 Cote D’ivoire
Uganda’s senior Men, the Silverbacks has finished second at the concluded FIBA 3*3 Africa Cup in Lome, Togo.
The tourney that took place from November 9-11 saw the Silverbacks fall to Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 6-14 in the crunching finals.
The team of Tonny Drilleba (City Oilers), James Okello (City Oilers), Mark Okidi Opiyo (Warriors) and Athieu Madol (Betway Power) put up a strong performance.
Uganda beat up on Cape Verde 14-13 before falling 5-22 to Nigeria in the group.
The team edged out Mali 9-8 at the Quarters before eliminating DR Congo 18-16 at the semi finals stage.
DR Congo finished third after beating defending champions Nigeria 21-19 in the playoff game.
The Champions Cote D’Ivoire had ousted Togo and Nigeria in the quarter and semis respectively.
Cote D’Ivoire who came second last year, finished the tourney unbeaten, 5-0.
Uganda who is ranked number 3 in Men’s rankings, had finished eighth last year.
The concluded event will play a major role in the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where 3×3 basketball will debut.
Gazelles Finish Fifth
Going to Togo, the hope was more in the Women (Gazelles) than in the Men (Silverbacks) to deliver.
Ranked number one in Africa and the wide exposure the team had picked prior to the trip, had instilled enormous confidence.
The strong team of Sarah Ageno (UCU) and JKL trio of Jamila Nansikombi, Hope Akello and Rita Imanishimwe, slaughtered Cape Verde and Ghana to top Pool A in style.
The side was ousted by defending champions and eventual winners Mali 16-21 at the quarter finals. The final placement leaves Uganda (Gazelles) in fifth. The side had finished third last year.