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FIBA U18 Championship: Uganda Bows Out After Defeat to Tunisia

By: Joel Muyita

Uganda’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter final phase at the ongoing FIBA Africa U18 championship hit a dead end after a defeat to Tunisia on Wednesday at the Amahoro indoor national stadium in Kigali, pharm Rwanda.

On Tuesday, abortion Uganda overcame Benin 83-57 to gain first victory and needed to replicate the same against the North Africans to seal the final qualifying slot in group B.

The team took to an impressive start leading the first quarter 21-20 before Tunisia came lively in the second quarter and by the end of the first half, Uganda was trailing 39-43.

However, a run of turnovers in the fourth quarter cost Uganda and the North Africans held on to win 89-73 to book a berth into the last eight.

Matthew Ochieng put finished with a game high 25 points and 7 rebounds while Mohammed Rassil scored 23 points for Egypt and Mohammed Selmi added 19 points.

In the other group B games played, Angola defeated Egypt 86-65 to finish the group stage unbeaten. Bruno Fernandes had a double for Angola with 26 points and 10 rebounds. DR Congo eased past Benin winning 120-65 with Congolese shooting guard Jospin Kalule scoring a game high 32 points.

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