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FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: Silverbacks Fall to Nigeria As Second Window Dunks Off

Friday, June 29
Rwanda 82-72 Mali
Nigeria 109-66 Uganda

Uganda’s Men senior national basketball team the Silverbacks lost their first game as the second window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers tipped off.

Uganda lost 109-66 to hosts Nigeria to start off on a low note at the Indoor Sports in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Top ranked African side dominated proceedings right from the start, winning the first ten minutes 30-21 before adding 21-14 second half victory to lead 51-35 at the long break.

The Silverbacks continued to be the second best team in the game, as D’Tigres eased to victory – Nigeria scoring 30 and 28 points in the third and last quarter, limiting Uganda to just 17 and 14 points in that order.

Ikechukwu Diogu led by example as the host’s captain scored 24 points. Obi Emagano added 15.

Uganda who shot 22-77 on a frustrating night, had Jordin Mayes collect 18 points.

Deng John Geu and Robinson Odoch Opong scored 13 and 11 points respectively, the latter adding 12 rebounds in the loss.


It was a very hard fought game, I think we played really hard though it didn’t come out as we expected,” noted Mayes who also admitted that he felt good to represent Uganda at that stage, after the game.

He added: “We were not able to stop them going to our basket, giving away easy baskets in the process but if we can rectify those errors, we will then be good to go.”

In the first game of Group B, Rwanda eased to a 82-72 victory of Mali, as both Group B outcomes matched the opening results in the first window earlier this year.

Kenneth Gasana led Rwanda with a game high 23 points as the Neighbours went second on the log below run away leaders Nigeria, Uganda goes rock bottom.

Rest of Africa:

Evariste Shongaya scored 17 points as DR Congo battered Egypt 63-77 in Cairo.

Kendal Manuel led Ivory Coast to a 62-45 win over Mozambique, Manuel scored 14 points. Senegal also disciplined Central Africa Republic in the same group, in Dakar.

Results in Summary:
Cameroon 73-72 Chad
Tunisia 94+54 Guinea
Morocco 61-47 Angola
Egypt 63-77 DR Congo
Ivory Coast 62-45 Mozambique
Central A.R 82-91 Senegal

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