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Instabul Cup: Uganda Silverbacks Lose To Saudi Arabia Despite Impressive Start

Saturday, June 16
Bahrain 80-87 Jordan
Iraq 70-89 Cameroon
Saudi Arabia 90-66 Uganda

Uganda’s National Basketball Senior men’s team, the Silverbacks lost to Saudi Arabia, despite an impressive start to the game.

The Silverbacks lost 90-66 to the Saudis in a Molten Instabul Cup game played at the Adalet Turan Sports and Convention Centre.

The result leaves the Silverbacks 1-1 as the team had opened up with a 90-72 victory over Iraq on Friday.

Uganda had a dream start: Jordin Mayez scored the first points as the team took a 0-5 lead before Mohamed Ibrahim brought a basket back for the Arab country, 2-5.

Samuel Kalwanyi laid up before Deng Giu made it 2-9. Jimmy Enabu converted both of his free throws as Uganda opened up a quick eight point lead.

The team continued to shine, propelling to a 17-26 first quarter lead.

Saudi Arabia came back the stronger side as the team scored 28 points to limit Uganda to just 11 points as the first half ended 45-37.

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Holding an eight point deficit, Uganda lost the next two quarters 28-17 and 17-12 in that order, to lose its first game in the camp.

Fahad Alshalik Belal scored 19 points for the winners.

Jordin Mayez scored 11 points for Uganda, Syrus Kiviiri added 10 as Samuel Kalwanyi collected a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Joseph Ikong made three of his four attempts from downtown to score nine points.

The victory is the second for the Saudis who defeated Jordan 76-80 in their opener on Friday.

Cameroon also remain unbeaten at the tourney, added their 70-89 win on Iraq, to the 90-57 win over Bahrain earlier.

In the other game, Bahrain lost 80-87 to Jordan.

The teams will take a Sunday break before resuming with action on Monday.

Monday, June 18 Fixture:
Bahrain Vs Iraq
Jordan Vs Uganda
Cameroon Vs Saudi Arabia

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