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Istanbul Cup: Silverbacks Fall to Jordan in Second Defeat


Monday, June 18
Cameroon 76-59 Saudi Arabia
Bahrain 87-82 Iraq
Jordan 91-75 Uganda

Tuesday, June 19
Uganda Vs Bahrain
Saudi Arabia Vs Iraq
Jordan Vs Cameroon

Uganda’s Basketball Senior National Team the Silverbacks suffered it’s second loss at the ongoing Molten Instabul Tournament in a camp in Turkey.

The Silverbacks lost 91-75 in a game played at the Adalet Tirana Sport and Convention Centre.

The results leaves Uganda in fourth, out of the six competing nations, with just a win (against Iraq), with two games remaining on its menu.

It should be noted that the team is using this tournament in preparation for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers later on this Month in Lagos, Nigeria.


Uganda took the first quarter 21-24 but this was short lived as the boys couldn’t replicate their performances in the next three quarters – Jordan took the second quarter 21-15 to lead 42-39 at the long break.

Jordan extended their lead to 12 points after winning the third quarter 25-16 before edging the last stanza 24-20 to win a 16 point game, in the match that saw the lead exchange hands on four different occasions.

Mousa Ali and Amin Abou Hawwas scored 23 and 17 points in that order for the Jordan team.

Robinson Opong had 16 points for Uganda, Deng Giu added 11.

In the other ties, Cameroon continued their dominance with a 76-59 over Saudi Arabia, Winless Iraq lost 87-82 to Bahrain.

Uganda will be looking for their second victory in the camp on Tuesday as they take on Bahrain, among other games.

Points () for Silverbacks players against Jordan:

Syrus Kiviiri (5), Jimmy Enabu (6), Robinson Opong (16), Emmanuel Mugenga (3), Jordin Mayes (8), Deng Geu (11), James Okello (2), Stanley Mugerwa (4), Stephen Omony (9), Samuel Kalwanyi (6), Joseph Ikong (0) and Ivan Kalwanyi (5).

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