Saturday, February 24
Nigeria 108-53 Rwanda
Mali 79-76 Uganda
Sunday, February 25
Uganda vs Rwanda, 6:30 pm
Mali vs Nigeria, 9pm
Its not so far so good for Uganda as the team lost its second Pool B game 79-76 to hosts Mali in a scintillating fashion.
When the game was destined for overtime, tied 76-76, Mali scored from downtown, breaking the hearts of the Silverbacks at the final buzzer.
The defeat comes a day after Uganda had lost to Nigeria’s D’Tigers on the opening day.
Silverbacks Captain Stephen Omony who was speaking after the Mali loss, said:
“We did everything right, we fought hard till the last whistle. Its tough to take in, the way we lost it at the final buzzer. We will take it in strides and be able to recover and focus on tomorrow.
“We just need to improve on the intensity, believe in our selves and move with our heads up and hope for the best against Mali.”
Mali’s Mamadou Keita was the star man on the day, he scored a game high 22 points amidst loud cheers from the home crowd.
In a lossing effort, Robinson Odoch and Stanley Ochaya Ocitti scored 18 and 16 points respectively.
In the other tie, Effervberha continued to fire on all cylinders as he collected 19 points (in just 16 minutes on court) to guide Nigeria past Rwanda in a 108-53 demolition.
Silverbacks Shift Attention To Rwanda
Uganda will play their last game in Mali this evening against Rwanda.
In a do or die game, this will surely be Uganda’s last shot if they are to have a chance to clear the chances of qualifying to the next round.
However, with the qualification games based on a round robin status, after Rwanda’s tie tonight, Uganda will have three more games to conclude the round.
“The good thing is that there are still more games to play but as bad as it is, we need to focus on the positives,” started assistant Silverbacks Coach Nicholas Natuhereza.
“The game against Rwanda is very important, we may have some wins against them in the past but this challenge is going to be very different.”
Nigeria will look to complete their unbeaten run in Pool B when they take on hosts Mali at 9pm.