Mali trounce Uganda at the U18 FIBA games in Cairo

Uganda’s under 18 girls Basketball team suffered a heavy defeat to defending champions Mali in the Federation of National Basketball Association game played in Cairo, Egypt on Monday.

The experienced Mali team led 46-02 in the first quarter against debutants Uganda before leading 38-06 in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Uganda Junior Gazelles made only two points compared to Mali’s 37. The game ended 143-19 in favor of the Mali side.

Mali’s Aminata Diakite made a game high 21 points, while Rokia Doumbia made 20 points. Averagely most Mali players were able to make more than 10 points.

For the Ugandan side, Sarafina Driciru made 8 points despite picking most of the rebounds of the game, while Hajjara Najjuko made 5 points.

According to FUBA publicist Ivan Ntabazi, the experience at the event is expected to shape Uganda’s basketball future. He says coupled with Ugandans under preparation and financial challenges, Uganda could perform better in the next events.

The defeat is the second after the Uganda Junior Gazelles fell to Tunisia 65-26 in the opening game. The Ugandan team comprised of only seven players out of the required 12 now faces Mozambique on Tuesday.

The top two teams from Africa will qualify to play in the World under 19 world cup next year in Italy.


Tunisia thrashes Uganda Gazelles in Cairo FIBA U18

Debutants Uganda Gazelles on Saturday evening lost to Tunisia in the Federation of International Basketball Association event on-going in Cairo, Egypt.

Tunisia defeated Uganda in all the three quarters to win the game 65-26 by the last quarter.

Although Uganda won the last quarter 7-5, Tunisia largely dominated the game. While Tunisia registered 26 turn over, the Ugandan team had up to 48 turn overs in the game.

Uganda’s Brenda Edith Ayere made 10 points, while Marwa Shilli made a game high 32 points for the North African side.The first, second and third quarter ended 30-7,12-16, and 0-12 respectively in favor of Tunisia.

Uganda now faces defending champions Mali in a game that will be played on Monday.

In other games, defending champions Mali edged Mozambique 65-42, while the hosts Egypt humbled Algeria 92-43. The best two teams after the event will qualify for the 2017 FIBA U-19 event to take place in Italy.