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Zone Five U16: Uganda Overcome Tanzania To Get Off The Mark

Tuesday, June 11
*Girls: Tanzania 39-58 Uganda
(9-18, 15-11, 2-16, 13-13)

Wednesday, June 12
*Girls: Uganda Vs Rwanda
*Boys: Rwanda Vs Uganda

Uganda’s U16 girls basketball team walked the talk as they proved too much for Tanzania in the FIBA Africa U16 Zone five Championship.

Tanzania came into the game with high morale after beating hosts Rwanda on Monday in the opener but the Junior Gazalles capitalised on their extra day rest to obliterate the neighbours.

Junior Gazelles before tip off. FERWABA photos

Coach Roger Sserunyigo and Harriet Lubowa’s troops made their intentions known right from the start, leading 9-18 in the first quarter before extending their lead to 15 points at halftime.

The team, shooting 25 of 94 from the field, extended their brutality and closed TZ to two points in the third quarter before holding on down the stretch to seal a deserved victory 58-39 win.

Shilla Aber Lamunu led the way with a game high 19 points. Mariam Najjuma (12 pts, 24 rebounds), Regina Ajuma (14 pts, 21 rebounds) contributed double doubles in strong efforts.

TZ players. Ferwaba

Despite producing just one point from the bench, Uganda managed to out rebound TZ 73-70 and made less turnovers (22-27) and more steals (17-7) to pick their first win from as many games.

Catherine Mollel and Tataya Stella had 12 and 11 points respectively for the opponents but the efforts were in vain at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

Uganda is seeking for a ticket to FIBA Africa U16 Championship which will also be hosted in Rwanda who are already guaranteed of a place later in August this year.

Uganda will face Rwanda in the double header – boys and girls – on Wednesday.

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