Zone Five Championship: Egypt All But End Silverbacks’ Hopes

Basket Ball National Teams

Saturday, June 29
Women
*Rwanda 57-64 Egypt
*Kenya 46-66 Uganda

Men
*Tanzania 74-112 Kenya
*Uganda 64-73 Egypt

Uganda’s senior men national basketball team, the Silverbacks, have had their chance of qualifying to the inaugural AFROCAN all but ended by Egypt.

The Silverbacks suffered their second game from as many, to Egypt 64-73 in a close encounter played at a sale out Indoor Arena in Lugogo.

The five team men’s tourney, will see the winner after a round robin reach the 2019 FIBA AFROCAN in Bamako, Mali from July 19-28.

With two losses after falling to Kenya in the opener, Uganda will now face Tanzania and Rwanda on Sunday and Monday respectively.

Uganda cannot surpass leader Kenya who have won all their three games so far. The battle for top spot is between unbeaten Kenya and Egypt. The latter has won two and lost once.

Egypt Overcome Silverbacks

In a do or die encounter, Egypt managed to squeeze their way past a resolute Silverbacks team.

The first quarter was evenly contested but the Pharaohs took a slim 14-16 lead. Egypt could later extend their advantage to 38-27 at halftime thanks to their dropping shots and ability to rebound.

Uganda tried to stage a come back, tied and led the game at various occasions but failed to hold on despite a strong second half before falling to a nine point game.

Brandon Davies scored 23 points while John Deng Geu had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Silverbacks. Moustafa Mohammed and Ibrahim Rami contributed 16 and 11 points respectively for Egypt.

In the other game, Kenya shot 54% to ease past Tanzania in a commanding 112-74 victory.

Barack Sadick Athumani had 36 points in a losing effort for TZ. James Mwangi scored 14, Brian Namake and Desmond Owili scored 13 each for the Morans.

Gazelles’ Rita Imanishimwe (5) going for the hoop past Kenya:s Hilda Ndasi (8). FUBA

In the Women category, Uganda’s Gazelles beat Kenya 66-46 to finish second after the round robin. The sides will face off again in the semis on Sunday.

Rwanda lost 57-64 to Egypt, the latter topping the four team log and will hence face Rwanda again in the other semi. Rwanda finished the round robin without a win but will fancy a shock against Egypt in Sunday’s first game.

Winners of both semis will meet in Monday’s final to see who books a ticket to AfroBasket in Senegal later this year.

Flavia Oketcho and Aber Priscilla scored 10 points each for the Gazelles.

Sunday, June 30
Women Semis
*Egypt Vs Rwanda – 1PM
*Uganda Vs Kenya – 3PM

Men
*Kenya Vs Rwanda – 5PM
*Uganda Vs Tanzania – 7PM

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