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FIBA Africa U16: Najjuma’s Triple Double Not Enough As Uganda Bundles Out

Thursday, August 1
*Angola X South Africa (not played)
*Mali 112-32 Rwanda
*Egypt 88-42 Tanzania
*Uganda 69-73 Mozambique (OT)

Friday, August 2
Semis
*Angola Vs Egypt
*Mali Vs Mozambique

Uganda was eliminated by Mozambique out of the ongoing 2019 FIBA Africa U16 women championship in Rwanda despite a monstrous display by Maria Najjuma.

Mozambique needed overtime, after the fourth quarter ended 60 all, to eliminate Uganda who were at this stage for the first time in history.

The Junior Gazelles led 12-8 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 28-16 at the long break but a third quarter collapse changed fortunes.

Mozambique closed out Uganda to only 12 points against their 25 to take a slim 41-40 advantage after the third, their first lead in the game.

After a long exchange in the last quarter where the lead changed hands, Shannel Julio leveled late with a buzzer beating shot to tie the game at 60-60.

Roger Sserunyigo’s charges failed to hold nerves in overtime, looked warn out as pedigree took it’s toll to fall 9-13, and lose 73-69.

Queen of the undying – Maria Najjuma. Rwanda media

Najjuma was the centre of attraction – headlining with a monstrous triple double of 33 points, 49 rebounds and 13 blocks in a performance that was greeted by applause at the end of the game.

Sylvia Namuddu and Aber Linda managed 11 and 9 points respectively in a losing effort for the Zone five U16 women champions.

Paul Mabjaia inspired Mozambique with a team high 27 points while Vanessa Chivale added 13 points to book a semi final slot.

It should be remembered that Najjuma had taken 8 points and 10 rebounds in game one as Uganda lost 108-32 to Mali. She squeezed 11 points and 22 rebounds despite Uganda’s 46-80 loss to Egypt in the team’s second loss.

Uganda finished third of pool B – above South Africa in 4th place who never made the trip to Rwanda.

Uganda will return to action on Saturday against Rwanda or Tanzania in a placement game – The East Africa nations face off on Friday in a placement game also.

Mali and Egypt sealed their semi final berths also to join Angola who received a bye at this stage (they had to face last team in Pool B which was South Africa).

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