The Silverbacks. FIBA photo
Friday, November 27
*Egypt 96-77 Uganda
The Silverbacks failed to get off the mark with a 96-77 loss to Egypt in their Afrobasket Qualifiers opener on Friday night in Alexandria.
A couple of turnovers in the fourth quarter handed Egypt a quick 18-point lead midway through the last quarter as the Pharaohs pulled away.
Jimmy Enabu shot 6-for-13 on his way to a game high 20 points, Eric Rwahire had 14 while Robinson Opong managed 12.
Ishmail Wainwright scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half, as he ran out of steam to enable Egypt take command.
For the hosts, Omar Tarek Oraby and Ehab Amir Saleh led the way with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The Silverbacks who put up a much better effort, came into the game on a back of two injuries of Emmanuel Mugenga and Joseph Ikong that left coach George Galanopoulos reeling.
The Silverbacks trailed 52-44 at the long break and three straight threes from Opong (2) and Tony Drilleba pulled the Silverbacks at arms length at the start of the third quarter.
Going into the last quarter, Uganda trailed by just six points before collapsing in the opening minutes as Egypt hung around for an important victory.
Seeking a third straight qualification to the AfroBasket finals, the Silverbacks return to action on Saturday against Morocco before facing Cape Verde in what promises to be a crucial tie on Sunday.
Saturday, November 28
*Uganda Vs Morocco – 17:30
*Egypt Vs Cape Verde – 20:30
Sunday, November 29
*Uganda Vs Cape Verde – 17:30
*Egypt Vs Morocco – 20:30