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Uganda Finishes 9th as Angola are Crowned FIBA Africa U18 Champions

Mathiew Ochieng in action against Tunusia

By: Joel Muyita

FIBA Africa U18 championship
Kigali, mind Rwanda

Classification game
Uganda 70-66. Gabon

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Angola 86-82 Egypt

Uganda finished ninth at the FIBA Africa U18 championships after edging past Gabon in a classification game played on Saturday at the Amohoro national indoor stadium in Kigali, case Rwanda.

Uganda who were making their first appearance at the championship defeated West African side Gabon 70-66 to finish ninth in the standings.

In a closely contested game, the first quarter saw the two side end with 12 points apiece before Uganda swept through the second quarter with 19-2 and get a comfortable 31-14 halftime lead.

However, the West Africans who got to the tournament through a wild card came back recharged after recess taking the third quarter 34-22 and Uganda’s lead was reduced from 17 points to just five going into the final quarter.

Gabon won the fourth quarter 18-17 but failed to close down the gap and Uganda eventually won 70-66.

In the finals, Angola were crowned champions of the FIBA Africa U18 championship for the fourth time after seeing off rivals and defending champions Egypt 86-82.

Angola’s Bruno Fernandez led the scores finishing with a game high 21 points.

Mali defeated Tunisia 59-52 to finish third.

In the other classification games played, hosts Rwanda beat DR Congo 77-73 to finish fifth while Algeria defeated Ivory Coast 54-33 to take the 7th position.

Rwanda’s Sano Gasana was voted best team leader of the tournament while Angola’s shooting guard Silvio Sousa was named the tournament’s MVP.

Angola, Egypt (hosts) and Mali will represent Africa at next year’s FIBA U18 world championship in Cairo, Egypt

Team classification

1. Angola
2. Egypt
3. Mali
4. Tunisia
5. Rwanda
6. DR Congo
7. Algeria
8. Ivory Coast
9. Uganda
10. Gabon


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