Final Egypt - Tunisia 80:69 Egypt celebrated the title in Madagascar. They held off Tunisia in the title series. Abdelrahim Mohamed stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Tunisia eked out a 33:32 halftime lead. But Egypt went on a 25:16 run in the fourth frame and snatched a historic victory. Basem Alian chipped in 20 points and collected 14 rebounds for the winners. Jaouhar Jaouadi responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Tunisia.
3-4 Place Angola - Mali 65:75 Mali defeated Angola in the consolation Final today and claimed Bronze medals. Mali trailed by six points after the opening quarter but they went on a 24:14 rally in the third term and ran away with the victory at the end. N'Faly Kanoute netted 18 points, while Makan Coulibaly (188-F-96) added 13 points for the winners. Gerson Domingos (96) answered with 19 points for Angola.
5-6 Place Madagascar - Ivory Coast 82:68 Madagascar earned the fifth position at U18 AfroBasket. The hosts toppled Ivory Coast in the final game at the tournament. Yann Rakotomalala and Livio Ratianarivo came up with 16 points each for the winners. Ivory Coast led by 7 points at the interval but Madagascar responded with a 51:30 second half run to seal the win. Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue (185-PG-96) replied with 19 points for Ivory Coast.
7-8 Place Mozambique - Benin 72:63 Mozambique raced past Benin in the final game in Madagascar. Titos Bejamin nailed 14 points to lead the winners. Ayade Munguambe recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Soulemane Chabi-Yo responded with 28 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat.
Angola, Mali, Tunisia and Egypt advance into semifinals in Madagascar - Aug 9, 2014
Quarterfinals Mozambique - Tunisia 58:70 Tunisia reached the semifinal stage at the U18 AfroBasket after they knocked down Mozambique. Tunisia piled up a 29:16 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Achref Gannouni delivered 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Younes Saidani (191-F/G-97) added 12 points for Tunisia. Titos Fernando responded with 16 points for Mozambique.
Egypt - Benin 95:39 Egypt cruised past Benin at the quarterfinal stage. Mohamed Abdelrahman (179-PG-97) stepped up with 20 points to pace Egypt. They led from start to finish in this one. Mohamed Youssef accounted for 12 points in the victory. Soulemane Chabi and Adnane Imorou netted 15 points each for Benin.
Mali - Ivory Coast 60:47 Mali outscored Ivory Coast en route to the semifinal round. Sagaba Konate tossed in 15 points for the winners. Mali led by five points at the interval 25:20. They went on a 23:16 run in the third term to secure a comfortable lead and marched to the victory in the final stanza. N'Faly Kanoute netted 14 points for the winners. Amboudou-Kadirou Karaboue (185-PG-96) responded with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Ivory Coast.
Angola - Madagascar 87:77 Angola held off Madagascar to advance into the semifinal stage. Moises Cesar (97) came up with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Simao Lutonda and Gerson Domingos (96) had 21 points each for Angola. Madagascar led by 11 points heading into the final stanza. But Angola went on a 32:11 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Yann Rakotomalala replied with 18 points for Madagascar. Kiady Rabarijoelina had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.
Egypt and Tunisia reach Final in Madagascar - Aug 9, 2014
Semifinals Egypt - Mali 73:72 Egypt advanced into the U18 AfroBasket Final. They defeated Mali in the tight clash today. Ahmed ElSayed stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. He was responsible for four points in the final 17 seconds of regulation to propel Egypt to the win. Mohamed Mohamed (175-PG-97) added 14 points for Egypt. Mamoudou Diarra responded with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Mali.
Tunisia - Angola 61:57 Tunisia survived a tough test against Angola to reach the title game. Achraf Gannouni (194-SG-96) and Hajri recorded 22 points each to lead Angola. Tunisia used a 41:26 run in the second and third periods to open a 12-point lead. Angila cut the deficit in the fourth frame but came up short of victory at the end. Ahmad Dhif tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Gerson Domingos (96) answered with 22 points for Angola.
19th U18 CAN: Battle shift to Quarter finals - Aug 7, 2014
The 19th edition of the Africa Championship for U18 Men currently on in Antananarivo, Madagascar enter the most crucial stage (quarter-final) today as eight teams stake their pride in the FIBA Africa youth championship.
The quarter finalists saw all four teams from group-A making it to the last eight after five days of energy sapping preliminary round while four out of the five teams in group-B made it to the knock-out stage meaning fifth placed team in the group, Gabon got eliminated after losing all it preliminary matches.
Debutant and fourth placed side from group-A Benin will have it hands full when it confront 2012 third-placed side and group-B leader Egypt at the Palais des Sports at 13H00.
Benin who did not record any victory in all it three group-A games might be on its way out of the competition which has produced great players for various national teams across Africa as Egypt will want to outdo it 2012 performance in Mozambique which saw it finishing third after losing to Cote dIvoire (57-42) in the semi-final before handling Mali a 78-54 points in the losers final match.
The second quarter-final pairing will one of the most consistent Africa nation at the U18 level and 2012 runners-up Cote dIvoire battle 2012 fourth placed side Mali at 15H00.
Cote dIvoire, who finished third from group-B with a 2-2 records must be in superb form to stop the Malian side who picked the second spot behind Madagascar in group-A with a 2-1 record.
Group-B fourth placed side Angola will file out against host country Madagascar who finished top of group-A.
Angola one of the greatest beneficiary of the Afrobasket for U18 Men as a country known for it transition of junior players to it senior team will bank on it pedigree to go all out against the Madagascan who are not too known to be a basketball power-house on the continent. The game comes up at 17H00.
The last quarter-final game will be between two sides, Mozambique and Tunisia who were up against each other in a group-A tie on August 20, 2012 with Mozambique running away with a 61-54 points victory on home court.
Mozambique finished the preliminary round with a 1-2 record will have to be more proactive against a Tunisian side who posted a 3-1 record from group-B as the search for semi-final tickets thicken.
Recap of Day 5 in Madagascar - Aug 6, 2014
Group A Madagascar - Mozambique 73:72 Madagascar recorded the third straight victory at the home tournament. Randriamampionona sank a late three-pointer to propel the hosts past Mozambique. The hosts jumped to a 30:20 lead early in the game. But Mozambique denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a late lead. But late heroics helped Madagascar earn victory.
Mali - Benin 61:43 Mali eased past Benin to finish in the second position in Group A. Benin earned a 14:10 lead after the first frame. However Mali quickly denied the deficit and jumped to a 31:20 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 18-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the win. Makan Coulibaly (188-F-96) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Mali.
Group B Angola - Ivory Coast 71:73 Ivory Coast escaped with a narrow win over Angola in the last game of the preliminary round for both sides. Karaboue Mohamed delivered 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the winners. Mamadou Sylla contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ivory Coast. Gerson Domingos (96) responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Angola.
Egypt - Tunisia 74:54 Egypt defeated Tunisia to win Group B. Egypt went on a 23:6 run in the first frame and cruised to the victory afterwards. Kareen Mohamed stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Mohamed Ahmed added 17 points in the win. Younes Saidani (191-F/G-97) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Tunisia.
Recap of Day 4 in Madagascar - Aug 5, 2014
Group A Mozambique - Mali 47:72 Mali recorded the first victory in Group A. They upset Mozambique 72:47 for 1-1 record. Makan Coulibaly (188-F-96) and Fally Kanoute delivered 15 points each to pace the winners. Mali ensured a 38:26 halftime lead. They protected the lead well throughout the second half marching to the victory.
Group B Egypt - Ivory Coast 61:43 Egypt bounced back from a bitter loss to Angola on Monday to fire past Ivory Coast 61:43. The victory propelled Egypt at 2-1 record in Group B ladder. Ibrahim Taha stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Mohamed Said (187-F-95) added 13 points in the victory.
Tunisia - Gabon 87:28 Tunisia registered the third consecutive victory at the tournament as they rolled past Gabon. Gannouni Achref and Jawadi Jawnar accounted for 21 points each to pace the winners. Tunisia built a 45:11 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Stephanel Sarahn responded with 11 points for Gabon.
Recap of Day 3 in Madagascar - Aug 4, 2014
Group A Mozambique - Benin 69:46 Mozambique registered the first win at the tournament. They outgunned Benin in the opener. Mozambique opened a 21:7 lead after the opening quarter. Benin pulled within 11 points at the interval 22:33. But Mozambique dominated in the paint keeping Benin at bay in the second half. Mozambique scored 38 points in the paint and secured the winning outcome.
Group B Ivory Coast - Gabon 71:56 Ivory Coast improved at 1-1 record in Madagascar. They knocked down Gabon for the first win at the championship. Karaboue Mohamed knocked down 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Ivory Coast ensured a 33:21 halftime lead. They kept Gabon at bay throughout the second half. Sahie Kuo (201-C-96) produced 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Dinga Igana and Sarahn Stephanel responded with 8 points each for Gabon.
Egypt - Angola 65:66 Angola snatched a narrow win over Egyptian counterparts to gain 2-1 record in Group B. Angola gained a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Egypt denied the deficit and leveled things up at 33 at the interval. Egypt pulled ahead for a 46:43 lead heading into the fourth frame. It all came down to the final seconds as Domingos Gerson sank a decisive basket to seal the win for Angola.
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