Final Mali - Egypt 73:65 Mali earned the U18 African Championship title. They defeated Egypt in the championship game in Cairo tonight. Mali retained the trophy they last won back in 2008. Mali piled up a 20:11 lead after the opening quarter. Egypt narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the interval 34:29. But Mali were back in control after the big break. They dropped 39 points in the second half and sealed the victory. Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97) posted 25 points for Mali. Kani Keita (165-PG-97) had 13 points for the winners. Amar Talaat had 14 for Egypt in the loss. Both teams qualified for the 2015 U19 World Championship.
3-4 Place Mozambique - Algeria 51:48 Mozambique stepped onto the pedestal at the U18 African Championship. They overcame Algeria in the consolation final in Cairo today. Vania Sengo (96) came up with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Mozambique outscored Algeria in each of the first three quarters to pile up an 8-point lead. Algeria tried to put together a comeback run in the fourth frame but came up short at the end. Neidy Ocuane (G-97) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Lylia Tlemsani (97) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Algeria.
5-6 Place Angola - Tunisia 59:47 Angola outgunned Tunisia to occupy the fifth position at the championship. Madalena Da Silva (96) had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The first quarter became decisive in this one. Angola jumped at 19:6 lead and protected it well throughout the rest of the encounter. Erica Guilherme (96) had 13 points for Angola. Imen Kammoun (96) responded with 14 points for Tunisia.
7-8 Place Ivory Coast - Botswana 114:17 Ivory Coast recorded a comfortable victory over Botswana in the final game at the tournament. Hanna Amani (96) and Solange Bognini (F-97) came up with 23 points each to pace the winners as they clinched the seventh position. Ivory Coast established a 54:11 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Mariam Kamate (97) had 21 points for the winners. Gamu Nkobodo (96) replied with 7 points for Botswana.
Mali and Egypt to clash for title in Cairo - Sep 26, 2014
Final Four Egypt - Mali 50:60 Mali won the Final Four group of the U18 African Championship. They edged hosting Egypt today to improve at 3-0 record. Egypt finished second at 2-1 record. The teams will clash for the title in Grand Final on Saturday. Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97) scored 20 points to pace Mali. Mariam Maiga (167-SG-96) and Saniwe Dakouo (96) added 12 points each in the win. Egypt led by a single point heading into the fourth frame 45:44. But Mali went on a 16:5 run in the final period to seal the victory. Raneem Mohamed (186-C-97) responded with 13 points for Egypt.
Mozambique - Algeria 57:37 Mozambique fired past Algeria for the first victory in the Final Four stage. Manuela Fungate (96), Neidy Ocuane (G-97), Clitan De Sousa (96) and Vania Sengo (96) delivered 8 points apiece to lead well-balanced effort from Mozambique. They eked out a 25:23 halftime lead. Mozambique held Algeria to just 4 points in the third term to open a 15-point lead at the final intermission. They kept Algeria at bay throughout the fourth frame. Sabrina Medjahed (97) responded with 9 points for Algeria.
Mali and Algeria post wins in Final Four Round - Sep 24, 2014
Final Four Round Mali - Mozambique 55:41 Mali recorded the second straight victory in the Final Four Round in Cairo. They edged Mozambique behind 17 points from Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97). Makan Coulibaly (188-F-96) dominated in the paint tallying 16 points and 28 rebounds for the winners. Mali opened a 14:4 lead ten minutes into the game. Mozambique cut the distance at 8-point mark at the interval. But Mali fired 32 points in the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Stefania Chiziane (96) responded with 11 points for Mozambique as they fell at 0-2 record.
Egypt - Algeria 67:48 Egypt also registered the second win in the Final Four Round. They outgunned Algeria to stay undefeated. Egypt led by a single point after ten minutes of action 14:13. However they extended the lead at 5-point mark at the interval. Egypt went on a 24:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Nada Amr (170-PG-97) recorded 14 points to pace Egypt. Sara Ahmed (175-PG-97) and Raneem Mohamed (186-C-97) added 10 points each for the winners. Lylia Tlemsani (97) topscored with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Algeria.
Recap of Day 2 in Cairo - Sep 21, 2014
Group A Egypt - Algeria 100:59 Egypt breezed to the second straight victory at the start of the U18 FIBA Africa Championship. The hosts thumped Algeria to stay undefeated. Raneem Mohamed (186-C-97) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Egypt ensured a 26:11 lead after the opening quarter. They never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Nouralla Aly (184-G-97) posted 18 points, while Sara Ahmed (175-PG-97) added 16 points in the win.
Tunisia - Botswana 70:25 Tunisia opened a win count at the tournament. They knocked down Botswana for 1-1 record in Group A. Tunisia rallied to a 40:10 halftime advantage and cruised from there on.
Group B Mali - Ivory Coast 85:16 Mali left no chance for Ivory Coast 85:16 to take the second victory in Cairo. Mali dominated right from the tip off. They ensured a 39:6 halftime advantage and breezed to the victory in the second half. Fanta Djire (165-PG-96) led the effort for Mali.
Mozambique - Angola 58:43 Mozambique earned the opening victory at the tournament. They topped Angola in a tough clash in Group B. It was a battle of two well-matched teams. But Mozambique managed to prevail claiming a vital victory at the end.
Recap of Day 1 in Cairo - Sep 19, 2014
Group A Egypt - Botswana 110:26 Egypt ensured the winning start of their campaign. They knocked down Botswana in the opener. Raneem Mohamed (186-C-97) came up with 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Egypt opened a 53:19 halftime lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the win. Laila Khaled (178-F-97) accounted for 15 points in the victory. Monicah Tlou (96) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Botswana.
Algeria - Tunisia 48:40 Algeria outscored Tunisia at the start of the U18 FIBA Africa Championship in Cairo. Lynda Kernoua (97) stepped up with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Algeria recorded an 18:15 lead after the first frame. The margin grew in the second frame. Algeria piled up a 30:20 halftime advantage. Algeria maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Tunisia narrowed the distance in the final frame but could not avoid the defeat. Lylia Tlemsani (97) had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Aicha Benaouda added 6 points in the win. Rabeb Rebai (181-C-96) responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Tunisia. Dridi had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the defeat.
Group B Angola - Ivory Coast 47:27 Angola overpowered Ivory Coast in the opening game. Eduarda Gabriel (97) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Angola piled up a 20:11 halftime lead. They limited Ivory Coast to just 16 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Emanuela Mateus (97) finished with 9 points for the winners. Massadje Diaby (97) responded with 10 points for Ivory Coast. Hanna Amani had 5 points in the loss.
Mali - Mozambique 60:30 Mali gained a comfortable victory over their Mozambican counterparts. Mali opened the game on a 20:4 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Djeneba N'Diaye (165-PG-97) posted 18 points to pace the winners.
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