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Final Standings
1. Tunisia
2. Angola
3. Nigeria
4. Ivory Coast
5. Senegal
6. C.Africa
7. Cameroon
8. Morocco
9. Mali
10. Mozambique
11. Egypt
12. Rwanda
13. S.Africa
14. Madagascar
15. Togo
16. Chad
Points Per Game
 Mouhammad FAYE
  SEN
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Faye, SEN21.7 
 2. Morais, ANG17.7 
 3. Williams, TOG16.6 
 4. Obasohan, NGR16.6 
 5. Gasana, RWA16.4 
 6. Ramsdell, MAD15.8 
 7. Bitee, CMR15.2 
 8. Zouita, MOR14.6 
 9. Essengue, CMR14.5 
 10. Niakate, MLI14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malick BADIANE
  SEN
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Badiane, SEN11.0 
 2. Mejri, TUN9.0 
 3. Ramsdell, MAD8.8 
 4. Ugboaja, NGR8.6 
 5. Tangara, MLI8.4 
 6. Aboya, CMR8.2 
 7. Oyedeji, NGR8.1 
 8. Diaby, TOG7.4 
 9. Gomes, ANG7.1 
 10. Kone, IVO6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ime UDOKA
  USA
  (196-F/G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Udoka, NGR5.3 
 2. Diabate, IVO5.0 
 3. Mokongo, CAF5.0 
 4. Bitee, CMR4.3 
 5. Dalmeida, SEN4.0 
 6. Gasana, RWA3.6 
 7. Costa, ANG3.6 
 8. Boucari, TOG3.0 
 9. Sy, MLI2.8 
 10. Noubaramadji, CHA2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Asnal NOUBARAMADJI
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Noubaramadji, CHA2.4 
 2. Mokongo, CAF2.4 
 3. Udoka, NGR2.3 
 4. Bayang, CMR2.2 
 5. Muchate, MOZ2.2 
 6. Craven, IVO2.1 
 7. Mandlate, MOZ2.0 
 8. Bradley, RWA2.0 
 9. Hachad, MOR1.9 
 10. Niakate, MLI1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mejri, TUN2.4 
 2. Thomson, RWA1.5 
 3. Diarra, MLI1.4 
 4. Badiane, SEN1.2 
 5. Toure, SEN1.1 
 6. Zouita, MOR1.0 
 7. Djimassal, CHA1.0 
 8. Doucoure, MLI1.0 
 9. Romdhane, TUN1.0 
 10. Samake, MLI0.8 
 
African Championships Standings
Group A
1. Nigeria 3-0
2. Mali 2-1
3. Mozambique 1-2
4. Madagascar 0-3
Group B
1. Senegal 3-0
2. Angola 2-1
3. Morocco 1-2
4. Chad 0-3
Group C
1. Cameroon 3-0
2. Ivory Coast 1-2
3. Egypt 1-2
4. S.Africa 1-2
Group D
1. Tunisia 3-0
2. C.Africa 2-1
3. Rwanda 1-2
4. Togo 0-3


Tunisia African Champion 2011 (Photo: AfroBasket)


Tunisian National Team 2011

Tunisian National Team for Arab Games in Doha

Starting five
#s#
Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
Bechir Hadidane
Hadidane
Mokhtar Ghayaza
Ghayaza
Nizar Knioua
Knioua
Meher Souabni
Souabni
#e#5
4 Meher Souabni 185-G-92 ES Rades Tunisia
5 Lassad Chouya 190-G-89 C Africain Tunisia
6 Amine Maghrebi 196-G/F-84 Ezzahra Tunisia
7 Mourad El Mabrouk 190-G-86 Ezzahra Tunisia
8 Marouane Laghnej 190-G-86 JS Kairouan Tunisia
9 Youssef Gaddour 198-F-90 US Monastir Tunisia
10 Bechir Hadidane 206-F-86 ES Sahel Tunisia
11 Mokhtar Ghayaza 204-C-86 ES Rades Tunisia
12 Nizar Knioua 189-G-83 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
13 Ahmed Manai 205-C-92 JS Manazeh Tunisia
14 Mohammed Abbassi C JS Kairouan Tunisia
15 Aymen Bouzid C-87 ESG Tunisia

Kacem Louerchefani Head Coach
Khelil BenAmeur Assistant


Tunisian National Team for African Championships in Madagascar

Starting five
#s#
Radhouane Slimane
Slimane
Macram Romdhane
Romdhane
Salah Mejri
Mejri
Amine Maghrebi
Maghrebi
Amine Rzig
Rzig
#e#5
4 Radhouane Slimane 205-C-80 An Nasr United Arab Emirates
5 Marouan Laghnej 190-G-86 JS Kairouan Tunisia
6 Amine Maghrebi 196-G/F-84 Ezzahra Tunisia
7 Mourad El Mabrouk 190-G-86 Ezzahra Tunisia
8 Marouana Kechrid 178-PG-81 US Monastir Tunisia
9 Mohamed Hadidane 206-F-86 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
10 Lassaad Chouaya 190-G-89 C Africain Tunisia
11 Mohamed Ghyaza 204-C-86 ES Rades Tunisia
12 Macram Romdhane 198-F-89 ES Sahel Tunisia
13 Amine Rzig 199-G-80 ES Sahel Tunisia
14 Zied Toumi 192-PG-85 ES Sahel Tunisia
15 Salah Mejri 216-C-86 Antwerp Belgium


afrobasket.com All-African Championships Awards 2011 - Aug 29, 2011

afrobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Salah Mejri
Mejri
Marouana Kechrid
Kechrid
Carlos Morais
Morais
Ime Udoka
Udoka
Mouhammad Faye
Faye
#e#5

Best Player: Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Tunisia
Best Guard: Carlos Morais (190-G-85) of Angola
Best Forward: Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Senegal
Best Center: Salah Mejri of Tunisia

1st Team
PG: Marouana Kechrid (178-81) of Tunisia
G: Carlos Morais (190-85) of Angola
F/G: Ime Udoka (196-77) of Nigeria
F: Mouhammad Faye (208-85) of Senegal
C: Salah Mejri (216-86) of Tunisia

2nd Team
PG: Michael Mokongo (180-86) of Central Africa
G: Parfait Bitee (188-85) of Cameroon
G/F: Guy Edi (196-88) of Ivory Coast
F: Macram Romdhane (198-F-89) of Tunisia
F/C: Malick Badiane (211-84) of Senegal

3rd Team
PG: Mouloukou Diabate (180-87) of Ivory Coast
G: Armando Costa (192-83) of Angola
F: Abdelhakim Zouita (201-86) of Morocco
F/C: Charles Ramsdell (208-85) of Madagascar
F/C: Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) of Nigeria

Honorable Mention
Michael Umeh (188-G-84) of Nigeria
Kenneth Gasana (197-F-84) of Rwanda
Jimmy Williams (196-G-86) of Togo
Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) of Senegal
Gaston Essengue (203-F-83) of Cameroon
James Mays (206-F-86) of Central Africa
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) of Mali
Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) of Morocco
Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81) of Nigeria


Final Day with stats: Tunisia wins the Gold - Aug 28, 2011
FINAL
Angola - Tunisia 56-67
Tunisia make good its desire to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games when it dethrone perennial champion Angola in a tension soaked grand finale of the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men Sunday night at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Tunisia out played the former champion in a department of the game with clinical finishes that made the Angolan to make several mistakes causing them to trail at the end of first by 11 points of 09-21, effort to mount pressure on the Tunisia in the second quarter could only yeild them a point gain of 20-19. The new champion roar back in the third quarter as the most decorated African team lost in the third quarter agains by 12-14 points to go into last quarter with a 13 points deficit of 41-54 Angola however manage to snatch the last quarter by 15-13 points but the rally was too late to save them from defeat as they drop the Africa title after six unbroken run since 1999 when they reclaim the title on home court after losing out in 1997 edition in Dakar, Senegal. Tunisia Marouana Kechrid (178-PG-81) led his challenge for glory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assist, Mohamed Hadidane (206-F-86) poured in 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 steals while Amine Rzig (199-G-80) added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals with the new lord of rim Salah Mejri (216-C-86) grabbing 15 rebounds to give the FIBA Africa Zone-1 side a well deserve victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Third place
Nigeria - Ivory Coast 77-67
Nigeria senior national team, DTigers Sunday defeated 2009 runner-up Cote DIvoire by 77-67 to finish third and a slot for London 2012 Olympic Games playoffs. The Nigerian side who put behind the semi-final lose to Angola Saturday rose to the challenge with a 20-17 and 20-10 points win in the first and second quarters to take a 13 points lead going into the break. Nigeria was however, slowed down in the third quarter by the Ivoriens who back to pick the quarter by 18-23 but it was the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Nigerian side that carried the day as the romp on to a 19-17 points win in the fourt quarter to emd the series with bronze medal after two championship misses in 2007 and 2009 where Nigeria best was 5th placement. With the third place finish in the 26th edition in Antananarivo, Madagascar Nigeria has earned for itself a Pre-Olympic Games ticket in a yet to be named venue. Nigeria Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) led his team quest for honours with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) had 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists while the duo pf Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) and Ejike Ugboaja added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 11 points, 10 rebounds. *By Olusegun Ikuesan


Semifinals with stats - Aug 27, 2011

SEMIFINALS

Ivory Coast - Tunisia 57-60

The dream of Cote dIvoire of making championship second straight grand finale was dashed Saturday by Tunisia in the first semi-finals of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar by 57-60 points. Cote d'ivoire opened a six points deficits in the first quarter by 16-22 but recover three in the second and gained one more in the third quarter before slumping to a point lose in the final quarter by 14-11, 16-15 and 11-12 for a final score-line of 57-60 points. The Ivoriens were subdued by the Tunisian in all department of the high profile game as it recorded 33 rebounds to 45 for Tunisia, 8 assists to 10 for Tunisia beat Tunisia in steal with 8 steal to Tunisia 5 but recorded just one block in the forty minute duration of the game to Tunisia 5 blocks. Tunisia dependable forward Macram Romdhane (198-F-89) led his side quest for a grand finale ticket with a double double effort of 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steal and one block-shot, centre Salah Mejri (216-C-86) also had a double double of 14 points 12 rebounds and 3 block-shot with Marouan contributing 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. The FIBA Africa Zone-1 power house and 2009 edition third place side will keep a date against the second semi-final winner between Nigeria and defending champion, Angola in the grand finale on Sunday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria - Angola 68-76
Nigeria gave up a first quarter lead of 23-15 points to go down against ten-time champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Angola who replied the first quarter eight points deficit to even score at half-time winning the second quarter by 14-22. Nigeria again took the initiative in the third quarter of the explosive semi-finals game to gain a two points lead of 19-17 going into the fourth quarter with a 56-54 points advantage but it was the defending champion who had a last laugh winning the last quarter by 12-22 points for a final scores of 68-76 points. Reigning most valuable player of the Afrobasket Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) led his team challenge for the continent sole London 2012 Olympic ticket with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot, veteran forward Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while the duo of Leonel Paulo and Felizardo Ambrosio had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 11 points, 3 rebounds respectively. With the win over Nigeria in the second semi-finals Angola will now confront Tunisia in the grand finale Sunday while Nigeria and Cote dIvoire battle for the third place game also on Sunday. Winner of the 26th Afrobasket gain automatic ticket to the basketball event of the London 2012 Olympic Games while the second and third place side will compete against teams from Europe, Americas, Asia and Oceania for the three extra slot available. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Places 5-6
Central Africa - Senegal 71-93
Senegal won the fifth place in Antananarivo. They outplayed Central Africa 93-71 to take this spot. Central Africa finished as No.6. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) was the leading player in victory once again. He scored 29 points for his country. Elhadji Ndiaye (199-F-86) had 17 points and 5 assists, while Babacar Toure added 15 points and 8 boards. In defeat, Regis Koundjia-Sindo collected 22 points and 7 rebounds. Maxime Zianveni was their second scorer with 12 points. Quarters: 16-18, 12-26, 22-27, 21-22. Tunisia won the Gold in Antananarivo. They dethroned Angola in the Finals.
Places 7-8
Cameroon - Morocco 69-67
Cameroon ended as seventh ranked team of AfroBasket 2011. They grabbed 69-67 thriller win against Morocco to take this spot. Morocco finished as No.8. Gaston Essengue led the winners with 14 points. Alfred Aboye (9 rebs) and Christian Bayang (7 rebs) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds in loss. Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) (6 rebs) and Hicham Amrallah scored 11 pts each. Quarters: 12-14, 19-16, 19-17, 19-20. Tunisia is the winner of AfroBasket 2011. They dethroned Angola in the Finals.


Quarterfinals review with stats - Aug 26, 2011

QUARTERFINALS

Senegal - Ivory Coast
59-75
Over confidence was Senegal greatest undoing on Thursday in the second quarter final of the 26th edition FIBA Africa Championship for Men Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket as they loses to the fighting spirit and determined Ivorian side by 59-75 points. It was the Senegalese first lose in five games but a costly one at that as the are now confine to play in the classification ranking 5-8 while Cote dIvoire progresses to the semi-finals. Senegal who won the first quarter by 22-11 points soon became a shadow of itself as it could not contain the energetis Ivorian who has had not too impressive run from the group stage of the championship forcing pundits to give the quarter final duel to Senegal before the jump-ball. The determine Cote dIvoire side coached by Coach Natxo Lezcano tutored side won the second, third and last quarters by 06-21, 16-20 and 15-23 points to land a semi final ticket. Cote d'Ivoire Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) led his team in scoring with 17 points and 4 rebounds, Guy Edi (196-G/F-88) added 12 points 5 rebounds and 2 assists while Jonathan Kale (203-F-85, college: Providence) had his best game so far in the championship grabbing a double double of 12 rebounds, 11 poinst and 2 steals to seal victory for the 2009 runner-up. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Tunisia - Morocco 86-67
Tunisia Thursday book its semi-finals ticket with an 86-67 points victory over Morocco in the third quarter finals of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Tunisian were superb from the begining of the game to the buzzer winning the first three quarters by 17-11, 22-13 and 22-18 points and drew levels with their North African neighbour in the last quarter by 25 points apiece to move into the semi finals. Five Tunisian players recorded a double figure on the score sheet with Amine Rzig (199-G-80) leading his side with 16 points and 4 rebounds, Radhouane Slimane (205-C-80) had 14 points and 8 rebounds Salah Mejri (216-C-86) recorded a double double figure of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 block-shots. The duo of Marourad El-Mabrouk and Mohamed Ghyaza added 12 points and 10 points, 6 rebounds to give their side victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Cameroon - Angola 83-84 OT
With less than twenty seconds left on the clock Cameroon came near to picking a semi finals ticket but blew the chance when it matter most giving the defending the opportunity to even scores forcing the game to into over-time. Both side shared the first quarter with 24 points apiece but Cameroon took the initiative in the second through free scoring Chritian Bayang whose 28 points became worthless at the end of the game losing the third, fourth and the resultant over-time by 13-19, 17-21 and 07-08 points for a final score-line of 83-84 points. Both sides share the board with 51 rebounds each, while Cameroon gave 13 assists Angola was two better with 15 assists, both sides again had 10 steals and 2 block-shots but its was the ten-time champion who carry the day winning by just one point of 83-84 points at over-time. Angola hit-man Carlos Morais (190-G-85) led his side with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists, Armando Costa (192-G-83) had 19 points 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals with the duo of Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) and Felizardo Ambrosio contributing 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 points 5 rebounds respectively. With the win Angola will keep a semi-finals date against Nigeria on Saturday at 16H00 at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo Madagascar. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria - Central Africa 94-86
Nigeria DTigers Thursday survive the stiff challenge posed by its quarter final foe Central Africa Republic winning by 94-86 points to book a semi-final ticket in the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Nigeria blew a 20 points way into the half minutes of the fourth quarter thus allowing the Central Africa side to rally back and take the lead with 4.47 munites left on the clock through Maxime Zianveni executed a lay-up to bring score to 73-74 but the Nigerian side fought back like a wounded tigers to take the sail beyond the determined Central Africa side in the last munite of the tension soaked game to win at 94-86. Nigeria won the first three quarters by 28-19, 20-18, 25-20 but lost the last quarter by 21-29 to set up a semi final duel against the winner of the quarter final game between Cameroon and Angola. Nigeria Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) led the floor with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists dependable guard/forward Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) had 20 points 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals points guard Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) poured in 19 points while forward Ejike Ugboaja added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the hard earned victory for Nigeria. Nigeria Head Coach Ayo Bakare praised his players fighting spirit and promised that the Nigerian side will approach it semi-final game with utmost seriousness. He however, gave kudos to the Central Africa side for giving the Nigeria side a good fight, adding that the 26th edition of the championship is indeed tough as most African countries have raised their game. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Places 9-10
Mali - Mozambique 61-55
Mali was better than Mozambique 61-55 in their last game at the AfroBasket 2011. Thanks to this win Mali ended as No.9 at this event. Of course, Mozambique finished as tenth ranked team. Cheick Soumaoro (205-F/C-90) shined for Mali with 16 points and 10 rebounds in this meeting. He reached valuation 24. Mamadou Sy (200-F-85, college: Cloud County CC) (8 rebs) and Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88) helped with 9 points each. In the loosing squad, Custodio Muchate (200-C-82) was better than the others with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Augusto Matos (185-G-90) and Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) had 9 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 7-9, 23-14, 17-14, 14-18. Championship in Antananarivo will last three more days. As mentioned above, Mali and Mozambique ended their participation.
Places 11-12
Egypt - Rwanda 76-66
Egypt celebrated against Rwanda 76-66 in their last game in Antananarivo. Thanks to this win Egypt finished as 11th ranked team of AfroBasket, while Rwanda is No.12. Both countries were eliminated in the 1/8 Finals. Mohamed El-Kerdany (195-F-77) led Egypt to victory with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ibrahim El-Gammal (188-G-88) had 12 points and 11 boards, while Ahmed El-Sabagh (190-G-85) also scored 12 points, but to go with 8 rebounds. In Rwanda, Kenneth Gasana (197-F-84) shined with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Kami Kabangu (203-C-84) followed with 16 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 19-14, 16-15, 20-11, 21-26. Semifinals will be played tomorrow and championship ends on Sunday. As mentioned above, Egypt and Rwanda finished their participation.
Places 13-14
South Africa - Madagascar 61-82
The host of AfroBasket 2011 ended as No.13. They cruised past South Africa 82-61 to take this spot in Antananarivo. On the other side, South Africa finished as 14th ranked team. Charles Ramsdell (208-F/C-85, agency: Court Side, college: Tulsa) was a key player for the winners. He spent 37 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 17 rebounds. Ramsdell reached valuation 35 and was the MVP of this meeting. Romule Razafimahasahy (188-F/G-88) (6 rebs) and Rovanantenaina Andrianjafy (173-F/G-89) (6 as) helped with 16 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Brendan Mettler (190-G-82) led the scorers with 18 points (6 rebs). Neo Mothiba (199-G/F-82) had double-double of 16 points and 15 rebs, while Shane Marhanele (198-G/F-82) added 13 pts. Quarters: 18-13, 14-23, 12-21, 17-25. Semifinals of AfroBasket are scheduled for tomorrow and Big Final for Sunday.
Places 15-16
Togo - Chad 62-63
Chad finished as 15th ranked team of AfroBasket 2011 in Antananarivo. They grabbed 63-62 victory against Togo yesterday to avoid the last place at this event. Togo is No.16 with the worst score. Richard Moguena (200-F-86) delivered 14 points for the winners. Abderamane Mbaindiguim (195-F/G-82) had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Djimtoide Ngarasde (199-F-87) helped his country with 12 points and 7 boards. Mario Ngadi (200-F-86) was fourth scorer in victory with 11 points (5 rebs). On the other side, Togo got 21 points from Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.). Mouctar Diaby (206-C-85) was their best player with 20 points and 16 rebounds. He reached valuation 25. Quarters: 19-22, 8-15, 20-19, 15-7.



1/8 Finals review with stats - Aug 25, 2011

Angola - Mozambique 82-71
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men Angola Tuesday were made to sweat by fellow FIBA Africa Zone-6 side Mozambique in the days last second round game winning to win the game by 82-71 points. The champion picked the first three quarters by 21-15, 18-17, 25-20 but lost the last quarter by 18-19 points to the determined Mozambican side who finished third from group-A in a pairing many gave the Coach Joseba Garcia no chance. Angola guard Carlos Morais (190-G-85) led the floor with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists with reigning championship most valuable player, Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) posted his best game since the championship began with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Angola will now keep a quarter-final date with Cameroon on Thursday in what promise to be an explosive game giving the pedegree of the Lions who yet to drop a game in the championship. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Ivory Coast - Rwanda 80-72
Coming from two quarters down in the eight final round of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men Cote dIvoire powered by Guy Edi (196-G/F-88) who netted championship high of 34 points as the 2009 runner-up roam into the quarter final with 80-72 points over Rwanda. Taking a 33-44 points deficit into the break Cote dIvoire roar back like a wounded Elephant to raid the offense area of Rwanda resulting in the Ivorians winning the third and fourth quarters by 25-18 and 22-10 points respectively. Edi was joined on the scorer chart by guard Mouloukou Diabate (180-G-87) who poured in 16 points gave 5 assists grabbed 4 rebounds and stole the ball from Rwanda players four times with centre Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Cote dIvoire will battle the winner of the eight final round between Senegal and host Moadagascar in the quarter-finla on Wednesday at the Palais des Sports, Antananarivo. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Tunisia - South Africa 94-50
Tunisia lived up to its rating as one of the top favourites for the 26th edition of FIBA Africa Championship title when it over-run South Africa by 94-50 points in the round of eight finals. The FIBA Africa Zone-1 power-house and third in the 2009 beat South Africa to the four quarters by 17-13, 24-13, 27-10 and 26-15 points to set up a quarter finals clash with the winner of the eight round final game between Mali and Morocco. Tunisia Lassaad Chouaya (190-G-89) led his side macth to glory with 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Macram Romdhane (198-F-89) had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Other Tunisian players who recorded double score figure against the South Africans included Marouan Kechrid who scored 12 points with the duo of Radhouane Slimane and Mohamed Ghyaza contributinf 10 points each. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegal - Madagascar 92-75
Senegal picked the seventh quarter final ticket with a 92-75 points victory over host Madagascar on Wednesday at the Palais des Sports of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men. The bigger and stronger Senegalese took the first three quarters by 26-13, 21-19 and 25-20 points to take a 20 points advanteg of 72-52 going into the last quarter as the Madagascan mounted pressure on the Senegalese side in the fourth quarter culminating in them losing the quarter by 20-23 points for a final score-line of 92-75 points. Senegal Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) led his team in scoring with 19 points and 5 rebounds big centre Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) had a double double effort of 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, Boubacar Goly and Mamadou Ndoye added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 points respectively. Senegal will keep a date with Cote dIvoire in the second quarter-final on Thursday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Mali - Morocco 59-80
After securing an early lead of 20-11 points in the first quarter of the last eight final round against Morocco Mali failed to lift its game thus allowing the Moroccan to over-run it from the second quarter losing by 08-22, 20-24 and 11-23 points for a cumulative scores of 59-80 points. Morocco forward Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) led his side quest for victory with a double double effort of 15 points, 10 rebounds. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) had 15 points, 4 rebounds, Sophain Rafai and Kamal Hachid added 14 points, 4 rebounds and 13 points, 4 rebounds respectively. Morocco now has a date against fellow FIBA Africa Zone-1 side and second runner-up in the 2009 edition of the Afrobasket, Tunisia on Thursday at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria - Chad 84-46
Nigeria became the first country to reach the final eight of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men with an 84-46 points victory over Chad in the round of eight final Tuesday afternoon at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Nigerian side had adopted a moderate approach to the game winning the first two quarters by 23-09 and 22-04 for a half-time scores of 45-13 points but decide to slow down thus allowing the Chadian to pick the third quarter by 12-16 points but rally back to take the fourth and final quarter by 27-17 points for a final scores of 84-46 points. Nigeria Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) led the Nigerian side with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) had a double double figure of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists to earn Nigeria a quarter-final ticket. Nigeria will battle the winner of the eight final round game between Central Africa Republic and Egypt in the quarter-final on Thursday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Cameroon - Togo 85-52
Cameroon Tuesday joined Nigeria in the quarter-final of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men after seeing off Togo by 85-52 points in the second eight final round at the Palais des Sports, Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Lions picked the first three quarters by 22-13, 16-08 and 34-16 points losing the last quarter by 13-15 points. Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) led other players on the court with 16 points and 7 assists, forward Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) and Franck Ndongo added 13 points and 4 rebounds each. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Central Africa - Egypt 71-66
Central Africa Republic Tuesday join the likes of Nigeria and Cameroon in the quarter-final of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men with a 71-66 points victory over Egypt. Central Africa powered on by guard Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) who netted 15 points, 4 assist and 3 rebounds won the first and third quarters by 18-12 and 19-13 points but gave up the second and fourth quarters by 16-17 and 18-24 points to put paid to the ambition of the Egyptian from advancing to the quarter-finals. Mokongo was joined on the score sheet by the duo of Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Guy Kodjo-Sitchi with 12 points each with Regis Kounjia grabbing 17 rebounds for the FIBA Africa Zone-4 side. *By Olusegun Ikuesan



Preliminary Round is over, Day Six review with stats - Aug 23, 2011
Group B
Senegal - Chad 92-54
Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) was at his best Monday as he led Senegal offense against Chad in their last group-B game of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. The 2.12 metre tall centre notch up a double double figure of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists to give Senegal a 92-54 points victory to maintain a clean slate. Dia was joined by the duo of Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) and Mohamed Diop (198-F-81) on the scorer sheet with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Senegal will take on host Madagascar in the next round of the championship on Tuesday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Morocco - Angola 61-75
Morocco Monday lost to defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men by 61-75 points and finished in group-B will therefore confront Mali in the eight final round on Wednesday. Morocco took the first quarter by 16-15 points but were beaten to the game in the remaining three quarters by the ten-time champion of Africa biggest basketball competition by 16-24, 18-22 and 11-14 points for a final scores of 61-75 points. Angola guard Armando Costa (192-G-83) led evry one on court with 21 points, 4 assists and 2 rebound with Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) adding 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists as Angola finish the preliminary series in second place and will confront Mozambique Tuesday night. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Group D
Central Africa - Tunisia 52-65
Central Africa Repulic Monday failed to stop 2009 third place team, Tunisia in the battle for the top seed of group-D losing by 52-65 points of the 26th Afrobasket. The FIBA Africa Zone-4 nation lost in the first and last quarters by 13-22 and 16-23 points but manage to win by a slim margin in the second and third quarters by 14-12 and 09-08 points in a keenly contested battle of supremacy. Tunisia veteran Radhouane led his team with 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists while the duo of Mourad El-Mabrouk and Marouan Kechrid added 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 13 points and 4 assists respectively with Central Africa Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) leading the floor with 26 points. Wih the results Central Africa thus end the first round series in second position as Tunisia finished first, Central Africa will now keep a date with Egypt in the eight round finals on Tuesday while Tunisia battle South Africa on Wednesday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Rwanda - Togo 87-67
Rwanda Monday finish third in group-C with an 87-67 points victory over Togo in both sides last group game at the Palais des Sports, Antananarivo, Madagascar. Rwanda open the game with a 27-08 and 24-10 points advantage in the first and second quarters but Togo stage a late come-back from the beginning of the third quarter forcing Rwanda to commit mistake though the insurgence was late to save them from defeat but Rwanda lost both quarters by 21-23 and 15-26 points. Herbert Gasana led the floor with 19 points, 9 assists, 2 rebound and 2 steal, forward Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) contributed 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steal with Bradley Cameron grabbing a double double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to earn Rwanda its first win of the championship. Rwanda will battle Cote dIvoire Wednesday in the eight final round at 15H00. *By Olusegun Ikuesan


Day Five in Antananarivo (with stats) - Aug 22, 2011
Group A
Nigeria - Madagascar 112-81
Nigeria Sunday night finish top of group-A without dropping a game with a 112-81 last group game victory over Madagascar to set up Tuesday Eight Round Final date against Chad who has been confine to the bottom of group-B. Nigeria opened the exciting game with a 25-19 points first quarter win it settle for an even score with the host of 30 points apiece to take a 55-49 points lead into the half-time. DTigers as the Nigeria senior national team is known took a step further winning the third and fourth quarters by 20-13 and 37-19 points respectively to end the game at 112-81 points to lead the group with Mali placing second while Mozambique finish third. Nigeria Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) led the floor with 21 points and 2 rebounds, point guard Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) netted 19 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, centre Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) had a double double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and one block-shot, Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) added 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals with Solomon Tat contributing 10 points and 2 rebounds. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Mali - Mozambique 72-69 OT2
Mali edge Mozambique by 72-69 points in a thriller game that provided double over-time to earn it second win in group-A of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men in Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar. Mali had trailed the Mozambican by 12-14 points in the first quarter of the game that kept fans cheering ceaselessly but step up it game to win the second quarter by 17-06 points to take a 29-20 points lead going into the break but gave up the lead as Mozambique charged back in the third quarter by 15-27 points to trail by 44-47 points at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter provided Mali another opportunity as they even scores at 59 points apiece at the end of the fourth quarter, the first over-time also saw both sides refusing to give-in as they both scored 6 points each to set the stage for a second over-time which the Malian eventually won by 07-04 points for a final score-line of 72-69 points. Mali guard Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88) led his team with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) poured in 14 points grabbed 9 rebounds and had 4 steals while Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) contributed 12 points and 2 rebounds for their side strong win. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Group C
Cameroon - Ivory Coast 76-70
Cameroon won the battle of leading group-C with a 76-70 points victory over Cote dIvoire thus keeping an hundred percent record after the preliminary round of its group at the 26th Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket for Men Sunday night. Cameroon won the first three quarters by 18-11, 24-22 and 20-19 points while it lost the last quarter by 14-18 points. Cameroon centre Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) led his side charge for a comfortable first round finish with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals, Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA) had 17 points and 6 rebound with guard Christain Bayang scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals for the Lions victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Egypt - South Africa 68-71
South Africa won their first game in Antananarivo. It was a 71-68 victory against Egypt. Both teams ended with 1-2 record in Preliminary Group C and Ivory Coast has the same numbers. In this circle Ivory Coast is No2, Egypt No.3 and South Africa ended as the last ranked team in this pool. Cameroon won it with 3-0. Christopher Gabriel (214-C-88) shined with 14 points and 11 rebounds in victory. Neo Mothiba (199-G/F-82) and Kegorapetse Letsebe (198-G/F-80, college: Goucher) (6 rebs) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) stepped up for Egypt with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was El-Gammal with 9 points. Quarters: 22-11, 17-13, 16-29, 13-18. Championship continues tomorrow.


Day Four in Antananarivo (with stats) - Aug 21, 2011
Group B
Angola - Senegal 78-85
Ten time winner of FIBA Africa Championship for Men Angola Saturday night suffered its first defeat in the last five editions of Africa biggest basketball championship The Afrobasket losing by 78-85 points to the Lions of Senegal. The defending champion opened a 30-18 points lead in the first quarter but the Lions charged back from th second quarter and never looked back with Maleye Ndoye putting Senegal ahead for the first time with one minute ten seconds left in the second quarter with a perfectly taken three point shot, Angola replied almost immediately through Lionel Paulo but Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) shot Senegal into the lead before the break with a steeler shot to give Senegal a two points lead og 44-46 going into the break. Efforts by Joaquim Gomes and his teammates to come back into proceeding was rebuffed by the never-say-die Senegalese who dominted the game winning the third and fourth quarter by 21-24 and 13-15 points. Senegal guard Mamadou Ndoye (79) led his team with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) added 18 points, 5 assists, 3 assists and 3 steals with hard working centre, Malick Badiane contributing 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Lions victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Chad - Morocco 57-89
After initial good start in the first quarter against morocco earning a respectable score-line of 17-20, Chad faded away after ward losing the three remaining quarter by 13-20, 06-17 and 21-32 points in it second group-B game Saturday. Both sides lost their opening games with Morocco being more daring to register a win which they achieved effortlessly over the new-comer to set up a final group game against defending champion Angola on Monday while Chad will have its hands full when it confront five-time champion Senegal. Tunisia Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) led the floor with 25 points, 5 rebounds,4 assists, 2 steals and 2 block-shots. Zouita who play club competition for AS Sale basketball club contributed greatly to his side dominance over Chad he was joined on the scorer sheet Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) who netted 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and one block shot and Abderrahim Najah with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and one block-shot. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Group D
Tunisia - Rwanda 69-37
22009 third place finisher Tunisia Saturday evening proved that it achievement in Libya two years was not a fluke when it put up a great performance in group-D beating Rwanda by 69-37 points to keep a clean slate. The strong FIBA Africa Zone-1 power house won in all four quarters by 10-09, 17-07, 19-09 and 23-13 points to remain top of the group which comprises Central Africa Republic who also enjoy the priviledge of remaining unbeaten, Togo and Rwanda. Tunisia key player, Macram Romdhane (198-F-89) led the floor with 20 points and 6 rebounds, Romdhave was joined his two compatriots Mohamed Hadidane (206-F-86) and Amine Rzig who both score 10 points each. A clash between Tunisia and Central Africa Republic on Monday will determine who lead the group to the round of eight finals. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Togo - Central Africa 57-82
The hope of Togo of making any appreciable impact in group-D of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men was completely shot-down Saturday by mobile Central Africa Republic side. Togo gave up the first quarter by 12-22 points but showed some promises in the second quarter winning by 19-15 points to cut down the margin between it the FIBA Africa Zone-4 nation to six points going into the break by 31-37 points, it continue the flare in the third quarter losing by just two points 17-19 points to enter the last quarter with eight points deficits of 48-56 points. And when many had thought that the Coach Guy Arneaud tutored Togolese side they gave in to the superior fire power of the Central Africa side losing the last quarter by 09-26 points for a final scores of 57-82 points. Central Africa Max Kouguere (198-F-87) led the floor with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86) had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals with Guy Kodio-Sitchi contributing 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and one assist. *By Olusegun Ikuesan


Day Three in Antananarivo (with stats) - Aug 20, 2011
Group A
Madagascar - Mali 63-74
Not even the presence of over 5,000 fans could save Madagascar from suffering its second defeat in group-A of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men as it go down to a rejuvenated Mali by 63-74 points in Antananarivo. After taking a 23-14 points first quarter advantage Madagascar failed to maintain the tempo thus allowing the Malian to fight back in the second quarter forcing Madagascar to make series of mistakes Madagascar eventually lost the second , third and fourth quarters by 07-13, 17-23 and 16-24 points respectively. Mali play-maker and point guard Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) led the floor with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and gave 2 assists for his side hard earn win. Mali reliable forward Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) had an excellent game posting a double double figure of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists while 2006 FIBA Africa Championship for U18 Men most valuable player Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88) added 11 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals to seal victory for their side who now have a 1-1 record. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Mozambique - Nigeria 63-78
Mozambique was down by Nigeria in both sides second group-A game Friday at the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket. The Mozambican lost by 63-78 points to a more composed Nigerian side. The Mozambican lost the first three quarters by 11-20, 21-23, 14-18 and drew levels in the last quarter by 17 points apiece. Nigeria and San Antonio Spurs guard, Ime Udoka led the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Nigerian side with a treble effort of 13 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and 2 steals to give DTigers as the Nigeria senior national team is known a clean slate. DTigers and former Union Bank basketball club of Lagos forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 block-shots, shooting sensation Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, college: Texas Arlington) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds with Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League reliable Abubakar Usman recording seventy-five percent from the three pointer scoring three of four attempt in the few minutes he stepped on court. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Group C
Ivory Coast - Egypt 75-82
Cote dIvoire hope of making it two-on-two was dashed by Egypt in a group-C tie of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men after taking a 19-13 points lead in the first quarter. The Ivorians bow to the superior fire power of the Ibrahim El-Gammal in the second quarter losing by 16-27 points for a half-time deficit of 35-40 points. Cote dIvoire tried to come into the game at the resumption of play in third quarter yielded a 17-14 points win taking a two points deficit going into the last quarter but gave up when it matter most losing the fourth and decisive quarter by 23-28 points for a final score-line of 75-82 points. Gammal led the floor with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Mohamed El-Kerdany had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists with Amr El-Gendy adding up 11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steal to restore the hope of the five-time champion after losing its group-C opener to Cameroon on Wednesday. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

South Africa - Cameroon 65-87
With better improvement from their Group-C opening game against Cote dIvoire on Wednesday South Africa Friday loses its second first round game to Cameroon by 65-87 points. Though South Africa lost the first three quarters 17-23, 13-17, 11-24 and won the last one by 24-23 points their fighting spirit was never in doubt as they showed lots of improvement and promises. Cameroon big forward Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) led the floor with 18 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds, Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) had 15 points and 3 rebounds, Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) added 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals with Frank Ndongo posting 12 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds for the second win for the Lions. Cameroon coach Lazare Adingono praised the fighting spirit of the South African. The coach whose side face Cote dIvoire on Sunday in his team last group-C game said they are not under any pressure. Coach Adingono also thumm-up effort of FIBA Africa in raising the stake of Africa basketball but concluded that the continent can do more. *By Olusegun Ikuesan


Day Two in Antananarivo (with stats) - Aug 19, 2011
Group B
Morocco - Senegal 65-79
With defeat steering them in the face Senegal rose to the challenege to subdue Morocco in the last quarter of its group-D tie of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men. The high tempo game began with both side matching each other wit for wit as the first quarter ended 18 points apiece but it was Morocco who took the initiative in the second quarter with a 25-11 points win to go into the break with a 43-29 points lead. Moroccos effort at sustaining the tempo was meet with stiff opposition from the Senegalese who knows the importance of winning a first group game, Morocco lost the quarter by 11-24 points as Senegal narrow the margin to just one point going into the last quarter. The strong determination of the Senegalese side coached by Alain Weisz came to the fore when El-Hadji Ndoye took a three pointer in the opening seconds of the last quarter to put the Lions ahead for the first time in the game, the lead was all they needed as motivation as they never looked back through the buzzer claiming the quarter by 11-26 points for a final score-line of 65-79 points. Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) led the floor with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists with Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) grabbing a double double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Angola - Chad
115-56
Defending champion Angola shined in their first appearance at the AfroBasket 2011 in Antananarivo. They destroyed Chad 115-56 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) was the leading player in victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. He reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Simao Santos (198-F-79) and Milton Barros (184-G-84) helped with 12 points each. On the other side, Chad had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Mickael Koibe (198-F/G-92) with 11 pts. Richard Moguena (200-F-86) (5 rebs) and Mario Ngadi netted 8 points each. Quarters: 35-17, 33-7, 21-13, 26-19. In the next game, Angola will play against Senegal. Chad will meet Morocco.
Group D
Tunisia - Togo 103-56
Tunisia make mince meat of Togo in its group-D opening game Thursday at the Day-2 of the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket with a 103-56 points victory. The 2009 third place finisher showed its determination to be counted among Africa basketball power-house from the jump-ball winning in all four quarters by 28-11, 30-16, 25-13 and 20-16 to put paid to the ambition of the Togolese side of creating an upset. Tunisia Macram Romdhane (198-F-89) led his team with 20 points 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot, Mourad El Mabrouk (190-G-86) added 12 points while Salah Mijri contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 block. Togo shooting guard, Jimmy Williams led the floor with 25 points but the effort was not good enough to see his side go down by 47 points. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Central Africa - Rwanda 89-61
Central Africa Republic Thursday handed down an 89-61 points defeat to Rwanda in a group-D preliminary round of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Central African side who was without Roman Sato won the first three quarters by 26-11, 26-20 and 21-14 points but shared the last quarter by 16 points apiece with Rwanda controlled the game from the jump-ball to the buzzer thus opening a group leadership race with Tunisia who earlier in the day defeated Togo by 103-56 points. Central Africa James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) led the floor with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assist, Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds while the duo of Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Max Martial Kounguere added 12 points and 10 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals for their side victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan


Day One in Antananarivo (with stats) - Aug 18, 2011
Group A
Madagascar - Mozambique 67-77
Support by a large turn-out of supporters host of 26th FIBA Afria Championship for Men Madagascar failed to appreciate its supporters as it fell to more determined Mozambican side by 67-77 points in a group-A pairing. The madagascan surrender in the first and second quarters by 12-18 and 14-18 points to trail by ten points at the break 26-36 points. The Coach Angel Manzano Polo tutored however came into the third quarter with a mind-set to upturn the table against the Mozambican, their effort paid off when they won the quarter by 23-18 points to reduce the margin to just five points going into the last quarter 49-54 but determination saw the Mozambican side through as they mount ceaseless pressure on the Madagascar side forcing they to drop the last quarter by 18-23 points. Mozambique Stelio Nuaila (196-F-85) led his side with 15 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds, David Canivete (193-F-89) and Fernando Mandlate (191-G-85) added 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 12 points 4 rebounds 4 steals and 2 assists for their side vital win of the opening day. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Nigeria - Mali 84-59
Nigeria made a bold statement in group-A of the 26th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men tagged; Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket with an 84-59 points win over Mali. The Nigerian side coached by Ayo Bakare rose from a 20-22 points deficit in the first quarter to put paid to the ambition of the Malian from the second quarter through the last winning by 18-05, 18-14 and 28-18 points. Nigeria dominated the Malian on the board with a total of 42 rebounds to Mali 23 while the Malian recorded 22 turn-over with Nigeria 16. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) led the Nigerian challenge with 15 points and 4 rebounds, Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) showed great presence with 11 points and 8 rebounds, point guard Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) contributed 11 points 5 rebounds and 3 asists just as Ime Udoka added 10 points and 4 rebounds to give Nigeria a well deserved victory. *By Olusegun Ikuesan
Group C
Ivory Coast - South Africa 105-53
Cote dIvoire open its Madagascar 2011 Afrobasket campaign with a 105-53 points win over South Africa in group-C opener. The 2009 edition runner-up won three of the four quarters by 27-08, 33-10, 29-19 while it drew level with the South African in the last quarter by 16 points apiece for a cumulative scoreline of 105-53 points to send a warning that its 2009 second placement was not a fluke. Cote dIvoire energetic shooting guard/small forward Guy Edi (196-G/F-88) was the star-man of the Ivorian side netting 19 points points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) added 17 points, 4 rebounds amd 2 steal, Didier Eric Tape had 14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds while Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) contributed 10 points and 3 steals for the Mdagascar 2011 Afrobasket opening game win for Cote dIvoire. *By Olusegun Ikuesan

Cameroon - Egypt 96-81
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon Wednesday night stopped the foray of five-time African cup of Nations champion, Egypt with a 96-81 points victory in its group-C opening game. Cameroon took the first two quarters in grand style by 27-11 and 25-24 points to take a 52-35 points lead at half-time, though the Lazarus Adingono coached Lions gave up the third quarter by 24-28 points but rose to the challenge in the last quarter making a loud statement in a group that conprises 2009 eunner-up, Cote dIvoire winning by a slim margin of 20-18 points for a final score-line of 96-81 points. Cameroon Parfait Bitee (188-G-85) recorded a championship high of 29 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, he was joined by teammates Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) with 18 points and 4 steals, Franck Ndongo (198-F-88) 15 points and 3 rebounds and Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) 12 points and 5 rebounds. Lions coach, Adingono declared after the game that the best is yet to be seen of his side, Yes we won confortably against Egypt but I want to assure our fans and lovers of the game across Africa that the best is yet to be seen of the Cameroon side. The Olympic slot is our target and we are determined to fight for it, the Cameroon coach concluded. *By Olusegun Ikuesan



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