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African Championships Standings
 1. Angola
 2. Egypt
 3. Senegal
 4. Ivory Coas.
 5. Cameroon
 6. Cape Verde.
 7. Nigeria
 8. Morocco
 9. Tunisia
 10. Rwanda
 11. Mozambique.
 12. Algeria
 13. C.Africa
 14. Congo-Braz.
 15. Mali
 16. Burkina Fa.
African Championships Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Ivory Coas. 3-0 
 2. Senegal 2-1 
 3. Algeria 1-2 
 4. Egypt 0-3 
Group B
 1. Tunisia 3-0 
 2. Morocco 2-1 
 3. Rwanda 1-2 
 4. Burkina Fa. 0-3 
Group C
 1. Angola 3-0 
 2. Cape Verde. 2-1 
 3. Mozambique. 1-2 
 4. C.Africa 0-3 
Group D
 1. Nigeria 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. Congo-Braz. 1-2 
 4. Mali 0-3 

Points Per Game
 Ike DIOGU
  NGR
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Diogu, Ponce21.9 
 2. Zouita, RSB Berka.20.0 
 3. Kouguere, La Bru.18.4 
 4. Ben Romdhane, UCA.17.8 
 5. Wilson, PCS P.16.8 
 6. Idrissi, Sitra15.9 
 7. Morais, Petroleos15.9 
 8. Aminu, Karsiyaka15.3 
 9. Oniangue, Paris-.14.8 
 10. Marei, Minnesot.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Assem MAREI
  EGY
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Marei, Minnesot.11.6 
 2. Diogu, Ponce10.3 
 3. Kabangu, Espoir9.8 
 4. Touati, GS Petro.8.6 
 5. Cheriet, Boulogne8.0 
 6. Mascarenhas, Benfi.7.2 
 7. Ben Romdhane, UCA.7.2 
 8. Harath, FUS Rabat7.2 
 9. Haidara, MLI N.7.0 
 10. Sene, Antibes6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Al-Farouq AMINU
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Aminu, N.Orlean.5.3 
 2. Rudolph, Loyol.5.1 
 3. Kaouane, Ahli B.5.0 
 4. Ruhezamihigo, Jagu.5.0 
 5. Uzoh, Springfield5.0 
 6. Diabate, Gravelines4.6 
 7. Curti, Gravelines4.0 
 8. Morlende, Blois4.0 
 9. Wilson, PCS P.3.4 
 10. Zouita, RSB Berk.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christian BAYANG
  CMR
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bayang, CRA H.3.1 
 2. Ben Romdhane, UCA.2.4 
 3. Diabate, Gravelines2.4 
 4. Wilson, PCS P.2.4 
 5. Aminu, N.Orlean.2.3 
 6. Moupegnou, Quimper2.2 
 7. Cipriano, Libolo2.2 
 8. Da Silva, Desp.Map.2.0 
 9. Boundy, Rueil2.0 
 10. Okemba, Le Portel1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  IVO
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Al Ahli2.4 
 2. N'Diaye, Ti.2.1 
 3. Tapsoba, Swallows1.6 
 4. Da Veiga, G.Cana.1.6 
 5. Touati, GS Petro.1.4 
 6. Sene, Antibes1.3 
 7. Grebongo, Red Star1.0 
 8. Niamamoukoko, Ase.1.0 
 9. Monjane, Fer.Beira1.0 
 10. Haidara, MLI N.0.8 
 

Angola celebrate title in Abidjan (Photo: abidjan2013.fibaafrica.com)
Starting five
#s#
Olimpio Cipriano
Cipriano
Armando Costa
Costa
Carlos Morais
Morais
Joaquim Gomes
Gomes
Reggie Moore
Moore
#e#5
4Olimpio Cipriano 194-F-82 Libolo Angola
5Armando Costa 192-G-83 1 De Agosto Angola
6Carlos Morais 193-G-85 Petroleos Angola
7Vander Joaquim 208-C-90 Hawaii USA
8Hermenegildo Santos 192-G-90 1 De Agosto Angola
9Leonel Paulo 197-F-89 Petroleos Angola
10Joaquim Gomes 200-C/F-80 1 De Agosto Angola
11Reggie Moore 203-PF-81 1 De Agosto Angola
12Felizardo Ambrosio 202-F-87 1 De Agosto Angola
13Carlos Almeida 193-G/F-76 1 De Agosto Angola
14Milton Barros 184-G-84 Interclube Angola
15Eduardo Mingas 200-C-79 Interclube Angola

Paulo Macedo Head Coach 1 De Agosto Angola
Jaime Covilha Assistant
Walter Costa Assistant

Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Awards 2013 - Sep 2, 2013

Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team 2013
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Diabate
Carlos Morais
Morais
Maleye N'Doye
N'Doye
Eduardo Mingas
Mingas
Assem Marei
Marei

Best Player: Carlos Morais (193-G-85) of Angola
Best Guard: Carlos Morais (193-G-85) of Angola
Best Forward: Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80) of Senegal
Best Center: Assem Marei (6'9''-F/C-92) of Egypt

1st Team
PG: Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87) of Ivory Coast
G: Carlos Morais (193-G-85) of Angola
F: Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80) of Senegal
F/C: Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) of Angola
F/C: Assem Marei (6'9''-F/C-92) of Egypt

2nd Team
PG: Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88) of Nigeria
SG: Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) of Tunisia
F: Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90) of Nigeria
F/C: Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of
Ivory Coast
F/C: Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83) of Nigeria

3rd Team
PG: Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) of Central Africa
PG: Brian Rudolph (5'11''-PG-88) of Cape Verde
SF: Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) of Central Africa
F: Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) of Morocco
C: Alade Aminu (210-C-87) of Nigeria

Honorable Mention
Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89) of Tunisia
Reggie Moore (203-PF-81) of Angola
Stan Okoye (198-F-91) of Nigeria
Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) of Cameroon
Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87) of Algeria
Brad Cameron (6'5''-G-91) of Rwanda
Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) of Congo-Brazeville
Ibrahima Haidara (92) of Mali
Moussa Ouattara (202-C-88) of Burkina Faso



Angola celebrate title in Abidjan - Aug 31, 2013

FINAL
Egypt - Angola 40-57
Angola celebrated the title at the 2013 AfroBasket. They overcame Egypt in the championship clash in Abidjan today. The victory marked the seventh success for Angola in the last eight editions of the tournament. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Egypt snatched a 13:12 lead after the starting quarter. But Angola used an 11:2 run early in the second frame to establish a 23:17 lead. They marched to a 28:21 halftime advantage. Angola went on a 14:0 run midway through the third period to accumulate a 42:23 advantage. They entered the fourth period up by 18 points 46:28. Egypt could not get within single digits throughout the fourth period as Angola cruised to the win. Eduardo Mingas (200-C-79) posted 12 points and 12 boards, while Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) added 11 points for Angola. Sheriff Abd Alla (188-G-79) answered with 13 points for Egypt. Ibrahim El Gamal had 8 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Ivory Coast - Senegal 56-57
Senegal stepped onto the pedestal at 2013 AfroBasket. They narrowly defeated Cote d'Ivoire to clinch Bronze. The victory also punched 2014 World Championship tickets for Senegal. Cote d'Ivoire registered a 16:9 lead after ten minutes of action. But Senegal took over in the second frame. They went on a massive 23:8 run to ensure a 32:24 halftime lead. The hosts stopped the rot after the big break. Cote dIvoire narrowed the distance and eventually tied things up at 43 heading into the final stanza. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Cote dIvoire led by three points with 28 seconds remaining in regulation 56:53. But Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) drained a triple to level things up. He added a free throw to put Senegal in front 57:56. Mamadou Lamizana had a chance to win the game for Cote dIvoire but missed a jumper. Mohamed Diop (198-SF-81) recorded 11 points for Senegal. Louis Adams (186-G-90) and Mamadou Ndoye added 8 points each in the win. Issife Soumahoro (197-F-88) responded with 14 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Mamadou Lamizana had 9 points in the loss.


Angola and Egypt advance into championship game in Abidjan - Aug 30, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Ivory Coast - Angola 59-66
Angola joined Egypt in the African Championship Final. They upset hosting Cote d'Ivoire in the semifinal clash tonight. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) and Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) posted 13 points each to lead the winners. Angola also booked the ticket to the 2014 World Championship with the victory. Angola got to a confident start to the game. They opened a 13-point lead after ten minutes 23:10. But Cote d'Ivoire responded with a massive 26:10 rally in the second frame. The roller-coaster action continued in the third term. Angola went on a 21:10 run to secure an 8-point lead before the fourth frame. Cote dIvoire could not get within striking distance throughout the final frame as Angola marched to the victory at the end. Olimpio Cipriano netted 11 points in the winning case. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) answered with 15 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate had 11 points in the loss.

Egypt - Senegal 70-63
Egypt became the first finalists of the African Championship. They held off Senegal in Abidjan to clinch the title game spot. Assem Marei (206-F-92) stepped up with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Egypt kept Senegal at bay throughout the opening quarter. Egypt ensured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams struggled to find the offensive rhythm in the second frame. They teamed up for just 17 points in the quarter as Egypt ensured a 28:24 halftime lead. Senegal narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 3 points at the final break 39:42. But Egypt did not allow Senegal to capitalize. The Pharaohs unleashed 28 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Moustafa Sayed Khedr (184-G/F-80) chipped in 16 points, while Sheriff Abd Alla added 15 points for the winners. Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) answered with 12 points for Senegal. Mouhammad Faye and N'Diaye Hamady had 9 points each in the loss.

5-6 Place
Morocco - Nigeria 87-105
Nigeria snapped two-game losing skid at the AfroBasket and defeated Morocco today. The victory allowed Nigeria to occupy the 7th overall position at the tournament. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) posted 31 points and 10 boards to lead the winners. Nigeria earned a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The Tigers unleashed 31 points in the second frame to gain a 50:41 halftime lead. Morocco struggled to slow Nigeria down in the second half. The Tigers erupted for 28 points in the third quarter and entered the fourth frame up by 12 points 78:66. They added 27 points in the final quarter to seal the victory. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, college: VMI) finished with 20 points, while Alade Aminu added 16 points for the winners. Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) answered with 37 points for Morocco. Zouita had 21 points in the loss.
7-8 Place
Cameroon - Cape Verde 74-53
Cameroon clinched the fifth overall position at the 2013 African Championship. They defeated Cape Verde in the classification round game at the tournament. Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83, college: UNLV) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Cameroon earned a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. They stayed aggressive throughout the second quarter. They opened a 16-point halftime lead. Cape Verde answered with a stifling defence in the third term. They held Cameroon to just 10 points and narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the final break. But Cameroon capped the game on a commanding 19:7 run to seal the victory. Nzeulie finished with 15 points, while Luc Mbah a Moute added 13 points in the victory. Rudolph answered with 15 points for Cape Verde. Lima had 12 points in the defeat.
5-8 Place
Cape Verde - Nigeria 79-76
Cape Verde will play for the fifth place at the 2013 AfroBasket. They overcame Nigeria in the classification round today. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. Nigeria unloaded 23 points in the opening quarter and gained a 2-point lead. The Tigers maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Nigeria established a 40:37 halftime lead. But Cape Verde narrowed the gap in the third term. They got within one point at the final break 54:55. Cape Verde surged ahead in the fourth stanza. Nigeria tried to return into the contest late in regulation but came up short at the end. Brian Rudolph netted 15 points and issued 8 assists, while Flavio Gomes added 12 points for the winners. Ike Diogu tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds for Nigeria. Al-Farouq Aminu had 13 points in the loss.

Cameroon - Morocco 79-76
Cameroon registered the victory over Morocco in the classification round for the 5th-8th place at the 2013 AfroBasket. Gaston Gaston Essengue stepped up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Cameroon earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive throughout the second frame. Cameroon arrived at halftime up by 9 points 42:33. Morocco stepped on the gas in the third term. They unloaded 25 points in the period but Cameroon withheld the challenge and entered the fourth frame up by 8 points. Morocco could not get within striking distance throughout the fourth frame as Cameroon rallied to the victory. Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) finished with 14 points, while Aldo Curti added 11 points and 9 assists in the win. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) answered with 27 points for Morocco. Younes Younes Idrissi had 15 points in the losing case.


Senegal, Angola, Egypt and Ivory Coast reach semifinals in Abidjan - Aug 28, 2013

1/4 Finals
Nigeria - Senegal 63-64
Senegal came up with the biggest surprise of the quarterfinal stage of AfroBasket. They saw off one of the top favourites Nigeria to reach the semis. Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) stepped up with 13 points to lead the winners. Nigeria seemed well in control at the start of the game. The Tigers grabbed a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. But Senegal took over in the second frame. They stiffened defensively and held Nigeria to 12 points in the quarter. The Lions got within 2 points at the interval 35:37. Senegal stayed aggressive defensively throughout the third term. Nigeria struggled to find the key to the Senegalese zone defence. The Lions pulled ahead and ensured a 55:49 lead heading into the fourth frame. Nigeria used an 11:1 run to pull ahead 63:62 with just over three minutes remaining. But Thomas scored a jumper to give Senegal a 64:63 lead with just over two minutes remaining. Nigeria could not respond. Okoye and Ben Uzoh missed their attempts and Senegal got away with a surprising victory. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) finished with 12 points, while Maleye N'Doye added 10 points for Senegal. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Nigeria. Ben Uzoh had 12 points in the loss.

Angola - Morocco 95-73
Angola became the first semifinalists of 2013 AfroBasket. They coasted past Morocco in the opening quarterfinal clash in Abidjan today. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) netted 16 points to pace the winners. Angola secured a 26:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive throughout the second frame. Morocco struggled to contain their opponents and trailed by as many as 22 points at halftime 50:28. Angola did not slow down after the big break. They unleashed 26 points in the third term and opened a massive 26-point lead at the final break. Morocco outscored Angola in the fourth frame but it was too little too late to save the game. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) finished with 14 points, while Carlos Morais and Milton Barros had 11 points each for the winning side. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) responded with 25 points for Morocco. Younes Idrissi had 17 points in the defeat.

Egypt - Cape Verde 74-73
Ibrahim El Gamal nails late three-pointer to pull Egypt to the semis of the 2013 Afrobasket. Trailing 71:73 he posted brought 74:73 advantage, while Correia Mario missed the shot with the buzzer. Cape Verde started the game with 19-16 lead at the end of the first period and added 21-20 rally in the second frame. Egypt however needed a strong third period to take 61:55 lead after ABDALLA scored the last three points in the quarter. Cape Verde later created a 9-0 run to take 69:68 but fell short at the end. Abd Alla Sheriff top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ibrahim El Gamal poured in 16 and Marei Assem scored 9. Brian Rudolph (180-PG-88) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Correia Mario posted 18. Lima Aldevino scored 8, whilst Freire Braima notched 7.

Ivory Coast - Cameroon 71-56
Cote d'Ivoire reach the Semifinals of the 2013 Afrobasket. They edged Cameroon 71:56 and advanced to the Top Four. Cote d'Ivoire produced a 24-14 start in the game and had 8-point advantage at the halftime. Cameroon managed to reduce the gap to 3 points after a 15-10 rally in the third period. Cote d'Ivoire however needed a final 21-9 push to seal the victory. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (183-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10. Konate Kinidinnin Stephane produced 9 and Lamizana Mamadou brought 7. Christian Bayang (195-G-87) nailed 20 points in the losing effort and Essengue Gaston scored 11. Nzeulie Jeremy followed them with 7 points in a loss. In the Semifinal Stage Cote d'Ivoire will take on Egypt that beat Cape Verde 74:73.

9-10 Place
Tunisia - Rwanda 76-54
Tunisia leave no chance for Rwanda at the Classification Round of the 2013 Afrobasket. They needed a 76:54 win to play for the higher places at the tournament. Tunisia dominated the majority of the game and started strong. They had 23-13 lead in the start of the game, while Rwanda replied with a 25-12 surge in the second frame. In the second half Tunisia allowed Rwanda to score only 8 points in the third and then in the last periods. Tunisia meanwhile posted 23 points in the third period and then 18 points in the last stanza. Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) stepped up with 18 points and Marouana Kechrid (180-PG-81) notched 14. Chennoufi Ziyed and Mouhli Omar scored 9 each, while Rzig Amine had 7. Kami Kabangu (203-C-84) and Suku Suku Thierry replied with 10 points each, whilst Rugamba Daniel had 9. Cameron Brad and Mugabe Aristide poured in 8 points apiece.
11-12 Place
Algeria - Mozambique 56-78
Mozambique won over Algeria in Abidjan at the 2013 Afrobasket. They posted a 78:56 win at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places. Both teams scored 13 points each in the first period, while Mozambique pushed the tempo later in the first half. They won the second frame 26-11 and led 15 points at the halftime. Moreover Mozambique produced two narrow victories in the second half to seal the total success. Mozambique needed a 19-18 rally in the third quarter and then closed the game with a 20-14 run. Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Ermelindo Novela (G-91) as well as Matos Augusto had 11 each. Monjane Edson finished the game with 10 points each. Hocine Gaham (194-G/F-86) replied with 13 points in defeat and Hamdini Abdallah netted 10. Cheriet Mehdi delivered 8 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Touati Mohamed Seddik also scored 8.

13-14 Place
Congo-Brazaville - Central Africa 63-64
Central African Republic earned victory at the start of the classification round at the African Championship. They defeated Republic of Congo behind 22 points from Max Kouguere (198-SF-87). Republic of Congo ensured a 16:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Central African Republic narrowed the gap in the second frame. They got within 2 points at the interval 28:26. Central African Republic pulled ahead in the third term. They surged ahead to eke out a 47:45 lead at the final intermission. Republic of Congo erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 63:62 lead with under two minutes remaining in regulation. But Max Kouguere sank two free throws in the final 90 seconds of the game to seal the victory for Central African Republic. Anthony Gouzhy netted 19 points, while William Kossangue-Toro and Johan Grebongo added 7 points each for the winners. Medhie Mouesse (93) responded with 16 points for Republic of Congo. Rodel Ongoundou had 12 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Mali - Burkina Faso 71-70 OT
Mali snatched a narrow overtime win over Burkina Faso in the classification round of 2013 AfroBasket. Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Cleveland St.) stepped up with 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead the winners. Burkina Faso surged ahead in the opening frame. They rallied to a 19:11 advantage after ten minutes. Mali cut the deficit in the second frame. They tied things up at 28 after twenty minutes. Burkina Faso stepped on the gas in the third term. They regained the advantage and entered the fourth quarter up by 5 points 49:44. But Mali rescued the game. Ibrahima Haidara and Modibo Niakate even put Mali in front 64:63 with 50 seconds remaining. But Derek Durham (177-PG-74, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with a free throw and forced overtime. Burkina Faso enjoyed a 70:67 lead with under two minutes left in extra period. But Ibrahima Haidara sank a jumper and Modibo Niakate converted two free throws to seal the victory for Mali. Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona) finished with 17 points, while Ibrahima Haidara added 14 points and 11 boards for the winning side. Derek Durham answered with 18 points for Burkina Faso. Moussa Ouattara had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.


Quarterfinals are set in Abidjan - Aug 27, 2013

Nigeria - Central Africa 112-75
Nigeria completes the Quarterfinal picture of the 2013 Afrobasket. They overcame Central Africa 112:75 and will take on Senegal tomorrow in the Quarterfinal Stage. Central Africa surprised Nigeria with 27-24 rally in the first period, but could not compete with the favorites in the rest of the game. Nigeria answered with 34-12 surge in the second period and then posted two victories in the second half. They won the third period 26-15 and finished the game with 28-21 run. Stan Okoye (198-F-91, college: VMI) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Aminu Al-Farouq nailed 22. Jamal Olasewere (201-F-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) delivered 14, Uzoh Ben scored 13 and Lawal Gani had 11. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) replied with 22 points in defeat and Mokongo Michael nailed 18. White Tony produced 8, whilst Kossangue-Toro William brought 7.

Senegal - Rwanda 67-57
Senegal reach the Quarterfinals in Abidjan at the 2013 Afrobasket. They posted a 67:57 win over Rwanda at the last but one game of the Eighth Final stage. Rwanda surprised the opponents with a 15-13 start and led two points at the halftime. Senegal needed a strong second half to seal the victory. They posted a 14-7 rally in the third period and finished the game with a 20-15 run. Rwanda led 55:54 with 5 minutes to go, but Senegal needed a 13-2 run to seal the victory. Badji Pape top-scored for the winners with 20 points and N'Doye Maleye nailed 13. N'Diaye Hamady delivered 8, whilst Adams Louis had 7. Kami Kabangu (203-C-84) produced 14 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Wilson Kenny had 12. Hakizimana Lionel nailed 8, whilst Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-G-85) brought 7.

Angola - Mali 82-36
Angola dominated from start to finish to topple Mali in the eighth-final stage of AfroBasket. Carlos Almeida scored 14 points to lead well-balanced effort from the winners. Angola set the tone early in the game. They unleashed 29 points in the opening stanza and accumulated a 24-point lead after ten minutes. Angola and Mali traded baskets as the tempo decreased in the second term. Angola ensured a 24-point lead at halftime 39:15. They stretched the gap in the third term. Angola ensured a massive 33-point lead before the fourth frame. Angola drained 25 points in the final stanza to seal a comprehensive victory. Carlos Morais finished with 11 points, while Armando Costa (192-G-83) added 10 points for the winners. Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Cleveland St.) answered with 14 points for Mali. Ibrahima Haidara (92) had 7 points in the defeat.

Ivory Coast - Burkina Faso 100-60
Cote d'Ivore advanced into the quarterfinal stage of the 2013 AfroBasket. They defeated Burkina Faso at the eighth-final stage. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Cote d'Ivore earned a narrow 19:15 lead after the opening frame. But the tempo increased steadily. Cote d'Ivoire unloaded 26 points in the second frame and registered a 45:28 halftime lead. The hosts stayed hot offensively in the third term. They unloaded 29 points and secured a massive 31-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Cote d'Ivoire did not slow down in the fourth period and raced to a comfortable victory at the end. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate posted 16 points, while Guy Landry Edi (198-F-88) added 13 points for the winners. Joris Bado responded with 14 points for Burkina Faso. Kader Tapsoba (208-F-87, college: Texas Tech) netted 13 points in the loss.

Cape Verde - Congo-Brazaville 67-60
Cape Verde advanced into the quarterfinal stage of the African Championship. They triggered a 29:10 run in the fourth frame to finish off Republic of Congo. Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (193-G-92) nailed 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners. Republic of Congo exploded with a 21:11 run in the first ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 32:23 halftime lead. Republic of Congo extended the margin in the third term. They entered the final stanza up by as many as 12 points. But Cape Verde managed to bounce back. They exploded with a massive 29:10 run in the fourth period and celebrated victory at the end. Mario Correia netted 14 points for the winners. Kris Morlende and Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) responded with 14 points each for Republic of Congo. Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-F-82, college: Alabama) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Tunisia - Egypt 67-77
Egypt advanced into the quarterfinal stage of the 2013 African Championship. They saw off Tunisia in the eighth-final battle in Abidjan today. Ibrahim El Gamal and Wael Badr finished with 19 points each to pace the winning side. Tunisia jumped to a 12:16 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Egypt answered with a 13:3 run to take a 19:15 advantage into the second frame. Egypt maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 35:28. Rzig and Mourad El Mabrouk put Tunisia within two points 46:48 midway through the third term. But Egypt responded with 7 straight points and entered the fourth stanza up by 9 points 55:46. Tunisia could not get within striking distance throughout the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Macram Ben Romdhane answered with 22 points for Tunisia. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) chipped in 16 points and 9 boards in the loss.

Morocco - Algeria 86-81 OT
Morocco became the first Quarterfinalist of the 2013 AfroBasket. They needed an overtime 86:81 win against Algeria in the opener of the Play-off stage. Morocco won the first period 14-12 and led 5 points at the halftime. Algeria however dominated the third quarter and replied with a 24-18 surge to take 1-point lead after 30 minutes. Morocco needed a 23-22 rally in the fourth period to tie the score and then produced a 14-9 push in overtime. Idrissi Younes scored the last free throws at the end for the final result. Khalfi Mustapha top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Zouita Abdelhakim netted 17. Najah Abderrahim poured in 16, whilst Idrissi Younes collected 14 points and 13 rebounds. Harath Mohamed ended up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Mohamed Seddik Touati (C-87) collected 18 points and 12 boards. Hocine Gaham (194-G/F-86) and Cheriet Mehdi brought 12 points each, whilst Hamdini Abdallah had 10.

Cameroon - Mozambique 75-42
Cameroon beat Mozambique at the 1/8 Finals to seal the Quarterfinal berth. Cameroon posted a comfortable 75:42 in the second game of Monday actions. Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period, while Cameroon dominated the rest of the game. They won the second frame 21-8 and added 15-9 run in the third quarter. Moreover Cameroon finished the game with a 25-11 surge and advanced to the Quarterfinals. MOUNDOU MISSI score the last three points in the game for the final result. Bayang Christian and Essengue Gaston top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Mbah a Moute Luc netted 11. Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA) delivered 8 points in a win. Custodio Muchate (200-C-82) prdouced 12 points in the losing effort and Augusto Matos (186-PG-90) brought 7. Mandlate Fernando scored 5 and Magolico Octavio added 4.


The End of Preliminary Round in Abidjan - Aug 25, 2013

Group A
Ivory Coast - Egypt 69-62
Cote d'Ivoire record the second straight win at the home AfroBasket. The hosts overcame Egypt to stay perfect in Group A action. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) recorded 18 points to lead the winners. Cote d'Ivoire nailed 21 points in the opening quarter and raced to a 5-point lead. Egypt narrowed the gap in the second frame. They stayed aggressive defensively and cut the distance to just 2 points at halftime 33:31. But the Elephants fired 23 points in the third term to take an 8-point lead into the final stanza. Egypt managed only 14 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Kinidinnin Stephane Konate (187-G-80) netted 11 points, while Mohamed Kone added 8 points for the home side. Assem Marei (206-F-92) answered with 25 points and 19 rebounds for Egypt. Ramy Ibrahim chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Senegal - Algeria 62-57
Senegal defeats Algeria for 2-1 record at the FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Preliminary Round. Senegal needed a 62:57 win to climb on the second place in Group A. Algeria meanwhile finished the group with 1-2 record. Both teams realized the importance of the game. At first Algeria started with an 18-10 run, but Senegal dominated the second and the third quarters. They posted a 20-10 rally in the second period and then won the third quarter 22-12. Algeria replied with a 17-10 run in the last stanza, but it was only to reduce to 5 final points. Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) netted 13. Thomas Ibrahima produced 9, whilst N'Diaye Hamady had 8. Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) and Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) delivered 14 points in a loss. Kaouane Abdel Halim poured in 10 and Gaham Hocine shot 8.

Group B
Tunisia - Rwanda 83-81
Tunisia needs overtime to win Group B at the 2013 Afrobasket. They edged Rwanda 83:81 to improve to 3-0 record. Rwanda meanwhile ell at 1-2 record and finished third in the group. Tunisia opened the game with a 26-17 rally, but then allowed the opponents to catch up in the second period. Rwanda posted a 24-13 surge to take 41:39 halftime advantage. Tunisia only needed 15-13 in the fourth period to tie the score at the end of the relegation. Due to 9-7 run in the last stanza, Tunisia remained undefeated at the tournament. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mejri Salah and Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) posted 16 each. Chennoufi Ziyed delivered 13 points in a win. Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) answered with 22 points in a loss, whilst Kabangu Kami collected 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ruhezamihigo Hamza produced 19 points and Shyaka Olivier had 13.

Burkina Faso - Morocco 63-84
Morocco outscore Burkina Faso on Sunday opener at 2013 Afrobasket. Morocco needed an 84:63 win and finished Group B with 2-1 record. Burkina Faso meanwhile remained winless at the tournament. Burkina Faso had nothing to lose after the first two losses at the tournament and won the first period 16-13. Morocco however erupted with a 24-6 surge in the second frame and took 37:22 halftime advantage. Moreover Morocco scored another 24 points in the third period and increased to 23-pont lead. Burkina Faso won the last stanza 25-23 and cut it to final 21 points. Abdelhakim Zouita (201-F-86) paced all the winners with 21 points and Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) notched 16. Rhalimi Reda delivered 12, whilst Najah Abderrahim had 10. Moussa Ouattara (202-C-88) replied with 25 points in the losing effort and Sawadogo Mamadou scored 18. Nissao Stephane added 8, while Yameogo Herve notched 6.

Group C
Angola - Central Africa 85-80
Angola registered the third straight win at the 2013 AfroBasket. They outgunned Central African Republic to win Group C. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) and Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) posted 18 points each to lead the winners. Central African Republic fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. Angola registered a 20:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained it throughout the second stanza. Angola ensured a 43:34 halftime lead. Central African Republic struggled to slow down their opponents. Angola erupted for 24 points in the third term and built an 11-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Central African Republic unleashed 24 points in the final stanza and narrowed the gap at the end. Eduardo Mingas had 14 points and 9 boards for the winning team. Tony White (183-PG-88, college: Charleston) answered with 17 points for Central African Republic. William Kossangue-Toro and Max Kouguere had 15 points each in the loss.

Mozambique - Cape Verde 53-65
Cape Verde open Saturday action with the win over Mozambique at the FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Preliminary Round. Cape Verde improved to 2-1 record after a 65:53 win. Both teams entered the game with 1-1 record. Cape Verde took 16:13 lead and then posted a 19-14 rally in the second frame. Mozambique replied with a 14-11 run in the third period as Novela cut it to 41:46. Cape Verde however finished the game with a 19-12 rally for the final success. Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (193-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Rudolph Brian netted 13. Correia Mario and Da Veiga Walter delivered 8 points each. Pio Da Silva (185-G-90) ended up with 12 points in a loss. whilst Magolico Octavio had 7. Letela Silvio notched 6 points in a loss.

Group D
Congo-Brazaville - Mali 87-77
Republic of Congo registered the first win at the African Championship. They held off Mali in Group D. Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) stepped up with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Mali slipped at 0-3 record at the bottom of the standings. Republic of Congo dropped 24 points in the opening quarter and gained a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Mali adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held the Congolese team to just 10 points in the quarter and recorded a 37:34 halftime lead. Republic of Congo exploded with 29 points in the third term and recorded an 8-point advantage at the final break. Republic of Congo stayed red hot offensively in the fourth frame. They unloaded 24 points and registered the initial win at the tournament. Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-F-82, college: Alabama) netted 17 points, while Romaric Kondzy added 12 points for the winners. Modibo Niakate (185-G-81, agency: Fusion Sports, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 22 points and 7 boards for Mali. Ibrahima Haidara had 19 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Nigeria - Cameroon 91-84
Nigeria remained undefeated at the African Championship in Abidjan. They held off Cameroon to win Group D with a 3-0 record. Cameroon suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record in the second position. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) posted 25 points and 15 boards to lead the winners. Nigeria capped the opening quarter with four straight points to snatch a 24:18 lead. Cameroon quickly denied the deficit in the second frame. Lux Mbah a Moute put them in front 40:39 late in the first half. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term. Cameroon finally went on a 10:0 run to gain a 61:52 lead. Nigeria got within three points 62:65 at the final break. Cameroon were up by one point 82:81 with under two minutes remaining. But Al-Farouq Amina drained a three-pointer to give Nigeria lead. Luc Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-86, college: UCLA) tied things up at 84 but Nigeria answered with 7 points in a row and snatched the victory. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) notched 22 points, while Ben Uzoh and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points each for the winners. Luc Mbah a Moute and Christian Bayang (195-G-87) answered with 20 points each for Cameroon.


Results and Stats from Round 2 in Abidjan - Aug 23, 2013

Group A
Algeria - Egypt 67-63
Algeria edged Egypt in Day 3 of the 2013 AfroBasket. They posted the initial 67:63 win for 1-1 record in Group A. Egypt meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Both teams entered the game winless and Egypt managed to win the first period 21-14. Algeria replied with a 15-7 run in the second frame as Mehdi Cheriet (204-PF-87, agency: Fusion Sports, college: San Diego St.) scored for 29:28. Again Egypt looked better in the third frame and grabbed 54:44 advantage after 30 minutes of the game due to 26-15 surge. Algeria however erupted with a 23-9 burst to seal the victory. Mehdi Cheriet top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Mohamed Harath nailed 14. Mohamed Seddik Touati scored 8, whilst Hocine Gaham had 7. Assem Marei ended up with 14 points in a loss, whilst Wael Badr poured in 13. Ramy Ibrahim delivered 11 and Youssef Shousha (192-G-93) brought 10.

Senegal - Ivory Coast 46-74
Ivory Coast roll over Senegal in Abidjan. They grabbed 2-0 record on top of group A after a 74:46 win. Senegal suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. Ivory Coast started the game with 18-14 rally and had 1-point advantage at the halftime. The second half fully belonged to the winners as they won the third period 25-10 and reached 54:36 after thirty minutes of the game. Moreover Ivory Coast finished the game with 20-10 rally to seal the victory. Abouo Charles top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Kale Jonathan as well as Soumahoro Issife added 10 each. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) followed them with 7 points in a win. Ibrahima Mbengue (86) answered with 16 points in a loss, while Adams Louis produced 8. N'Doye Maleye notched 7 and Faye Mouhammad shot 5.

Group B
Burkina Faso - Tunisia 45-100
Tunisia recorded the second straight win at the 2013 AfroBasket. They knocked down Burkina Faso in Group B. Macram Ben Romdhane posted 23 points to lead the winners. Tunisia set the tone early in the game. They unloaded 28 points to take a 14-point lead after ten minutes. Tunisia extended the lead in the second frame. They secured a 56:24 halftime advantage. Tunisia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 37 points. Tunisia never slowed down and rallied to the victory at the end. Mourad El Mabrouk chipped in 16 points, while Salah Mejri (217-C-86) added 13 points for the winners. Joris Bado (192-F-91) answered with 14 points for Burkina Faso. Derek Durham (177-PG-74, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Stephane Nissao had 7 points each in the loss.

Morocco - Rwanda 87-57
Morocco stun Rwanda on Friday opener at the 2013 AfroBasket. Morocco celebrated an 87:57 win as teams are with 1-1 record in Group B. Morocco erupted with a 30-10 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They won the second period 20-15 and had 25-point advantage at the halftime. Rwanda managed to win the third period 20-16, but could not come closer. Morocco needed a 21-12 rally at the end of the game for the final result. Zouita Abdelhakim top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Najah Abderrahim notched 20. El Masbahi Zakaria delivered 12, while Mustapha Khalfi (173-PG-80), Rhalimi Reda and Younes Idrissi (204-C/F-84, college: Iona) added 8 apiece. Wilson Kenny replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Cameron Brad scored 15. Aristide Mugabe (183-PG-88) ended up with 6 points in a loss.

Group C
Cape Verde - Central Africa 90-82
Cape Verde celebrated the opening win at the 2013 AfroBasket. They knocked down Central African Republic for 1-1 record in Group C. Rodrigo Mascarenhas posted 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Central African Republic fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Cape Verde ensured a strong start to the game. They opened a 23:9 lead late in the opening frame. Central African Republic managed to narrow the deficit in the second quarter however they still trailed by 7 points at halftime 38:45. Cape Verde quickly cleared off to double digits in the third term. They stayed in charge though Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) put Central African Republic within 9 points at the final break 55:64. Siris and Max Kouguere dragged Central African Republic within six points midway through the fourth term but they could not any closer in the reminder of the contest as Cape Verde got away with the victory. Dimitry Akanda-Coronel netted 17 points, while Aldevino Lima added 15 points in the win. Michael Mokongo answered with 14 points for Central African Republic. Max Kouguere had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat.

Mozambique - Angola 73-91
Angola closed Day 3 with the win over Mozambique at the 2013 AfroBasket. Angola won three quarters of the game for the final 91:73 win. Angola improved to 2-0 record in Group C, while Mozambique has 1-1 record. Angola started the game with a 17-14 run, but the opponents grabbed the lead at the halftime after a 24-20 rally. Only due to the second half Angola managed to win the game. They posted 23-13 surge in the third period and finished the game with 31-22 burst. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) paced all the winners with 16 points and Cipriano Olimpio netted 11. Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU), Ambrosio Felizardo and Barros Milton scored 10 each. Silvio Letela (190-PG-82) replied with 12 points in defeat and Matos Augusto netted 11. Mucavel Samora poured in 10, whilst Magolico Octavio had 8.

Group D
Congo-Brazaville - Nigeria 75-93
Nigeria clinched the second straight win at the African Championship. They knocked down Republic of Congo in Abidjan to stay on top of Group D. Ike Diogu posted 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Nigeria unleashed 28 points in the opening quarter and grabbed a 10-point lead. Republic of Congo struggled to get any near their opponents in the second frame. Nigeria eased to a 53:32 halftime lead. Republic of Congo finally picked up the right rhythm in the third term. They dropped 26 points in the third term and narrowed the margin. But Nigeria quickly bounced back in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) finished with game-high 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Al-Farouq Aminu added 15 points for the winners. Giovan Oniangue (196-F-91) answered with 19 points for Republic of Congo. Bertrand Boukinda and Kris Morlende had 14 points each in the defeat.

Mali - Cameroon 35-89
Cameroon demolish Mali in Abidjan for 2-0 record in Group D of the 2013 AfroBasket. Cameroon needed an 89:35 win to remain undefeated. Mali meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Cameroon started with 29-6 surge and never looked behind. They added 20-6 run in the second frame and led 49:12 at the halftime. Moreover Cameroon erupted with a 29-5 burst in the third period and enjoyed a massive lead after thirty minutes, Mali managed to win the last stanza 18-11 and reduced to final 35:89 loss. Mbah a Moute Luc and Nzeulie Jeremy top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Christian Bayang (195-G-87) nailed 10. Wangmene Alexis and Essengue Gaston followed them with 8 points each. Boundy Namory ended up with 8 points in defeat and Ibrahima Haidara (92) scored 7. Niakate Modibo posted 6 and Tangara Mohamed notched 5.


Results and Stats from Round 1 in Abidjan - Aug 21, 2013

Group A
Egypt - Senegal 70-72
Senegal opened win count at the 2013 AfroBasket. They snatched a tough victory over Egypt in Group A opener. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) nailed 20 points to lead the charge. Senegal never trailed throughout the opening quarter. They registered an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. Assem Marei (206-F-92) tied things up at 26 midway through the second term. But Senegal capped the first half with five straight points and accumulated a 41:32 lead. Senegal extended their advantage to double figures in the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 13 points 59:46. Senegal led comfortably by 12 points with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Egypt went on a furious 15:3 run to level things up at 70-all with 6 seconds to go. Mbengue however sank a jumper at the buzzer to seal the win for Senegal. Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) and Maleye N'Doye (203-F-80, college: Furman) had 11 points each for the winners. Assem Marei answered with 16 points for Egypt. Ramy Ibrahim chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Ivory Coast - Algeria 64-47
Ivory Coast outgun Algeria in Group A of the 2013 AfroBasket. Ivory Coast started the campaign with a 64:47 win. Ivory Coast opened the game with 4 consecutive points and later Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) scored for 16:6. Mehdi Cheriet closed the first period for 16:8 and then Algeria reduced to 16:12 early in the second frame. Jonathan Kale however sent the teams to the lockers at 30:21. No matter how hard Algeria tried to recover they could not catch up with the opponents. Jonathan Kale closed the third period at 45:38 and Amagou brought 50:40 advantage. Mamadou Lamizana scored the last points for the winners for the final result. Mamadou Lamizana top-scored for the winners with 13 points, while Stephane Konate and Jonathan Kale netted 11 each. Abouo followed them with 8 points each. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) brought 14 points in defeat and Mohamed Touati netted 12. Hocine Gaham scored 9 and Mehdi Cheriet added 4.

Group B
Tunisia - Morocco 56-54
Tunisia clinched a narrow win in the opening game at AfroBasket. They nipped Morocco in Group B in Abidjan. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management Inc.) scored 21 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead the winning side. Tunisia and Morocco stayed close throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 16:16 after ten minutes. Tunisia pulled in front in the second frame. They unloaded 21 points worth an 8-point halftime advantage. Morocco slowed their opponents down in the third term. But Tunisia ensured an 8-point lead before the fourth term. Morocco were able to level things up 54 after the basket from Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). But Macram Ben Romdhane sank a late bucket to seal the win for Tunisia. Nizar Knioua (189-SF-83) recorded 15 points, while Mokhtar Ghayaza added 5 points for the winners. Reda Rhalimi and Mustapha Khalfi (173-PG-80) responded with 10 points each for Morocco.

Rwanda - Burkina Faso 80-61
Rwanda open Day 2 with the win over Burkina Faso at the 2013 AfroBasket. Rwanda started the campaign with an 80:61 victory. Both teams started with 17 points each and then Burkina Faso surprised the opponents with a 21-15 rally. Rwanda needed however a strong second half to seal the victory. They won the third period 22-9 and finished the game with 26-14 rally. Kabangu Kami top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) ended up with 22 points in a win and Brad Cameron (196-G-91) produced 19. Moussa Ouattara (202-C-88) and Bayala Jean Paul nailed 10 points each in the losing effort, while Pooda Emmanuel, Bado Joris and Sawadogo Mamadou notched 9 each. Durham Derek and Tapsoba Kader followed them with 6 points apiece. Rwanda made 57.8% from the field, while Burkina Faso had 53.5%.

Group C
Central Africa - Mozambique 66-70
Mozambique clinched the opening win at the 2013 AfroBasket. They outscored Central African Republic in Group C opener. Augusto Matos (186-PG-90) nailed 13 points each for the winners. Central African Republic capped the opening quarter on a 12:0 run to take a 17:8 lead. The margin grew at 14-point mark midway through the second quarter. Central African Republic enjoyed a 39:27 halftime advantage. But Mozambique went on a massive 19:2 run in the third term to surge ahead. They arrived at the final break up by 4 points 55:51. Kossangue tied things up at 64 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. However Muchate converted a three-point play and Mozambique held on to the lead to win the battle. Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) provided 12 points, while Fernando Mandlate added 11 points in the victory. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) answered with 20 points for Central African Republic. Johan Grebongo had 18 points in the losing effort.

Angola - Cape Verde 75-50
Angola close Day 1 with the win at the 2013 AfroBasket. They outscored Cape Verde 75:50 for 1-0 record start in Group C. Angola opened the game with 25-10 lead and led 10 points at the halftime. They erupted with 28-10 surge in the second frame and reached 66:38 advantage after thirty minutes. Cape Verde meanwhile started the fourth period with a 9-3 run and managed to win the frame. They posted a 12-9, but reduced to final 75:50 result. Carlos Morais (193-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) nailed 12. Ambrosio Felizardo and Mingas Eduardo delivered 10 each, whilst Costa Armando brought 8. CORONEL and LIMA finished with 10 points each in the losing effort. RUDOLPH and DA ROSA followed them with 6 points in a loss.

Group D
Cameroon - Congo-Brazaville 74-43
Cameroon registered the opening win at the AfroBasket in Abidjan. They knocked down Republic of Congo in Group C. Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA) stepped up with 16 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Cameroon set the tone early in the encounter. They grabbed an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. Republic of Congo managed to slow their opponents down in the second term. They got within 7 points at halftime 33:26. But the Lions stepped on the gas in the third term. Cameroon exploded with a 21:8 run to ensure a comfortable 20-point lead at the final break. They went on a 20:8 rally in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Gaston Essengue (203-F/C-83, college: UNLV) posted 14 points and 9 rebounds for Cameroon. Christian Bayang, Brice Vounang and Jeremy Nzeulie added 8 points each for the winners. Bertrand Boukinda (F-81) answered with 12 points for Republic of Congo. Romaric Kondzy had 6 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Nigeria - Mali 74-59
Nigeria got to the winning start of their 2013 AfroBasket. They knocked down Mali in Group D. Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to pace Nigeria. Mali got to a confident start. They earned a 7:2 lead early in the game. Nigeria cut the deficit to trail by four points at the first break 14:18. Nigeria went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull ahead. They ensured a 31:27 halftime lead. Mali however did not allow their opponents to run away in the third temr. Namory Boundy (201-F-89, agency: Fusion Sports) capped the stanza with a three-pointer to put Mali within one 46:47 at the final break. Nigeria though used a 14:0 run at the start of the fourth stanza and cleared off for good in this one. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds for Nigeria. Alade Aminu added 12 points for the winners. Namory Boundy answered with 21 points for Mali. Modibo Niakate and Mohamed Tangara had 9 points apiece in the defeat.



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