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Senegal host four-nation tourney for Afrobasket build-up - Aug 8, 2015


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OLUSEGUN IKUESAN
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After being admitted to the 28th Afrobasket in Tunisia through a wild-card system the Senegalese Basketball Federation is hosting a four-nation tournament from August 8 through August 12 in Dakar, Senegal as a form of build-up to the 2015 Afrobasket.

Senegal put up brilliant performance at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain by being the only African country to reach the second round but fall to Mali in the FIBA Africa Zone-II elimination thus putting to question its basketball continuity.

But not looking to accommodate any mistakes in Tunisia the five-time Africa champion is hosting three other teams going to Tunisia.

FIBA correspondent gathered that the Senegal Basketball Federation has invited Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Cape Verde for the build-up tournament.

Senegal national team media officer Bamba Casse told FIBA that the aim of the four-nation tournament is to enable the coaching crew, fans and basketball officials access the readiness of the Lions for the task ahead.

Senegal finished third at the 2013 Afrobasket in Cote d'Ivoire and is looking forward to a better performance in Tunisia with an eye for the direct RIO 2016 Olympic Games ticket.

'The tournament will afford the coaches to make their final selection of the twelve players that will represent Senegal and also gave the team opportunity to test the strength of the other teams, Casse told FIBA.

Senegal is drawn against tough opponent in group-B of the 2015 Afrobasket where it will battle against Africa most crowned side Angola, Morocco and Mozambique.

And one of the players hoping to do Senegal proud in Tunisia is Gorgui Dieng who is looking to make his Afrobasket debut after featuring for the 1997 champions at the FIBA World Cup.

Dieng told FIBA in South Africa where he was part of the NBA/FIBA Basketball Without Borders, that the four-nation tournament is a welcome development ahead of the August 19 through 30 Afrobasket.

The Senegalese center says he is ready to provide enough strength upfront for the Lions if selected by the coaches and looking forward to make appreciable impact in his first Afrobasket.   



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African Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Tunisia 3-0 
 2. Nigeria 2-1 
 3. C.Africa 1-2 
 4. Uganda 0-3 
Group B
 1. Senegal 3-0 
 2. Angola 2-1 
 3. Mozambique. 1-2 
 4. Morocco 0-3 
Group C
 1. Egypt 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. Mali 1-2 
 4. Gabon 0-3 
Group D
 1. Cape Verde. 3-0 
 2. Ivory Coas. 2-1 
 3. Algeria 1-2 
 4. Zimbabwe 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gorgui DIENG
  SEN
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Dieng, SEN22.6 
 2. Xavier, USA19.6 
 3. Matos, POR18.8 
 4. Diabate, IVO18.4 
 5. Kouguere, CGO18.0 
 6. Harath, ALG16.9 
 7. Oguchi, NGR16.6 
 8. Kourodu, MOR16.6 
 9. Mendy, SEN16.3 
 10. Zouita, MOR15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gorgui DIENG
  SEN
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Dieng, SEN14.9 
 2. Mascarenhas, CPV10.0 
 3. Lawal, NGR9.0 
 4. Chikoko, ZIM8.8 
 5. Almeida, CPV8.4 
 6. Marei, EGY8.4 
 7. Sebirumbi, USA7.8 
 8. Grebongo, CAF7.6 
 9. Aminu, NGR7.3 
 10. Ben Romdhane, TUN7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane DALMEIDA
  SEN
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Dalmeida, SEN7.4 
 2. Khalfi, MOR6.0 
 3. Diabate, IVO5.8 
 4. Almeida, CPV4.4 
 5. Xavier, USA4.0 
 6. Matos, MOZ3.8 
 7. Dieng, SEN3.7 
 8. Benzegala, USA3.7 
 9. Kamal, EGY3.4 
 10. Kante, MLI3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Destin DAMACHOUA
  CAF
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Damachoua, CAF3.6 
 2. Essono Mve, GAB3.0 
 3. Diabate, IVO2.8 
 4. Matos, MOZ2.8 
 5. Almeida, CPV2.8 
 6. Amin, EGY2.4 
 7. Akanda-C., CAN2.4 
 8. Boundou, GAB2.0 
 9. Maturure, ZIM2.0 
 10. Harras, MOR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vitalis CHIKOKO
  ZIM
  (207-F/C-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Chikoko, ZIM3.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN2.5 
 3. Lasme, GAB1.8 
 4. Dieng, SEN1.3 
 5. Aminu, NGR1.3 
 6. Moreira, ANG1.3 
 7. Oraby, EGY1.3 
 8. Almeida, CPV1.2 
 9. Sene, SEN1.2 
 10. Mascarenhas, CPV1.2 
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