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Quarterfinalists determined in Tunisia - Aug 26, 2015

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Cameroon - Algeria 71-73
Algeria defeated Cameroon to complete the quarterfinal picture in Tunisia. Mohamed Harath (198-F-90) scored 23 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the whole encounter. Cameroon and Algeria were tied at 34 at the interval. The teams arrived at the final intermission tied at 55. But Algeria limited their opponents to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough win at the end. Hocine Gaham (194-G/F-86) delivered 15 points for the winning side. Franck Tchoubaye (198-F-92) responded with 22 points for Cameroon.

Nigeria - Mozambique 83-47
Nigeria had no trouble paving their way into the quarterfinal stage. They raced past Mozambique in the eighthfinal clash. Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Nigeria jumped to a 29:16 lead after ten minutes. They held Mozambique to only 8 points to build a 41:24 halftime advantage. Nigeria held their opponents to just 23 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest, agency: IAM Sports) and Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports) had 10 points each for Nigeria. Augusto Matos (186-PG-90, agency: Slan Sports) answered with 14 points for Mozambique.

Cape Verde - Gabon 67-77
Gabon knocked down Cape Verde and stayed in the title hunt in Tunisia. Cape Verde entered the playoffs having won all three games at the preliminary round. Gabon at the same time had no wins at the AfroBasket so far. However Gabon managed to beat the odds. Therence Mayimba (201-F-95) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Cape Verde built a 41:39 halftime lead. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at the final intermission. Gabon however responded with a strong 22:9 rally in the fourth frame and snatched a sensational victory. Lerry Essono Mve (199-F-92) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) responded with 23 points for Cape Verde.

Senegal - Uganda 79-48
Senegal outgunned Uganda to seal the quarterfinal appearance. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville, agency: Wasserman Media) posted 23 points and 17 rebounds to carry Senegal to the victory. Senegal used a 20:9 run in the second frame to gain a 14-point halftime lead. Senegal unloaded 43 points in the second half and marched to the victory. Antoine Mendy (199-F-83, agency: GAgency) delivered 22 points for the winners. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Uganda.

Tunisia - Morocco 69-68
Tunisia survived an overtime thriller against Morocco to reach the quarterfinal stage at AfroBasket. Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) sank a late three-pointer in the overtime and sealed the victory for the hosts. Tunisia built an 8-point halftime lead. But Morocco fired 24 points in the third term to even things up 47. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as the scoreboard read 56:56 at the end of regulation. Morocco spurred ahead in overtime but Mourad El Mabrouk sank a crucial three-pointer late in the overtime to propel Tunisia to the victory. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: 011 Sports) finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Michael Roll (197-G-87, college: UCLA, agency: Romaior Sports) added 21 points for the winners. Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85, agency: ANR Sports Management) responded with 19 points for Morocco.

Ivory Coast - Mali 57-76
Mali cruised into the AfroBasket quarterfinal stage. They knocked down Ivory Coast in the playoffs today. Boubakar Sidibe (205-C-94) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Mali recorded a 22:6 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the gap at 28-point mark at the interval and coasted to the victory in the second half. Boubacar Moungoro (196-SF-94, agency: Relativity Sports) had 12 points for the winners. Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Ivory Coast.

Angola - Central Africa 62-61
Yanick Moreira (211-C-91, college: SMU, agency: SIG) sank a jumper with 4 seconds left in regulation and Angola survived a tough challenge from Central Africa at the eighthfinal stage. Central Africa posted an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Angola pulled ahead for a 30:29 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 2-point mark at the final intermission. However Central Africa denied the deficit and pulled ahead for 61:60 lead after a layup from Grebongo. But Yanick Moreira stepped up for Angola in the dying seconds and sealed the victory. He finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Angola. Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) added 11 points for the winners. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87, agency: Triple Threat) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Central Africa.

Egypt - Zimbabwe 102-62
Egypt fired past Zimbabwe to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Ehab Amin (190-G-95) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Egypt recorded a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 20-point mark at the interval 49:29. Egypt unloaded 53 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) tossed in 17 ponts for the winners. Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Zimbabwe.  

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African Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Nigeria 2-1 
 2. DRCongo 2-1 
 3. Mali 2-1 
 4. Ivory Coast 0-3 
Group B
 1. Morocco 3-0 
 2. Angola 2-1 
 3. C.Africa 1-2 
 4. Uganda 0-3 
Group C
 1. Tunisia 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. Rwanda 1-2 
 4. Guinea 0-3 
Group D
 1. Senegal 3-0 
 2. Egypt 2-1 
 3. Mozambique 1-2 
 4. S.Africa 0-3 

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