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Senegal, Angola, Tunis and Nigeria advance into semifinals - Aug 28, 2015


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Gorgui Dieng
Quarterfinals
Tunisia - Mali 67-60
Tunisia completed the semifinal picture at AfroBasket. The hosts held off Mali to advance into the next stage. Mourad El Mabrouk (194-SG-86) posted 16 points to pace the winners. Tunisia held their opponents to just 4 points in the first period gaining a 14-point lead. Mali narrowd the distance at 9-point mark at the interval. But Tunisia restored a double-digit lead at the final break. Mali unloaded 25 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: 011 Sports) had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Sourata Cisse (196-G/F-86) and Waly Coulibaly (190-G-88) responded with 14 points each for Mali.

Senegal - Algeria 75-58
Senegal outgunned Algeria to reach the semifinal stage in Tunisia. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville, agency: Wasserman Media) was once again pivotal for the winners. He tallied 20 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Senegalese side. They jumped to a 17:12 lead after ten minutes. Senegal boosted the margin at 9-point mark at halftime 37:28. Senegal went on a strong 25:9 rally in the third term and cleared off for good. Xane Dalmeida (181-PG-83) delivered 15 points for the winners. Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, college: Tampa, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Mohamed Harath (198-F-90) responded with 12 points each for Algeria.

Egypt - Angola 63-83
Angola toppled Egypt to reach the semifinal stage in Tunisia. Carlos Morais (200-G-85, agency: SIG) scored 19 points to pace the defending champions. Angola built a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap at 14-point mark at the interval 43:29. Angola sank 23 points in the fourth quarter and raced to a comfortable victory. Armando Costa (192-G-83) posted 12 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Ehab Amin (190-G-95) responded with 18 points for Egypt. Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) tossed in 12 points in the loss.

Gabon - Nigeria 64-88
Nigeria eased into the semifinal stage of AfroBasket. They fired past Gabon in the first quarterfinal clash of the day in Tunisia. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest, agency: IAM Sports) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Nigeria dominated in the first half. They recorded a 49:25 halftime advantage. Nigeria boosted the gap at insurmountable 38-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Michael Gbinije (201-F-92) netted 15 points for the winners. Therence Mayimba (201-F-95) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Gabon.
15-16 Place
Zimbabwe - Uganda 64-72
Uganda overcame Zimbabwe to earn the 15th position at the tournament. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80, college: Binghamton, agency: R.H.Consultancy) stepped up with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Uganda posted a 36:29 halftime lead. Uganda knocked down 36 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Brandon Sebirumbi (205-F-90, college: Furman, agency: Dynamics Global Management) netted 16 points in the win. Tatenda Maturure (G/F-90) responded with 20 points 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 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ikechukwu DIOGU
  NGR
  (204-C/F-83)
  Avg: 22
 1. Diogu, NGR22.0 
 2. Benoit, CMR21.8 
 3. Djambo, MLI17.0 
 4. Kante, MLI15.3 
 5. Odoch Opong, UGA15.3 
 6. Adala-Moto, CMR15.0 
 7. Kabasele, COD14.8 
 8. Iroegbu, NGR14.8 
 9. Conde, GUI14.7 
 10. Kabangu, RWA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Makram BEN ROMDHANE
  TUN
  (204-PF-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ben-Romdhane, TUN10.5 
 2. Benoit, CMR9.3 
 3. Diogu, NGR8.7 
 4. Sidibe, MLI8.3 
 5. Djimrabaye, CAF7.3 
 6. Adala-Moto, CMR7.0 
 7. Shonganya, COD6.8 
 8. Dieng, SEN6.8 
 9. Bamba, IVO6.7 
 10. Akindele, NGR6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ike IROEGBU
  NGR
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Iroegbu, NGR5.0 
 2. Kabongo, COD4.8 
 3. Toti, IVO4.7 
 4. Hannah, SEN4.3 
 5. Gasana, RWA4.0 
 6. El-Mabrouk, TUN3.8 
 7. Niang, SEN3.5 
 8. Enabu, UGA3.0 
 9. El Gamal, EGY3.0 
 10. Njoya, CMR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mahamadou KANTE
  MLI
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kante, MLI3.3 
 2. Gasana, RWA3.0 
 3. Kabongo, COD2.8 
 4. Benoit, CMR2.0 
 5. Cipriano, ANG2.0 
 6. Sidibe, MLI2.0 
 7. Mbamalu, NGR1.8 
 8. Bamba, IVO1.7 
 9. Diabate, IVO1.7 
 10. Conde, GUI1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve KABASELE
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kabasele, COD2.8 
 2. Kambuy, COD2.5 
 3. Sidibe, MLI1.0 
 4. Diallo, GUI1.0 
 5. NDiaye, SEN1.0 
 6. Akindele, NGR0.8 
 7. Najah, MOR0.8 
 8. Choua, MOR0.8 
 9. Ndoye, SEN0.8 
 10. Prinsloo, RSA0.7 
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