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


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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. 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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