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Review of Day 1 in Tunis and Dakar - Sep 9, 2017

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Group A
DR Congo - Mali 82-87 OT
Mali prevailed against DR Congo in overtime. Mahamadou Kante (192-G-92) stepped up with 22 points and 6 steals to pace the winners. Mali recorded a 34:23 halftime advantage. DR Congo however unloaded 48 points in the second half to force overtime. Mali bounced back unleashing 16 points in the extra period and snatching the win. Ibrahim Djambo (208-F-92, college: Hofstra) netted 16 points for the winners. Herve Kabasele (208-C-96) provided 25 points and 8 rebounds for DR Congo.

Nigeria - Ivory Coast 78-77
Nigeria survived a tough challenge from Ivory Coast before eking out a narrow one-point victory. Ikechukwu Diogu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) posted 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Nigeria enjoyed a 42:33 halftime lead. Ivory Coast took over in the second half. They pulled within striking distance late in regulation but Nigeria hung on to snatch a tough win. Ike Iroegbu (188-G-95) netted 15 points in the victory. Salim Kone (92) and Didier Tape (197-F-81) responded with 12 points each for Ivory Coast.

Group B
Central Africa - Morocco 66-76
Morocco claimed the first win in Group B. They topped Central Africa in the opener. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. John Wilkins (207-F/C-89, college: Illinois St., agency: Promotex) delivered 15 points in the victory. Central Africa recorded a 33:30 halftime lead. Morocco went on a 24:12 run in the third term to secure a 9-point lead. They added 22 points in the fourth frame to ensure the win. Abdelali Lahraichi (190-G/F-93) had 11 points in the victory. Max Kouguere (198-SF-87) replied with 12 points for Central Africa.

Angola - Uganda 94-89 OT
Angola held off Uganda in overtime to open win count at AfroBasket. Carlos Morais (200-G-85, agency: Duran International) tallied 21 points to lead the charge. Uganda jumped to a 44:29 halftime lead. But Uganda stepped on the gas in the second half. They erupted for 55 points in the second half and sent the game into overtime. However Angola overwhelmed Uganda in the extra period to ensure the first win at the tournament. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91, college: SMU) had 13 points for Angola. Robinson Odoch Opong (190-G-89, college: Rogers St.) netted 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Uganda.

Group C
Tunisia - Cameroon 68-51
Ziyed Chennoufi (201-F-88) scored 16 points to lead Tunisia past Cameroon. Tunisia trailed by 3 points at the interval 28:31. But Tunisia used a 13:10 run in the third quarter to even things up at the final break. Tunisia fueled a 27:10 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Makran Ben Romdhane had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Tunisia. Mbala Benoit (178-PG-95) answered with 15 points for Cameroon.

Guinea - Rwanda 55-75
Rwanda outgunned Guinea for the first win at the championship. Kami Kabangu (203-C-84) notched 20 points to lead the winning effort. Guinea enjoyed an 11:7 lead after ten minutes. But Rwanda erased the deficit in the next two quarters. They claimed a 43:41 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Rwanda unloaded 32 points in the final period and got away with the win. Hamza Ruhezamihigo (193-F/G-85) produced 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rwanda. Cedric Mansare (198-F-85) answered with 18 points and 8 boards for Guinea.

Group D
Mozambique - Egypt 47-75
Egypt cruised past Mozambique behind 14 points and 8 boards from Haytham Kamal (206-C/F-87). Egypt registered a 33:22 halftime lead. They went on an 18:10 run in the third quarter to secure a 19-point lead at the final break. Egypt sank 24 points in the fourth stanza to race to the win. Ibrahim El Gamal (189-SG-88) and Moustafa Almekawy (204-F/C-94) delivered 13 points each in the victory. Helton Ubisse (201-C-95) posted 9 points for Mozambique.

Senegal - South Africa 83-44
Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) nailed 16 points to pace Senegal past South Africa in the opener. Senegal piled up a 42:18 halftime advantage. They controlled the tempo throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) notched 15 points in the win. Pieter Prinsloo (208-F-92, college: Marist) replied with 11 points for South Africa.


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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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