Uganda Teams Shine in FIBA Zone V U18 Opener

Junior Silverbacks’ Joel Tejan Rugette

Sunday, June 9
*Kenya 57-47 Tanzania
*Uganda 78-40 Rwanda

*Rwanda 81-52 Kenya
*Uganda 103-48 Tanzania

Monday, June 10
*Rwanda Vs Tanzania – 12pm
*Uganda Vs Kenya – 5pm

*Tanzania Vs Kenya – 2:30pm
*Uganda Vs Rwanda – 7:30pm

Uganda’s Junior Gazelles and Junior Silverbacks commenced their FIBA Zone V U18 Africa Qualifiers with resounding victories on Sunday at the Lugogo Indoor Arena.

The Junior Gazelles (Girls), defending champions of the zone, faced a challenging start against Rwanda, trailing 14-11 after the first quarter.

However, they rallied impressively to secure a 78-40 victory.

Resty Nanangwe led the charge with a remarkable double-double, amassing 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Modesty Anyango contributed 14 points, while Shiprah Kiranda dominated the boards with 11 rebounds for John Omondi’s side.

Despite a valiant effort from Brigitte Nibishaka, who posted a notable double-double with 20 points and 22 rebounds, Rwanda’s performance was marred by turnovers.

Uganda capitalized on Rwanda’s 51 turnovers, converting them into 45 points.

The Junior Silverbacks (Boys) delivered a commanding performance against Tanzania in the day’s final game.

Establishing an early 30-16 lead in the first quarter, they extended their advantage to 50-28 by halftime and ultimately triumphed with a score of 103-48.

Brighton Galiwango led Uganda with 23 points, supported by Tejan Joel Rugette and Edrine Ekau, who each added 19 points.

Peter Sserunjogi and Aron Victor Makmot also contributed significantly, scoring 14 and 13 points respectively.

The Ugandan boys dominated the boards, out-rebounding Tanzania 75-30.

Tanzania’s Stanley Mtunguja stood out with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, but his efforts were not enough to challenge Uganda’s dominance.

Uganda had to play with just eight players, with about three foreign-based players yet to be cleared.

Richard Ssenyange, Mubiru Nkugwa, Musiime Kagaba and Jonathan Ssewanyana expected to play a part on Monday.

With both teams eyeing a spot in the FIBA U18 Africa Championships in Johannesburg this August, their opening victories send a strong message to their competitors.

The tournament features teams from four nations—hosts Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania—each fielding both girls’ and boys’ teams.

The competition is being played under a round-robin format, and after, the top team will face the bottom side and the third team playing the fourth to determine the finalists.



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