FIBA Zone V U18: Uganda Excel On Day Two

Monday, June 10
*Rwanda 68-70 Tanzania
*Uganda 97-47 Kenya

*Tanzania 81-95 Kenya
*Uganda 78-49 Rwanda

Tuesday, June 11
*Kenya Vs Rwanda – 12pm
*Tanzania Vs Uganda – 5pm

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

Uganda’s junior basketball teams extended their dominance on day two of the FIBA Zone V U18 Championships at Lugogo, securing impressive victories in both the girls’ and boys’ categories.

The Junior Gazelles (Girls) continued their winning streak with a 97-47 triumph over Kenya, following their win against Rwanda on Sunday.

Coach John Omondi’s team established an early lead, finishing the first quarter at 32-11, and maintained their advantage throughout the game.

Resty Nanangwe was a standout, scoring a game-high 23 points off the bench with an impressive 11-for-17 shooting from the field.

Modesty Anyango and Christine Namyalo each contributed 19 points, while Angela Auma added 11 points.

For Kenya, Valentine Korir was the only player to reach double digits, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Despite Kenya’s rebounding advantage of 72-61, their performance was undermined by 71 turnovers and poor shooting from beyond the arc (1-for-10).

In the boys’ fixture, the Junior Silverbacks secured a commanding 78-49 victory over Rwanda, overcoming an early 11-15 deficit in the first quarter.

Coach Andrew Tendo’s defensive strategy held Rwanda to just seven points in each of the second and third quarters, establishing an insurmountable lead.

Unlike against Tanzania where Uganda played with eight players, this time the quartet of Kagaba Musiime, Mukisa Nkugwa, Eli Senyange and Jotham Ssewanyana featured after receiving their clearance.

Kagabe Musiime led the scoring for Uganda with 15 points, supported by Mubiru Nkugwa (14 points) and Edrine Ekau (11 points).

Rwanda’s Dylan Lebson Kayijuka and Gabriel Ndoba scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.

The Junior Silverbacks also maintained their perfect record, following their opening win against Tanzania on Monday.

These victories bolster Uganda’s chances of securing a double qualification for the FIBA U18 African Championships, set for August in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the 2022 Zone V competitions, the Junior Gazelles qualified for the finals in Madagascar, while the boys’ team narrowly missed out.

The four-team tournament follows a round-robin format where after the number one will play four while three take on number two to determine the finalists. The winner in each category earns a ticket to the continental championships.



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