Rwanda face Senegal in last eight
Group B, Sunday
Tunisia 83-81 Rwanda
Burkina Faso 63-84 Morocco
Tuesday (1/8 Finals)
Senegal vs. Rwanda 7.30pm
Tunisia vs. Egypt 2.30pm
Cape Verde vs. Congo-Brazzaville 3pm
Nigeria vs. Central Africa 10pm
RWANDA men’s basketball takes on Senegal in the last eight of the 2013 FIBA AfroBasket this evening at Palaise de sport Treichvile in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Rwanda drew Senegal after finishing second in Group B with a win and two losses while the West Africans finished second in Group A with two wins and one loss.
In a final and decisive Group B match which pitted Rwanda against Tunisia on Sunday night, Moise Mutokambali’s side narrowly missed on registering a win over the North Africans in overtime with an 81-83 loss.
Tunisia improved to 3-0 record while Rwanda fell at 1-2 record and finished third in the group. Tunisia opened the game with a 26-17 rally, but then Rwanda caught up in the second period.
Rwanda posted a 24-13 surge to take 41:39 half-time lead. Tunisia only needed 15-13 in the fourth period to tie the score at the end of the relegation.
Due to 9-7 run in the last stanza, Tunisia remained undefeated at the tournament.
Macram Ben Romdhane top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mejri Salah and Mourad El Mabrouk posted 16 each.
Kenny Gasana answered with 22 points in a loss, whilst Kabangu Kami collected 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ruhezamihigo Hamza produced 19 points and Shyaka Olivier had 13.
Gasana also leads the top scorer’s chart with 66 points scored and made 16 rebounds in three matches, making an average of 22 points per game in 114 minutes played. Since Gasana first represented Rwanda at the 2009 Afrobasket, he has made tremendous contributions with his scoring ability.
In the past two Afrobasket editions, he has averaged 17 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Morocco finished second with a 2-1 record after beating Burkina Faso 84-63 with Burkina Faso sitting bottom of the table with a 0-3 record.
Head coach Moise Mutokambali said, “We played a good game despite some lapses of lack of concentration in the final seconds of the game against Tunisia. This will boost my team’s chances against Senegal,”
Besides Rwanda’s clash with Senegal, Tunisia faces Zone V champions Egypt who finished last in Group A with a 0-3 record; Cape Verde who finished second in Group C takes on Congo Brazzaville while Group D winners Nigeria take on Central Africa Republic in today’s other matches.
If Rwanda edges past Senegal, they will face the winner between Nigeria and Central Africa Republic in the last four of the Afrobasket championship on Wednesday.