Uganda records mixed results at FIBA Africa U16 championships

first_imgThe Junior Silverbacks lost their opening game at the Championships. (PHOTOS/AGENCY)FIBA Africa U16 Zone V ChampionshipWednesday, 12-06-2019Kigali, Rwanda-Uganda 63-55 Rwanda-Rwanda 96-36KIGALI – Uganda’s participation in the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Zone V championships is so far bitter-sweet.The girls’ team has been in scintillating form, winning both of their first two games but for the boys, lost their first game on Wednesday.After defeating Tanzania 58-39 in their first game, the Gazelles registered a come-back victory over Rwanda in their second game on Wednesday.The Gazelles started slowly, trailing 14-17 by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, Rwanda increased their lead to four (33-29), after taking the second 16-15.However, Uganda wiped out Rwanda’s four-point advantage, taking the third 13-09 to ensure they head into the last 10 minutes level at 42-42.In the fourth, the Gazelles blew away Rwanda, taking it 21-13 and in the end sealing a 63-55 victory.Maria Najjuma stared for the Gazelles as she registered a double double of 31 points and 36 rebounds, shooting 14-31 from the field.The Junior Silverbacks have now won both of their two games at the champions.Regina Ajuna and Shilla Lamunu scored 11 points each in game 28-94 from the field and outrebounded Rwanda 75-60. Ajuna added 12 rebounds to her good tally.For the Boys, they endured a very disappointing start to the championship as they lost 36-96 to Rwanda.Rwanda started brightly, taking the first quarter 26-06. They continued their brilliant start to the game, taking the second 25-05 and went into the break leading by 40 points with the scores 51-11.The third was also another blow out as the Junior Silverbacks lost 12-28.Uganda put up a spirited performance in the fourth but ended up losing it 13-17. In the end, Rwanda triumphed 96-36.Jonathan Kasilimbi, scored 10 points, was the only Uganda player to reach double figures in terms of scoring. Joseph Lokol and Joseph Angucu managed six points each in a losing effort.The teams – Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda – are fighting for a single ticket (one each for boys and girls) to the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Championship.The upcoming fixtures:Thursday, 13-06-2019Girls: Tanzania vs RwandaFriday, 14-06-2019Girls: Uganda vs TanzaniaSaturday, 15-06-2018Girls: Rwanda vs UgandaBoys: Uganda vs RwandaComments Tags: FIBA Africa U16 Zone V ChampionshipJunior GazellesJunior Silverbackslast_img read more