✳ FIBA Afro Basketball
🇺🇬Uganda 80 🇨🇲Cameroon 66
Kigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Basketball team, the Silverbacks have defeated Cameroon 80-66 in the FIBA Afro Basketball finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda.
The silverbacks looked more organized Friday both defensively and offensively compared to their opener against Senegal.
Uganda’s forward Arthur Kaluma started with good form and scored several points, giving other players the momentum to control the game. At the end of the second quarter, Uganda was leading by 44-33.
Uganda needed the brilliance of the US-based shooting guard and man of the match, Adam Seiko who pulled off 20 points- 2 assists and 2 rebounds- better than any other player. Ismail Wainwright also posted a near-triple-double of nine points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Robinson Opong contributed 15 points while John Deng Geu and Arthur Kaluma added 14 and 12 each respectively.
Although the Silverbacks took the lead in the first three quarters, their reluctance and turnovers in the fourth quarter almost cost them the game, the Cameroonians put a challenge in the last quarter, but it was not enough to secure them the lead.
The Silverbacks lost the first game against Senegal 93-55 which had raised several questions about Uganda’s preparedness for the games.
Uganda will now face South Sudan in their last group game. The winners of each group qualify for the quarter-finals.