U18 Afrobasket Qualifiers: Junior Silverbacks Overcome Tanzania

Tuesday, June 14
Girls: Rwanda 50-71 Uganda
Boys: Uganda 48-36 Tanzania

Wednesday, June 15
Girls: Uganda Vs Tanzania – 4pm
Boys: Rwanda Tanzania – 7pm


Uganda’s Under-18 National Boys team, the Junior Silverbacks, picked their first win at the ongoing 2022 FIBA U18 Zone V Afrobasket Qualifiers after a hard fought 48-36 victory over Tanzania.

It was an improved performance from Brian Wathum’s charges and good reaction from the opening loss against Rwanda.

But more applause will go to US-born youngster Joshua Ngobi, who missed the Rwanda game due to documentation, for helping his team take good care of the ball.

Ngobi, who stays in Minnesota, finished the game with 12 points and 4 assists, got the team organised on offense in closing stages after a nervous start.

The low scoring game was tied 19-19 at halftime and the Junior Silverbacks were down by 27-29 going into the last quarter.

And Uganda limited Tanzania to just seven points in the last quarter, to finish it with a 12-4 run, and seal a deserved win.

Marvin Jesse Okurut a s Emmanuel Junior Omara had 16 and 10 points respectively, the latter adding 15 rebounds to complete his double double.

Onisa Nkya had a double double of 11 points and 14 rebounds for Tanzania while Mbatian Sikar added a whopping 19 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Junior Silverbacks will have a rest day on Wednesday before facing Rwanda again.

But coach Wathum and his staff will be worried about a couple of issues that still need improvement after the team turned over the ball 41 times, outrebounded by TZ, and missing 51 of their 70 attempts from the field.

The win caps off a good day for Uganda after the Junior Gazelles also beat Rwanda 71-50 in the first game.

The top team qualifies to the U18 Afrobasket tournament in Madagascar later this year.

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