Tuesday, February 14
•South Sudan 68-83 Egypt
•Uganda 53-61 Kenya
Wednesday, February 15
•Rwanda Vs South Sudan – 5pm
•Egypt Vs Uganda – 8pm
Egypt beat South Sudan 83-68 to get off the mark at the ongoing Zone Five Women’s Championship at Indoor Arena in Lugogo, Kampala.
Egypt got out of the blocks quickly to lead 19-14 after the first quarter.
But South Sudan, cheered on by a sizeable crowd, chased down the game and levelled the score at 23-23 midway through the second when Adut Bulgak made an easy lay up.
South Sudan looked to be in control when Yar Garang Mayen Nyamuoch Pidor Teny pulled up successive jumpers to give the side a rare 4-point lead.
But Egypt remained in contest and later found their rhythm to lead 45-33 thanks to impressive showings from stylish point guard Soraya Deghady.
In the second half, Egypt stopped from where they had stopped, rolled over the young nation and were later out of sight to win a 15-point game.
Raneem Elgedawy did the most damage with 23 points while Nadine Mohammed and Soraya had 19 and 12 points respectively for Egypt.
Adut Bulgak picked a double double of 20 rebounds and 16 points while Nyamuoch Pidor (16) and Acheil Marko (13).
The game watched by Luol Deng, saw Rose Akon who features in the Uganda National Basketball League score 7 points and 9 rebounds.
Coach Ebony Hoffman could feel disappointed with the result but she will be pleased with the fight the girls put up for a side that is competing at their second Zone V tournament in history.