24 August 2011
RWANDA : Hoops battle Cote d’Iviore for quarterfinal berth
Fiba Afro basket Championship
Last 16, today
Rwanda vs Cote d’Ivoire 11.30a.m
Tunisia vs South Africa
Senegal vs Madagascar
Mali vs Morocco
The national men’s basketball team takes Cote d’Ivoire on the second day of the round of 16 for a place in the quarter-finals of the ongoing 26th FIBA Africa Championship in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Rwanda, who lost their first two games before winning the last group game, will have their hands full against the two-time African champions.
Vaceslav Kavedzija’s side reached the knock out stage after edging out Togo 87-67. The Hoops won the first three quarters by 27-8, 24-10, 21-23 and lost the last quarter 15-26.
Herbert Gasana led the floor with 19 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steal, forward Robert Thomson contributed 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steal with Bradley Cameron grabbing a double of 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to earn Rwanda its first win of the championship.
The victory earned Rwanda third spot in Group D with 4 points despite earlier losses to Central African Republic and Tunisia.
Cote d’Ivoire finished second in Group C with four points after recording a win over South Africa and two losses over Cameroon and Egypt respectively.
In other matches scheduled to be played today; Tunisia play South Africa; Senegal take on hosts Madagascar and Mali will complete the day’s action with a date against Morocco.
The tournament serves as a qualifying championship for teams to participate in the quadrennial Fiba World championship and the Olympic basketball tournament in London next year.