Silverbacks captain Stephen Omony in the air against Angola.
By: Nacho Black Armo
Angola’s dream to extend their greatness in African basketball is to be tested in the on going Afro basketball tournament that kicked off on 8th of September 2017.
The dream to acquire a 12th African title has to be put to question by Morocco and Central African Republic who they share the same group as well as Uganda who they opened up with.
For a power house like Angola, the most decorated side in the tournament, little trouble was expected from a low profile Uganda who were 2nd last in the 2015 editions. However, to everyone’s surprise Uganda had everything in their control from the very start.
Uganda seemed fired up from the first minute and results in the first quarter could tell as Angola was trailing by 12 points already, thus Uganda 22-10 Angola. Players in Robinson Opong, Adarius Pegues , Jimmy Enabu, Stanley Ocitti weren’t looking back whatsoever. Uganda continued their dominance in 2nd quarter scoring 22-29, and the gap was still maintained.
However Angola pulled back in the 3rd and 4th quarter where they scored 27-19, 28-21 respectively. This saw the end of the 4th quarter leaving points tied, leveled punctuated to 84-84.
It was over time where Angola manifested their superiority scoring 10 points, 5 more than Uganda and hence stealing victory from Uganda’s hands on 94-89.
Uganda’s Robinson was the top performer with 23 points and 7 rebounds followed by Ocitti Stanley with 18 and Adarius Pegues with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Samuel Kalwanyi put up 6 rebounds while Jimmy Enabu put up the biggest number of 6 assists followed by Syrus Kiviri and Ocitti Stanley who put up 3 and 2 assists respectively.
Coach Dean George Galanopoulos and his assistant Mandy Juruni will not have enough time to cry over the Silverbacks’ loss but rather run straight to rectify a few errors as they take on Central African Republic on 9th of September.