2013 Afrobasket championship
Tunisia 76-54 Rwanda
Algeria 56-78 Mozambique
Congo-Brazzaville 63-64 Central Africa
Mali 71-70 OT Burkina Faso
RWANDA men’s basketball team made an improvement in this year’s Afrobasket championship as they finished tenth after losing to defending champions Tunisia in the 9-10 classification round match played on Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
After falling to Senegal in the eighth final round of the competition, Rwanda was left to battle for a ninth place finish but it never went as they sought after losing to Tunisia 54-78.
Tunisia dominated the majority of the game and started strong. They had 23-13 lead in the start of the game while Rwanda replied with a 25-12 surge in the second frame.
In the second half, Tunisia allowed Rwanda to score only 8 points in the third and fourth quarters. Tunisia meanwhile posted 23 points in the third period and then 18 points in the last stanza.
Mourad El Mabrouk stepped up with 18 points and Kechrid Marouna notched 14.
Chennoufi Ziyed and Mouhli Omar scored nine points each while Rzig Amine had 7.
Kami Kabangu and Thierry Suku Suku replied with 10 points each, whilst Daniel Rugamba Daniel had 9. Bradley Cameron and Aristide Mugabe poured in 8 points apiece.
Head coach Moise Mutokambali hailed his team’s performance in this year’s edition of the tournament.
“We are so thankful to God for the tenth-place finish. My boys did all they could and am so proud of their performances. We faced tough opponents in general and we didn’t have an effective squad because we had two or three players who played every game thus had no suitable replacements,”
“Having finished 13th in 2009, finishing tenth is a major improvement for our country. We thank everyone from Rwanda to Cote d’Ivoire who supported us in this tournament,” added Mutokambali.
Rwanda’s best Afrobasket result was a ninth-place finish in the 16-team 2009 Afrobasket were they finished 12th two years ago.
Meanwhile, Mozambique finished 11th following 78-56 win over Algeria while Central Africa snatched a narrow 64-63 win over Congo Brazzaville to finished 13th while Mali posted a 71-70 win over overtime against Burkina Faso to finish 15th in Africa.