Kenya’s Senior National Men’s Basketball Team has qualified to the semifinals at the ongoing AfroCan Basketball Tournament in Bamako, Mali.
The Morans as they are popularly called suffered a 60-64 loss to Ghanaian side Braves of Customs in the build up to the competition created exclusively for players plying their trade on the continent with two spots allocated to foreign based players.
Kenya beat highly rated Tunisia 82-76 in the quarterfinals after surviving a scare from Ivory Coast in the Round of 16. Kenya beat Ivory Coast 85-83.
Four players scored in double digits for the Morans and the group was led by Griffin Ligare’s 22 points, five rebounds, an assists and two steals.
Tom Wamukota added 21 while Eric Mutoro and Tylor Ongwae scored 14 points respectively. Mohammed Rasil top scored for Tunisia with 19 points.
Possessing the likes of Ahmed Dhif , who starred in the recently ended FIBA Africa Basketball League, Tunisia was touted as a likely winner. Dhif had six points, six assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes.
Mali lost 61-69 to Morocco, DR Congo beat Chad 67-60 and Algeria lost 62-89 to Angola.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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