After grabbing its first win at the FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) in 36 years, Guinea’s National Men’s Basketball Team has chalked up another impressive feat by making it to the quarterfinals.
The West African nation beat 2021 AfroBasket host nation Rwanda 72-68 to book its place in the quarterfinals; both countries missed out on automatic qualification after failing to clinch top spot in their respective groups.
Rwanda’s Kenny Gasana led all players with 28 points but had little support from his teammates as Guinea’s team effort was enough to push them past the host nation. Guinea had four players score in double digits.
Guinea plays fellow West African nation Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 1 while 11 time African Champions Angola is due to play Senegal on the same day.
Angola beat Egypt 70-62 with veteran Guard Carlos Morais leading his team with 16 points and Gerson Goncalves chipping in 13 points in the win.
Egypt Center Anas Mahmoud did not compete in the game.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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