Rwanda: Afrobasket 2021 Qualifiers - Rwanda Lose to Mali in Opener

18 February 2021

Rwanda started its Group D campaign at the last window of the ongoing Africa Basketball championship (Afrobasket) qualifiers on a low note after losing to Mali 51-76 on Wednesday night at Salle Mohamed Mzali Arena in Monastir, Tunisia.

The two sides' game in the first window qualifiers - held in Kigali last November - ended 70-64 in favour of the Malians.

Rwanda trailed Mali by five points at the end of the opening quarter but Mali bounced back to win 17-12. The Malians held a commanding 13-point lead at the break after dominating the second quarter with 19-11 and stormed into half-time with a lead of 36-23.

When the teams came back for the second half, Mali still continued to lead, winning the third quarter 26-14 but Rwanda fought back and drew the last quarter 14-14.

Despite their good showing in the last quarter, the West African side won the tie 76-51. Center Ibeh Prince Chinenye grabbed 10 points and added 3 blocks while Eli Kaje got 7 points and added 10 rebounds. Malia's Nianta Diarra scored a game high 12 points, while Sadio Doucoure got 11 points.

Meanwhile, in the earlier game, Nigeria beat South Sudan 75-70.

Rwanda's next game will be against D'Tigers of Nigeria on Thursday, February 18.


Rwanda 51-76 Mali

South Sudan 70-75 Nigeria

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