Afrobasket qualifiers: South Sudan loses to Rwanda
South Sudan’s national women’s basketball team fell to Rwanda, which defeated South Sudan 65-52 in the group rounds of the ongoing 2021 Women’s Fiba AfroBasket Zone V qualifiers.
Rwanda will now face Kenya in the semi-finals on Friday with the goal of advancing to the finals and ultimately winning the mini-tournament in order to qualify for the Afrobasket championships in Cameroon in September.
Rwanda won the opening quarter 16-12 and the second quarter 11-10 over South Sudan to take a slender 27-22 edge into halftime.
South Sudan fought back and won the third quarter, 20-16, but Cheikh Sarr’s team unleashed an extraordinary amount of energy to win the final quarter, 22-10.
Tierra Monay Henderson, the team captain, continued her strong play with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Bella Murekatete contributed 12 points.
Nyaduoth Gach Lok scored 14 points for South Sudan, while Perina James Leime added 13.
Egypt defeated Kenya 107-106 in a closely contested encounter the next day.
South Sudan’s team, which was competing in the competition for the first time, fell 95-65 to Egypt and 66-48 to Kenya on Tuesday.