AfroBasket Qualifiers: Silverbacks pummel Burundi to storm semis

  • Burundi 54-99 Uganda

The national men’s basketball team, the Silverbacks, is 40 minutes away from qualifying for this year’s Afrobasket Championship.

The Ugandans defeated Burundi 99-54 on Wednesday night to top group British and book a place in the semifinals.

Mandy Juruni’s charges started the game slower than they did in their previous game with Somalia.

They carried a slim 5-point advantage (18-13) into the second quarter and then limited their opponents to 4 points in the period and scored 20 to take a comfortable 21-point lead ( 38-17) at the end of the first half.

Uganda’s offence sharpened as the game went on and their 29 points against Burundi’s 18 in the third quarter gave them a 32-point lead (67-35) after 30 minutes.

Burundi crumbled as Uganda cruised in the final 10 minutes of the game.

The win puts Uganda on top of Group B and the East Africans will now wait to play the second placed side from Group A.

Burundi’s Jean Hakizimana scored 14 points for Burundi while Landry Ndikumana added 10 in the team’s losing effort.

Jonah Otim led Uganda with 16 points off the bench while Darius Pegues had 14 points and 11 rebounds on the night.

Team captain Stephen Omony had 10 points and his assistant Joseph Ikong also contributed 10 points.