Thursday, August 18, 2011
Alfred Aboya almost a double-double as Cameroon beats Egypt, 96-81
26th Afrobasket: Cameroon cage Egypt, win 96-81
by Olusegun Ikuesan
AfricaBasket, Cameroonian Basketball (Men)
Aug 17, 2011
Indomitable Lions of Cameroon Wednesday night stopped the foray of five-time African cup of Nations champion, Egypt with a 96-81 points victory in its group-C opening game.
Cameroon took the first two quarters in grand style by 27-11 and 25-24 points to take a 52-35 points lead at half-time, though the Lazarus Adingono (played at Rhode Island, coached at Canisius) coached Lions gave up the third quarter by 24-28 points but rose to the challenge in the last quarter making a loud statement in a group that comprises 2009 runner-up, Cote d'Ivoire winning by a slim margin of 20-18 points for a final score-line of 96-81 points.
Cameroon Parfait Bitee (Rhode Island) recorded a championship high of 29 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, he was joined by teammates Cyrille Makanda with 18 points and 4 steals, Franck Ndongo (VCU) 15 points and 3 rebounds and Gaston Essengue (UNLV) 12 points and 5 rebounds.
(No points from Chris Rogers (Arizona))
Lions coach, Adingono declared after the game that the best is yet to be seen of his side, "Yes, we won confortably against Egypt but I want to assure our fans and lovers of the game across Africa that the best is yet to be seen of the Cameroon side."
"The Olympic slot is our target and we are determined to fight for it," the Cameroon coach concluded.
Up next (Friday, Aug 19) for the Lions, South Africa, who got shellacked by Cote d'Ivoire 53-105 in their first game in the tourney.
Click on boxscore to enlarge (fiba.com)
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