26th Afrobasket: Gallant South Africa lose to Cameroon 65-87
by Olusegun Ikuesan
AfricaBasket, Cameroonian Basketball (Men)
Aug 19, 2011
With better improvement from their Group-C opening game against Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday South Africa Friday loses its second first round game to Cameroon by 65-87 points.
Though South Africa lost the first three quarters 17-23, 13-17, 11-24 and won the last one by 24-23 points their fighting spirit was never in doubt as they showed lots of improvement and promises.
Cameroon big forward Gaston Essengue led the floor with 18 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds, Cyrille Makanda had 15 points and 3 rebounds, Prfait Bitee added 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals with Frank Ndongo posting 12 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds for the second win for the Lions.
Cameroon coach Lazare Adingono praised the fighting spirit of the South African.
The coach whose side face Cote dIvoire on Sunday in his team last group-C game said they are not under any pressure.
Coach Adingono also thumm-up effort of FIBA Africa in raising the stake of Africa basketball but concluded that the continent can do more.
Click on boxscore to enlarge (fiba.com)