Already qualified for Afrobasket, Mali is overthrown by South Sudan

Drake Reed

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Mali was surprised in the 3rd quarter time, by a catchy South Sudanese team, while leading by +15 at the break (40-25).

Yet the Eagles had clearly dominated the Sudanese team to the score, lying by Luol Deng in the first quarter time: 23-12, then mastered the second: 17-13. But back from the break, the Malian players let go of the pressure and fall into their pitfalls, managing to score only 8 points against 22 points from the South Sudanese led by their top scorer of the day Kuany Ngor Kuany (21 points and 4 rebonds).

While they were largely at rest (40-25), the Malians got back to the score at the very beginning of the last quarter time, when on a fault committed by Boubacar Fadiala Sidibe, the Sudanese Emmanuel Malou can achieve his two throws -francs to equalize at 55-55. From then on, a mano to mano ensues between the two teams. Aggressive and very skillful on shots, the South Sudanese will win by 4 points (69-65).

Sadio Doucouré with his 14 goals and 7 rebounds, remains one of the best Malians since the start of the competition. Nianta Diarra compiled 9 points (4/9 on shots) and 7 rebounds for 12 evaluations, Ibrahim Saounera and Ibrahim Djambo each added 13pts and 10pts, but insufficient to secure a second victory for Mali.

Mali officially qualified for the 2021 edition of Afrobasket

Officially qualified since Wednesday February 17 thanks to its great success against Rwanda (76-51), the Eagles of Mali have to stamp their ticket for the final phase of the Afrobasket which will take place in Rwanda from August 24 to September 5 .

Mali’s last qualifying match will be played this Friday, February 19 at 10am GMT against Nigeria, the first in the group, also qualified with their 2 victories over South Sudan and Rwanda.

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