Tunisia defeated Ivory Coast 78-75 at Kigali Enviornment within the Rwandan capital on Sunday to retain the AfroBasket continental title they gained on residence soil 4 years in the past.
Dirk Bauermann’s facet began slowly within the last, however quickly discovered their stride, and a 12-point run allowed ‘The Eagles’ to construct up a 47-34 lead by halftime.
The Ivorians fought again within the third quarter and closed to inside 4 factors – Tunisia pulled away once more to steer by 11 within the fourth, however their opponents by no means gave up and in a nervy conclusion, the hole was reduce to only three earlier than time ran out.
Salah Mejri led the winners with a game-high 22 factors, backed by 18 from Michael Roll and 10 from Omar Abada.
Souleyman Diabate, with 20, top-scored for ‘The Elephants’, who misplaced for the primary time in 17 outings.
Their lengthy look ahead to an AfroBasket title continues – their final was again in 1985.
With the victory, Tunisia turned the primary staff to win back-to-back AfroBasket titles since Angola achieved the feat in 2009
Senegal took the bronze medal on the 2021 AfroBasket continental championship in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday, following a cushty 86-73 victory over Cape Verde.
The 5-time champions received on the board first and stayed out in entrance till the second interval when Cape Verde loved their finest spell of the match and at one level led by 5 factors at 33-28.
Nonetheless, that was nearly as good because it received for the Cape Verdeans as Senegal turned the rating round to finish the half 44-39 forward and prolonged that benefit to 9 factors going into the fourth quarter.
The Lions pulled away after that to safe third place within the match, equalling their efficiency from 4 years in the past.
Gorgui Dieng led the way in which for the winners with a mighty 30 factors, backed up by double-digit contributions from Brancou Badio, Mamadou Faye and Youssou Ndoye.
18 factors from Walter Tavares and 17 from Joel Almeida have been the highlights for Cape Verde.