LUANDA-- Nigeria and Angola, the defending champions and runnerS-up from last year's tournament, have advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Men's Basketball Championship (Afrobasket2017) being organized this year by Senegal and Tunisia.
The group stage of the tournament concluded Sunday in Senegal with the main title contenders securing qualification for the next stage, although both Nigeria and Angola had scares on the way to the quarter-finals which will be held at Rades, near Tunis, with matches on consecutive days from Thursday to Saturday.
Defending champions Nigeria were taken by surprise in the decisive round by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), losing by 77-83, but they nevertheless finished at the top of their group with the same number of points as the DRC and Mali in group A. They had earlier defeated Cote D'Ivoire (78-77) and Mali (90-67).
In the quarter-finals, they will face Cameroon.
In Group B, Angola, who won their opening match 94-89 over Uganda, only secured their place in the quarter-finals in their final group match by beating the Central African Republic (CAR) 66-44, after losing to Morocco by 53-60 in their second group match.
Also through are Senegal, Angola's quarter-final opponents, who had wins over South Africa (83-44), Egypt (87-52) and Mozambique (80-49) in Group D, while in Group C, the two teams through are Tunisia and Cameroon.
The quarter-finals Thursday will be between Nigeria and Cameroon, Morocco and Egypt, Tunisia and DRC, and Senegal and Angola.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK