Hosts Kenya and South Sudan claimed second win while Burundi beat Somalia in their first game as FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Group D Pre-qualifiers entered day two at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
South Sudan showed another dominant display when they hammered Eritrea 111-57 in their second game. They became the first team to post second century score in two days after walloping Somalia 112-79 in their opener the previous day.
Bol Bak led six South Sudanese in double figures. He registered 20 points and 7 assists while Nyang Wek hit 15, Emmanuel Malon and Makuel Duondak made 14 each while Dominik Philip and Deng Mayot netted 12 apiece.
South Sudan won the battle in the paint outscoring Somalia 62-32 while also having a 68-11 contribution from the bench players.ron Zakarias managed 22 points while Israel Mulugeta contributed 11 and had 3 assists for the losers.
Eritrea coach Testalem Zekarias noted, “They are speedy and rebound well. Despite the fact that I made some technical changes to counter them, we still found it hard to cope. We are inexperienced but we are leaning fast.”
Despite being the only side to register back to back century scores, South Sudan head coach Ajou Deng was modest when asked if he sees his team as among the tournament favourites. He says, “We will take one game at a time and see how it goes, besides we have yet to see all team play.”
Host Kenya and South Sudan are on two wins while Burundi has one. Somalia, Eritrea and Tanzania have yet to win any matches in the competition.
Source: FIBA Basketball