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DR Congo beat Kenya to inaugural FIBA AfroCan title in Mali

Democratic Republic of the Congo today became the first winners of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AfroCan tournament in Mali’s capital city of Bamako.

DR Congo earned an 82-61 victory at Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga against a Kenyan team that had bucked expectations by knocking out Tunisia and Morocco.

Kenya were under pressure from the first quarter, which they lost 29-18.

They responded well, winning the second quarter to take a 37-36 lead.

But the match tipped decisively the way of DR Congo in the third quarter, which they won 29-10, seeing out the fourth quarter with a 17-14 scoreline.

In earlier matches, Angola earned third place with an 88-71 win over Morocco.

Fifth went to the hosts after a 75-64 win over Chad, while the seventh-place match saw Tunisia beat Algeria 68-67.

 

 

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