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Africa Boys win international pool, advance to second straight Jr. NBA Global Championship final

By Dapo Sotuminu, with Agency report

The Africa Boys team was unstoppable in their second consecutive Jr. NBA Global Championship International Pool Final and beat Canada Boys 80-46. Led by NBA Academy Africa’s Marouf Moumine (Cameroon; 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals), Babacar Djiby Ly (Senegal; 15 points) and Dieu Merci Ilonga (DRC; 14 points and 7 rebounds), Africa dominated on both sides of the floor. Badar Alionue Diakite (Mali) and Seydina Faye (Senegal) combined for 17 points and 17 rebounds and the African team advanced to the Jr. NBA Global Championship Final for the second year in a row.

Africa Boys celebrate winning the International Boys Championship after the game against the Canada Boys during the Jr. NBA Global Boys International Championship on August 10, 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
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 In tomorrow night’s Jr. NBA Global Championship 2019 Final, the Africa team will play the winner of the U.S. Pool (Southeast or West) with the tip-off scheduled for 10:30pm CAT.

 In the International Girls Pool’s Semifinals, Latin America defeated Africa 44-36. Ndeye Ndiaye (Senegal) led the team with 14 points and 6 rebounds with Merit Atebe Innocent (Nigeria) adding 7 points and 10 rebounds.

In the semi finals earlier concluded,  The Jr. NBA Africa Boys and Girls teams, that are representing the continent in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, both defeated their opponents and qualified for the International Pool Semifinals tomorrow.

 Following a Day of Service and community work on August 8, the teams came back to the ESPN Wide World of Sport in Orlando for the single elimination part of the competition.

 The Africa Girls team faced China Girls in the early hours of the afternoon and played like they wanted to make a statement from the start. Led by Ndeye Ndiaye (Senegal; 14 points and 5 rebounds) and Jana Ehab (Egypt; 11 points and 7 rebounds), the Africa team finished the half 22-9 with some spectacular plays from Ndiaye in the second quarter. The China Girls team bounced back in the third quarter scoring 12 points to Africa’s one, but the Africa team found their offensive rhythm back while staying composed in defense down the stretch. Africa Girls won 39-29.

Africa Boys celebrate winning the International Boys Championship after the game against the Canada Boys during the Jr. NBA Global Boys International Championship on August 10, 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
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 Marouf Moumine (Cameroon) led the Africa Boys team once again and they quickly found themselves on familiar grounds dominating the second half and finishing 70-36. Moumine finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 rebounds with Dieu Merci Ilonga (DRC) adding 11 points and 10 rebounds and Babacar Djiby Ly adding 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.

 Africa Girls will play Latin America Girls and the Africa Boys team will face Asia Pacific Boys in the International Pool Semifinals tomorrow morning.

 The International Boys Championship Game is 7:30pm CAT tomorrow evening. The International Girls Championship Game will follow at midnight CAT.

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