Tunisia Retain African Basketball Crown After Overcoming Ivory

Tunisia Retain African Basketball Crown After Overcoming Ivory

On Sunday, Tunisia retained the African basketball crown after overcoming the Ivory coast 78-75. They won the title on home soil after four years at Kigali Arena in the Rwandan capital and retained the AfroBasket continental title.

It was started slowly in the final by Dirk Bauermann’s side but soon found their stride. It was a 12-point run that allowed ‘The Eagles’ to build up a 47-32 lead in its halftime. In the third quarter, the Ivorians fought back and closed to within four points but Tunisia pulled back to lead by 11 in the fourth. However, their opponents never gave up and the gap was cut to just three before the end of time.

Walters Tavares 18 points and Joel Almeida’s 17 points were the highlights for Cape Verde. With game-high 22 points, the winners were led by Salah Mejri who was backed by 18 from Michael Roll and 10 from Omar Abada.

Tunisia became the first team to win back-to-back AfroBasket titles after their victory since Angola achieved the feat in 2009.

At the 2021 AfroBasket continental championship in Kigal, Senegal took the bronze medal following a comfortable 86-73 over Cape Verde.