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FIBA Africa Championship 2009

FIBA Africa Championship 2009
25th FIBA Africa Basketball Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Libya
Dates August 5 - August 15
Teams 16 (from 53 federations)
Venues (in Benghazi, Tripoli host cities)
Champions Angola (10th title)
MVP Joaquim Gomes
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Xavier (27.2) Nigeria (85.4)
Rebounds Thomson (11.4) Senegal (43.1)
Assists Cisse (6.6) Angola (16.3)
Official website
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The 2009 FIBA Africa Championship (alternatively the FIBA African Championship) was the 25th FIBA Africa Championship, played under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, the basketball sport governing body, and the African zone thereof. At stake were the three berths allocated to Africa in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The tournament was hosted by Libya after Nigeria, the original host, withdrew from hosting after not conforming to FIBA Africa guidelines.

Angola won its sixth consecutive African championship and tenth overall by beating Côte d'Ivoire 82-72 in the championship game.[1] Tunisia won the bronze medal game over Cameroon to earn its first ever FIBA World Championship berth. Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, and Tunisia move on to represent Africa at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Angola's Joaquim Gomes claimed the tournament's Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive Afrobasket tournament.[2]

Tournament Overview

Widely considered among the most coveted sporting competitions in Africa, the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship was hosted by Libya from August 5 to August 15, 2009.[3][4] Games were played in Tripoli and Benghazi, with four groups being equally divided between the country’s two largest cities.

It is estimated that over 70 media channels covered the engagements, with the top three positioned squads automatically qualifying to represent the continent for the 2010 World Championship, to be held from August 28 to September 12, in Turkey. This historic event also coincides with ongoing celebratory activities marking the 40th anniversary of Libya's 1 September Revolution (Great Al-Fatih Revolution) which brought Muammar Gaddafi to power, and the tenth anniversary of the Sirte Declaration establishing the African Union (AU) on September 9, 1999.[5][6]

Host Selection Process

Libya's selection as the host country was decided by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Executive Committee, approved by the Central Board of FIBA Africa, and officially announced in Tripoli on February 7, 2009. The decision favoring Libya to organize the 25th edition, followed the withdrawal of Nigeria who failed to conform to FIBA Africa guidelines. Signing of the official contract was conducted at a ceremony at Tripoli’s Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel on February 4, 2009, in the presence of Libya’s National Olympic Committee president Mohammad Al-Amariy, Dr. Muhammad Gaddafi, and president of the Libyan Arab Basketball Federation (LBF), Omar El Barshushi.

Before reaching the contract signing stage, and after Nigeria’s withdrawal, an organizing committee was formed by FIBA to investigate the facilities Libya had to offer regarding basketball courts and the possibility of refurbishing sites. At the 4th Session of FIBA-Africa Central Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt on January 25, 2009, the Libyan organizing committee presented plans and the preparation undertaken in order to successfully host the championships. The Central Board members who also made their recommendations approved the LBF presentation, which has been an FIBA Africa affiliate since 1961, and were described as excellent. The president of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) invited FIBA Africa’s officials in Tripoli to view first hand Libya’s preparations. To this end, before signing the contract between FIBA Africa and LBF, the Secretary General of FIBA Africa, Dr. Alphonse Bilé, the Assistant Secretary General, Adel Tooma and the President of the Commission for Competitions, Raouf Menjour, checked thoroughly the facilities and basketball courts that will serve the event and gave their approval.[7]

Venues

Two Libyan cities, Benghazi and Tripoli hosted games in the tournament. Benghazi hosted games in Groups A, B, and E. Tripoli hosted games in Groups C, D, and F, in addition to the knockout round games.[8]

Games in Tripoli were held in the African Union Arena, a modern, 7,000 seat arena built in the capital city in 2006.[9] Games in Benghazi were held in the Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, part of the Medina al-Riyadhia (Sports City), the city's largest sporting centre. The 10,000 seat arena was built in 1967 and is therefore quite outdated; however, the stadia has undergone maintenance work in recent years.[9]

City Arena Capacity
Benghazi Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena 10,000
Tripoli African Union Arena 7,000

Qualification

Participants were sixteen national basketball teams among the 53 FIBA Africa members. These teams included the host nation, the top three sides at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007 in Angola, one wild card, and the top eleven sides at the 2009 Zone preliminary basketball competitions.[10] None of the countries in Qualification Zone 7 registered for the qualifying tournament, so a second wild card was added.[11] 14 of the 16 teams that competed for the 2007 Championship returned, with host Libya and Congo replacing Liberia and DR Congo. The following national teams competed:
Number Team Qualified as Finals Appearance Last Appearance
1 Libya Host 4th 1978
2 Angola 1st place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 16th 2007
3 Cameroon 2nd place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 5th 2007
4 Cape Verde 3rd place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 4th 2007
5 Tunisia Zone 1 Winner 18th 2007
6 Morocco Zone 1 Runner-Up 16th 2007
7 Mali Zone 2 Winner 15th 2007
8 Nigeria Zone 3 Winner 14th 2007
9 Ivory Coast Zone 3 Runner-Up 19th 2007
10 Central African Republic Zone 4 Winner 15th 2007
11 Congo Zone 4 Runner-Up 5th 1985
12 Egypt Zone 5 Winner 19th 2007
13 Rwanda Zone 5 Runner-Up 2nd 2007
14 Mozambique Zone 6 Winner 10th 2007
15 Senegal Wild Card 24th 2007
16 South Africa Wild Card 7th 2007

Format

A revised format will debut in the 2009 championship:

  • The teams will be divided into four groups (Groups A-D) for the preliminary round.
  • Round robin for the preliminary round; the top three teams from each group advance to the next round.
  • The top three teams from Groups A and B qualify to Eighth Final round Group E; the top three teams from Groups C and D qualify to Eighth Final Group F. The final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for the eighth final round, including games against teams that did not advance beyond the preliminary round.
  • The top four teams from each of the Eighth final groups advance to the sudden-death quarterfinals. The quarterfinal match-ups will be:
    • QF1: 1E vs. 4F
    • QF2: 2F vs. 3E
    • QF3: 2E vs. 3F
    • QF4: 1F vs. 4E
  • The winners in the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. The match-ups are:
    • SF1: QFW1 vs. QFW2
    • SF2: QFW3 vs. QFW4
    • Winners secure an automatic berth to the 2010 World Championship.
  • The semifinal teams will play in the sudden-death finals. The match-ups for the finals are:
    • Bronze medal game: SFL1 vs. SFL2
      • Winner secures an automatic berth to the 2010 World Championship.
    • Gold medal game: SFW1 vs. SFW2
  • Top 3 teams will automatically qualify to the 2010 FIBA World Championship which is held in Turkey.

Squads

Each of the sixteen teams competing was eligible to field a squad of twelve players for the tournament. Only Cape Verde and host Libya did not take advantage of this limit, as both teams sent an 11-man squad to the competition.[12][13]

Results

Preliminary Round

The draw was held on June 26, 2009 in Libya.[14]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated in Preliminary Round
All times are in local time UTC+2

Group A

Group A went according to form, as African powerhouse Nigeria was rarely challenged in the group en route to going undefeated. Côte d'Ivoire grabbed the second eighth final spot out of Group A by winning its last two group games after losing its tournament opener to the Nigerians. Host Libya, making its first tournament appearance since 1978, won its tournament opener over South Africa. This was enough to qualify for the eighth final round as last place South Africa lost its last two games by a combined 85 points.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Nigeria 3 3 0 287 214 +73 6
Ivory Coast 3 2 1 251 214 +37 5
Libya 3 1 2 233 242 -9 4
South Africa 3 0 3 178 279 -101 3
August 5
16:00
Report
84–93 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 14–25, 26–18, 9–22, 35–28
Scoring by half: 40–43, 44–50
Pts: D. Tape 16
Rebs: M. Kone 13
Asts: M. Diabate 7
Pts: M. Efevberha 29
Rebs: G. Muoneke 10
Asts: M. Efevberha 4
August 5
21:30
Report
88–72 South Africa
Scoring by quarter: 13–18, 18–12, 27–17, 30–25
Scoring by half: 31–30, 57–42
Pts: A. Belgasem 25
Rebs: H. Salem 13
Asts: M. Youssef Ben Elhaj 5
Pts: N. Mothiba 24
Rebs: N. Mothiba 6
Asts: N. Mothiba 2
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 4,500
August 6
16:30
Report
49–97 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 6-28, 18-23, 13-27, 12-19
Scoring by half: 24-51, 25-46
Pts: C. Gabriel 13
Rebs: F. Mazibuko 6
Asts: 2 tied with 2
Pts: C. Oguchi 20
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 13
Asts: M. Umeh 5
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 2,500
August 6
19:00
Report
73–64 Libya
Scoring by quarter: 19-23, 21-14, 13-5, 20-22
Scoring by half: 40-37, 33-27
Pts: E. Craven 16
Rebs: M. Kone 8
Asts: E. Craven 4
Pts: A. Belgasem 21
Rebs: H. Salem 13
Asts: A. Belgasem 3
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 3,200
August 7
14:00
Report
94–57 South Africa
Scoring by quarter: 26-15, 22-17, 30-17, 16-8
Scoring by half: 48-32, 46-25
Pts: P. Amagou 18
Rebs: J. Kale 9
Asts: M. Diabate 6
Pts: N. Mothiba 11
Rebs: L. Sibankulu 7
Asts: 4 tied with 2
August 7
19:00
Report
81–97 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 26-23, 23-23, 11-33, 21-18
Scoring by half: 49-46, 32-51
Pts: M. Youssef 19
Rebs: H. Salem 7
Asts: A. Belgasem 4
Pts: M. Efevberha 27
Rebs: G. Muoneke 7
Asts: J. Akognon 6

Group B

Five-time defending champion Angola surprisingly struggled in its first two games, slipping by Mali by 5 after ending the game on an 8-3 run, and beating Egypt after trailing at the half. Angola again found themselves tied at the half against Mozambique before finally hitting their stride in outscoring their opponents 60-17 in the second half. Mali took control in the second half against Egypt to finish second in the group; both teams advanced by virtue of their victories over last place Mozambique.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Angola 3 3 0 251 193 +58 6
Mali 3 2 1 208 180 +28 5
Egypt 3 1 2 188 208 -20 4
Mozambique 3 0 3 166 232 -66 3
August 5
11:00
Report
62–72 Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 15–19, 14–18, 12–26, 21–9
Scoring by half: 29–37, 33–35
Pts: O. Magoliço 18
Rebs: S. Adam 7
Asts: F. Mandlate 3
Pts: A. Fanan 14
Rebs: M. Adly 7
Asts: A. Fanan 4
August 5
13:30
Report
79–74 Mali
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 21–14, 21–23, 13–13
Scoring by half: 45–38, 34–36
Pts: J. Gomes 31
Rebs: A. Costa 13
Asts: 2 tied with 3
Pts: A. Sy 19
Rebs: L. Chelle 4
Asts: 3 tied with 2
August 6
14:00
Report
67–54 Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 18–17, 18–16, 18-8, 13–13
Scoring by half: 36–33, 31–21
Pts: N. Diakité 17
Rebs: Traore and Diakité 8 each
Asts: L. Chelle 6
Pts: O. Magoliço 11
Rebs: S. Muianga 5
Asts: C. Muchate 3
August 6
21:30
Report
69–79 Angola
Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 5–10, 12–26, 29–26
Scoring by half: 28–27, 41–52
Pts: A. Fanan 13
Rebs: M. Khorshid 7
Asts: W. Badr 4
Pts: C. Almeida 17
Rebs: A. Costa 6
Asts: A. Costa 4
August 7
16:30
Report
47–67 Mali
Scoring by quarter: 14-17, 15-10, 12-21, 6-19
Scoring by half: 29-27, 18-40
Pts: R. Gunady 9
Rebs: W. Badr 7
Asts: W. Badr 3
Pts: L. Chelle 14
Rebs: A. Sy 10
Asts: L. Chelle 3
August 7
21:30
Report
93–50 Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 12-18, 21-15, 22-9, 38-8
Scoring by half: 33-33, 60-17
Pts: E. Mingas 16
Rebs: F. Ambrosio 7
Asts: O. Cipriano 5
Pts: S. Adam 11
Rebs: S. Muianga 7
Asts: C. Muchate 3

Group C

2005 silver medalists Senegal and 2007 silver medalists Cameroon both cruised to victories in their first two games to qualify for the eighth final round. Senegal won a hard-fought two point victory over Cameroon in the final group game to grab first place in the group. Central African Republic thrashed over-matched Congo 113-61, in what amounted to an elimination game between two 0-2 teams on the last match day, to grab the final eighth final spot out of Group C.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Senegal 3 3 0 244 202 +42 6
Cameroon 3 2 1 214 192 +22 5
Central African Republic 3 1 2 251 222 +29 4
Congo 3 0 3 185 278 -93 3
August 5
13:30
Report
95–68 Congo
Scoring by quarter: 28-24, 27-21, 25-12, 15-11
Scoring by half: 55-45, 40-23
Pts: B. Ndong 26
Rebs: B. Cisse 10
Asts: B. Cisse 10
Pts: J. Koumba 22
Rebs: J. Koumba 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
August 5
16:00
Report
79–69 Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 25–8, 18-27, 18–23, 18–11
Scoring by half: 43–35, 36-34
Pts: G Essengué 19
Rebs: H. Nana 8
Asts: C. Makanda 5
Pts: L. Bomayako 17
Rebs: M. Mombollet 7
Asts: Y. Zachée 4
August 6
14:00
Report
69–82 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-24, 14-19, 19-22, 20-17
Scoring by half: 30-43, 39-39
Pts: R. Sato 30
Rebs: M. Mombollet 7
Asts: M. Kougere 2
Pts: M. Faye 19
Rebs: N. Diop 16
Asts: B. Cisse 7
August 6
16:30
Report
56–70 Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 6–25, 15-13, 19-16, 16-16
Scoring by half: 21-38, 35-32
Pts: J. Koumba 19
Rebs: J. Koumba 10
Asts: T. Okobo Itoua 3
Pts: H. Nana 14
Rebs: A. Aboya 10
Asts: P. Bouli 5
August 7
14:00
Report
61–113 Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 17-26, 14-32, 13-35, 17-20
Scoring by half: 31-58, 30-55
Pts: J. Koumba 19
Rebs: R. Kondzy 10
Asts: H. Assoua-Wande 5
Pts: R. Sato 21
Rebs: M. Mombollet 9
Asts: Y. Zachée 5
August 7
19:00
Report
65–67 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 13-14, 20-25, 12-14, 20-14
Scoring by half: 33-39, 32-28
Pts: B. Vounang 15
Rebs: Y. Mekongo Mbala 6
Asts: J. Ekanga Ehawa 4
Pts: B. Ndong 17
Rebs: N. Diop 15
Asts: B. Cisse 5

Group D

Group D was the most tightly contested preliminary round group. These games resulted in the most surprising result of this stage of the tournament as defending bronze medalists Cape Verde were eliminated even after their opening victory over Tunisia in spite of the efforts of Jeff Xavier, who would finish as the tournament's leading scorer. Group D also saw one of the best games of the tournament, as Morocco's Mohamad Hachad single-handedly shocked Rwanda when he hit a three-pointer with 29 seconds left, then stole the ball and passed to Yunss Akinocho for a jumper to erase a four-point lead in an 85-84 victory. Tunisia and Morocco both advanced with victories on the final day of group play after no team had clinched a spot in the eighth final coming into the final games. Rwanda also advanced by virtue of its ten point victory over Cape Verde.
Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
Tunisia 3 2 1 224 207 +17 5 1-0
Morocco 3 2 1 250 265 -15 5 0-1
Rwanda 3 1 2 218 226 -8 4 1-0
Cape Verde 3 1 2 221 215 +6 4 0-1
August 5
11:00
Report
71–52 Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-12, 11-16, 17-12, 28-12
Scoring by half: 26-28, 35-24
Pts: J. Xavier 20
Rebs: M. Houtman 9
Asts: 5 tied with 2
Pts: N. Dhifallah 13
Rebs: A. Rzig 10
Asts: A. Rzig 4
August 5
21:30
Report
85–84 Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 14-23, 23-20, 33-22
Scoring by half: 29-42, 56-42
Pts: Z. El Masbahi 37
Rebs: A. Najah 14
Asts: M. Hachad 7
Pts: K. Gasana 31
Rebs: R. Thomson 11
Asts: K. Gasana 5
August 6
19:00
Report
77–67 Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 20-25, 12-17, 24-11, 21-14
Scoring by half: 32-42, 45-25
Pts: M. Miller 18
Rebs: R. Thomson 11
Asts: A. Rutayisire 7
Pts: J. Xavier 19
Rebs: R. Mascarenhas 15
Asts: R. Mascarenhas 3
August 6
21:30
Report
98–79 Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 26-21, 26-19, 18-23, 28-16
Scoring by half: 52-40, 46-39
Pts: A. Rzig 20
Rebs: H. Braa 8
Asts: M. Kechrid 5
Pts: M. Hachad 20
Rebs: M. Hachad 6
Asts: M. Hachad 4
August 7
16:30
Report
83–86 Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 19-19, 24-16, 22-25, 18-26
Scoring by half: 43-35, 40-51
Pts: J. Xavier 32
Rebs: P. Cipriano 13
Asts: J. Xavier 3
Pts: Y. Idrissi 20
Rebs: A. Najah 9
Asts: M. Hachad 4
August 7
21:30
Report
57–74 Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 9-21, 12-26, 21-8
Scoring by half: 24-40, 33-34
Pts: M. Miller 15
Rebs: R. Thomson 18
Asts: 3 tied with 2
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: A. Rzig 8
Asts: A. Rzig 4

Eighth Final Round

Group E

Group E went according to form as defending champion Angola continued its undefeated run in the tournament by dismantling Libya and Côte d'Ivoire in its first two games. Nigeria followed suit, albeit in less than dominating fashion, by slipping by Egypt and Mali to set up a showdown in the final group play match with Angola. Nigeria hung with the defending champions in a hard-fought game that was close the whole way, but the Nigerians could not close the deficit below two in the fourth quarter en route to a 93-85 loss.

Mali coasted to two easy victories over Côte d'Ivoire and Libya to finish third in the group. Côte d'Ivoire pulled away from Egypt in the fourth quarter to grab the final quarterfinal spot of the group. Egypt lost all three games, including a humiliating 75-73 loss to Libya on Raed Elhamali's buzzer beater. This was the first time in 19 appearances at the FIBA Africa Championship that the Egyptians failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
Angola 6 6 0 523 397 +126 12
Nigeria 6 5 1 533 454 +79 11
Mali 6 4 2 444 385 +61 10
Ivory Coast 6 3 3 450 437 +13 9
Libya 6 2 4 439 501 -62 8
Egypt 6 1 5 402 450 -48 7
August 9
16:30
Report
71–58 Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 17-14, 14-10, 20-14, 20-20
Scoring by half: 31-24, 40-34
Pts: W. Coulibaly 16
Rebs: A. Sy 14
Asts: A. Sy 7
Pts: D. Tape 13
Rebs: M. Kone 6
Asts: P. Amagou 6
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 2,500
August 9
19:00
Report
91–58 Libya
Scoring by quarter: 24-15, 15-15, 27-7, 25-21
Scoring by half: 39-30, 52-28
Pts: C. Morais 20
Rebs: J. Gomes 7
Asts: A. Costa 6
Pts: W. Dawo 15
Rebs: H. Salem 8
Asts: 3 tied with 2
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 3,200
August 9
21:30
Report
77–87 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 17-19, 22-25, 15-20, 23-23
Scoring by half: 39-44, 38-43
Pts: R. Gunady 16
Rebs: Mohamed and Khorshid 7 each
Asts: W. Badr 5
Pts: G. Muoneke 14
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: G. Muoneke 3
August 10
16:30
Report
61–88 Angola
Scoring by quarter: 18-24, 18-17, 13-29, 12-18
Scoring by half: 36-41, 25-47
Pts: Tape, Kale, and Kone 9 each
Rebs: J. Kale 5
Asts: M. Diabate 2
Pts: C. Marais 18
Rebs: Mingas and Gomes 7 each
Asts: C. Almeida 4
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 2,000
August 10
19:00
Report
75–73 Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 13-12, 27-16, 14-24, 21-21
Scoring by half: 40-28, 35-45
Pts: A. Belgasem 23
Rebs: H. Salem 9
Asts: R. Elhamali 3
Pts: A. Sherif 18
Rebs: W. Badr 7
Asts: W. Badr 3
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 3,200
August 10
21:30
Report
74–70 Mali
Scoring by quarter: 20-16, 12-20, 19-20, 23-14
Scoring by half: 32-36, 42-34
Pts: C. Oguchi 13
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 9
Asts: J. Akognon 2
Pts: A. Sy 18
Rebs: A. Sy 8
Asts: A. Sy 4
August 11
16:30
Report
64–80 Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 16-19, 16-17, 22-21, 10-23
Scoring by half: 32-36, 32-44
Pts: A. Fanan 18
Rebs: M. Mohamed 8
Asts: T. Moustafa 3
Pts: C. Abouo 15
Rebs: M. Kone 13
Asts: I. N'Diaye 4
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 2,000
August 11
19:00
Report
95–73 Libya
Scoring by quarter: 13-17, 21-23, 36-8, 25-25
Scoring by half: 34-40, 61-33
Pts: W. Coulibaly 25
Rebs: K. Ouattara 11
Asts: L. Chelle 5
Pts: A. Belgasem 18
Rebs: H. Salem 11
Asts: A. Belgasem 4
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 3,200
August 11
21:30
Report
93–85 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 24-18, 24-24, 20-23, 25-20
Scoring by half: 48-42, 45-48
Pts: E. Mingas 23
Rebs: J. Gomes 8
Asts: A. Costa 8
Pts: G. Muoneke 33
Rebs: G. Muoneke 7
Asts: E. Ere 3
Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, Benghazi
Attendance: 1,000

Group F

Unlike Group E, Group F was filled with back-and-forth matches between all six teams. Day 1 of the group saw plenty of action. Rwanda, making only its second tournament appearance, stunned 24-time participant Senegal, which had been undefeated in group play. Tunisia followed that up with a one-point victory over Central African Republic on Amine Rzig's jumper with four seconds left.

On Day 2, Central African Republic returned to form with a dominating 21-point victory over Rwanda. Senegal was upset yet again when Mouhammad Faye missed two free throws with three seconds left in a 75-73 loss to Morocco. Tunisia again won in dramatic fashion with a 68-66 victory over Cameroon when Parfait Bitee missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Heading into Day 3, only Tunisia had clinched a quarterfinal spot. Senegal rebounded from two consecutive losses to beat Tunisia and steal first place in the group from the Tunisians. Despite losing to Rwanda, Cameroon finished third in the group. Central African Republic beat Morocco to claim the final quarterfinal spot.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
Senegal 6 4 2 449 414 +35 10 1–0
Tunisia 6 4 2 433 421 +12 10 0–1
Cameroon 6 3 3 429 396 +33 9 2–1 1–0
Central African Republic 6 3 3 492 435 +57 9 2–1 0–1
Morocco 6 3 3 452 499 -47 9 1–2 1–0
Rwanda 6 3 3 436 439 -3 9 1–2 0–1
August 9
16:30
Report
54–80 Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 8-23, 12-28, 17-16, 17-13
Scoring by half: 20-51, 34-29
Pts: Akinocho and Rhalimi 10 each
Rebs: R. Rhalimi 6
Asts: M. Hachad 7
Pts: J. Ehawa 13
Rebs: A. Aboya 12
Asts: P. Bitee 4
August 9
19:00
Report
72–59 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-16, 18-7, 18-21, 20-15
Scoring by half: 34-23, 38-36
Pts: K. Gasana 18
Rebs: R. Thomson 8
Asts: M. Miller 5
Pts: B. Ndong 21
Rebs: B. Ndong 10
Asts: B. Ndong 3
August 9
21:30
Report
76–75 Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 20-24, 19-12, 18-22, 19-17
Scoring by half: 39-36, 37-39
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: M. Hdidane 5
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
Pts: R. Sato 18
Rebs: R. Sato 9
Asts: D. Damachoua 2
August 10
16:30
Report
85–64 Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 22-15, 16-16, 32-13, 15-20
Scoring by half: 38-31, 47-33
Pts: R. Sato 30
Rebs: R. Sato 10
Asts: Y. Zachee 4
Pts: C. Mugabo 14
Rebs: R. Thomson 8
Asts: 2 tied with 2
August 10
19:00
Report
73–75 Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 14-18, 20-14, 8-20, 31-23
Scoring by half: 34-32, 39-43
Pts: M. Faye 18
Rebs: B. Ndong 12
Asts: E. Pene 7
Pts: M. Hachad 18
Rebs: M. Hachad 13
Asts: M. Hachad 4
African Union Arena, Tripoli
Attendance: 1,500
August 10
21:30
Report
66–68 Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 21-21, 11-18, 15-8, 19-21
Scoring by half: 32-39, 34-29
Pts: G. Essengue 14
Rebs: P. Bouli 6
Asts: 3 tied with 2
Pts: A. Rzig 17
Rebs: A. Rzig 6
Asts: M. Lahmar 3
August 11
16:30
Report
73–81 Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 16-26, 21-20, 15-18, 21-17
Scoring by half: 37-46, 36-35
Pts: Y. Idrissi 15
Rebs: M. Hachad 6
Asts: M. Hachad 6
Pts: R. Sato 25
Rebs: R. Sato 17
Asts: M. Kougere 3
August 11
19:00
Report
82–69 Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 9-18, 20-14, 18-9, 35-28
Scoring by half: 29-32, 53-37
Pts: K. Gasana 24
Rebs: R. Thomson 9
Asts: K. Gasana 6
Pts: H. Nana 12
Rebs: G. Essengue 8
Asts: J. Ehawa 5
August 11
21:30
Report
65–73 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 19-17, 15-15, 16-22, 15-19
Scoring by half: 34-32, 31-41
Pts: M. Hdidane 14
Rebs: H. Braa 7
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
Pts: B. Ndong 18
Rebs: B. Ndong 9
Asts: B. Cisse 8

Knockout Round

The knockout stage was a single-elimination tournament involving the eight teams that qualified by finishing in the top four of their group in the eighth final stage of the tournament. There were three rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: quarter-finals, semi-finals, final. There was also a play-off to decide third/fourth place. Each finalist and the winner of the third place game would qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
 Angola  84
 
 Central African Republic  63  
 Angola  79
 
   Tunisia  69  
 Mali  73
 
 Tunisia  74  
 Angola  82
 
   Ivory Coast  72
 Nigeria  80
 
 Cameroon  84  
 Cameroon  61 Third place
 
   Ivory Coast  68  
 Ivory Coast  84  Tunisia  83
 Senegal  78    Cameroon  68
 

Quarterfinals

In the first game of the quarterfinals, Angola closed the third quarter on a 23-6 run en route to an 84-63 victory after Central African Republic had tied the game at 43 early in the second half. The Angolans qualified for the semifinals for the 14th consecutive Afrobasket tournament. Tunisia won a thriller over Mali 74-73 when Mali star Amara Sy missed the second of two free throws with one second on the clock. In the third quarterfinal, Cameroon never trailed in the second half to stun Nigeria, whose only previous loss had come at the hands of Angola. Group E fourth-place finisher Côte d'Ivoire followed the previous game with a shocker of their own in beating Group F first place Senegal. The Ivorians dominated the beginning and end of the game after the team jumped out to a 16-2 first half lead and closed the game on a 16-6 run en route to a six point victory.

August 13
14:00
Report
84–63 Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 30-21, 12-12, 24-16, 18-14
Scoring by half: 42-33, 42-30
Pts: J. Gomes 29
Rebs: J. Gomes 9
Asts: A. Costa 8
Pts: R. Sato 14
Rebs: R. Sato 8
Asts: R. Koundjia 2
August 13
16:30
Report
73–74 Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-15, 17-16, 17-20, 24-23
Scoring by half: 32-31, 41-43
Pts: A. Sy 21
Rebs: K. Ouattara 6
Asts: Chelle and Sy 4 each
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: S. Mejri 9
Asts: N. Knioua 4
August 13
19:00
Report
80–84 Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 23-26, 17-20, 16-20, 24-18
Scoring by half: 40-46, 40-38
Pts: M. Efevberha 24
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: G. Muoneke 3
Pts: G. Essengue 17
Rebs: H. Nana 8
Asts: P. Bitee 7
August 13
21:00
Report
84–78 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 24-14, 24-22, 17-28, 19-14
Scoring by half: 48-36, 36-42
Pts: P. Amagou 15
Rebs: M. Kone 10
Asts: M. Diabate 6
Pts: M. Faye 22
Rebs: B. Ndong 9
Asts: B. Cisse 9

Semifinals

In the semifinals, Tunisia hung with the powerhouse Angolans for much of the game. The Tunisians never trailed by more than eleven in the fourth quarter but could not cut the deficit lower than five en route to a ten point loss. In a match-up between the two teams that pulled quarterfinal upsets, Côte d'Ivoire continued its Cinderella run with a victory over Cameroon. The Ivorians closed the game on an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to turn a 61-60 deficit into a 68-61 victory to qualify for the team's first FIBA Africa Championship final since 1985.

August 14
19:00
Report
79–69 Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 16-13, 19-16, 21-17, 23-23
Scoring by half: 35-29, 44-40
Pts: J. Gomes 18
Rebs: E. Mingas 7
Asts: A. Costa 6
Pts: A. Rzig 19
Rebs: S. Mejri 7
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
August 14
21:30
Report
61–68 Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 13-11, 10-20, 24-15, 14-22
Scoring by half: 23-31, 38-37
Pts: C. Makanda 13
Rebs: G. Essengue 6
Asts: P. Bitee 4
Pts: D. Tape 15
Rebs: M. Kone 10
Asts: M. Diabate 6

Third-place playoff

In a game that would decide the third and final African qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Tunisia never trailed in winning the bronze medal game over Cameroon in dominating fashion. Tunisian star and All-Tournament First Team selection Amine Rzig scored a game-high 20 points.

August 15
17:30
Report
83–68 Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 22-13, 18-18, 16-19, 27-18
Scoring by half: 40-31, 43-37
Pts: A. Rzig 20
Rebs: M. Ghyaza 5
Asts: A. Rzig 5
Pts: C. Makanda 18
Rebs: Y. Mekongo Mbala 8
Asts: P. Bitee 4

Final

Angola won its sixth consecutive African championship after withstanding a valiant challenge from the upstart Côte d'Ivoire team. Côte d'Ivoire took a surprising one-point lead into the half and kept the game close through the second half as the eventual 10-point margin of victory matched Angola's biggest lead in the game.

August 15
20:00
Report
82–72 Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 19-16, 24-19, 24-18
Scoring by half: 34-35, 48-37
Pts: C. Morais 21
Rebs: J. Gomes 16
Asts: A. Costa 4
Pts: P. Amagou 18
Rebs: M. Kone 7
Asts: P. Amagou 4

Classification Round

5th-8th places

In the consolation bracket for quarterfinal losers, Central African Republic continued its strong run in the tournament following an 0-2 start in beating Mali 80-74. In a match-up that most expected would take place in the semifinals, Nigeria regained its preliminary round form in dismantling Senegal in the second game.

Nigeria grabbed fifth place over the Central Africans in an uneventful game. Senegal defeated Mali in the seventh place game to end a disappointing tournament with a 5-4 record after starting the tournament 3-0.

Semi-finals Fifth place
 Central African Republic  80  
 Mali  74  
 
     Central African Republic  71
   Nigeria  80
Seventh place
 Nigeria  76  Mali  63
 Senegal  58    Senegal  74
August 14
14:00
Report
80–74 Mali
Scoring by quarter: 20-18, 8-17, 13-18, 39-21
Scoring by half: 28-35, 52-39
Pts: M. Kougere 30
Rebs: R. Koundjia 9
Asts: R. Koundjia 4
Pts: A. Sy 17
Rebs: A. Sy 6
Asts: A. Sy 3
August 14
19:00
Report
76–58 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-19, 28-12, 15-9, 17-18
Scoring by half: 44-31, 32-27
Pts: C. Oguchi 17
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 9
Asts: E. Ugboaja 4
Pts: M. Faye 16
Rebs: P. Sow 10
Asts: B. Cisse 4
August 15
12:30
Report
63–74 Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 13-26, 17-12, 17-20, 16-16
Scoring by half: 30-38, 33-36
Pts: A. Sy 22
Rebs: L. Chelle 8
Asts: A. Sy 4
Pts: M. Faye 16
Rebs: P. Sow 15
Asts: E. Pene 4
August 15
15:00
Report
71–80 Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 15-24, 18-23, 16-18, 22-15
Scoring by half: 33-47, 38-33
Pts: L. Bomayako 21
Rebs: D. Damachoua 9
Asts: Y. Zachee 6
Pts: M. Efevberha 18
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: J. Obazuaye 4

9th-12th places

In the consolation bracket for eighth final losers, surprising Rwanda continued its strong run in its second ever Afrobasket tournament by finishing ninth and improving on last year's twelve place finish. Egypt finished tenth with a 2-6 record, by far its worst performance in a FIBA Africa Championship. The host Libyans finished in a strong eleventh place for a team making its first appearance in an Afrobasket tournament since 1978 on the strength of Hesham Ali Salem's 25-point, 14-rebound performance in the eleventh place game.

Semi-finals Ninth place
 Morocco  62  
 Egypt  88  
 
     Egypt  75
   Rwanda  78
Eleventh place
 Libya  77  Morocco  76
 Rwanda  80    Libya  80
August 13
16:30
Report
88–62 Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 21-17, 24-8, 16-18, 27-19
Scoring by half: 45-25, 43-37
Pts: A. Fanan 23
Rebs: M. Khorshid 10
Asts: T. Moustafa 5
Pts: S. Rafai 14
Rebs: M. Houari 5
Asts: A. Najah 2
August 13
19:00
Report
77–80 Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 25-18, 18-22, 19-23, 15-17
Scoring by half: 43-40, 34-40
Pts: M. Mrsal 24
Rebs: H. Salem 11
Asts: M. Youssef 7
Pts: K. Gasana 24
Rebs: R. Thomson 12
Asts: R. Thomson 2
August 14
16:30
Report
78–75 Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 27-22, 12-19, 23-22, 16-12
Scoring by half: 39-41, 39-34
Pts: R. Thomson 19
Rebs: R. Thomson 14
Asts: K. Gasana 6
Pts: W. Badr 17
Rebs: M. Khorshid 10
Asts: W. Badr 4
August 14
19:00
Report
80–76 Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 23-18, 19-20, 23-15, 15-23
Scoring by half: 42-38, 38-38
Pts: H. Salem 25
Rebs: H. Salem 14
Asts: Mrsal and Ben Elhaj 6 each
Pts: Y. Idrissi 18
Rebs: A. Najah 8
Asts: Z. El Masbahi 6

13th-16th places

In the consolation bracket for opening round losers, Cape Verde finally showed the form that won them the bronze medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007 in destroying Congo and Mozambique by 37 and 33 points, respectively. Against Congo, Cape Verde star Jeff Xavier scored a tournament-high 38 points. Mozambique slipped by South Africa 69-67 to grab its only win of the tournament en route to a 14th place finish. In the 15th place game, South Africa claimed its only victory of the tournament and sent the over-matched Congo team home winless.

Semi-finals Thirteenth place
 South Africa  67  
 Mozambique  69  
 
     Mozambique  61
   Cape Verde  94
Fifteenth place
 Congo  63  South Africa  81
 Cape Verde  100    Congo  65
August 9
11:30
Report
67–69 Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 5-17, 19-17, 23-18, 20-17
Scoring by half: 24-34, 43-35
Pts: N. Mothiba 20
Rebs: C. Gabriel 17
Asts: K. Letsebe 2
Pts: O. Magoliço 17
Rebs: O. Magoliço 9
Asts: G. Novela 3
August 9
14:00
Report
63–100 Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 12-14, 10-33, 26-34
Scoring by half: 27-33, 36-67
Pts: J. Koumba 18
Rebs: R. Kondzy 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
Pts: J. Xavier 38
Rebs: R. Mascarenhas 9
Asts: J. Xavier 5
August 10
11:30
Report
81–65 Congo
Scoring by quarter: 19-16, 26-5, 18-24, 18-20
Scoring by half: 45-21, 36-44
Pts: K. Letsebe 17
Rebs: N. Mothiba 9
Asts: K. Letsebe 5
Pts: B. Dibessa 19
Rebs: C. Djio 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
August 10
14:00
Report
61–94 Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 17-21, 18-20, 7-35, 19-18
Scoring by half: 35-41, 26-53
Pts: C. Muchate 16
Rebs: C. Muchate 9
Asts: L. Barros 2
Pts: J. Xavier 27
Rebs: M. Neves 11
Asts: J. Xavier 5

Final standings

Qualified for 2010 FIBA World Championships
Rank Team Record
1 Angola 9 - 0
2 Ivory Coast 5 - 4
3 Tunisia 6 - 3
4 Cameroon 4 - 5
5 Nigeria 7 - 2
6 Central African Republic 4 - 5
7 Senegal 5 - 4
8 Mali 4 - 5
9 Rwanda 5 - 3
10 Egypt 2 - 6
11 Libya 3 - 5
12 Morocco 3 - 5
13 Cape Verde 3 - 2
14 Mozambique 1 - 4
15 South Africa 1 - 4
16 Congo 0 - 5
Angola
Olimpio Cipriano
Armando Costa
Carlos Morais
Domingos Bonifacio
Luis Costa
Leonel Paulo
Joaquim Gomes
Adolfo Quimbamba
Felizardo Ambrosio
Carlos Almeida
Filipe Abraao
Eduardo Mingas
Coach: Luís Magalhães
Ivory Coast
Pape-Philippe Amagou
Errick Craven
Charles-Noe Abouo
Issife Soumahoro
Kinidinnin Konate
Mouloukou Diabate
Ismael N'Diaye
Wilfrid Aka
Jonathan Kale
Didier Eric Tape
Namori Meite
Mohamed Kone
Coach: Randoald Dessarzin
Tunisia
Mokhtar Ghyaza
Marouen Lahmar
Nizar Knioua
Naim Dhifallah
Marouan Kechrid
Mohamed Hdidane
Atef Maoua
Makrem Ben Romdhane
Anis Hedidane
Amine Rzig
Hamdi Braa
Salah Mejri
Coach: Adel Tlatli

Awards

 FIBA Africa Championship 2009 Winners 

Angola
Tenth title
Most Valuable Player
Joaquim Gomes "Kikas"

Statistical leaders

Individual Tournament Highs

Individual Game highs

Department Name Total Opponent
Points Jeff Xavier 38 Congo
Rebounds Robert Thomson 18 Tunisia
Assists Babacar Cisse 10 Congo
Steals Mouloukou Diabate
Jeff Xavier
7 South Africa
Congo
Blocks 8 tied with 4
Field goal percentage Joaquim Gomes 100% (12/12) Mali
3-point field goal percentage Eduardo Mingas 100% (4/4) Nigeria
Free throw percentage Romain Sato 100% (10/10) Rwanda
Turnovers Amara Sy 9 Ivory Coast

Team Tournament Highs

Team Game highs

Department Name Total Opponent
Points Central African Republic 113 Congo
Rebounds Senegal 55 Congo
Assists Central African Republic
Mali
24 Congo
Libya
Steals Angola
Ivory Coast
Nigeria
18 Libya
South Africa
Cameroon
Blocks Senegal 9 Congo
Field goal percentage Egypt 60.9% Mozambique
3-point field goal percentage Libya 83.3% Egypt
Free throw percentage Cameroon 91.7% Tunisia
Turnovers South Africa 31 Ivory Coast

All-Tournament Teams

The following players were voted to the All-Tournament teams by journalists and experts in attendance at the tournament:[2][26]

First team

Pape-Philippe Amagou
DeSagana Diop
Joaquim Gomes (Tournament MVP)
Amine Rzig
Romain Sato

Second Team

Eduardo Mingas
Carlos Morais
Boniface Ndong
Hesham Ali Salem
Jeff Xavier

Third Team

Babacar Cisse
Armando Costa
Michael Efevberha
Gaston Essengue
Mouhammad Faye
Robert Thomson

Notes

  1. ^ "Angola wins Africa Basketball Championships (again)". Interbasket.net. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b "LBA - Gomes Leads All-Star Team". 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ AfroBasket. Libya: The organization contract will be signed today in Tripoli. February 4, 2009
  4. ^ AfroBasket to be Held August 5–15. [1]. February 2, 2009
  5. ^ Kadhafi receives African Basketball Association president. May 9, 2008
  6. ^ African Championship (25) of Basketball, Libyaonline.com
  7. ^ Libya to Host 2009 FIBA Africa Championship, The Tripoli Post. February 7, 2009
  8. ^ Teams Get Set for Opening of Libya 2009 AfroBasket
  9. ^ a b World Stadiums: Libya
  10. ^ Julius Mbaraga, Africa: Libya to Host Afro-Basket Tourney. February 4, 2009
  11. ^ Wild Card Given to Senegal and South Africa
  12. ^ Cape Verde national team profile at FIBA.com
  13. ^ Libya national team profile at FIBA.com
  14. ^ http://www.fiba-afrique.org/en/lect_actu.php?titre=comp&id=4843
  15. ^ Player Leaders - PPG
  16. ^ Player Leaders - RPG
  17. ^ Player Leaders - APG
  18. ^ Player Leaders - SPG
  19. ^ Player Leaders - BPG
  20. ^ Player Leaders - MPG
  21. ^ Team Leaders - PPG
  22. ^ Team Leaders - RPG
  23. ^ Team Leaders - APG
  24. ^ Team Leaders - SPG
  25. ^ Team Leaders - BPG
  26. ^ Africabasket.com All-African Championships 2009 Awards

External links

  • Official website
  • Afrobasket Forum
  • Interbasket Afrobasket coverage

See also

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