South Africa men bounced back from their defeat against Egypt yesterday at the 2017 IWBF Africa World Championship Qualifiers with an uncompromising 134-18 win over Kenya. Statistics
All of the South African players got their name on the scoresheet, Shane Williams leading with 29 points supported by 20 points each from Simanga Amazing Mbhele and Samuel Jacobus Van Niekerk. Odiyo Henry Caleb Otieno was most influential for Kenya making a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Zimbabwe women got their first win of the competition defeating Kenya. In a close first quarter, both teams exchanged baskets with Zimbabwe ending it, 12-8 up. Kenya struggled to find the basket in the second quarter as Zimbabwe extended their advantage to lead by 13 at the half-time break. Kenya’s defence kept the Zimbabwe scoring down, but their own shooting woes continued in the second half, allowing Zimbabwe to go on and win both quarters with scores of 8-4 and 6-0, for a 37-14 win. Statistics
Zimbabwe’s top scorers were Constance Makuwaro with 17 points and Moline Muza with 14 points. For Kenya, Caroline Wanjira led the scoring with 8 points.
Morocco men got back to winning ways following their narrow loss to Algeria yesterday, with a 74-33 victory over Zimbabwe. Morocco started strong and shot to an early 17-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. In what was a high scoring second quarter, Zimbabwe started to match Morocco in the scoring department, but it was Morocco who still edged the quarter, 25-17, to take a 21-point advantage into the half-time break. Morocco continued to play hard and won the second half 32-12 to ease to victory.
Algeria men maintained their winning record with a 69-50 win over their North African rivals, Egypt. A close first half saw Algeria take an 8-point lead, 37-29, into the second half. Algeria’s defensive pressure intensified in the third quarter keeping Egypt to just 7 points to their 17 points, giving them a comfortable margin going into the final quarter 18 points ahead. Despite Egypt keeping the fourth quarter to within just one point, 15-14, Algeria had already done enough to secure the victory.
Algeria women also retained their undefeated record against hosts South Africa, with a 51-21 win. There was hardly anything between the teams in the opening quarter as South Africa made Algeria work for their six-point lead of 14-8. However, Algeria stepped up their game both offensively and defensively in the second quarter and pressed on to win it 19-4, to open up a 21-point gap going into half-time. The deficit proved too much and Algeria increased their advantage winning the second half 18-9, to take the game and go 3-0 in the competition.
Durban is currently experiencing some extreme heat, and during the afternoon it caused two power outages in the city, causing disruption to the live streaming and stats and also the schedule, with the evening match between South Africa and Angola being postponed and rescheduled to take place on Thursday 22nd November.
IWBF Africa and Wheelchair Basketball South Africa apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.