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Somalia's first win marks Day 4 of Group D of AfroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers
NAIROBI (Kenya) - Somalia claimed first win, South Sudan post fourth consecutive century and Kenya dim Burundi as FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Group D Pre qualifiers entered day four at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium in Nairobi.
Somalia v Eritrea (99-76)
Somalia posted their first win as they tormented winless Eritrea 99-76 and falling short of a century by just one point.
They romped off to a 30-19 first quarter cushion and were up 45-39 at the break. End of the third quarter, the scores was 29-8.
Farouk Ahmed posted 19 points, and had 11 rebounds and Warsame Mohamed finished with 16 points, 8 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Eritreans, playing in only their first regional outing, took the fourth quarter 27-25. Aron Zekarias tallied 22 while Abiel Zeru registered 18 points and dished 8 assists.
"We played well and I am happy for my first win. The boys have worked hard and we now target Tanzania in our last game," said Somalia coach Dahil Abulkadir.
Kenya v Burundi (101- 83)
For the first time hosts Kenya came out to play and manhandled Burundi to the delight of their fans.
Eric Mutoro, Griffin Ligare and Tom Wamukota went to work early taking a 26-22 and 27-18 first quarter advantage as Burundi threatened.
Kenya were up and roaring in the third quarter racing away to a 28-14 difference and trailed 20-29 in the last stanza.
Ariel Okal collected 19 points and Mutoro sunk 18.
Meanwhile Burundi were led by the exciting Ngimdere Gubert who scored 23 points and Ndikurio Bienvenu Richard added 17.
A happy coach Cliff Owuor beamed, "We played our best against tougher opposition. I am happy about the progress the team is making as we approach a tougher South Sudan."
Tanzania v South Sudan (60-115)
South Sudan easily clobbered Tanzania 115-60 in their penultimate game before a cracker against host Kenya.
They buried a total of 15 three pointers. Bol Back led led with 33 points and 6 rebounds, Mangistu Jonerko added 21 while Ally Mohammed posted 19 and Baraka Mopelle 12 for Tanzania.