Top 5 Performances of Day 1 of the #FIBAU16Africa 2019
PRAIA (Cape Verde) - Day-1 games was rounded up Saturday night at the Pavilhão Desportivo Vavá Duarte gymnasium with win by Guinea and Egypt.
Guinea defeated Cote d'Ivoire in pulsating encounter by 55-53 points in a Group B match-up while Nigeria went down to three-time Egypt by 86-77 points in Group A.
And in no particular order here are the top 5 performers from the games.
Maomen Abouzied (Egypt)
Egypt's show of resilience over Nigeria from second quarter to the buzzer will not be complete without the mention of this hardworking forward.
Abouzied posted championship-high 30 points, 10 of which came in the third period as Egypt put behind it a 13-21 points loss in the first quarter, the 1.86m (6ft1ft) Forward followed it up with 4 rebounds, 4 assist, 3 steal and an efficiency rating of 24.
Reuben Chinyelu (Nigeria)
Though Nigeria lost the battle to Egypt but this 2.03m(6ft7in) Forward Chinyelu pass as man of match as he stands tall on both ends of the court.
He was rated 35 as the most efficient player on court in the 86-77 loss to Egypt. Chinyelu who will turn 16 later in the year recorded a double double of 20 points and 11 rebound.
Loess Lath (Cote d'Ivoire)
With a double double figure of 10 points and 10 rebound this young lad who turn 16 on July 7 was a delight to behold, though his contribution was not enough to save his side from defeat but he surely proved a point that he has future in the game.
Lath who was rated 12 as the most efficient player in the game against Guinea must not let down his guard when Cote d'Ivoire confront Rwanda today.
Thierno Mamoudou Sylla(Guinea)
Guinea have their 16-year-old Sylla to thank as they cruise past Cote d'Ivoire in their Group B opening game on Saturday evening.
The 2.08m(6ft9in) Forward was in superb form for his country with 17 points, 7 rebound and an efficiency rating of 11.
Belal Elshakery (Egypt)
Though Elshekary is not a high scoring player but he surely gave his best in defence as he recorded 12 of his side total mass of 52 rebound in their Group A 86-77 win over Nigeria.
Little wonder this 1.95m(6ft4in) forward who is 15 years and 42 days was the second most rated player on the Egyptian roster on the night that his side needed to confirm to the rest of Africa that they are the best U16 side.