Top 5 Performers of Day 4 of #FIBAU16Africa
PRAIA (Cape Verde) - The eight quarter finalists of the FIBA U16 African Championship 2019 are known with a day left to complete preliminary games as three countries keep clean sheets.
The countries are three-time winner of the continent most enduring youth competition, Egypt who lead Group A, Mali and Guinea who are neck-to-neck in Group B.
Egypt is joined by Nigeria who had the better of Angola by 90-57 points, the former champion (Angola) has also booked their place in the last eight, hosts Cape Verde complete the list from the group.
Group B has Mali, Guinea as both side prepare to battle it out on Wednesday in the race of who lead the group in a winner takes all. They are joined by Rwanda and Tunisia who will equally slug it out on last day of group phase to decide who finishes third and fourth.
In other Day 4 games Tunisia edge out Cote d'Ivoire 59-56 to make the knock-out cut, Mali had the better of Rwanda 70-40 while Egypt defeated Algeria 75-51. Algeria and Cote d'Ivoire have been eliminated and will only play for 9-10 position on Friday.
Here is the Top 5 performers of the day in no particular order.
Abdramane Kanoute (Mali)
Youthful Kanoute rose to the occasion when his country needed it most and he perfected it with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and an efficiency of 15.
Kanoute justifies his inclusion on the defending champion roster with an average of 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 4 steals in three games.
Farouk Isah (Nigeria)
Isah made a statement against Angola a he came up with game-high 27 points. He added 4 rebounds, 5 steals and efficiency finish of 18.
The 14-years-old shooting guard boasts of an impressive average mark of 20 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and look forward to boosting his rating when they confront Algeria in their last Group A game on Wednesday afternoon.
Fabio Antonio (Angola)
The Angolan guard and captain was instrumental in his side late rally against Nigeria from what would have been a white-wash finishing the game with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and rated 15 in efficiency.
Antonio accounts for an average of 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 4.3 steals per game.
Reuben Chinyelu (Nigeria)
Though rated as the most efficient player on the night with 32, Chinyelu actually came into reckoning in the second half of Nigeria's 90-57 win over Angola with a double double contribution of 13 points, 24 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The 2.03m (6ft8in) forward holds an average rating of 18.3 points, 16.8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.
Brehima Traore (Mali)
Like Nigeria's Chinyelu and Angola's Antonio, Traore made his contribution felt in the second half of their game against Rwanda as he finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds and efficiency of 7.
The 15-years-old is among the top performers of the FIBA U16 African Championship 2019 with an average of 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game to his credit.