Ongwae, Ndoye, Nzeulie and Obiekwe dazzle in Yaounde
YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - Magical and electrifying may not come close to describing the spectacle that fans were entertained to as Group B and C teams entered Day 2 of the last round of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.
Senegal maintained their incredible streak of five wins courtesy of Youssoupha Ndoye who sunk in 24 points as Cameroon's Jeremy Nzeulie left the home fans enthralled with a display worthy of his reputation.
Cote d'Ivoire remained unbeaten with Mimi Zouzoua a kingpin in their 93-50 win over Equatorial Guinea even as Kingsley Obiekwe Sam provided a five-star performance.
Here now are the top performers from Saturday's Groups B and C.
Youssoupha Ndoye (Senegal)
There's no stopping Youssoupha Ndoye when he gets into beast mode.
Senegal's captain hit a game-high 24 points as the West Africans battered Mozambique 84-43 to extend their winning streak to five games.
The 2.12m (6ft 11in) center was lethal on the charity line, hammering home 12 of his 17 attempts with a +22 efficiency that made him a fan favorite.
Jeremy Nzeulie (Cameroon)
Nzeulie is Cameroon's captain and he leads by example. He churned in 22 points to propel Cameroon to a comfortable 98-67 win over Guinea.
The 30-year old reminded fans of his mettle beyond the arc when he converted 6 of his 10 attempts and protected the rim with two defensive rebounds.
Kingsley Obiekwe Sam (Equatorial Guinea)
Equatorial Guinea had a night to forget losing 93-50 to Cote d'Ivoire but Kingsley Obiekwe Sam was their silver lining.
He contributed a game-best 24 points, about half of his team's total tally, and ran both ends of the court picking up 6 rebounds.
Nisre Mimi Zouzoua (Cote d'Ivoire)
Give the ball to Zouzoua and get out of the way! That was Cote d'Ivoire's plan against Equatorial Guinea and it did work.
The point guard ran the show and made his 25 minutes on the court count with an unrivalled 20 points. His two rebounds and one assist ensured his side stayed in control.
Tylor Ongwae (Kenya)
"The name is Tylor Ongwae, make sure you keep that", Kenyan center Tom Wamukota couldn't contain his awe at his teammate's impressive potential.
Kenya had one goal, beat Angola, and qualify for the AfroBasket and Tylor Ongwae made sure it came to reality.
He hit an incredible 16 points and his buzz-beater two-point jump shot is the reason why Kenya will be returning to the AfroBasket after 28 years in oblivion.