AfroBasket 2011: Tunisia claims crown, Olympic berth

Aug 29, 2011 by Print
Tunisia is AfroBasket 2011 champion (FIBA)Tunisia became the champion of Africa for the first time by dethroning Angola 56-67 in an exciting final Sunday in Antananarivo, Madagascar, to secure the nation’s first Olympic basketball berth. Marouan Kechrid starred for Tunisia in the final with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Mohamed Hadidane posted 15 and 7 and Salah Mejri controlled the paint with 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for the winners. The first few minutes of the game were even, but Amine Rzig drilled a pair of three-pointers in a 2-20 Tunisia charge that bridged the first and second quarters to make it 11-31. Angola fought back to within 29-40 at the half and came as close as 10 twice in the third quarter. A Kechrid triple midway through the fourth quarter made it 43-59 and signaled time for Tunisia to start celebrating. Carlos Morais scored 17 for Angola, which parted ways with the title it had won at every African Championship dating back to 1999. In the third-place game, Nigeria overcame Cote d'Ivoire behind 19 points from Derrick Obasohan and an Ejike Ugboaja double-double.