Shorthanded Silverbacks battered in Angola

Jimmy Enabu and James Okello sandwich an Angolan opponent during Friday's loss (COURTESY PICTURE)

BASKETBALL Shorthanded Silverbacks battered in Angola

Ndyamuhaki J Emanzi 21:06 - 24.02.2023

Angola outrebounded and undersized Uganda 63-36 and scored 33 of 93 from the field compared to the Silverbacks’ 17 of 53.

The difference between Uganda’s Silverbacks and Angola in their Fiba Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers game was like night and day.

Uganda’s display was a proper representation of a team with zero preparation before the action and terribly lost 82-49 in the first of three back-to-back games Friday night.

Angola are a better basketball nation compared to Uganda, and would probably win the game, regardless. And faced with a team short on numbers and quality, the 11-time African champions obliterated the East African nation with a commanding second half show.

Innocent Ochera’s connection from the corner was the game’s last piece of action and only helped Uganda cut the deficit to 33 points.

Fayed Baale and Peter Obleng were the only Ugandan players to score in double figures, 15 and 11 points respectively.

Childe Dundao had a game high 16 points and led Angola’s charge while Gerson Goncalves and Antonio Monteiro added 12 and 10 respectively.

Angola outrebounded and undersized Uganda 63-36 and scored 33 of 93 from the field compared to the Silverbacks’ 17 of 53.

One sided affair

It was a new look Silverbacks starting five with team captain Jimmy Enabu as the most experienced.

Baale, Ceaser Kizito, James Okello and Titus Lual completed the starting line-up.

The start was scrappy with neither team taking full control but the home side eventually settled, dominating the inside and causing Uganda problems.

Back to back threes for Angola sandwiched Enabu’s strong drive to the basket and the hosts led 06-02 early.

Baale’s free throws closed the first quarter with Angola leading by eight points (17-09).

Uganda greatly improved in the second quarter, competing well on defense and forcing turnovers off Angola.

Kizito drained a three pointer to reduce the deficit to just four points (21-17) and force Angola into a timeout with 6.39 on the clock in the second frame.

Enabu’ drive to the basket made it a two-point game before Peter Obleng nailed a long two to level matters (21-21) midway through the quarter.

The KIU Titans forward then converted two free throws to give Uganda her first lead (23-21) with 4.47 minutes on the clock.

He added another fade away jumper to stretch the lead to four points (25-21) but back to back threes got the former African champions back in the lead (31-28).

The hosts took a six-point lead (34-28) into the halftime break.

By the time the halftime buzzer went, Baale was already on 12 points.

The lead grew into double digits (39-28) just over a minute into the third quarter and coach Andrew Tendo was forced to call for a time out.

Lual’s three with 4.33 left on the clock was Uganda’s first bucket in the third quarter, the Silverbacks simply had no answers to Angola’s pressure defense.

Angola led by 21 points (59-38) going into the last quarter and there was no stopping them as the difference became 34 in the end.

Uganda’s nine men will have no time to recover, clashes with Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea are lined up for Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Fiba Basketball World Cup Qualifiers 


Uganda 49-82 Angola