Junior Gazelles suffocate Rwanda with the press | FIBA Zone V U-18 Qualifiers

Uganda’s Junior Gazelles pressed Rwanda into a 78-40 defeat in the FIBA Africa Zone V U-18 AfroBasket Qualifiers at Lugogo. However, both sides started the game poorly with neither side controlling the ball well which is commonplace for most age-grade teams in the region. The visitors, despite committing 11 turnovers in the opening quarter, had […] The post Junior Gazelles suffocate Rwanda with the press | FIBA Zone V U-18 Qualifiers appeared first on Kawowo Sports.

Junior Gazelles suffocate Rwanda with the press | FIBA Zone V U-18 Qualifiers
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Uganda’s Junior Gazelles pressed Rwanda into a 78-40 defeat in the FIBA Africa Zone V U-18 AfroBasket Qualifiers at Lugogo.

However, both sides started the game poorly with neither side controlling the ball well which is commonplace for most age-grade teams in the region. The visitors, despite committing 11 turnovers in the opening quarter, had a 14-11 point edge.

The Junior Gazelles were not any better at taking care of the ball as they committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter. However, a change of defensive strategy in the second quarter to a full-court press in the second quarter made a massive difference.

Uganda’s coaching staff, led by John Omondi, figured out that their opponents were not good at advancing the ball under pressure and employed the press for the rest of the game.

The press earned Gazelles instant results as they won the third quarter 31-13 with most of the points coming off forced turnovers from the defensive strategy and never looked back. In fact, 45 of the team’s total points came off turnovers.

Rest Nanangwe dominated with a game-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds. Modesta Anyango, the other Gazelle to score in double digits, contributed 14 points.

Angella Auma, Belinda Alaba and Shiphrah Kiranda contributed 8 points apiece with the latter pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s diamond Brigitte Nibishaka had a team-high 20 points and a game-high 22 rebounds but was the biggest target of Uganda’s press. Nibishaka was forced to cough up the ball 13 times.

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