Wednesday, June 12
Girls: Uganda 63-55 Rwanda
Boys: Rwanda 96-36 Uganda

Junior Gazelles extended their perfect start at the Zone 5 U16 Qualifiers with a come-from-behind win over Rwanda at Amahoro Stadium on Wednesday.

Led by Maria Najjuma who exploded for 31 points and picked 36 boards, the Ugandans erased a four-point halftime deficit to edge their hosts 63-55.

The Ugandan youngsters trailed 17-14 after the opening ten minutes and were edged 16-15 in the second quarter.

Regina Ajuma who logged 40 minutes came in handy with 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Shilla Lamunu also scored 11 points in a typical youth game in which Uganda shot 28-of-94 from the floor and outrebounded Rwanda 75-60.

Junior Silverbacks and their coaches Brian Wathum (L) and Ronnie Mutebi (R) Credit: FERWABA

In the boys’ category, the Junior Silverbacks were terribly bruised by their Rwanda counterparts, losing 96-36.

Jonathan Kasilisimbi, the only Ugandan to reach double figure scored 10 points.

Kevin Ishema scored 20 points and picked 8 rebounds to lead Rwanda, Pacifique Mutabazi added 19 points and Roman Kizito contributed 15 points in the dominant performance.

Uganda’s Upcoming Fixtures

Friday, June 14
Girls: Uganda vs Tanzania

Saturday, June 15 
Girls: Rwanda vs Uganda
Boys: Uganda vs Rwanda

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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