Uganda Women’s U16 team, Junior Gazelles, were crowned winners of the FIBA Africa Zone V qualifiers on Saturday at Amohoro Stadium.

The Ugandan youngsters completed the tournament unbeaten, twice sweeping aside hosts Rwanda as well as Tanzania, and in the process qualified for the African championship that will be hosted in the same city in August.

On Saturday, Junior Gazelles beat Rwanda, 74-49, Shilla Lamunu poured in game-high 29 points. Maria Najjuma, who was the most outstanding player at the week-long event added 20 points and pulled down tournament-high42 rebounds. Regina Ajuma also registered a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.

The qualification is the first for Uganda at the U16 level.

Uganda’s U16 side Credit: FERWABA

Meanwhile, the boys side lost to Rwanda again but played better than they did in their first game.

The Junior Silverbacks lost 72-51. Waligo Muwanguzi scored team-high 14 points and pulled game-high 6 rebounds. Joseph Dralega added 10 points in the losing effort.

For the two wins over Uganda, Rwanda boys secured the ticket to the continental championship.

All Zone V U16 Qualifiers Results

Day 1: Monday, June 10
Girls: Rwanda 63-74 Tanzania

Day 2: Tuesday, June 11
Girls: Tanzania 39-58 Uganda

Day 3: Wednesday, June 12 
Girls: Uganda 63-55 Rwanda 
Boys: Rwanda 96-36 Uganda

Day 4: Thursday, June 13
Girls: Tanzania 54-61 Rwanda

Day 5: Friday, June 14 
Girls: Uganda 78-36 Tanzania

Day 6: Saturday, June 15 
Girls: Rwanda 49-74 Uganda 
Boys: Uganda 51-72 Rwanda

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

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