Senegal’s Ibrahima Faye and Kenya’s Desmond Owili contest a jump ball Credit: FIBA

Heavyweights Senegal started the AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers with a comfortable 92-54 win over Kenya at Kigali Arena on Wednesday.

The athletic Senegalese used an explosive second quarter in which they scored 28 points to pin a 38-point defeat on the Morans who struggled with transition defense and turned over the ball a lot during the period.

However, it was Kenya that started the game on the front foot. The Morans started the game with a 5-0 run thanks to Desmond Owili who hit a triple and followed it with a reverse lay-up, but Senegal responded with an 8-0 run in the quarter ended all tied at 19.

Senegal started the second quarter with a 13-0 run to open a double-digit lead and never looked back despite Morans cutting the deficit to 6 points a couple of times before going cold in the fourth quarter.

Point guard Clevin Hannah harnessed the scoring ability of the big men and shooters dishing out a game-high 9 assists to go with 12 points.

Senegal’s Clevin Hannah shields off Kenya’s Reuben Mutoro on the dribble Credit: FIBA

In the third quarter, Kenya capitalized on Senegal’s turnovers to fight back outscoring their opponents 19-11 but had a nightmare fourth quarter on both ends of the floor.

The Morans who fought hard during the first three quarters went ice cold in the final frame scoring just 2 points as Senegal went for 34.

Ibrahima Faye netted game-high 19 points to lead Senegal, Mbaye Ndiaye added 11 points while Pape Malick Dime and Pape Abdou Badji chipped in with 10points apiece.

Despite a poor shooting outing, Tylor Ongwae scored a team-high 13 points for Kenya while Ariel Okall and Owili the other Morans to score in double-figures contributed 10 and 11 points respectively.

Next Games

Kenya will take on Angola on Thursday while Senegal will be up against Mozambique.

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

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