Egypt loses to DR Congo in FIBA World Cup qualifiers
A mere four days after the men’s national football team crashed out of the World Cup with a loss to Saudi Arabia, the basketball national team gave DR Congo their first win in World Cup qualifying.
After the first quarter Egypt was ahead 24-23, but Congo went on a run in the second quarter and outscored Egypt 16-11. The Pharaohs tried to change things up in the third quarter but Congo were able to still keep their lead despite both teams scoring the same number of points. By the fourth quarter all was done with Congo outscoring Egypt by 10 points.
Omar Oraby scored the most points for Egypt with 19 and also played the second most number of minutes. He was seven from eight for two point shots, missed his only three point shot attempt, and was five from 10 from the line. Oraby also had 12 rebounds and an efficiency of +23 by the end of the game.
Other notable performers were Ramy Gunady and Ibrahim Elgamal who put up 11 and 13 points respectively. Eslam Mohamed also assisted the most shots with five.
Egypt’s head coach Amr Abouelkhir spoke after the disappointing loss which took place at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Hall.
“I think most of it came down to psychology not technically. We have gone seven, eight years now without fans in the league. You may think it would be a positive experience for the players, but at the end of the day it was negative,” Abouelkir emphasized about the sold-out game.
The result puts the Pharaohs in second place in Group C with six points ahead of Morocco who have the same points due to Egypt’s 67-63 win over Morocco earlier on. Egypt will close out the first round on June 30 and July 1 when they face Angola and Morocco respectively.
If Egypt retains its spot among the top three teams in Group C, they will go to the second round of qualifying which will begin in September 2018.
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