Egypt loses to Angola to put FIBA World Cup 2019 qualification in danger
A day after giving DR Congo’s first win in World Cup qualifiers, Egypt lost once again to secure Angola’s qualification to the second round of the qualifiers.
In the first quarter Egypt went behind early, but were able to go ahead on multiple occasions. However, not only did the Pharaohs go without scoring a single point during three minutes of the quarter but also missed multiple free throws to give Angola the 17-14 lead at the break.
Despite the shaky end to the first quarter, Egypt did well to put themselves back in the game in the second quarter outscoring Angola by three points to equalize the game. The Pharaohs continued to press in the third quarter and were able to end it with the lead against Angola. However similarly to the game against DR Congo yesterday, the team performed poorly in the fourth quarter to give Angola a precious win that secured their qualification to the second round.
Egypt’s star player was Amr Abdelhalim who scored 24 points, more than double any other of his teammates. He was two from four on two point shots, five from nine on three point shots, and five from six from the line. Assem Marei also put in a notable performance with the most rebounds, eight, and most assists, three, for the team. However, he also missed a whopping seven from eight of his free throw shots.
The result moves Egypt to third and the final qualification spot in Group C with seven points from five games. Angola and Morocco have already secured qualification thus the final spot is between Egypt and Congo.
Egypt will have to win their game against Morocco on Sunday to secure qualification to the second round whatsoever is Congo’s result. If Egypt and Congo lose, Egypt will qualify due to having more points. If Congo win but Egypt lose, it will go down to point difference since Egypt and Congo both won a game each against one another. As it stands, Congo would take the third spot since their point difference is -7 while Egypt’s is -19.
The Pharaohs will face Morocco while DR Congo will face Angola in the final Group C matches on July 1.
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