The South Sudan national basketball team (The Bright Stars) on Saturday registered a convincing result after walloping Mali by 77-64 points at the ongoing AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Kigali Rwanda.
The Bright Stars who started controlling the game since in the quarter one registered 27-16 points in the first quarter, slided in the second quarter with 16-26 points to the Mali side, however the team came stronger in the 3rd and 4th quarter registering 16-11 and 18-11 points respectively to register the first huge win against Mali who are currently ranked at 74 in the World and 9 in Africa better than South Sudan at 107 in the World and 19 in the Africa.
Anyiarbany Makoi became the top performer of the evening after registering all-around numbers of 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The win for the Bright Stars came a day after falling short to Africa’s number one ranked country Nigeria by 76-56 points in the opening group D qualifying games.
South Sudan is currently on the second place in group D table standings after Nigeria’s 83-62 points win against host Rwanda.
After the win, this is what the South Sudan Basketball Federation President and current team coach Loul Deng has to say;
“We want to change the story and narrative about us. We want people to start talking about what we have and what we can bring to the table when it comes to basketball” – Luol Deng
The Basketball team is currently preparing for their final first phrase group D qualification game against host Rwanda at 9:00pm South Sudan time. The team will be looking forward to continuing with their winning trend as they want to register a second win to be in a compatible position in group D ahead of the second phrase qualifiers in February 2021.
The South Sudan’s Basketball Squad :
Teng Puot, Bol Bak, Jackson Makoi, Aluk Adub, Athiey Lwal, Peter Jok, Nuni Omot, Kuany Kuany, Nyang Wek, Mangistu Jongkor, Mathiang Muo, Mackuei Puondak, Deng Mayot, Deng Acuoth and Akoy Agau.