Originally Posted by gabepizza
Since the retirement of Yao, Africa has surpassed Asia and is no longer the weakest zone. The Olympic qualifying tournament proved that with the Asian teams going 0-4 and losing all 4 of their games by an average of 32.5 points and the African teams going 4-4 with one team actually advancing to the Olympics and winning an elimination game (and against Greece at that)
Agreed. Imagine how much better these African teams would be if they had proper funding and could afford to bring all their best players over for the national team.
- Mali gave Nigeria a stern test through 3 quarters but the Nigerians pulled away and showed their class in the 4th. The Aminu brothers had several highlight reel dunks. Ike Diogu showed why he's the most important player for Nigeria.
- Morocco lost a heartbreaker to defending champions Tunisia. Makram Ben Romdhane (just signed in Spain with Murcia) got the offensive rebound of a Mejri free throw and scored the game winning layup with 1.7 seconds left.
- Cape Verde took down CAF. They have an intriguing NBA prospect on their team in 7'3" Walter Tavares who plays in Spain.
- The athleticism and length in this Senegal - Ivory Coast game is jaw dropping. The host nation looks quite strong and both of these teams are contenders to take it all.
The atmosphere and crowd at these games has been excellent. Packed crowds, fans playing drums and trumpets, visiting fans, etc.