Silverbacks Suffer Defeat in Build-up Game

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In short
Although the Uganda team won the first quarter18-14, the second quarter ended 31-29 in favor of Team select. In the third quarter the Silverbacks took a slim lead of 50-49 before team select took the day edging the Silverbacks 79-67.

The Uganda Basketball men's national team, Silverbacks lost 79-67 in a build-up game to Team Select on Friday night ahead of the 2017 Afro Basketball qualifiers.

In a hotly contested game played at the MTN arena, Lugogo Team select which comprised of an all star group of players took advantage of the Silverbacks bad defending and turn over's.

Although the national team were in command of the first quarter 18-14, the second quarter ended 31-29 in favor of Team select. In the third quarter the Silverbacks took a slim lead of 50-49 before team select took the day edging the Silverbacks 79-67.

Chris Omanye Basheke made a game high 20 points, while Joseph Chuma added 13 points for the Team select side.

For the Silverbacks side, centre Ivan Lumanyika made 17 points, while shooting guard Ben Komakech made 14 points.

In the ladies game played earlier, the national women's team, Gazelles stopped Team Select women 88-72 in a highly competitive game.The Gazelles won all the four quarters 21-14,48-29,66-50 and 88-72 respectively.

Gazelles' Ritah Immanishimwe made a game high 14 points, while Sarah Agena made 13points.For Team Select,Brenda Ekon made a game high 20 points while Florence Nanyonga added 18 points.
 

The 2017 Afrobasket Basket qualifiers will be held in Cairo Egypt, March 12th -18th this year. Uganda will play against seven teams of Egypt, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya and they must be among the best two if they are to qualify for the for the Afrobasket finals 2017 in Brazaville.
 

In 2014, Uganda Silverbacks qualified for the final for the first time as it came second after Egypt. Uganda lost to Egypt in the finals played in Kampala.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.