A rare feat with back-to-back FIBA AfroBasket titles for Tunisia. The team led by Dirk Bauermann edged Cote d’Ivoire, 78-75, on Sunday. Former NBA and Turkish Airlines EuroLeague center, Salah Mejri poured a game-high 22 points. Senegal earned third place with an earlier victory, 86-73, against Cape Verde.
Despite a slow start and a bad shooting night, Spain managed to get a 73-65 win over Iran in Group C of FIBA World Cup. Spain won all three of its games so far and stayed at the top of the group while Iran lost all three and finished last. Puerto Rico (2-1) got the better of Tunisia (1-2) earlier today and advanced further. Marc Gasol led the winning side with 16 points while Victor Claver and Juancho Hernangomez added 11 each. The latter also grabbed ten rebounds for a double-double.
Almost two years on, and Salah Mejri is set to re-join Tunisia men’s national team for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017. Tunisia’s Basketball Federation on Sunday announced an 18-player preliminary squad for a training camp that will run from June 18-July 5 in the Tunisian coastal city of Monastir.
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Mohamed Hadidane, a power forward for Tunisia, asked Bryant to sign his right sneaker after the game. That pretty much summed this one up. Want more? The U.S. shot 61%, Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony led the team with 16 points apiece and all 12 Americans scored. Anthony Davis, the soon-to-be NBA rookie, made all five of his shots and finished with 12 points. The only second-half drama involved the astronomical 54-point opening betting line, per the online sportsbook Bovada. Tunisia, the reigning FIBA Africa champion, ended up covering the spread.