After a quiet start to the FIBA Africa tournament, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute broke out on Friday to lead the Cameroon National Team to their second win.
Luc scored a game-high 16 points, matched his rebound total from game one with seven and dished out two assists. But he set the tone on the defensive end with four of Cameroon’s 21 steals as they forced Mali into a whopping 33 turnovers on the way to an easy 89-35 victory.
The game was a clear mismatch from the outset as Cameroon;s defense suffocated Mali and built a 29-6 lead after one quarter. They led 49-12 at the break and 78-17 after three quarters before letting off the gas and giving Luc and his fellow starters the entire fourth quarter off.
Pool play at AfroBasket wraps up on Sunday when Cameroon (2-0) takes on Nigeria (2-0) in a de-facto Group D championship match. The winner of the match will go into the 16-team tournament, which begins Monday, with the higher seed.
- Box Score: Preliminary Round Day 1: Mali – Cameroon 35-89 (AfricaBasket, August 23, 2013)
- Nigeria impressive amid Friday’s abundant blowouts (SB Nation, August 23, 2013)