For its second match in this 2019 basketball World Cup, Tunisia won the first match in its history in the competition by beating Iran 79-67. The other African nations also competing on Monday, September 2 have, for their part, not a miracle.
After a severe defeat against Spain for his first game (101-62), the rest of the competition was announced complicated for the men of Mario Palma. But the Carthage Eagles were able to recover in their second match against Iran. Better than that, since by winning 79-67, the Tunisians sign the first victory of their country in a match of World Cup basketball.
Solid and master of its subject, Tunisia has managed to dominate Iran thanks to Salah Mejri. The pivot of the Dallas Mavericks achieved a capital performance by scoring 22 points for 15 rebounds. With 16 points each, Michael Roll and Makrem Ben Romdhane also showed themselves particularly at the level.
. @ ftbb_tunisie 🇹🇳 takes the crucial win over @iranbasketball 🇮🇷 behind @ 50Mejri's monster performance! 👊⭐️ # TUNIRI #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/h6WJpbp2CrBasketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 2, 2019
If it continues its momentum, Tunisia can now hope to see the second round of the competition. With three points in two games, the qualification is at hand but to do this, a win in their last group match against Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 4 is imperative for Tunisians.
No second round for Angola, Nigeria and Ivory Coast
On the other hand, the other African nations engaged in the competition did not make miracles this Monday, September 2nd. Angola was unable to cope with Italy and fell sharply 92-61. With two defeats in two games, the Angolans are already eliminated before their last meeting against the Philippines.
Defeated 87-71 by Venezuela, Côte d'Ivoire is also already eliminated from the competition. Same for Nigeria, who lost in their second match 94-81 against Argentina. The Nigerians will face South Korea for the honor in their last match because a victory will unfortunately be insufficient to hang one of the first two places in Group B.