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FIBA Olympics pre-qualifying tournament: Cameroon on course for the Olympics

by Lesley Ngwa
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Team Cameroon has the boarding pass to the 2024 Olympic qualifiers. The team defeated Senegal 80-74 in the finals of the pre qualifiers held in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Jeremiah Hill and teammates went undefeated (4-0), thereby winning their first continental level competition, and punching a second Olympic qualifier ticket since their last appearance in 2008.

Both teams who reached the finals as the highest scoring sides had everything to prove. However, Senegal had the first words, with an eight point lead early in the first quarter, but Fabien Ateba will hit a three pointer to level scores at the end of 10 minutes. 25–25 points for both sides.

A smashing 22-8 win for Cameroon into the break was unpredictable by Youssou Ndoye’s side, but the gap had drastically closed at one minute to the end of the last quarter.

A personal foul from Moustapha Diop on Jeremiah Hill will give team Cameroon an advantage to extend their lead.

Jeremiah Hill was Cameroons heartbeat throughout the pre qualifiers. In the finals again Senegal, the 27-years-old produced 11 points, three rebounds, 14 assists, the most by any player in the event.

His contributions to the team’s success years after their second place finish in the 2007 FIBA AFROBASKET cannot be under looked. He finished as the only player to record two doubles -doubles in Lagos.

The Olympics qualifiers are slated for early 2024. Other zone winners of the pre qualifiers include ; Bahrain, Bahamas, Poland, Croatia.

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