The runners-up of AfroBasket 2013 dominated the entire contest, leaving Gabon, who returned to the competition after a decade-long absence, unable to respond.
Turning Point: Gabon led by a point in the final minutes of the opening quarter, but Egypt's point guard Ehab Amin came off the bench to score six consecutive points and give his team a 16-15 first-quarter lead, and Gabon never led again.
Game Hero: Amin not only finished with a game-high 4 assist, but he also added 11 points.
The Bottom Line: Egypt's suffocating full-court defense as well their fast-break plays proved too much for Gabon, who only managed their first field-goal midway through the first quarter. Although Stephane Lasme did what he does best, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds, and contributing 9 points for Gabon, they will need to regroup to remain alive in Group C. Egypt used a 33-0 run in the second quarter and Gabon, who seemed energetic and ready to compete early in the game, were never the same again, trailing 43-15 at half-time.