RADES (AfroBasket 2015) - Morocco forward Abdelhakim Zouita did a bit of everything but he was unable to avoid a 77-71 defeat to Senegal in Thursday's AfroBasket 2015 action in Rades, Tunisia.
Zouita led all scorers with 27 points, but it was Senegal's Gorgui Dieng who celebrated last.
Although the Senegalese claimed a win, they had a glimpse of how tough their bid to win the tournament and qualify for the 2016 Olympics will be.
It was clearly the most competitive game of the tournament so far.
In Day 2's second game, reigning champions Angola needed to step up to overcome a combative Mozambique team, 84-72.
The Angolans trailed by 11 at the break but head head coach Moncho Lopez got his team to regroup and they appeared a transformed team for the remainder of the contest.
Carlos Morais, who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament a couple of years ago, finished with a team-high 18 points, but the Angolans could not hide a poor and sloppy start to the game as their 22 turnovers showed.
Even though Angola out-rebounded Mozambique 45-26, it wasn't a convincing victory.
Just like they did at AfroBasket 2013, Mozambique gave Angola some hard times, and Augusto Matos was undoubtedly responsible for that.
The 24-year-old point guard was one-man for Mozambique having finished with a game-high 25 points.
He later said that he knew Angola would react strongly, but he felt "pleased with the overall performance."
In Group D's second game of the day, Mohamed Harat propelled Algeria to an 87-67 win over debutants Zimbabwe.
Harat finished with 21 points, while his teammate point guard Mounir Benzegala made 4 of his 8 three-pointers on his way to 16 points.
Vitalis Chikoko and Tatenda Maturere had 14 points apiece for Zimbabwe, but that was not good enough to stop beat Algeria.
In the first game of the day, Cape Verde simply proved too much to handle for Cote d'Ivoire as they never trailed and even led my as many as 30 points on their way to a 76-56 victory.
Cape Verde point guard Jeff Xavier came off the bench to score 19 points, while Souleyman Diabate was the only Ivorian to scored in double figures, finishing with a dozen.
The islanders' triumph was a real statement of their position in the Group Phase.
More than trouncing the 'Elephants', Cape Verde displayed an impressive ball movement as well a scoring efficiency.