RADES (AfroBasket 2015) - Angola and Nigeria will square off in Sunday's Final at AfroBasket 2015 after beating hosts Tunisia and Senegal respectively in Saturday’s Semi-Final in Rades, Tunisia.
In the highly-anticipated game of the day Angola defeated Tunisia 58-51.
Angola and Nigeria will meet in a re-match of the title game from AfroBasket 2003.
The Angolans, paced by Carlos Morais, Eduardo Mingas and Yanick Moreira who combined for 48 points, led for all but 1:41 minute of the contest.
Makram Ben Romdhane paced the Tunisians with 12 points, Michael Roll added 10 but the Tunisians were unable to capitalise on the tireless support from the 12,000 strong home fans.
Tunisia's Salah Mejri was a non-factor as he finished with 2 points in 26:29 minutes.
Tunisia entered the Semi-Finals averaging 70 points per game, but trailed 24-15 at half-time - the lowest half-time score in the last 50 years of the tournament. This perfectly summed up the hosts' struggles to score.
They did use a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 41-39, but Moncho Lopez cleverly called a timeout just in time to regroup the Angolans who reached the Final for the ninth time in a row.
In the first Semi-Final, Nigeria registered an 88-79 overtime win over Senegal to return to the title game at AfroBasket for the first time since that clash against Angola in 2003.
The win ended Senegal's five-game winning streak in the tournament.
Nigeria sharpshooter Chamberlain Oguchi made 8 of his 13 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 28 points, while Gorgui Dieng - who played the entire 45 minutes despite being in foul trouble - spearheaded Senegal's charge with 20 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
It was a balanced game that saw seven lead changes.
Nigeria saw a nine-point second quarter evaporate as Ibrahima Thomas hit a three-pointer in the dying seconds of the period to give the Senegalese a 37-35 half-time lead.
Nigeria entered the final minute of regulation leading 76-73 but Dieng hit a three-pointer to tie the contest at 76-76 and send it to overtime.
Nigeria's team rotation proved crucial as their bench came up with a pivotal 21-point contribution.
The winner of the Final claiming the sole qualifying berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Teams that finish second, third and fourth will secure places in next year's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs).
Early in the day, Egypt concluded their campaign with a 69-63 victory over Algeria to finish fifth in the competition, while Mali defeated Gabon 94-82 in the 7th to 8th-place.