TUNIS (AfroBasket 2015) In the build-up to the AfroBasket 2015, hosts Tunisia took to the court on Monday to beat Cameroon 83-64 at Rades Sports Hall in the outskirts of the capital Tunis.
The Tunisians, paced by Mohamed Abaasi and Salah Mejri, who finished with team-highs 15 points apiece, led most of the contest, giving home fans plenty of reasons to cheer for the upcoming African championship.
Tunisia's head coach Adel Tlatli used only twelve of his sixteen players, and the newcomers responded the way the veteran tactician expected.
As point guard Omar Abada, a potential fit for Tlatli’s team, came up with 11 points, Tunisian-American Michael Roll added 13 points.
“We played well,” Tlatli said after the game.
I am pleased with the performance of the new players - Tlatli
Tunisia, who aim at winning the African championship at home (19 to 30 August), will resume their preparations playing three warm-up games against Turkey.
The winners of the AfroBasket 2011 had planned to play France during their preparations, but will take on Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the remainder of their preparations.
“These are games against top caliber teams, and will allow us to shortlist 14 players for the AfroBasket.
“The decision will be difficult as we have 16 competitors in the group.”
Mejri, who just became the first Tunisian to be signed by an NBA team, reminded that Tunisia’s success in the tournament will depend on the team’ effort rather than his performances alone.
As for game and the team’s preparation, the 2.17m center said: “We would like to face European team to improve our competitiveness. African teams didn’t bring us much.”
Parfait Bitee had a team-high 13 points, while Kenny Kadji and Jeremy Nzeulie had finished with 10 points apiece in the losing cause.