The Silverbacks, Uganda’s senior men’s basketball team, lost 79-71 to Cape Verde in a quarterfinal game in Kigali on Thursday evening, ending their outstanding FIBA Afrobasket 2021 campaign.
Despite a record-breaking 21 points from Arthur Kaluma and 13 points from Ismail Wainright for the Silverbacks, Cape Verde proved too powerful, dominating the opening three quarters.
The Silverbacks’ fairytale at the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket came to an end as Walter Tavares led the way with 23 points, while Aoel Almeida and Jeferry Nunnes Xavier added 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Silverback coach George Galanopoulos remarked immediately after the loss that he is pleased of his squad, which he believes defied all odds to reach the quarterfinals.
“I am really pleased of this bunch, but this is not the end.” I’m delighted to be a part of it. “I am a proud coach who is looking forward to the future,” he added.
Galanopoulos stated the squad fell short in certain areas against Cape Verde, but that they have learned lessons that will help them improve.
“It’s a little disheartening when you lose when you thought you were going to win. This team went into the game with the expectation of winning. We did a good job on defense for the majority of the game, but we didn’t convert on offense and didn’t shoot well.”
After their thrilling performance in Kigali, Galanopoulos believes the Silverbacks’ future is bright.