Congratulations to LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball alum Jamal Olasewere and his Nigerian teammates as Nigeria on Sunday defeated Angola in the 2015 FIBA African Championship in Tunisia, 74-65, for win their first-ever AfroBasket championship.
Nigeria with the victory, automatically qualifies to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil and erase the disappointment of their 2013 FIBA AfroBasket. Nigeria becomes the third nation to qualify for next summer’s Olympics along with the United States and Australia who qualified by winning last summer’s FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Olasewere played ten minutes in each of Nigeria’s first two games against Central African Republic and Uganda, both wins and scoring just one basket in the two games. He did not play against tournament host Tunisia and returned back to action against Mozambique where he had his best scoring game with eight points in only five minutes, hitting on three of four attempts. His final in-game appearance came against Gabon in which he played six minutes and scored two points. He did not play in either the semi-final game against Senegal or in the final against Angola due to coaches’ decision.
Also, LIU junior forward Glenn Feidanga and his Central African Republic team finished AfroBasket in 14th place out of 16 teams after going 1-4 in the tournament. Feidanga just 7.5 minutes per game in three of their five games and scored one point in the entire tournament along with three rebounds in his first tournament with his home nation. He played a tournament-high twelve minutes against Tunisia.