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    In the opening match of the ninth African Basketball championships the host country, Senegal, beat Mauritania, watched by the Senegalese Prime Minister and representatives of the nine other competing countries.

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    In the opening match of the ninth African Basketball championships the host country, Senegal, beat Mauritania, watched by the Senegalese Prime Minister and representatives of the nine other competing countries.

    SYNOPSIS: The last championships, held in Cairo two years ago were won by Egypt, who with Senegal, are favourite to win the competition. The 10 countries taking part have been split into two pools for the nine day championships. A total of 27 games will be played in two stadia in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with the final on New Year's Day. After the opening ceremony, at the Demba Diop stadium, Senegals Prime Minister, Mr. Abdou Diouf, was presented to members of the teams from Senegal and Mauritanis, who played the first game.

    Senegal, newcomers to the African basketball championships, started hesitantly but took a six point lead after nine minutes.

    Mauritania, without one of their star players, found themselves trailing further behind, despite coming close to scoring. But by the end of the first half of the match Senegal - with a lead of 57 to 28 - began to dominate the play.

    From than on Mauritania found themselves under constant pressure and the Christmas Day crowd saw their side open up a commanding lead. The home team, known locally as The Lions, with an average age of 23, reached the one hundred point mark with only four minutes of the game remaining, and ended up clear winners by 112 to 57. The top point scorer of the match was Senegal's 22-year-old Moussa Tour - who at 1.98 metres is his side's tallest player.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAG4RI9IS84JEBKY5FGYPYC7OH
    Media URN:
    VLVAAG4RI9IS84JEBKY5FGYPYC7OH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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