George Galanopoulos: We have to be better

Silverbacks head coach George Galanopoulos was left wondering what could have gone wrong for his side in their opening game of the Fiba Afrobasket Championship played Wednesday evening in Kigali, Rwanda.

Uganda were thumped 93-55 by Senegal in a game they only contested in two first-half quarters before folding into submission for the rest of the game.

Galanopoulos believes his side can do much better than what they delivered in their first game and should improve in the remaining games of the tournament.

“The ball didn’t move well, we turned it over when we tried to move it. We looked a little disconnected,” he said after the game on Wednesday.

“We are going to get better from this, we will have an honest conversation about what happened and see how to do better,” he added. 

Uganda’s small line-up was bullied in the paint by the big and tall Senegalese forwards. 

The West Africans drained 12 of 32 from downtown and 24 of 45 from inside the paint to power past Uganda and win the first played game of group D.

The Silverbacks meanwhile were struggling to find their rhythm on offence and shot a dismal six of 36 from downtown plus 14 of 38 from the paint.

Uganda were also careless with possession and turned it over 24 times to gift Senegal 38 points. “I don’t think we created that many good shots on the night,”

Galanopoulos fancies a fast game and a lot of ball movement on the floor but his charges failed to execute and ended up on the losing end.

Adam Seiko was the only Silverback to score in double figures and got 12 points on his national team debut.

Kieran Zziwa got nine points while Ishmail Wainwright and Arthur Kaluma contributed eight points each in Uganda’s losing effort.

Gorgui Dieng led all scorers with 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace Senegal. Brancou Badio (17 points), Ibrahima Faye (15 points), and Alga Ndiaye (14 points) also scored in double figures for Senegal. 

Published: 08/26/2021