TRIPOLI (FIBA Africa Championship / AfroBasket) - Cote d'Ivoire land Turkey 2010 ticket, battle Angola for title.
Cote d'Ivoire provided a spectacular play to edge out Cameroon in the second semi-final to the 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Africa Union Hall in Tripoli, Libya with a 68-61 points victory.
Cote d'Ivoire become the second Africa country to have booked its place in the Turkey 2010 FIBA World Championship after Angola who is also through o the grand finale of the 2009 Africa Championship to be decided Saturday in Tripoli.
Tunisia and 2007 runner-up, Cameroon will battle for the last ticket when they confront each other in the third place game of the Africa championship.
Cameroon won the first quarter of the royal battle by 13-11 points but surrender the lead in the second quarter which the Elephant won by 20-10 points to go into the break with a 31-23 points lead.
The Lion of Cameroon staged another dramatic come back in the third quarter winning by 24-15 points to enter the last quarter with one points advantage but soon found out that the Ivories did not get that far only to watch from then side line when the finals will be decided at 20.00 hours Saturday rallied back strongly to tame the Lions in the last quarter which it won by 22-14 points to run away with a 68-61 points win thus setting up a grand finale confront with defending champion, Angola.
Turkey-based, Cote d'Ivoire reliable forward/centre, Mohamed Kone rose to the occasion once again leading his country change with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Didier Tape added 15 points while Pape-Phillipe Amagou contributed 12 points to set up Saturday grand finale battle against Angola.