Angola on Wednesday in Foshan needed five extra minutes to beat Philippines 84-81 in the last game of Group D at the ongoing FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
Newsmen reports that the win was the Angolans’ first in the 32-team tournament, helping them to advance to the Classification Round.
Angola, who are one of the competition’s African representatives, will now move to Beijing on the back of a 1-2 mark while Philippines conceded their third defeat in as many games.
Six Angolan players scored in double digits during the game, including Valdelicio Joaquim who finished with a team-high 20 points.
Jacques Conceicao, Carlos Morais and Reggie Moore combined for 33 points and Yanick Moreira added a double-double 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Andray Blatche came up with yet another double-double performance finishing with a game-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds to his account.
Jaymar Perez hit 3-for-8 from beyond the arc, finishing with 17 points in the losing cause.
The turning point of the game was when, trailing 75-76, Angola’s head coach Will Voigt called a timeout.
It helped to draw a three-point play by Reggie Moore which put the Angolans in front 78-76, and the former African champions never trailed again, sealing a much-awaited win.
Earlier, while Nigeria beat South Korea 108-66, Tunisia lost 64-67 to Puerto Rico in their last group games respectively.
Africa is also being represented at the World Cup by Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.