Mali lose to Australia in basketball World Cup

Mali suffered their second defeat in as many games as they were thrashed 118-58 by hosts Australia on Friday at the Basketball World Cup.

Having suffered a 89-56 loss to Japan on Thursday, the African runner-up champions lost every quarter against the Australians by at least 10 points in Sydney.

Mali are only playing at the tournament because Nigeria, who qualified after winning the 2021 AfroBasket Women championship, were withdrawn by their government owing to what the latter called “unending drama” in the country’s sport.

Mali meet France on Sunday before facing Serbia on Monday – their final Group B game is against Canada on Tuesday. All the games will be played in Sydney.

The top four in the group make it through to next week’s quarter-finals.

BBC Africa

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