Guinea secured a quarter-final place at the 2021 AfroBasket tournament by dramatically coming from behind to beat hosts Rwanda ©

Angola and Guinea secured quarter-final berths at the 2021 AfroBasket tournament after winning the first two matches in the knockout round.

The knockout round is contested between the sides that finished second and third in the four groups, with the four group winners having already secured their places in the quarter-final stage.

The first match of the day at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda saw Angola defeat Egypt 70-62.

Angola led by a point after the first quarter, but extended their advantage to eight points at the break thanks to a strong second quarter.

Angola won the third quarter by three points, and despite Egypt winning the fourth quarter by the same margin it was not enough to overturn the deficit against them.

Group D winners Senegal will be Angola’s quarter-final opponents on Wednesday (September 1).

The second match of the day saw hosts Rwanda suffer a narrow defeat to Guinea 72-68, with Guinea, the lowest ranked side in the competition, overturning a nine point deficit in the final quarter to reach the last eight.

Rwanda won the opening quarter 15-13, before Guinea edged ahead at the break, winning the second quarter 18-15 to take the lead 31-30 by the narrowest of margins.

Rwanda bounced back in the third quarter and took it 24-13 to put themselves in the driving seat.

Guinea fought back again and won the final quarter 28-14 to claim a dramatic victory by four points, helped by the scoring of Mohamed Queta, who netted seven of his 13 points inside the final four minutes of play.

Group C winners Ivory Coast await Guinea in the quarter-finals, with that match also scheduled for September 1.

The remaining first knockout round games are scheduled for tomorrow, with Nigeria playing Uganda before South Sudan face Kenya.

Tunisia and Cape Verde are awaiting the winners of those contests in the remaining quarter-finals.