Tunisia became the first nation to defend the Afrobasket Championship, since Angola did it in 2009, after beating West African giant Ivory Coast 78-75 in the final game played on Sunday.

Salah Mejri lead the team with a game-high 22 points, to help Tunisia reclaim a trophy they won in 2017 beating Nigeria in the final.

Tunisia went unbeaten all through the tournament, going 6-0.

It was a classic Tunisian team performance where everybody did their job, they don’t rely on one star, rather on a collective effort.

2.04m centre Makram Ben Romdhane was immense, blocking shots and bossing the boards with 10 rebounds, while Michael Roll, Omar Abada and 2.18m (Seven-footer) Salah Mejri ran the offence, Mejri had 22 points, Roll 18 and Abada 10.

Côte d’Ivoire reached the final for the first time since 2009, when they lost to Angola