Uganda lost to Nigeria on Friday in their first game(File Photo)FIBA 2019 World cup qualifiers Nigeria 109-66 UgandaLagos, NigeriaFriday, 29-06-2018The Uganda men’s national basketball team, the Silver Backs got off to the worst possible start at the second phase of the first round of the 2019 FIBA World cup qualifiers in Lagos-Nigeria going down 66-109 to the hosts.Inspired by a rowdy and inspiring home crowd, and led by team captain Ike Diogu, Nigeria led 51-35 at the break, and never looked back.Diogu finished with a game-high 24 points, while Uganda’s new recruit Jordin Mayes hit two of his seven three-pointer attempts to lead the East African with 18 points.Diogu got the crowd roaring as early as the sixth second of the game with a long three off a Bryant Mbamalu assist.Seconds later, Uganda’s Robinson Odoch answered with a three of his own to tie the game at 3-3.Nigeria threatened to pull away after 19 year old Jordan Nwora threw down a lay up to make it 11-11 with 4:56 on the clock but Jordan Mayes who top scored for Uganda in the first quarter kept on replying to keep his side’s hopes high.Nigeria went on a run of 10-0 in the last two minutes to win the quarter 30-21 with Diogu shooting 2/2 outside the ‘D’.Braxton Obugueze got the second rolling with a layup inside the first minute as Nigeria went on rampage, scoring the first 13 points of the quarter and extending their lead to 22 with the score-board reading 43-21.Uganda finally got onto the score board when Mayes converted a long three with 5:13 to play.The Silver Backs cut the lead to 16 at halftime but Nigeria now new it was their game to lose as the scores read 51-35 in favour of the West Africans.Nigeria never looked back from there, winning the third 30-17 and giving a chance for their star players including Diogu to seat out the quarter.Despite most of Nigeria’s bench being on the court for the final quarter, Uganda failed to capitalize as they lost it 28-14 and the game 109-66.After Rwanda defeating Mali 82-72 in the other group B game, it means that Uganda are now occupying the elimination spot with two games to play.The Silver Backs take on Mali at the same venue on Saturday evening and will be hoping to get a positive result and also try to better there points difference as it may come into play after the final game against Rwanda on Sunday.Uganda has two more games left before the end of the first round (file photo)With the result, Nigeria increased their FIBA Basketball World Cup aspirations by becoming the first team to advance to the 12-team Second-Round.And, in the process, Nigeria extended their African Qualifiers winning streak to 4-0 with two games remaining.Sixteen African nations are competing this week across four cities (Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, and Tunisia) for the ultimate goal of securing the five tickets on offer for Africa for the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.In the second round, the top three teams from each group will be placed in a group with three other top teams.All results from the first qualification round, except for results against teams that don’t advance, are carried over to the second round.Games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top two teams in each group along with the better placed third team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup proper.Group B standings:Nigeria 8ptsMali 6ptsUganda 5ptsRwanda 5ptsComments Tags: FIBA 2019 World cup qualifierstop
You may have heard NPR’s Morning Edition running their “Unsung Museums” special this summer. Well it turns out Alaska has its fair share of them, including the hammer museum in Haines. It’s a place where hammers are revered, and boast stories both heartfelt and weird. The Hammer Museum has been open for more than a dozen years, providing a public display not to be matched. Listen nowA 19-foot hammer guards the outside of the Hammer Museum in Haines. The museum features 2,000 hammers on display and sees about 5,000 visitors each summer. (Photo by Jillian Rogers, KHNS – Haines)Dave Pahl is the founder of the Hammer Museum.“You know, it easily could have been saws,” Pahl said. “In fact, we won’t even go there because I’ve got a big saw thing going on, too.”Pahl said he didn’t ‘have a clue’ that a tourist attraction would be the end game to his hammer collection, which he started decades ago. The museum features 2,000 hammers on display. And that’s not even all of them.“I think the combination of the variety, the collectability – I had hammers for my own use before I even had any thought of collecting – and then the history, really, wrapped it all up,” Pahl said. “It seems like there’s a lot more history in a hammer, there’s a lot of history in saws, too, but the hammer was man’s first tool. It’s the king of tools, that’s what they say.”The museum, nestled in a cozy spot just off Main Street and guarded by a 19-foot replica hammer, opened in 2002. It became a nonprofit a couple of years later. Since then, Hammer Museum t-shirts and trinkets emblazoned with cheeky sayings like ‘Nailed it’ and “I got hammered at the Hammer Museum” fly off the shelves in the summer months. On a busy Wednesday, cruise ship passengers crowd into the small space and marvel at the collection.And of course, MC Hammer is playing in the background.To enhance the atmosphere on Wednesdays, the museum busiest day of the week, they play hammer-related songs and MC Hammer – There aren’t a ton of hammer songs, but MC Hammer released at least eight albums.Gloria and Mark Olson are perusing the collection. They’re cruise ship passengers from Battleground, Washington.MARK: “I love it!”GLORIA: “He said ‘I’m going to take hundreds of pictures in here.”MARK: “My first thought is ‘How can there be so many different types of hammers?’”Ashleigh Reed is the museum’s director. She said people step through the door and usually their first word is ‘Wow!’ But, there are those few … A cruise ship guest snaps photos of the extensive hammer collection at the Hammer Museum in Haines on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Wednesdays are the museum’s busiest day. (Photo by Jillian Rogers, KHNS – Haines)“There are definitely people that are like ‘oh, I came to look for this hammer very specifically’ and we may or may not have it out on display, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hanging around,” Reed said.Most of the specimens belong to Dave Pahl, but some have been donated from around the world. There are medical autopsy hammers, carpenters’ hammers of course, tiny hammers for making jewelry, giant hammers designed to avoid the dreaded finger whack, and …“Well, we do have murder hammers, and this is one of these hammers that’s been documented in the visitor’s guide of what we have,” Reed said as she showed off the displays.She shows off the ancient Tlingit Warrior Pick, also known as the ‘Slave Killer.” It’s a stone hammer hundreds of years old that Pahl happened to unearth while digging the building’s basement years ago. He took it as a sign that he was on the right track, and the artifact is now displayed prominently. On average, the hammer heaven sees about 5,000 visitors each summer. Between admission sales – it’s five bucks to get in – t-shirt profits, and grants, the museum makes enough to keep Reed employed for about half the year. The quirky venue pretty much markets itself, but a January spot on the quiz show Jeopardy! definitely helped boost the museum, and the town.The Hammer Museum in Haines was featured on the quiz show Jeopardy in January. (Photo courtesy Hammer Museum)In the category ‘Offbeat Museums’ The $200 clue was “Haines, Alaska’s museum of this tool features exhibits on handle making and ‘5 ways not hit your fingers.’” The guy who buzzed in got it wrong, he said knife. But folks in Haines were bursting with pride after their 15 minutes of fame.“But man, that photo of the screen from Jeopardy got, like, 22,000 hits. It got shared and reposted, so there was definite interest, for sure, for sure,” Reed said. “It was pretty fun.”Haines has the only museum dedicated to hammers in the United State. A quick Google search reveals that there are other exhibits around the nation that offer displays of tools, but nothing touches the Hammer Museum here.