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Tapsoba, Burkina Faso Fall To Rwanda In Pool Play

Kader Tapsoba started his first career game for the Burkina Faso National Team on Wednesday.

August 21, 2013


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire – Texas Tech’s Kader Tapsoba picked up six points, two rebounds and two blocks in his first career start for the Burkina Faso National Team, but it was not enough, as the Stallions fell to Rwanda, 80-61, in the first round of Group B action of the FIBA African Championships on Wednesday from the Palais des Sports de Treichville.

This is Burkina Faso’s first-ever appearance at the FIBA African Championships. The Stallions, as they are affectionately known, secured one of the original eight seeds in the event by winning Zone 3.

Tapsoba won the opening tip for Burkina Faso and came out aggressive, taking two of the Stallions first four shots. In all, Tapsoba was 3 of 9 from the field in 22 minutes of action.

Burkina Faso returns to action against Tunisia on Friday at 10 a.m. CT. The Stallions conclude pool play in Group B on Sunday against Morocco at 2:30 p.m. CT.  The games can be seen live on

Burkina Faso will need to win both in order to advance to the elimination rounds.

Tapsoba, who graduated in May, will return to Lubbock to begin work on a master’s degree and complete his senior season for the Red Raiders following play in the African Championships.



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