D’Tigers overcome Senegal to face host Tunisia in Afrobasket final

D’Tigers overcome Senegal to face host Tunisia in Afrobasket final

Nigeria made it back to back finals of the Afrobasket beating Senegal 76-71 points on Friday.

Bryant Mbamalu had 19 points and 7 rebounds , Ike Iroegbu added 18 points and 3 rebounds , Ike Diogu scored 17 points and 14 rebounds. His second double-double in two consecutive days while Ike Nwamu added 10 points and 2 rebounds.

Both sides took time to get into their rhythm but the game later gained momentum in the second quarter . With less than 12 seconds on the clock, Nwamu lashed in a three point shot to take the tally 15-12 after the game was tied (12-12). At the end of the first half, Iroegbu and Diogu were already on 10 points each while the latter had already started cruising on a double-double, 10 rebounds.

Second quarter was however halted for about 35 minutes due to a shattered backboard. With 6:04 remaining, Maleye N’doye damaged the board following a hard dunk he made. It was a repeat of 2015 Afrobasket; Stanley Okoye’s dunk also damaged the backboard and it had to be replaced before play could continue.

Maune Ndour scored 14 points and 4 rebounds , Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 9 rebounds, Clevin Hannah had 13 points and 7 rebounds while Mouhammad Faye scored 10 points and 4 rebounds for Senegal.

The co-host struggled on the offense and could hardly cope with the physical approach of the D’Tigers.

Once again the Senegelese fail to beat Nigeria in back to back Afrobasket semi-finals.

Defending champions Nigeria will play host Tunisia in the final on Saturday at 6pm.


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    Reply Tolu September 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Pls, can someone explain how Senegal an Tunisia are co-hosting?

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      Reply Queen John September 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Some group games were scheduled in Senegal while others in Tunisia. After the group games , the teams that progressed to the quarter finals traveled to Tunisia and that’s why there was a long break between the last group games and the quarter finals . All these happened when the original host couldn’t meet up so FIBA had to do a joint hosting of the games

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