FIBA Afrobasket 2021: D’Tigers begin qualifiers with victory

FIBA Afrobasket 2021: D’Tigers begin qualifiers with victory

The D’Tigers commenced their 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers campaign with a win over their first opponents, South Sudan at the Kigali Arena on Thursday morning.

The Nigeria men’s basketball team defeated their counterparts 76-56 in a 20 point game at the end of the fourth quarter.

Mike Brown who made his debut as D’Tigers coach on Thursday picked a starting five which included: Ike Diogu, Ike Ireogbu, Obi Emegano, Micheal Gbinije and Keith Omoerah.

Overall it was a slow start for the Nigerian team but they soon got into their groove opening a 17 point lead over South Sudan at half time.

D’Tigers however saw this lead cut short to 12 points by a rejuvenated South Sudanese team in Q3 and further cut down to 8 points midway into Q4 before the 2015 Afrobasket Champions picked up the pace again.

Top performers for D’Tigers on the day were Ireogbu who finished the game with 13 points, 7 rebounds, a game high 8 assists and 1 steal; Caleb Agada had a game high 16 points; while the likes of Diogu (11points), Omoerah (10points) and Emegano (10points) all finished with double digit points.¬†

Next up for D’Tigers are the hosts, Rwanda on Saturday evening in what promises to be an exciting encounter at the Kigali Arena.

 

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