Nigeria out of FIBA AfroCan after narrow loss to Algeria

Nigeria out of FIBA AfroCan after narrow loss to Algeria

Nigeria home based D’Tigers have been knocked out of the maiden edition of the FIBA AfroCan following an 84-80 loss to Algeria in the quarter final qualifications game on Tuesday at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga, Bamako, Mali.

The D’Tigers started very well with a better ball movement, less turn overs compared to the last two group games and maintained the lead in the first half 43-39.

Nigeria who led for most part of the game took a 5 point-lead to the fourth quarter but eventually surrendered their lead with 7 minutes remaining on the clock.

D’Tigers rallied back to reduce a 10 point deficit to 3 points (83-80) with 13 seconds left after Algeria had taken a 9-0 run.

With 10 seconds remaining, Merouane Bourkaib was fouled by D’Tigers guard Michael Okiki giving out two free throws, Bourkaib converted one and missed the second (84-80).

Algeria’s 4 point-lead was more than enough to book their spot in the quarter final against Angola.

Abdul Yahaya finished with a game high 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists including three 3-pointers in the game.

Abdulwahab Yakubu added 16 points and 4/6 From the deep while Michael Okiki contributed 12 points and 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

For Algeria, three players finished in double figures, Abdellah Hamdini had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, one block and one steal. Omar Belliche added 21 points while Nadyr Labouize scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

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