Mon. Sep 16th, 2019

D’Tigers Beat China, Qualify For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers defeated China 86-73 to clinch an automatic ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In front of about 9,000 fans, Alex Nwora’s men defied the odds to skip past the host nation with a dominant performance.

The resilient team took the initiative in the second quarter from China who won the first quarter, 21-19 points as they asserted their authority to end the first half, 35-31 points.

Playing against China who were also desperate for an automatic ticket from Asia, the players came to the party to clinch the 3rd and 4th quarters, 25-20, 26-22 on the day that 4 players recorded double figures.

Josh Okogie who shot 16 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds to help his team to a win was unanimously voted as the man of the match while Nnamdi Vincent scored 14 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound.

Ekpe Udoh and Chimezie Metu scored 13 and 11 points respectively as the D’Tigers recorded the highest number of wins (3) in a single World Cup.

Head Coach, Alex Nwora described the win as a sweet victory which was enough to compensate the team for missing out of a place in the quarter finals

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