D’Tigers continued to live up to their reputation as favourites as they kept up the theme of dominance in the Afrobasket qualifiers against host, Rwanda, on Saturday evening with a resounding 83-62 win.
This came after their first win against South Sudan last Thursday, meaning Nigeria are now 2-0 in the group and have now confirmed qualification from Group D for the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket tournament because they cannot finish below Rwanda.
Just like the game against South Sudan, Nigeria dominated proceedings, losing only the third quarter. The first quarter ended 22-13; the second quarter ended 25-15; the third 19-24, but they sealed the victory with a fourth quarter win of 17-10.
Team captain, Ike Diogu, continues to put the doubts about his age to hed as he led the team in scoring with 18 points, followed by Ike Iroegbu, who poured in 17 points, including a perfect first half where he did not miss a single shot.
Caleb Agada had the most rebounds with four but their three-point percentage dropped from 40% to 30%. Nigeria will finish their qualifying campaign against Mali on Sunday.
With Rwanda already qualified as host for next year’s tournament, the FIBA official website explained: “In case, Rwanda is ranked first, second or third in this group, then the three highest-placed teams will make it to the final tournament from Group D.
“This also means that the best fourth-placed team in all the five groups, based on the classification rules of the Official Basketball Rules, shall obtain the last spot for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, making a total of 16 teams.”
In the second game of the day, South Sudan beat 77-64 to go second behind Nigeria and another victory over Rwanda will confirm their qualification for next year’s tournament.