Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team D’Tigers started off their qualification series for the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket Championship in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday, November 26th.
D’Tigers recorded a 76-56 win against South Sudan in their first group encounter in the series played in the early hours of Thursday, November 26th, 10am Nigerian time to be precise.
Nigeria were missing a good number of key players, the NBA-based players could not be part of the team but it didn’t have much, if any impact as the tigers roared out of the gate and took the first quarter 22-17 and also the second quarter 24-12.
D’Tigers’ new head coach, Mike Brown was making his managerial debut with the team and it turned out to be a pretty comfortable one, even though South Sudan stormed back to take the third quarter 20-15, but D’Tigers bounced back to take the fourth quarter 15-7.
The South Sudanese were coached by former NBA player, Loul Deng, who coincidentally had played under Nigeria’s current coach, Mike Brown at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The master maintained status quo over the apprentice this time, with Mike Brown’s Nigeria proving too strong for Loul Deng’s South Sudan, suffering a 20 point loss in the end, 76-56 it ended.
Caleb Agada made a huge impact off the bench to lead the scoring with 16 points while 4 starters hit double figures, Ike Iroegbu with 13, Ike Diogu 11 points, and Keith Omoerah and Obi Emegano with 10 points each.
Nyang Wek led the South Sudan team with 10 points, Amaze Egekeze recorded 10 rebounds while Ike Iroegbu had eight assists in the victory for Nigeria.
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