Nigeria Qualify for next round of FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

By Anulika Menanya, Lagos

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Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, continued in their impressive form to beat Uganda and qualify for the next round of qualification for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

D’Tigers defeated Uganda 109 -66 on Friday, June 30 in the second window of the qualifiers.

D’Tigers won the first quarter 30-21, and extended the lead to 51-35 at the end of the second quarter.

They led in the third quarter 81-52 and finished the game with 109 points.

Captain, Ike Diogu, proved himself as being vital yet again to the D’Tigers and their quest to make the Basketball World Cup in China.

Thanks to his high game points of 24, 7 rebounds and 3 assists with Obi Emegano adding 15 points and 12 points each from debutants Tosin Mehinti and Jordan Nwora.

Speaking after the game, head coach of D’Tigers, Alex Nwora stated that he was pleased with performance of the team which included several debutants for the national team.

“I had 8 debutants on my team and was switching based on what Uganda had on the floor. I tried to give everyone a run and I am glad they all did well in the end despite a shaky start,” he said.

The Ugandans despite falling to a superior, D’Tigers had 3 players in double digits Jordin Mayes, Deng John Geu and Robinson Odoch scoring 18,13 and 11 points respectively.

Nigeria’s next game is against Rwanda who beat Mali 82-72 in their opening game earlier in the night.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim