Basketball powerhouse Argentina eased past debutants Nigeria 94-66 in Rio with Facundo Campazza scoring 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point territory.
San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili added 12 points and the Brooklyn Nets’ Luis Scola 18 as the more experienced Argentines proved too much for African champions D’Tigers.
Argentina are the only team to have won an Olympic basketball gold other than the USA since 1988 after their golden generation led them to glory in the Athens 2004 Games, and they proved too much for Nigeria, racing to an 11-0 lead from which they never looked back.
Their superior ball movement and tough defence set up eight first-half three-pointers and a 50-31 halftime lead. It was no different in the second half, with the Argentines cruising to the final buzzer. They finished with 15 three-pointers.
Nigeria was led by Ikechukwu Diogu’s 15 points and 13 rebounds, and 14 points from Ebi Ere.