Nigeria’s men basketball team D’Tigers got their first victory in Rio as they outclassed Croatia 90-76.
Croatia started the game as the better side winning the first quarter 28-21. However, Nigeria’s Mike Umeh was the star of the quarter scoring 10 points.
The second quarter resumed with D’Tigers taking control of the game as they scored 12 straight points to lead 33-29. Croatia roared back but Nigeria held on to lead 43-39 at half time.
D’Tigers came into the third quarter believing they could do it; and they absolutely blew the Croatians away scoring 27 points as against their opponents 17.
In the fourth quarter the Croatians fought back but D’Tigers held on to secure a historic victory.
It was a total team performance from the D’Tigers as Mike Umeh ended the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists; while Ebi Ere had 14 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Ike Diogu had double figures with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Josh Akognon added 18 points and 5 assists. Alade Aminu provided 13 points, 7 rebounds, as Mike Gbinije delivered 8 points.
D’Tigers are tied on 5 points with hosts Brazil who they face on Monday by 6:15pm in their final group game. A win could see Nigeria qualify to the next round if other results in the group go their way.