RIO2016: Nigeria’s Men Basketball Team Defeats Croatia 90 – 76

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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.

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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.

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