Tunisia Afrobasket: Unstoppable D’Tigers Battle Mali On Friday

Nigeria continued its dominance on the continent with another emphatic 64-51 points win over Rwanda at the ongoing 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia.

The win which was hard fought came on the heel of a solid defensive display in the second half against a stubborn Rwandan team who led for the better part of the game.

It was all about Keith Omoerah who led the scorers’ chart scoring 13 points and 6 rebounds while debutant Abdul-Malik Abu came off the bench to contribute 9 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal as D’Tigers reaffirmed their dominance in the continental tournament.

Rwanda who will be hosting the next Afrobasket came out more daring in the first half outscoring Nigeria 22-14, 9-16 to head into half time with a 31-30 points advantage.

D’Tigers turned the heat on their opponents and brought their experience to show supremacy in the second half with some impressive defensive and offensive work to that yielded (14-10, 20-10) and closed out the game.

Chima Moneke continued his fairy tale run with the team scoring 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals while Ike Iroegbu dropped 9 points and caught 7 rebounds.

In his post-match conference, stand-in Head Coach, Mfon Udofia praised his team for their resilience.

He told journalists that the victory was a pointer to the overall quality of the team with the bench contributing a total of 3 points and 8 assists.

“It’s a tale of two halves. We came out after a slow start; we picked it up, settled down, got stops and got the win.”

One of the most experienced players in the team, Ben Uzoh said he never expected Nigeria to roll over Rwanda with an easy passage.

“Every time we take to the court, especially here in Africa, everybody wants to give us their best shots. Hats off to the way Rwanda played in the first half, but hats off more for us for regrouping during the half time and we came out to really play Nigerian basketball. I am glad we came out victorious”.

With the 2021 Afrobasket ticket already secured, Nigeria sits pretty atop Group B and will face Mali on Friday with a win as top priority in its quest to conclude the series unbeaten.


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