Nigeria’s D’Tigers crash out of Rio Olympics

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D'Tigers crashed out of Rio Olympics after losing 69-86 to host Brazil
D’Tigers crashed out of Rio Olympics after losing 69-86 to host Brazil

(NAN) Nigeria’s basketball team D’Tigers have crashed out of the ongoing Rio Olympics losing 69-86 to host Brazil in their last group game played Monday night.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team had earlier lost to Argentina, Lithuania and Spain in their first, second and third game respectively, but rekindled the hope of qualifying for the quarterfinals following a 90-76 defeat of Croatia in their fourth game at the Olympics.

The team showed signs of exploit in the early minutes of the game against host Brazil Monday night but succumbed and never came back from the second quarter of the game.

Alade Aminu, Ike Diogu, Uzoh Ben, Chamberlin Oguchi, were at their best as Nigeria dominated proceedings in the first quarter having led 16-15.

Events turned around in the second quarter when D’Tigers were forced to commit some fouls leading to free throws which the Brazilians converted.

Brazilian point guard Raulzinho Neto, kept D’Tigers on check as the host made 18 turnovers against Nigeria’s 11 to rally to a 42-31 lead at the end of the second quarter.

D’Tigers came close to stealing the show in the third quarter but the combination of Chicago Bulls, Felicio Cristiano, and Houston Rockets forward, Nene, ensured the Nigerians did not get more opportunities to shoot from the centre.

The third quarter however, ended 59-52 in favour of the host.

The Brazilians continued their dominance and produced 10 steals against Nigeria’s three to end the last quarter 86-69.

The defeat ensured D’Tigers who had a disappointing experience at the London 2012 Olympics, had no chance of progressing at the ongoing edition in Rio.


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