Nigerian Basketball Team Win Their First Game in Olympics Debute

Olympics debutants, Nigeria’s D’tigers, narrowly beat their African counterparts from Tunisia in their opening game in the Olympics. The Nigerians won the game 60-56, hopefully setting themselves up for a successful campaign ahead. The Tunisians are also Olympics debutants.

In the tightly competed encounter, Alade Aminu scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Ike Diogu added 13 points and 10 rebounds; also, Al-Farouq Aminu, who played for the NBA New Orleans Hornets last season, added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Nigerians.

The Nigerians had seized their largest lead at 29-10 giving them a 31-15 lead as at half-time. However, the Tunisians rallied, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter and pulling within 56-54 in the final seconds. However, in the final seconds, Nigeria sank three free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Tunisia, reigning African champions, have not beaten their Nigerian counterparts in any major international competition since 1987.

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  1. I did not agree that was as a honest mistake, Europeans hated Nigerians with passion and they don’t hide it, don’t come to conclusion, not because of fraud or corruption, but because Nigerians are the most enlightened citizens of Africa, and they know if they can frustrate Nigeria into submission, then the rest of Africa have no say. that’s the Europe we live in, they deliberately did it, because they know you can treat Nigeria/Nigerians thew way you like and get away with it, after all who cares about Nigeria/Nigerians and their over-educated grammar speaking elites that still beg for refuge in Europe to stash their ill-gotten wealth. I am a Nigerian, proud to be one and i don’t hide it, though it has set me back professionally due to perception of the country and her people, but that is price to pay for being a true child, unlike some that denies been Nigerians to get accepted into a society.