Nigeria’s D’Tigers Upset China to Claim First Victory at the Stankovic Cup.

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D'Tigers Claim Their First Victory Against China in the FIBA Stankovic Cup.
D’Tigers Claim Their First Victory Against China in the FIBA Stankovic Cup.

D’Tigers opened their first victory at the 9th Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in China today (Sunday).

They defeated the hosts 57-60 to snap three-game losing skid. Nkem Ojougboh (206-C-87, agency: David Lee services, college: Northeastern) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. KC Anuna (193-PG-89, college: Pfeiffer) had 11 points, while Richard Oruche (193-SG-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) and Olumide Oyedeji (210-C-81) chipped in 10 points each for the African side.

Nigeria grabbed a 15-11 lead ten minutes into the game. China picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The hosts fired 19 points in the period and cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 30-33.

China eventually spurred ahead in the third term. The Asian team grabbed a 51-46 lead into the fourth period. But Nigeria limited the hosts to just 6 points in the final quarter and snatched victory.

The loss was China’s second in the campaign as they’ve also won two of their previous games. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) responded with 15 points for China. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

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