Afrobasket 2013: Nigeria Overcomes Cameroon in a Tightly Contested Duel.

Nigeria’s senior men basketball team, D’Tigers, overcame the stiff challenges of their West African opponents, Cameroon, who they saw off by 91-84 points on Sunday night in Abidjan, finishing the Group D preliminary round of the ongoing Afrobasket championship with a group-leading 0-3 record.

D'Tigers Listens to Instructions From Coach Ayo Bakare.
D’Tigers Listens to Instructions From Coach Ayo Bakare.

Ike Diogu made 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners while Alade Aminu came up with 22 points, Ben Uzoh and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points each for D’Tigers.

Nigeria raced into the lead with four straight points to snatch a 24-18 lead after the jump ball.

Late in the second quarter Cameroon’s Lux Mbah a Moute put the Lions in front 39-40 to relinquish the lead from their opponents, going into half-time.

Both teams played catch-ups throughout the duration of the third quarter before Cameroon finally went on a 10-0 run to gain a 52-61 lead.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers trimmed the deficit by three points as scores read 62-65 at the final break. With two minutes remaining, Cameroon maintained a one point lead with scores settled at 81-82 before Al_Farouq Aminu scored a three pointer to earn Nigeria the lead.

A Moute leveled up scores at 84 but Nigeria answered with 7 successive points to eventually snatch victory.

The defeat was Cameroon’s first in the tournament as A Moute and Christian Baying replied with 20 points each for Cameroon

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