D’Tigers concluded their first FIBA Afrobasket on a winning note as they maintained their unbeaten run with another emphatic 91-68 points win against Mali. The game was played on Sunday.
Although Mali won the first quarter, 16-13, they lost their way in the second quarter 26-15pts as Nigeria headed into the break with a 39-31 points lead.
Coach Mike Brown and his team won the third and fourth quarter (22-20, 30-17) as the Maliens made series of turnovers.
Point Guard, Ike Iroegbu continued his sterling performance and consistency for the team scoring an amazing 17 points, 4 steals and 6 assists.
Captain and team leader, Ike Diogu powered the team to its third victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds to emerge the team’s top performer.
Obi Emegano and Keith Omoerah combined to score 23 points on the night.
Despite the heroics of Ibrahim Djambo who sank 22 points and 5 rebounds, it was not enough to stop the determined D’Tigers team who had their eyes fixed on their third straight win after defeating South Sudan and hosts, Rwanda.
The next qualifying Window is for February, 2021 in Mali with Nigeria sitting pretty easy atop Group D.