Nigeria’s D’Tigers beat Argentina 96-92

Nigeria’s D’Tigers beat Argentina 96-92
July 20 05:08 2016

Nigeria’s senior basketball team,  D’Tigers’  defeated their
Argentine counterpart 96-92 in a the first of a two-
legged friendly games played Monday at the Thomas
and Mack centre in Las Vegas, United States.

The encounter was one of the warm-up matches for the team in preparation for the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The first time both sides met during the Stankovic Cup
in China, last month, a few weeks after Coach William
Voigts assembled the team in Los Angeles, Argentina
beat the African champions 71-49.

The high point of Monday’s victory was the return of
D’Tigers big man, Ike Diogu, the team’s co-captain,
who was denied action at last year’s Afrobasket in
Tunisia due to injury, as he hit 18 points with seven
rebounds to his sterling performance.

After trailing by three points in the first quarter at
24-27, the Diogu inspired team parading a rejuvenated
Josh Akognon, who last appeared for the side in the
2009 Afrobasket, out-dunked the Argentines in the
second quarter by five points, 50-45.

D’Tigers took 35 shots from beyond the arc against
their opponents and hit 15 of them, with seven of the
11 players that played knocking down three-pointers.

On Wednesday, they will again play against Argentina,
in the second game of the friendly at the same venue in
Las Vegas.a