…as search for qfinal ticket continues
The D’Tigers will be heading for the drawing board after losing 68-77pts to Côte d’Ivoire in their last group C game and failing to pick an automatic FIBA Afrobasket quarterfinal ticket.
The game which was the group’s decider saw Nigeria struggling for the better part of the game. They struggled with their shooting averaging 41.8% field goal conversion with 29.6% shooting accuracy from the three point line.
The game watched by the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Aminu Ado Bayero, alongside members of the royal house, Bayero Isa Sanusi and Bayero Ujudud Sanusi alongside the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engr Musa Kida lived up to expectations.
A very physical Ivorian team also dominated defensively as they out rebounded D’Tigers 44-30. Benjamin Emelogu led the team in scoring with 13pts, 2stls and 5 rebounds.
U z o d i n m a Utomi had 12pts, TK Edogi recorded 10pts while Gombe Bull’s Ibe Abuchi Agu was solid defensively, helping with 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 5pts. Nigeria will play the third placed team in group D in their quest to secure a quarter final ticket.