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D’Tigers climb higher in FIBA ranking

26 August 2016, 14:54

Lagos - Nigeria’s men’s basketball team, D’Tigers have climbed from 25th place to 16th spot in the monthly FIBA global ranking.

Though they only won one game in Brazil, the team’s participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics may have contributed to the upward trend of the team in world stage.

Also readD’Tigers players say Rio Games won’t be Nigeria’s last

With the latest development, Nigeria is now the highest ranked African team, overtaking perpetual rivals Angola who incidentally also fell to the D'Tigers at last year's Afrobasket in Tunisia, while the north African country, who were however not at the Olympics, also gained two steps to now occupy the 21st position from 23rd, ahead of Angola who fell 8 steps from 15th to 23rd, Daily Trust reports.

News24 reported that D’Tigers crashed out of the Rio Olympics men’s basketball event, losing 69-86 to hosts Brazil.

The team showed some signs of exploit in the early minutes of the game but succumbed and never regained its focus from the second quarter of the game.

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