Abuja - Nigeria’s D’Tigers on Monday crashed out of the
ongoing Rio Olympics men 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.
Alade Aminu, Ike Diogu, Uzoh Ben, Chamberlin Oguchi were all
at their best as Nigeria dominated proceedings in the first quarter, having led
The tide turned around in the second quarter when D’Tigers
were forced to commit some fouls, leading to free throws which the Brazilians
Brazilian point guard Raulzinho Neto, kept D’Tigers on check
as the hosts made 18 turnovers against Nigeria’s 11 to rally to a 42-31 lead at
the end of the second quarter.
Also read: D’Tigers beat Croatia to claim their first win at Rio Olympics
D’Tigers came close to stealing the show in the third
quarter but the combination of Chicago Bulls Felicio Cristiano and Houston
Rockets forward Nene, ensured the Nigerians did not get more opportunities to
shoot from the centre.
The third quarter, however, ended 59-52 in favour of the
The Brazilians continued their dominance and produced 10
steals against Nigeria’s three to end the last quarter 86-69.
The defeat ensured D’Tigers had no chance of progressing in
the Olympics after raising the hopes of Nigerians with a stunning 90-76 win
The defeat of Croatia was Nigeria’s first win of the
Olympics basketball event after a string of disappointing defeats to Argentina,
Lithuania and Spain in their first, second and third games.
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