The Nigeria men’s basketball national team, D’Tigers survived a late rally from Cote D’Ívoire to secure a 83-66 points win and keep hopes of picking an automatic ticket to the 2020 Olympics.
The classification game started with both team trading baskets until Nigeria pulled away at 11-6 to end the first quarter 28-18.
the Ivorians switched gear in the second quarter by going up 2 points at 30-32, but Nigeria quickly bounced back to take the lead with a 3 point shot from Ike Iroegbu to tie the game at 35-35 before pulling ahead to end the second quarter 37-35.
Nigeria won the first and third quarters while tying the 4th quarter 20-20 with Cote D’Ívoire winning the second quarter.
Nnamdi Vincent led all Nigerian scorers with 15 points while Cote D’Ívoire’s Deon Thompson led all scorers with 19 points.