By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Nigeria male basketball national team, D’Tigers dunk off their 2021 FIBA Qualifiers with 76-56 win over South Sudan on Thursday, www.kick442.com reports.
Nigeria took the first quarter 22-17, leads after half time with a 46-29 scoreline, and was pegged back in the third quarter as South Sudan took a 20-15 lead.
Taking charge of his first game since his appointment as the new DTigers coach, Mike Brown has started the way he would have wanted, and he is seeing first-hand a pool of talents he could build his team around, with returnees like Ike Iroegbu having a good game.
South Sudan cut the deficit to 8 points and was growing in confidence, just when DTigers needed a boost they found one when Amaze Egekeze made 2 points shot to take the lead back to 10 points and then went on a 4-0 run but finishes the 3rd quarter with a 12 points lead.
After missing two of his Free Throws, Obi Emegano drew another foul and this time converted his two Free Throws before Keith Omoerah made a steal and then followed it up with a layup that put DTigers up by 22 points.
Nigeria ended the game with a 76-56 points win with five players having double-digit points.
Caleb Agada (16), Ike Iroegbu (13), Ike Diogu (11), Keith Omoerah (10), and Obi Emegano (10) finished with double-digit points.
Nigeria will play host Rwanda and Mali in their next two group games.
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