Nigeria’s D’Tigers continued their dominance of African basketball yesterday with one other emphatic 64-51pts win over Rwanda on the ongoing 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia.
The win which was onerous fought got here on the heel of a strong defensive show within the second half towards a cussed Rwandan staff who led for the higher a part of the sport.
It was all about Keith Omoerah who led the scorers chart clocking 13pts and 6 rebounds whereas debutant Abdul-Malik Abu got here off the bench to contribute 9pts, 3 rebounds and 1 steal as D’Tigers reaffirmed their dominance on the continent.
Rwanda who might be internet hosting the following Afrobasket Championships got here out smoking within the first half outscoring Nigeria 22-14, 9-16 to move into half time with a 31-30pts benefit.
D’Tigers turned up the warmth and introduced their expertise to reveal within the second half with some spectacular defensive and offensive work to neutralize their opponent (14-10, 20-10) and shut out the sport.
Chima Moneke continued his fairy story run with the staff scoring 8pts, 8 rebounds and 4 steals whereas Ike Iroegbu dropped 9pts and caught 7 rebounds.
In his post-match convention, stand-in Head Coach, Mfon Udofia, praised his staff for his or her resilience.
He advised journalists that the victory was a pointer to the general high quality of the staff with the bench contributing a complete of three factors and eight assists.
“It is a story of two halves. We got here out after a sluggish begin; we picked it up, settled down, acquired stops and acquired the win,” noticed the Nigerian Coach.
One of the vital skilled gamers within the staff, Ben Uzoh stated he by no means anticipated Rwanda to only roll over and provides the staff a simple passage.
“Each time we take to the courtroom, particularly right here in Africa, all people desires to present us their finest photographs. Hats off to the way in which Rwanda performed within the first half, however hats off extra for us for regrouping throughout the half time and popping out to essentially play Nigerian basketball. I’m glad we got here out victorious,” he concluded.
With the 2021 Afrobasket ticket already secured, Nigeria sits fairly atop Group B and can face Mali at the moment with a win as high precedence in D’Tigers quest to conclude the sequence unbeaten.