D’Tigers beat South Sudan in 2021 AfroBasket qualifiers match

New D'Tigers coach Mike Brown named Ike Iroegbu, Ike Diogu, Obi Emegano, Keith Omoerah and Mike Gbinije as his five starters in his first game in charge against South Sudan on Thursday in the first game of the playoffs. of Group D place in Kigali, Rwanda.

New D’Tigers coach Mike Brown named Ike Iroegbu, Ike Diogu, Obi Emegano, Keith Omoerah and Mike Gbinije as his five starters in his first game in charge against South Sudan on Thursday in the first game of the playoffs. of Group D place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Nigerian team won three of the four quarters to beat Algeria’s replacements South Sudan 76-56. Caleb Agada led the D’Tigers with 16 points, followed by Iroegbu with 13 points. The first quarter ended 22-17 for the Nigerians; who moved further away in the second quarter with a 24-12 beating.

South Sudan won the third quarter 20-15, but the Nigerians annulled that charge with a score of 15-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Nigerian team was the most effective from the three-point line, shooting 40 percent against South Sudan’s 15 percent, but the Sudanese had more joy in the paint, making 37 percent of their shots versus 33. percent of Nigerians.

Diogu, upon returning to the team, said at the post-match press conference that he was happy that the team got the win, especially since the players were getting together for the first time.

“Practice time has been limited. This is actually our first game, so it’s nice to get our feet wet and have some live competition.

Brown met most of the Nigerian players for the first time this week and is training in Africa for the first time, but described the experience as “exciting.”

“The guys we have here are fantastic people and obviously they are good basketball players.”

Brown also spoke about the new experience of playing against a team led by a player. [Luol Deng] He used to train for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Their next game for Nigeria is against the hosts, Rwanda, on Saturday.

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