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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Libya narrowly defeats Nigeria’s D’Tigers

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The Nigeria senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers put up a spirited display Friday night in their opening game of the FIBA Afrobasket 2025 qualifiers but lost 82-89 to Libya.

There was uncertainty over the participation of D’Tigers before a last minute arrangement saw them arriving in Tunisia a few hours before their opening match.

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With only nine players and no form of practice, the odds were heavily stacked against D’Tigers.

Libya made the most of their advantage racing to a 16-point lead in the first quarter which ended 25-16 in favour of the North Africans.

Though D’Tigers won the second quarter 19-15, the Libyans still maintained a healthy lead going into half time.

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Libya extended their lead as they won the third quarter 20-15 and while it looked like a lost cause for Nigeria, D’Tigers clawed their way back winning the last quarter 25-15.

With the game tied at 75-75, the fierce contest extended into extra time.

It was in the extra time Libya out muscled D’Tigers; winning it 14-7 and taking the game 89-82.

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Mike Nuga made a colossal contribution to the D’Tigers with a whopping 31 points but Mohamed Sadi proved pivotal for Libya.

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He was great at both ends of the floor and finished with a triple double almost got a quadruple-double.

He was one rebound short.

Having come really close against Libya despite the unfavourable circumstances they found themselves, D’Tigers will be eyeing a positive result in their second game against Uganda on Saturday.

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