D’Tigers began their Commonwealth Games medal campaign with a heavy defeat to their New Zealand counterparts at the Gold Coast 2018 in Australia.
The Nigerian senior men’s basketball team, captained by Ike Diogu, were beaten 110-65 by New Zealand in the men’s preliminary round Pool A on Friday.
In spite of Azuoma Dike’s 15 points, six rebounds and one assist plus Diogu’s 12 points and 14 rebounds, D’Tigers were defeated in all four quarters.
Thomas Abercrombie, Jordan Ngatai, Finn Delany and Robert Loe were the opponents’ top performers in the game, as their prowess downed the 2017 AfroBasket runners-up.
Nigeria will play their second game against Canada, who also lost 95-55 to hosts Australia earlier, tomorrow before they going against the hosts next Tuesday.
The top two teams from Pool A will proceed to the Semi-Finals. The bottom two teams from Pool A will play the top two teams from Pool B in the qualifying finals, according to the GC2018 website.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s best finish in the basketball event at the Commonwealth Games was a fourth-place finish at the 2006 edition.
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