Nigeria men basketball team D’Tigers on Monday were eliminated from the on-going Olympics Games after losing to hosts Brazil 86-69 in their final Group B match.
The team needed to beat the hosts so as to stand a chance of progressing into the quarterfinal of the tournament but having started the match on a blistering note, the Nigerian side capitulated in the final quarter to exit the competition.
They won the first quarter 16-15 points but lost the second by seven points before they rallied back in the third quarter. The Brazilians dominated the last quarter as their Nigerian opponents had no answers to their superiority.
Ben Uzoh was Nigeria’s best man on the court with a total number of 15 points, four of them rebounds but Nene Hilario was in fine form for Brazil as he scored 19 points to propel his side to success.
The Nigerian team had earlier lost to Spain, Lithuania and Argentina before beating Croatia.
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