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Nigeria’s D’Tigress are African champions!

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Nigeria's D'Tigress are African champions!

Nigeria’s senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have emerged winners of the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship after defeating Senegal 65-48 points in the final.

The Nigerian ladies had an excellent run in the tournament as they came out on top from each of the seven games they played at Bamako, Mali.

They however started Sunday’s final game on a bad note, as they lost the first quarter 12-18 points to the Senegalese.

D’Tigress doubled their efforts in the second quarter to win the period with 21-10 points advantage to end the first half with 33-28 points.

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The third quarter was clearly dominated by the Nigeria side which recorded 15 points against 7 for Senegal, and lastly grabbed 17 points against Senegal’s 13 points in the fourth quarter to win the game with 65-48 points.

Nigeria, who already qualified for the FIBA World Cup in Spain when they beat hosts Mali in the semifinal on Saturday, are now champions of the continent for the third time.

The team coach, Sam Vincent led Nigeria to win the 2003 and 2005 editions and has now added the 2017 edition to make it his third title in the Championship.

 

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