Tunisia dethrone D'Tigers in Afrobasket final

Tunisia dethrone D'Tigers in Afrobasket final

Tunisia dethrone D'Tigers in Afrobasket final

However, this year, they were outclassed by the North Africans.

However, Tunisia, who were the co-hosts for the Afrobasket 2017 tournament, got their bearing after the poor start; winning the next two quarters.

Nigeria's D'Tigers on Thursday night saw off stiff opposition from Senegal in the semifinal of the 2017 Afrobasket for men in Tunisia.

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Backed by a vociferous home crowd at the packed Salle Omnisport de Rades, Radès, on the outskirts of Tunis, Tunisia used clutch three-point shooting to keep Nigeria at bay in the second half.

In the third quarter, D'Tigers increased their lead to 52-45 points, and fell two points behind Senegal in the last quarter (24-26) but scaled through in spite of the setback.

As usual, D'Tigers captain Ike Diogu tried all he could but his effort was not enough to see Nigeria retaining the title as he contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

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Diogu was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP), headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot.

Nigeria beat Ivory Coast 78-77 in their first Group A match, beat Mali 90-67 but lost 83-77 to DR Congo in their final group game.

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