Defending champions D’Tigers started their defence to the title in a triumphant way by defeating a resilient Cote d’Ivoire side 78-77 in Rades.
Ike Diogu was the hero for the team as he did a bit of everything during his 33 minutes on the court. He led all scorers with a game-high 31 points and also finished with eight rebounds as Nigeria saw off a resilient Cote d’Ivoire side, who were leading 74-69 with three minutes remaining.
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Reigning Champions Nigeria take tight victory over Cote d’Ivoire! #AfroBasket2017
In the other Group A game, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo needed extra five minutes to find the winner of a breathtaking encounter as Mahamadou Kante‘s team-best 22 points proved crucial for Mali who outscored Congo 87-82.
Here are the results of the remaining opening fixtures of the tournament.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers and D’Tigress are the current King and Queen of African Basketball after winning the title in 2015 and 2017respectively.
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