FIBA U-16 African Championship: Nigeria Bounce Back from Opening Loss to Defeat Cape Verde

Nigeria U16 Basketball Team, Junior Tigers bounced back from their opening loss to beat host Cape Verde 64-39 the ongoing FIBA U16 Africa Championship at the Pavilhao Desportivo Vava Duarte on Sunday, according to ACL Sport.

Reuben Chinyelu continued from where he left off 24 hours earlier with another double-double. Chinyelu scored a game-high 20 points and 21 rebounds with four blocks to go with it in 36 minutes.

Othuke James added 12 points and 19 rebound double-double with three blocks.

Cape Verde had two players on double digits, Silva Hugo and Martin’s Geovani combined for 20 points (10 points each) while Hugo made it a double-double with 10 boards.

The host won the first quarter 13-11 but could only score 7 points against 20 points scored by Nigeria in the second quarter. Cape Verde failed to keep up with the momentum from then on.

In other games played in Group A, 3-time champions Egypt recorded back to back wins after beating Angola 86-61 on Sunday.

Nigeria will take a rest on Monday and then play their third game of the competition against Angola on Tuesday.