Defending champion, D’Tigers of Nigeria began their Afrobasket title defense with a narrow 78-77 victory over fellow West African nation, Côte d’Ivoire in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday.
Team captain, Ike Diogu was in unstoppable form as he provided 31 points and 8 rebounds to ensure Nigeria survived Côte d’Ivoire’s second half fight back.
Ike Iroegbu also scored 15 points and 7 assists.
Washington Wizards center, Daniel Ochefu did not make his Afrobasket debut as he was not seen with the team.
Points Per Quarter
1st: Nigeria 17-11 Côte d’Ivoire
2nd: Nigeria 25-22 Côte d’Ivoire
3rd: Nigeria 11-17 Côte d’Ivoire
4th: Nigeria 25-27 Côte d’Ivoire
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