Nigeria last night maintained a clean slate in the ongoing African Basketball Championship for men going on in Madagascar by beating the host 112-81. D’Tigers as they are called has also finished top of group-A without dropping a game. Tomorrow, they will face Chad in an Eight Round Final clash. The encounter on paper may be an easy ride for Nigeria considering that the Chadians have been confined to the bottom of group-B.
Against Madagascar, Nigeria opened the game with a 25-19 points first quarter win before settling for a 55-49 points lead into the half-time.
D’Tigers won the third and fourth quarters by 20-13 and 37-19 points respectively to end the game at 112-81 points to lead the group with Mali placing second while Mozambique finish third. Nigeria Derrick Obasohan led the floor with 21 points and 2 rebounds, point guard Michael Umeh netted 19 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, centre Olumide Oyedeji had a double double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and one block-shot. Ime Udoka added 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals while Solomon Tat contributed 10 points and 2 rebounds.