Nigeria’s women basketball team D’Tigress beat Argentina 75-70 in their last group match of the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, yesterday, to finishes as Group B runners up.
The victory will enhance D’Tigress chances for a place in the quarterfinal while Argentina out of the tournament after failed win any of their group stage matches.
Otis Hughley had his work cut out for him after a famous 74-68 victory over European powerhouse Turkey and with fellow African contingents Senegal out of the tournament it was left to D’Tigress to fly the continents flags at the world stage.
The game started at a slow tempo but picked up as at the end of the first two quarters with D’Tigress took a slender 32-29 point lead into the halftime break.
The first quarter ended 19-13 in favour of D’Tigress, but the South America side fought their way back to take the second quarter 16-13 and get a three points deficit at halftime.
The game provided some nail biting moments for both sides but things started to hit up in the third quarter as the slender lead was exchanged on several occasions but ended in a 51-48 lead for D’Tigress.
The third quarter was tied at 19-19 as D’Tigress maintained their three point lead of 51-48 going into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter saw D’Tigress struggle but eventually came out victorious
Despite two wins from two games D’Tigress are not yet through to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Australia topped the group with three games and are automatically through to the next round, D’Tigress won two games and finished as runners up in group but will now have to go through a play off to advance to the next round.
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