2021 AfroBasket Qualifiers: D’Tigers beat South Sudan in first match
Caleb Agada led the D’Tigers with 16 points, followed by Iroegbu with 13 points
New D’Tigers coach, Mike Brown, named Ike Iroegbu, Ike Diogu, Obi Emegano, Keith Omoerah, and Mike Gbinije as his starting five in his very first match in charge versus the South Sudan on Thursday in the very first video game of Group D qualifiers taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Nigerian group won 3 of the four quarters to beat Algeria’s replacements, South Sudan, 76-56. Caleb Agada led the D’Tigers with 16 points, followed by Iroegbu with 13 points. The first quarter ended 22-17 for the Nigerians; who pulled even more away in the 2nd quarter with a 24-12 blowout.
South Sudan won the 3rd quarter 20-15, but the Nigerians nullified that charge with a 15-7 score in the 4th quarter.
The Nigerian group were the more reliable from the three-point line – shooting 40 pecent to South Sudan’s 15 percent, but the Sudanese had greater delight in the paint, making 37 percent of their shots as versus 33 percent for the Nigerians.
Diogu, making a return to the team, said in the post-match press conference he mored than happy that the group got the win, especially because the gamers were coming together for the very first time.
” Practice time has been limited. This is actually our first video game, so it is excellent to get our feet damp and get some live competitors.
Brown met many of the Nigerian players for the very first time this week and is training in Africa for the very first time, but he explained the experience as an “interesting” one.
” The people we have here are great people, and clearly they are good basketball players.”
Brown likewise discussed the new experience of betting a team coached by a gamer [Luol Deng] he utilized to coach at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Their next game for Nigeria protests the hosts, Rwanda, on Saturday.