D’Tigers Battle Argentina Again


After a revenge 96-92 victory over their Argentinian opponents in Monday’s first of two friendlies lined up as warm-up for the Rio Olympics next month, Nigeria’s senior national male basketball team, D’Tigers will today in the same Las Vegas battle the South Americans in the second game.

The high point of Monday’s victory was the return of D’Tigers’ big man, Ike Diogu, the team’s co-captain, who was denied action at last year’s Afrobasket in Tunisia due to injury, as he hit 18 points with seven rebounds to his sterling performance.

After trailing by three points in the first quarter at 24-27, the Diogu inspired team parading a rejuvenated Josh Akognon, who last appeared for the side in the 2009 Afrobasket, out-dunked the Argentines in the second quarter by five points, 50-45.

D’Tigers took 35 shots from beyond the arc against their opponents and hit 15 of them, with seven of the 11 players that played knocking down three-pointers.