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D’Tigers, Nigeria’s Basketball Team Sets New Record as the Highest Scoring African Basketball Team at the Olympics



Yes, the Nigerian Men’s Olympic Basketball team, D’Tigers lost their game last night at the 2012 London Olympics to the United States of America, they made history as the highest scoring African basketball team at the Olympics so far.

This is a laudable achievement coming from a country that is making its first appearance in the Basketball game at the Olympics.

Also, the United States set an Olympic record with 156 points, the highest ever in Olympics history.

At the end of the first half, the Americans had scored 78 points while Nigeria was at 42 points. They went on to score 156 against Nigeria’s 73 points by the end of the game.

The final score of 156 points is the U.S highest winning scoring while 83 point differential is a U.S Olympic record.

Despite Team Nigeria’s loss, we are proud of D’Tigers for making their first Olympics appearance and setting a new record for Africa.

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Ozyy

    August 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    itz all gud

  2. sheyi

    August 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Disgraceful performance from the american rejects

    • ineedsomeintelligencehere!!!

      August 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

      People like you are a problem to this country constantly knocking down even when there is something to be happy about. At least they got to represent the country. These are young men with little resources and support but still chose to work hard and put Nigeria on the map at the Olympics and you think you have the right to run your mouth. What have you got off your fat a**e to do for this country lately tell me **pause** my point exactly NOTHING!!!!!! Only to sit infront of a computer and think and type rubbish! You my dear are very sad! Nobody is going to root for us unless we do it ourselves. Everybody expects us to fail and for as long as we keep dancing to that tune of failuer we will fail.

      Thank you BN for highlighting the fact that these guys set the record as the highest scoring African basket ball team at the Olympics, its truly something to be proud off.

    • Lolia Banigo

      August 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for your encouraging comments taking a step and failing is better than not taking a step at all that means the next time you try you will make it. A kind word is hope for the world. Winners may not mention how many times they failed before they became winners but I can assure you that they have failed before. I commend the efforts of the Tigers they will get there soon.

    • superbrand

      August 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

      bros, you need mental examination!

    • Jtown repping

      August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

      why cant his opinion be his opinion? freedom of speech abeg. kappish.. the LOST deal with it

    • Tobechi Daniel

      August 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      That is a very mean thing to say. While I was rooting for the US team, I still recognize the courage it took for the Nigerian players to step forth in their first Olympic appearance. People like you is what is wrong with the world,give the boys some cheer.

    • jonz

      August 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      What the guy is trying to say is that these players we’re not raised in Nigeria and that basically there is little grassroots development for basketball in Nigeria itself. Therefore, we must take what we’re left with elsewhere. A valid point and highlights the need for sports investment in OUR country. No qualms!

    • irokoroots

      August 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Abegi Seyi no mind these people, always judging things with a Nigerian yard stick. “At least, they….” always making excuses for failure. Lets call a spade a spade. The Nigerian team didn’t show up. They had one of the worst loses in Olympic history. I don’t find fault in their lose though. I find fault in this ludicrous sense of accomplishment. We need to start being honest with ourselves and start learning to take criticisms

    • irokoroots

      August 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Abegi Sheyi no mind this people, always judging things with a Nigerian yard stick. “At least they…” they always find an excuse for every thing. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion. Lets call a spade a spade. There is nothing wrong in losing. I do find fault in this ludicrous sense of accomplishment though. We should rather see this as an opportunity to get better and accept it as it is.

  3. Princess of Zion

    August 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    They lost to the best; we can’t fault them!

  4. Tolu

    August 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    At least it’s something positive.

    At least we got here; not all countries qualified, we beat a lot.

    We’ve won 1 game; even Team GB has not won any basketball games yet.

    We still have other games.

    The boys tried, better luck next time.

    If we support them when they are down, they will definitely do better next time. It’s their first time and we were playing against the best team in the world. More games to come.
    God Bless 9ja. One Love.

  5. Linus

    August 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

    #TeamNigeria for life

  6. Ayo

    August 3, 2012 at 10:56 am


  7. Raphael Freeman Ehiabhi

    August 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Kudos to the guys, the truelly impressed me, we all should remember that th3 Americans are frequent NBA stars, so they play this game professionally and more frequently, but our “heros” are not as good, yet they fought to even break a record. Wow, I’ll say no victor no vanquish.

  8. Luqman

    August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    It is not easy to attain some stages in life, im still struggling with my life which shows that nothing come with easy, you have to strive for it. Notwithstanding, i must say Kudos to Nigerian Basketball team for giving us something to cheer about aside from football, there is nothing to be ashamed of bcos you lost to the best team in the world, you just have two learn one or two things from that defeat and move on. We were not even expecting you to qualify initially and you made the country proud by qualifying for our 1st Olympics, the first african team to win a match in Olympic and you still managed to score the highest point ever from any african representatives.
    You must not give up bcos you can still qualify for the quarter final stages, just believe in urself like u did at FIBA and success will be urs. I still believe in u until last minute D’ Tigers.

    Keep the Green White Green Flag flying high!!!

    • Luqman

      August 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

      with ease rather

  9. Anon

    August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    We are so proud of them, i believe they will do better next time….. i wonder why some Nigerians are born to criticise everything, instead of praising the team,you go around knocking them off….. Go team D’Tigers…. the reasonable ones are proud of you…. Best in Africa and ready to take the whole world soon….

  10. @ajiriavae

    August 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    It’s easy to sit down at computer to talk crap about people who have spent the last couple of years training for something great. To talk crap about people coming forward to serve their country.

  11. belle

    August 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Kudos. To D’Tigers,bad people go hug transformer

  12. Ayo MT

    August 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you Bella Naija for finally putting a positive story about the team! We should learn to publicly celebrate and honour our own! No one else will do it for us! No matter how bad the USA team or British team perform, there are always people to cheer the up, look at where it failed and work better for the next game!
    I am proud that we made it to the Olympics! I am proud that they played till the end! I am proud that they were proudly Nigerian! I am proud that they have set a new African record!
    There’s room for improvement and by God’s grace, it’s very possible!

    Go Team NG!

  13. Chattyzee

    August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I watched the game and I think TeamNigeria gave their best performance. I mean they went up against the world’s best and they still held their own. It wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for TeamUSA, I’m proud of them!

    • Kathlin

      August 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Oh please! it was such a walk in the park for the US team. They had mad fun at it! our defense was very weak

  14. lee

    August 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I dont blame the boys at all. I expected this kind of result. This is what happens when u dont put adequate preparations in place. Despite the fact that they are among the best in the world, the american basketball team have been preparing for the olympic games for years. You dont expect to put together a team at the last minute and perform a miracle. Our minister of sports is busy doing tourism work in London; an excuse to waste money. Shouldnt they have used the resources to get the athletes prepared for the games. As long as this attitude continues, Nigeria wont make any progress. Insalte the courage of the boys and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

  15. purplepearl

    August 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Really proud of these guys, TEAM NIGERIA all the way

  16. t.a

    August 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Huh ryt u.s.a use us to set olympic record and we are happy…….

    • oyin

      August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      errrrrm! just like we used they to set record (THE HIGHEST SCORING AFRICAN BASKETBALL TEAM). It’s obvious judging by the comments on this article, that most people would rather dwell on the negative side, even when the positive is staring them right in the face!

  17. Ngozi

    August 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    #TeamNigeria tried still 🙂 and I’m proud of them but the faces of Durant and Bryant laughing at us continues to haunt me sha. Still, TEAM NAIJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Shawler

    August 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Am super proud of the Tigers. It takes courage to lose and still hold urself up high and thats what they did! They put Nigeria on the map of basketball for once! and some sick pple sit behind their computers and type rubbish! I proudly supported those guys with tears in my eyes knowing how hard it was for them to play as each quarter passed. Go D’Tigers, we love u.

  19. lily

    August 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    These guys were amazing last night. The first time that I was rooting for another country besides the USA team. Go D’tigers!!! like someone already said….there’s no shame losing to the worlds best. I love how Diogu attacked d US team with equality, without fear. these guys have made Naija proud. Also, they depended on one another without ego unlike the USA team that is filled with ego.
    BN its a good thing that u are putting a positive light on our team. meanwhile i think the USA team were not professional at all last night @ d game;laughing all thru. I tot they were supposed to play professionally and not seem like they were making a jest of our team…am not d only one pointn this fact out (Linda Ikeji, Ebuka Obi-uchendu). That doesnt reflect well on their attitude.
    On a side note: this goes out to all the busy bodies here without skills calling them american rejects…hehehe at least na america reject them but u that is typing here dissing other pple na Nigerian rejects which is even worse. wishing team naija d best…haters gonna [email protected] u couldnt av said it any betta

  20. Sukky

    August 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Okay, so there’s someone here that’s dumb enough to dish on these boys after what they did yesterday? I mean, these boys gave it their all. Yes, they can do better, but seriously, they were playing against the U.S of friggin’ A!!!!!! Playing against Kobe and Wade and Iguodala as a rookie is enough to lower your morale. Except you don’t know the NBA. Abeg, big ups to those boys, jare. Whoever disses them is a cow, #NoArgument

  21. eesha

    August 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I am so proud of our boys. They were up against first class players with professional experience, i’ll rather say shame on the USA TEAM for just 156 points against an African team, coming for the first time.We had good defense but the 3-pointer shots from Team USA messed us up. To all those saying our boys didn’t try, u can go french kiss a cobra.

  22. Chi-ka

    August 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Bella Naija, for reporting this as a positive. Despite the fact that we lost, we DID still set a a good record. Whoever says D’Tigers don’t deserve an applause needs to be whooped! They played against the world’s best NBA team. If that ain’t courage, I don’t know what is!

    Kudos to all of them!

  23. jumpman

    August 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    They try

  24. duchess

    August 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    thanks to BN for putting a +ve light to this event…Im proud of them…They lost yh but mehn!!!! they did play good and US shld better be watchful cos if these boys(untrained and havent been in the NBA’s and all) could still hold down their own against them den they wil surely do better whenever they meet again…i was listening to a nnigerian radio station on sports and one of the guys there was sounding like dooomsday prophet…all he was saying was all Nigeria is a failure and ALL the teams should just start heading back..suffice to say i almost wished i could tie the microphone cord round his throat and shove it up his ass!!!

  25. Radiant

    August 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Chin up to D’Tigers. Keeps the sports spirit alive. Do better always. God bless Nigeria.

  26. Iris

    August 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I suppose that’s something good then, but according to the commentators, they didn’t put as much into it as they did into the Tunisia game. I didn’t see that game, but if it’s true then that’s kind of sad. No one expected them to win, but if they truly just gave up and decided to enjoy themselves instead of playing with everything they had then it was a waste.

  27. Tosin

    August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    1. My sisters are lovely and young and single. Just so these tallingos know. I’m their agent/matchmaker 😉
    2. They played at the Olympics. They played the best in the world. They gave what they had. They can surely hold their heads up with that. What would be bad – if they cheated or something.
    3. I’m in a good mood today. And feeling powerful and loving being a Nigerian. Was looking at this history of Nok civilization and saying dagg, those are probably my ancestors. Wow.

  28. LC

    August 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    They tried now! Haba! Nigeria is a football/soccer nation. Basketball as a professional sport is relatively new to us. America is a basketball nation. Why do you think they have the NBA? americans have been playing this sport professionally for years so what did we expect? Its like expecting america to win football/soccer against brazil the dons of football. You and I know they will loose hands down. There are just certain types of sports that some countries excel in more than others. The D’Tigers tried. With more practice, they will get better. Go D’Tigers!

    • MattDickinson

      August 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I agree that the D’Tigers tried their best but it’s funny and ironic that you said Nigeria is a football nation and the Nigerian football team didn’t even qualify for Olympics.

  29. Me2me

    August 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Every one is entitled to their opinion but when you throw out such hard comments, den it should be constructive. I wonder what ur first interview was like… Yes you sheyi. Well Well Im glad the boys got thus far cant wait to see them play some other time.

  30. taiwo

    August 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    @sheyi abi what is ur name u couldnt do half of what those guys did yesterday, they were pretty strong and tried their best. even if we did lose it was a good game and the gave it their all so go jump in the lake or something. naija 4 life.

  31. KingsQueen

    August 4, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Apparently i heard they all got together and said they’d rep Nigeria despite no funding for practice and all… that won me over! This is just the first of many more olympics to come and i def see them going far in the future… the Sports Ministry had beta invest in them! Kudos guys, plus those Aminu brothas *wink wink*

  32. NNENNE

    August 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Was anyone expecting the Nigerian team to win? How many of them are in the same rank as Kobe Bryant and Lebrun James etc?
    That they had the courage to put us in the map is more than enough.
    Our govt. Should invest on them.They have potentials.
    Congratulations team USA. Congratulations team Naija for daring to face the world’s best even you were ill equipped. It takes a lot of courage!

  33. folly

    August 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    this is a very bad result from Dtigers. nigerian should have gone withpurely homebased players to gain experience than this men that claimed to have played in the NBA

    • MattDickinson

      August 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

      The home based players would never have even made it or qualified for the Olympics at all.

  34. Okenna Gerrard

    August 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I love their performance nd urge 9ja to try harder.

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