Defending champions D’Tigers started their defence to the title in a triumphant way by defeating a resilient Cote d’Ivoire side 78-77 in Rades.
Ike Diogu was the hero for the team as he did a bit of everything during his 33 minutes on the court. He led all scorers with a game-high 31 points and also finished with eight rebounds as Nigeria saw off a resilient Cote d’Ivoire side, who were leading 74-69 with three minutes remaining.
Reigning Champions Nigeria ??? take tight victory over Cote d’Ivoire! #AfroBasket2017
— FIBA (@FIBA) September 8, 2017
In the other Group A game, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo needed extra five minutes to find the winner of a breathtaking encounter as Mahamadou Kante‘s team-best 22 points proved crucial for Mali who outscored Congo 87-82.
Here are the results of the remaining opening fixtures of the tournament.
#AfroBasket2017 – Here are the results of the 1st Day ??
— FIBA (@FIBA) September 9, 2017
Nigeria’s D’Tigers and D’Tigress are the current King and Queen of African Basketball after winning the title in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
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