Host nation Tunisia claimed their second FIBA AfroBasket title after beating Nigeria 77-65 in Saturday’s Final in Tunis, Tunisia.
Zied Chennoufi led the way with team-high 19 points in the winning cause.
Meanwhile, 34-year-old Ike Diogu had a game-high 20 points but his effort was not good enough to avoid defeat. The forward recorded a tournament-high 22 points per game and averaged 8.7 rebounds per game at the 16-team FIBA Africa’s most important competition.
He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where he was joined by Ikenna Iroegbu (Nigeria); Mohamed Hadidane (Tunisia), Mourad El Mabrouk (Tunisia) and Gorgui Dieng(Senegal).
Diogu, who was also been named on the All-Tournament team, was the tournament’s highest scorer with a total of 132 points and was Nigeria’s highest points scorer in four of their six games at the tournament.
Despite minimal time to prepare, D’Tigers put together a great performance at AfroBasket 2017! Thanks to the players & the fans for support! pic.twitter.com/cwior0mRFA
— Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) September 16, 2017
Earlier in the day, Senegal claimed the last spot on the podium, after seeing off Morocco, 73-62, in the 3rd-Place Game.
We are proud of you guys! It was a great tournament.
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