Nigeria’s men basketball team, D’Tigers, outclassed the Central African Republic on Saturday, to become the first team to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
The team defeated their opponent 114-69 in Group F Africa qualifiers second round window taking place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The victory was the eighth straight win for D’Tigers in the qualifiers and the 11th consecutive win over Central Afrique.
The team had recorded a nervy 84-73 win over their Cote d'ivoire counterpart in their first game on Friday.
But this time, the Alex Nwora-tutored side dominated play from start to finish, winning all four quarters; 25-20, 26-19, 37-21 and 26-9.
Al-Farouq Aminu, the Portland Trail Blazers’ guard, was the team’s most effective player after he scored 12 points, eight rebound, five assists and three steals.
D'Tigers' Ikenna Iroegbo also scored 18 points in the encounter. Stan Okoye scored 11 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Alade Aminu also posted 11 points.
D’Tigers will face Senegal in the inconsequential final qualifying game on Sunday.