Nigeria’s national basketball team, the D’Tigers Saturday crashed out of the basketball event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The team lost the crucial second game 82-67 to Canada and are now headed for the exit after losing 65-110 to New Zealand’s Tall Blacks in their opening game.
Canada were favourites going into the game, and they took a 23-16 points lead in the first quarter. However, the D’Tigers took a narrow lead of 21-20 in the second period.
The Nigerian team also rallied to take another slim lead in the third quarter, pipping Canada by 15-14 points, with both leads doing little to peg the North Americans back.
The resurgent Canadians extended their domination in the final period, taking 25 points against D’Tigers’ 15.
The Nigerian basketball team are now in the bottom of Pool A, having played two matches and lost both.
Pool toppers New Zealand and second-placed Australia would play their group’s other game later in the day.
Two teams will qualify for the semi-finals from each preliminary group, while the bottom two teams from Pools A and B will play for a place in the qualifying finals.
Nigeria’s final group match is against hosts Australia on April 10.
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