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D’Tigers Lose 86-69 To Host, Brazil, Crash Out Of Olympics

D’Tigers of Nigeria on Monday crashed out of the Rio 2016 Olympics men’s basketball event after losing 86-69 to Brazil in their last group game. This was the fourth loss in the competition.

D’Tigers needed a win to progress to the quarterfinals after their win over Croatia in their fourth game in Group B on Saturday.

With the loss, D’Tigers equalled their performance in London 2012, where they were able to win only one match in the group stages and lost the other four. They had earlier lost to Argentina, Lithuania and Spain.

Nigeria finished in Rio 2016 with six points, scoring 392 points and conceding 441 points.

N Hilario was the top performer for Brazil on the night as he accounted for 19 points and seven rebounds as the hosts ran away with a 17-point lead over the Nigerians. Josh Akognon led the statistics for Nigeria, coming up with 16 points while Alade Aminu had seven rebounds.

In the points breakdown, Nigeria took the first quarter of the game with a one-point lead at 16-15 but the hosts regrouped and took the second quarter 27-15 to lead 42-31 at halftime. D’Tigers took the third quarter 21-17 but lost the last quarter 27-17.

The Brazilians were all over the game as they outclassed the Nigerians. They converted 56 per cent of their two-point field goals against Nigeria’s 45 per cent while they made 44 rebounds against Nigeria’s 33. The Brazilians has 27 assists and made 10 steals against Nigeria’s 11 assists and three steals. They had the biggest lead of 20 points before Nigeria could respond.

However, Nigeria got 33 points from the bench against Brazil’s 23 and converted 74 per cent of their free throws against Brazil’s 73 per cent.

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