June 23, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

D’Tigers suffer shock defeat to Cape Verde in opener

Just after receiving authorization from the Nigerian governing administration to return to action, the D’Tigers took to the court towards the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Kigali in their 2023 FIBA Environment Cup Qualifiers, getting rid of the activity 79-70.

The D’Tigers started off the video game effectively and ended the very first quarter with a narrow 15-14 guide prior to Cape Verde turned the screw in the second quarter. The Blue Sharks ended the to start with fifty percent with a 39-26 lead more than their West African opponents.

The second half introduced about an improvement from the Nigerians, but they struggled to hold up their degree persistently. They reduce the Blue Sharks’ guide to 9 factors by the finish of the third quarter, trailing 56-47. Equally groups traded blows in the fourth quarter and despite the D’Tigers briefly having a one-stage lead, Cape Verde fought again to retake the direct and in the end won the match 79-70.

Actual Madrid Basketball star Walter Tavares place up a monstrous efficiency for Cape Verde with 15 points, 13 rebounds and a few blocks before he fouled out of the recreation. Ivan Almeida also contributed 14 factors and 13 rebounds in the recreation.

Christian Mekowulu led the scoring for the D’Tigers in the match. The Basket Zaragoza player scored 13 details and 13 rebounds in the sport. Sacramento Kings star Chimezie Metu contributed 10 details and 10 rebounds for his place, and Ike Ndugba recorded 13 points and 8 helps.

The D’Tigers dropped only their second-ever match towards their Cape Verdean counterparts. They will keep on their FIBA Planet Cup Qualifiers against Mali and Uganda in the subsequent two times.