Nigeria’s D’Tigers overcame Ivory Coast 84 to 73 in Game 1, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers (Window 4) played Friday evening at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The triumph makes it seven wins out of seven for Alex Nwora’s men. Five players were in double figures: Obi Emegano hit 15 points, captain, Ike Diogu, 13 points, Ike Nwamu, 11 points, Al-Farouq Aminu, 11 points, and Ikenna Iroegbu, 11 points.
At half-time, it was Nigeria in the lead, 41 to 32, with Al-Farouq and Nwamu leading the way with 9 points apiece. The 3rd quarter ended as host Nigeria were comfortably in front via a 64-48 score.
The visitors cut D’Tigers lead to 8 with 6 minutes left to play in the game, but the undefeated West Africans grind out victory at full time.
Next up for the 32nd best-ranked team in the world is Central African Republic (CAF) tomorrow (Saturday).
FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: Qualification permutation
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup to be held in China will mark a new era for the competition. The group stage expand from 24 to 32 teams. The next edition of FIBA’s flagship competition will take place from August 31-September 15, 2019.
The top 8 teams, including Japan as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics (where 2 teams each come from the Americas and Europe; and the top teams from Africa, Asia and Oceania), in this competition will qualify for the men’s basketball event in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In the Second Round of the Qualifiers ongoing, the two (2) best highest-placed teams in each group and the best third-placed team (a total of five (5) teams) will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
The Second Round consists of three windows taking place in September and November 2018 and February 2019.
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