D’Tigers tipped off their 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers

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Nigeria’s National Basketball Team, D’Tigers tipped off their 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers with a comfortable 76-56 win over South Sudan at the Kigali Arena on Thursday.

The 2015 African champions took the first quarter 22-17 with the North Africans going head-to-head with their more illustrious opponents but the Nigerians were ruthless in the second quarter winning 24-12 to head into the first half break with a 17-point lead, finishing the half 46-29.

South Sudan fought back in the third quarter to reduce the deficit to 20-15 but D’Tigers showed their superiority in the final quarter taking the game 15-7 to win 76-56 with a 20-point margin.

Nigerian will next face hosts, Rwanda, in their second game of the competition on Saturday before playing their final game of the qualifiers against Mali on Sunday.