Nigeria’s D’Tigers Follow Up Win Against US By Smashing World No. 4 Argentina
After achieving a first-ever win over the USA on Sunday morning, Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, smashed Argentina 94-71 on Monday evening at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
In continuation of their preparation for the Olympics, FIBA-ranked No.1 team, D’Tigers followed up that victory with another eye-catching win over the No.4-ranked Argentines.
The South Americans led the first quarter 19-17 as both teams battle each other with brute force than technicality.
D’Tigers then settled into the game, exerted their brilliance, and wrestled the control from the Argentines, grabbing a 10-gap lead of 43-33 to halftime.
Miye Oni’s shot at the buzzer stretched D’Tigers’ dominance in the third quarter as it finished 74-55.
The team wrapped up the incredible performance, where they displayed composure and unmatched hunger, in the fourth quarter to finish the game with a confident-inspiring 23-point margin against Argentina.
Jahil Okafor, who missed out on the team’s win over the United States on Sunday, led the Nigerian side with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Josh Okogie and Chimezie Metu had 10 each.
This team is fun. 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/E0k7LIS92O
— D’Tigers | Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) July 13, 2021
The last time the two countries met was at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China which the Argentines won 94-81.
D’Tigers are billed to face Australia on Wednesday before departing for Tokyo on July 17.
The brilliant form of the Nigerians certainly means coach Mike Brown has some big decisions to make ahead of his final 12-man list selection for the Tokyo Olympics.
Nigeria is in group B alongside Australia, Italy and Germany.
The Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8, and the basketball event will begin on the third day.