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Australia Demystify Nigeria 108-69 in Exhibition Game

Australia Demystify Nigeria 108-69 in Exhibition Game

THE Nigerian men basketball team, D’Tigers, got thorough beating from their Australian counterparts 108-69 at the Las Vegas exhibition series on Wednesday.

This has effectively demystified the Nigerian team which earlier beat the USA and Argentine team that are rated number one and four respectively in the world.

Australia is rated number three in the world.

The loss is Mike Brown’s first since taking over as coach of D’Tigers in 2020.

The Aussies displayed grit and technical prowess as they shred D’Tigers apart in the first quarter, taking a 13-point lead to end 26-13. The third ranked nation in the world continued their dominance in the second quarter ending with a comfortable 20-point lead – 49-29.

The Australians opened a 38-point lead to end the quarter 84-46, then clocking the 100-point mark to win by 39 points ending the game 108-69.

The Australians made it three wins in a row with Chris Gouding scoring 21 points, three rebounds and four steals. He hit 100 per cent accuracy from the three-point line making all seven attempts.

Josh Okogie and Obi Emegano led D’Tigers in scoring with 10 points a piece while Jahlil Okafor had seven points and five rebounds and Ike Iroegbu also scored seven points in a game they will want to forget in a hurry.

Nigeria have had an impressive run during the exhibition series beating powerhouses USA and Argentina before suffering their first loss.

D’Tigers will face the Boomers in their first game at the Olympics on July 25 and will be hoping to get a better return.

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