Nigeria’s senior men’s basketball team known as D’Tigers recorded a 72-70 victory against Mali on Saturday, November 27, 2021.
D’Tigers suffered a shock 79-71 loss to Cape Verde in their opener and the Nigerians needed to get their campaign back on track in the second fixture.
D’Tigers took the first quarter 16-15 but Mali bounced back to win the second quarter 24-14 and go to the halftime break ahead at the Pavilhão Multiusos Acácias Rubras.
D’Tigers took the third quarter 23 – 16 and also the fourth quarter 19-15 to seal the win.
It was D’Tigers’ first victory of the qualification campaign fueled by Ike Diogu who had 19 points and six rebounds.
D’Tigers continue their qualification series on Sunday, November 28, 2021, when they face off against Uganda.