Nigeria’s Olympic bound senior national male basketball team, D’Tigers rounded off their Stankovic Cup outing in Beijing, China by handing the Chinese men’s basketball team their second defeat and make them sit at the bottom of the 4-Nation tournament.
The Chinese side had lost 71-79 to Nigeria in the opener and again on Friday, lost 64-74 to the D’Tigers at the tournament’s third-place play-off yesterday.
France, who beat D’Tigers in the third game Friday, 82-73,claimed the title with a 70-57 victory over Argentina in the final.
D’Tigers’ Ike Diogu nicked 17 points as the team out-rebounded the Chinese 41-33 and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds while the host’s key player, Yi Jianlian finished with a game-high 20 points, five rebounds and three assists for his side. Dingyan Yuhang and Guo Ailun added 12 apiece. The D’Tigers technical crew are happy with the outing in China and hope to build on the experience as the team move back to the US where other players like the Aminu brothers, Alade and Al-Farouq, and new NBA draft, Mike Gbinije, to continue with their preparation for the Olympics which is just 26 days away.