D’Tigers lose to France in Stankovic Cup Campaign

Nigeria men’s basketball team D’Tigers ended their campaign in the Stankovic Cup with a defeat following a 73 to 82 loss to France on Friday.

The invitational tourney is put together as a preparatory test for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

D’Tigers beat China 79-71 in their first game before going down to a 71- 49 defeat to Argentina in their second fixture.

D’Tigers finished the competition with a win and two defeats.

Nigeria trailed 18-0 early in the game, but rallied back to finish the first quarter with a seven-point deficit as France led 45-38.

France extended their lead with just a point at the end of the second quarter with scores at 64-55.

D’Tigers cut their opponents’ lead to four points at a stage in the last quarter, but at the end it was France who prevailed 82- 73.

The Stankovic Continental Champions’ Cup is an international basketball tournament for men’s national teams held annually by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

 

Aisha JM