Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Tunisia beat Nigeria to become FIBA AfroBasket's new champions

Tunisia beat Nigeria to become FIBA AfroBasket's new champions

Nigeria's D'Tigers on Thursday night saw off stiff opposition from Senegal in the semifinal of the 2017 Afrobasket for men in Tunisia.

In the semi-final played on Friday, D'Tigers edged co-hosts Senegal 76-71 in a keenly contested encounter.

However, this year, they were outclassed by the North Africans.

D'Tigers won their first ever African title also in Tunisia in 2015 after defeating Angola in the final.

The Ike Diogu-captained team got in the lead from the very start, coming out 15-12 points on top the first quarter before ending the first half with a 34-29 points lead.

However, the D'Tigers took the game to their opponents in the fourth quarter, running them down with 10 points to win with 31-21 points. Diogu, alongside teammate Ikenna Iroegbu, Tunisia duo Mohamed Hadidane and Mourad El Mabrouk, as well as Senegal's Gorgui Dieng were named in the tournament's All-Star team. The forward recorded a tournament-high 22 points per game and averaged 8.7 rebounds per game at the 16-team FIBA Africa's most important competition. Mejri, who is recovering from a knee injury, was the MVP of Tunisia's title run in the 2011 AfroBasket.

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