Olympics 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers defeat United States Basketball team 90-87

Olympics 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers defeat United States Basketball team 90-87

  • Nigeria's basketball national team seems to be ready to go for Tokyo Olympics gold medal this summer
  • D'Tigers defeated the star-studded United States team led by Gregg Popovich 90-87 in a friendly game
  • Coach Mike Brown's men will battle it out with Italy, Australia, and Germany in the Group B of the competition

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Nigeria's D'Tigers are on track in their preparations for this summer's Olympic Games billed to be staged in Tokyo after beating the United States Basketball team in a test game.

Coach Mike Brown led side defeated the multiple Olympics gold medallists 90-87 at the end of the game to send a note of warning to their group.

Nigeria are pitched alongside Australia, Germany, and Italy in Group B for the 2020 edition of the competition expected to start on July 23.

Olympics 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers defeat United States Basketball team 90-87
Jayson Tatum fouled by Nigeria's Ike Nwamu during a friendly game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo by Ethan Miller
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Precious Achiuwa, Josh Okogie, Gabe Vincent, Ike Nwamu, and Chikezie ‘KZ’ Okpala started the game for the West African country against the US.

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While coach Gregg Popovich started a strong team including Bam Adebayo, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, and Jayson Tatum for the game as reported by Premium Times.

The United States started the game on a bright note with Adebayo dunking first but Vincent replied in kind with the first three-pointer of the game as the first half ended 43-41 with the USA.

It was D’Tigers’ shot-making from three-point range that helped get the win. The team outscored the Americans 20-18.

Miami Heat star Vincent recorded six of eight three-pointers and finished with 21 points while Agada, who plays in the Israeli league, made three three-pointers and finished with 17 points.

It was Vincent who gave D’Tigers the three-point lead with three seconds left on the clock, at which point Coach Brown called for a time-out.

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