After a wakeup call, missing the second round of the World Cup championship in China, the D'Tigers of Nigeria managed to secure the Olympic ticket by being one of the top seven teams, at the on going tournament.
Nigeria matched out against the host team China, with a fully packed gymnasium, and were able to secure the deciding victory, 73-86.
The game which started on a slow momentum for the winning team, picked up from the second quarter till the end.
Josh Okogie had a perfect scoring performance at the free throw line, with 9/9, Ekpe Udoh and Stan Okoye too.
Nnamdi Vincent showed he is one of the best "catch and shoot" athlete on the squad; he sunk a long trey and another under pressure from the defender, without putting the ball of the floor. He had a 100% on two point range, 2/2.
In summary here are the stats:
#20 Josh Okogie 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks
#8 Ekpe Udoh: 13 points, 2 rebounds1 steal
#10 Chimezie Metu: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
#22 Nnamdi Vincent: 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal.
"A medal or quarterfinals would have been nice, but team Nigeria accomplished something big, which kept the dream alive." said a fan.
Looking forward to the next as the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, celebrates with his team and officials for the wonderful results from both the women and men.