Nigeria male basketball team, D'Tigers trounce fellow Africans Cote d'Ivoire with a resounding 83-66 victory on Friday in the classification round at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, preserving its hopes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Xinhua reports.
Nigeria, who has two wins after four games, is currently the favourite to finish the World Cup with a top-ranking among African teams and book a spot in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Nigeria dominated the all-African battle with 44 points in the paint and 12 second chance points, while Cote d'Ivoire only recorded 20 and zero, respectively.
Nnamdi Vincent scored 15 points, EkpeUdoh and Al-FarouqAminu had 13 apiece for Nigeria. Deon Thompson chipped in 19 and Mohamed Konegot 12 for Cote d'Ivoire.
Josh Okogie made a driving layup to open the scoring for Nigeria, before Ben Uzoh and EkpeUdoh impressed to gift Nigeria a 24-16 lead in the first quarter.
Deon Thompson's jump shot and TiegbeBamba's three-pointer helped Cote d'Ivoire cut the deficit to only two points. Nigeria led 37-35 into the halftime break.
Uzoh scored six straight points to start the third quarter and inspired his team storm to a 14-3 run. The Nigerians enjoyed a 63-46 advantage to end the third quarter.
In the last quarter, Nigeria sent some of the bench players to the court but kept its advantage going well to the final whistle.