ID’Tigers of Nigeria bounced back from the defeat to Côte d’Ivoire to overcome Guinea 89 – 70, in their second game in the second round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.
Going into the clash with Guinea, D’Tigers lost to Côte d’Ivoire 78 – 66 in their first game on Friday.
The match played at the 3,500 capacity Palais des Sports Treichville saw D’Tigers bounce back after losing to Cote D’Ivoire in the opening fixture.
The Nigerian team started brightly, racing to a 24-15 points lead in the first quarter, the second quarter was a tie 20-20 but D’Tigers took a nine-point lead to the halftime break.
However, the third quarter proved decisive for the D’Tigers as they blew their opponents away 32-15 to establish a solid lead going into the last quarter.
Guinea took the fourth quarter 20-13 but it was too little, too late as D’Tigers ran away with a 89-70 win.
Top performers for D’Tigers include: Amanze Egekeze (14 points), Metu (12 points) and Uche Iroegbu (11 points).
Up next for D’Tigers is a big game against Angola which will take place on Sunday.
The Angolans who also played on Saturday, recorded their second win with a 65 – 58 triumph over Cape Verde.
D’Tigers are vying to pick one of the five slots for African teams at the 2023 FIBA World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10.