D’Tigers defeated Kenya in the second Afrobasket match 71:55

D’Tigers on Friday their triumphant advance in the ongoing Afrobasket continued with a 71:55 win over Kenya in the second group game at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. PUNCH Sports Extra report

The Nigerians won the first quarter 20-8 but were pushed back by the East Africans, who claimed the second quarter 18:14 to increase the game to 34:26 at halftime.

The Kenyans were the more determined team in the third quarter, winning 15-13, but the final quarter ultimately belonged to the D’Tigers, who reduced their fouls and ball losses and won 22-16 for an aggregate score of 71-55.

Uzodinma Utomi was Nigeria’s top scorer with 17 points. He added two rebounds and two steals while Jeremiah Mordi added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

Ikenna Ndugba, Jordan Ogundiran and Tarekeyi Edogi each contributed nine points.

The Nigerians made 13 turnovers compared to Kenya which had 28, with D’Tigers taking advantage of their mistakes and earning 21 points.

D’Tigers had a total of 35 rebounds compared to Kenya’s 56 to work on ahead of their next game against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

Nigeria scored 34 percent from the two-point line while they had a 33 percent success rate from the three-point line and converted 62 percent of their free throws.

In their early game on Friday, Uganda beat Cameroon 80:66, their first win.

On Saturday (today) Egypt will face Guinea in Group B, while champions Tunisia face the Central African Republic.

Congo DR will welcome Angola to host Rwanda for their third win of the competition when they face the delicate Cape Verde Islands.

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