Afrobasket 2017: D'Tigers fail to defend title, lose to Tunisia

Tunisia are through to the final of Afro Basket 2017

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu have congratulated Nigeria senior men's basketball team D'Tigers for qualifying for the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket final.

It ended 76-71 points.

They will now defend their title against Tunisia who are joint hosts of this year's edition in the final today (Saturday) in Rades, Tunisia.

Nigeria moved up an eye-catching eight places up the ladder to 34th place globally after their memorable outing at the 2017 Afrobasket Championship in Bamako, Mali which saw them set a national record of 8 wins out of 8 games to land the elusive silverware. And the tactics paid off, as they won the third quarter 27-16.

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Zied Chennoufi led the way with team-high 19 points in the winning cause.

The Tunisians won the third quarter 52-40, making it very hard for D'Tigers to get back into the game.

Diogu was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP), headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot. Point Guard Ikenna Iroegbu added two assists.

Before meeting Senegal, Nigeria had defeated another West African neighbour, Cameroon 106-91 in the quarterfinal match of the tournament.