Nigeria’s men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers were on Friday heavily beaten by largely unfancied New Zealand in their first game at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as the former African champions lost 110-65 in the men’s preliminary round Pool A.
Azuoma Dike led the way for the D’Tigers with 15 points, six rebounds and one assist while Diogu hit 12 points and 14 rebounds, but the Nigerian team, captained by Ike Diogu, lost all four quarters.
The quartet of Thomas Abercrombie, Jordan Ngatai, Finn Delany and Robert Loe were New Zealand’s top performers in the game.
Abercrombie recorded 21 points and eight rebounds while Ngatai scored 16 points and four rebounds. Delany had 14 points and eight rebounds. Loe on his part recorded 12 points and eight rebounds.
Nigeria will take on Canada, who also lost 95-55 to Australia earlier on Friday, in their next game at the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday, while their final group game is against hosts Australia on Tuesday, April 10.
The top two teams in each group will proceed to the semifinals stage while the bottom two teams from Pool A will play the top two teams from Pool B in the qualifying finals.
Nigeria’s best finish in the basketball event at the Commonwealth Games was a fourth-place finish at the 2006 games.