After beating USA, D’Tigers outclass world No 4 Argentina

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D’Tigers beat another top team on Monday night in their warm-up towards the Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball event.

The Nigerians caused one of the all-time upsets in the basketball world on Sunday morning by defeating the United States of America 90-87 in the pre-Olympics tournament in Las Vegas.

They followed that massive win over the world’s No.1 team with another big victory over world’s No.4 Argentina on Monday night, winning 94-71.

Jahlil Okafor of the Detroit Pistons led Nigeria in scoring with 15 points while Josh Okogie and Chimezie Metu added 10 each.

D’Tigers limited Argentina to 35.9 percent shooting from the floor while hitting 48.1 percent of their own shots.

Unlike on Sunday morning against the United States when they made an unbelievable 21 three-pointers, D’Tigers did not make too many triples against Argentina, but had a better all-round game.

Many American pundits and fans laid into Team USA for losing to Nigeria, but D’Tigers, led by Mike Brown who has coached in the NBA, have proven they are no pushovers.

With eight current NBA players on their roster, the 2015 African champions are showing the world that they have grown as a team, recording back-to-back wins against teams they had never beaten before.

D’Tigers will play Australia on Tuesday night in their third game of the exhibition tournament.

The Australians added insult to the USA’s injury on Monday night by beating the star-studded American team 91-83.

Patty Mills led the Australians in scoring with 22 points, the same number of points USA’s leader Damian Lillard scored.

Superstar Kevin Durant contributed 17 points.

Australia are in the same group as Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics, along with Germany and Italy.

The men’s basketball event of Tokyo 2020 starts on 25 July, two days after the opening ceremony.


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