FIBA Afrobasketball Qualifier: D’Tigers suffer narrow defeat to Libya


Despite arriving 10 hours before the game, Nigeria’s D’Tigers put up an outstanding performance against Libya in their opening game of the Afrobasket Qualifiers but fell to an 89-82 defeat in overtime.

Libya had taken a five-point lead over Nigeria at halftime, but the D’Tigers got back in the second half to put up a huge performance. They showed resilience and ensured they kept the deficit within reach.

Devine Eke pounced on a steal, which resulted in a layup by Michael Afuwape with 3:42 seconds left to tie the game 71-71.

The fourth quarter could have been a deciding one for Nigeria after they outscored the Libyans 25-15, but some missed baskets and free throws in the last minute of the fourth quarter deprived them of the win.

With 75-75 going to over time, Libya scored 14-7 to pick up their first win at the Afrobasket 2025 qualifiers.

Mike Nuga scored a game-high 31 points, added 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and shot 7/12 from the deep in 40 minutes.

Devine Eke added a double-double, 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks to go with it in 41 minutes. Michael Afuwape also added 16 points in the game.

Nigeria will play Uganda in their next game on Saturday.

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