Written by: Jida Alaka, Premium Times

After achieving a first-ever win over the USA on Sunday morning, Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, smashed Argentina 94-71 on Monday evening at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

After besting the USA, the FIBA-ranked No.1 team, D’Tigers followed up that victory with another eye-catching win over the No.4-ranked Argentines.

Coach Mike Brown was able to name Jahlil Okafor in the team but he started the five of Josh Okogie, Ike Nwamu, with Nnamdi (Gabe) Vincent, Chikezie Okpala, and Precious Achiuwa from the Miami Heat.

Veteran Argentine player, Luis Scola, who is attending his fifth Olympic Games at 41, had his first personal foul within 30 seconds of the start just as Vincent missed his first three-point shot attempt after scoring from six of 10 attempts against the Americans.

An errant pass by Okogie led to Nicolas Brussino getting the first bucket. D’Tigers didn’t click into gear in the first two minutes of the game and went without any point whilst turning over the ball three times.

Okpala got Nigeria’s first points off a drive and pass from Achiuwa. The first quarter ended with the Argentines leading 19-17.

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