Nigerian national basketball team, D’Tigers, were defeated on Friday by New Zealand in their first men’s preliminary round match at the on-going Commonwealth Games holding in Gold Coast, Australia.
D’Tigers, who are in Pool A alongside hosts Australia, New Zealand and Canada, were dominated throughout the proceedings by the Tall Blacks, as the New Zealand basketball team are referred to.
It was a shocking defeat on the part of D’Tigers, as New Zealand’s head coach Paul Henare was apparently wary of the Nigerian side before the match.
The New Zealand men overpowered D’Tigers by 24-15 points in the first period.
In the second period, D’Tigers put up a great performance but still went down by 20-26 points.
The third period, the D’Tigers were blown away by 31-8 points, while the final period ended 22-29 in favour of the Tall Blacks, as the New Zealand team is called.
Azuoma Dike was D’Tigers top performer with 15 points, six rebounds and one assist.
Team captain, Ike Diogu pocketed 12 points and 14 rebounds.