D'Tigers Overpower Tunisia

D’Tigers won their first match in Group A by beating Tunisia 60-56 in a tough duel at the Olympic stadium.

Alade Aminu scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Ike Diogu added 13 points and 10 rebounds as Nigeria just beat Tunisia 60-56 in the opening game of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

Al-Farouq Aminu, who played for the NBA New Orleans Hornets last season, added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Nigerians, who have not lost to reigning African champion Tunisia in international competition since 1987.

The two African sides in the London line-up were both making their Olympic debuts in the Group A round-robin contest. The top four teams in each of two groups advance to the medal playoffs.

Nigeria were the last team to qualify for the Olympics, having beaten the Dominican Republic in the qualifying tournament decider to advance after upsetting Greece earlier in that event.

Only three Nigerian players were born in the African nation. The others, including former NBA San Antonio Spur Diogu, were born in the United States but are of Nigerian heritage.

Tunisian captain Amine Rzig scored 18 points in a losing cause.

The Nigerians seized their largest lead at 29-10 on the way to a 31-15 half-time advantage before Tunisia rallied, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter and pulling within 56-54 in the final seconds on a Mourad El Mabrouk three-pointer.

Nigeria sank three free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Game Statistics
Nigeria Tunisia
2 Points 18 /47 (38%) 2 Points 15 /34 (44%)
3 Points 2 /13 (15%) 3 Points 8 /23 (35%)
Free Throws 18 /31 (58%) Free Throws 2 /5 (40%)
Assists 9 Assists 15
Offensive Rebounds 20 Offensive Rebounds 12
Defensive Rebounds 22 Def. Rebounds 27
Steals 11 Steals 2
Blocked shots 3 Blocked shots 4
Turnovers 13 Turnovers 21
Fouls 17 Fouls 25
Fouls drawn 25 Fouls drawn 17
Points from Turnover 23 Points from Turnover 6
Points in Paint 34 Points in Paint 22
Second Chance 12 Second Chance 4
Fast Break 8 Fast Break 14
Biggest Lead 19 Biggest Lead 0
Biggest Scoring Run 11-0 (29-10) Biggest Scoring Run 9-0 (45-40)

Pictures from the game

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Nigeria's Alade Aminu (C) is challenged by Tunisia's Marouan Kechrid (front) and Tunisia's Mehdi Hafsi during their men's Group A basketball match

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Nigeria's Chamberlain Oguchi (C) drives to the basket against Tunisia's Salah Mejri (L), Makram Ben Romdhane (front) and Mohamed Hadidane (obscure)

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Tony Skinn (L) drives to the basket against Tunisia

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Alade Aminu (R) dunks against Tunisia's Mokhtar Ghayaza



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Re: D'Tigers Overpower Tunisia
Big-K posted on 07-29-2012, 05:41:50 AM
Our second half performance was very poor and the 4th quarter was like watching Super Eagles... We unbelievably blew a 19-point lead. If we played this way against the other teams, we'll be talking of losing by 20-30 points.

Anyway..nice to win our first ever Olympics basketball match
D'Tigers Overpower Tunisia
NVS posted on 07-29-2012, 10:22:37 AM

D’Tigers won their first match in Group A by beating Tunisia 60-56 in a tough duel at the Olympic stadium.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points to help Nigeria hold off a second-half rally by Tunisia in the first game of the men's Olympic basketball tournament Sunday with a 60-56 victory. 

Nigeria held Tunisia to 15 points in the first half and held a 16-point halftime lead. They led by as many as 19 and seemed in control of the game.

Tunisia, however, began the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap to two points late in the game.

But Aminu, who plays for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, made of one of two free throws to seal the victory with 11 seconds remaining.

Amine Rzig scored 15 of his 18 points in the second-half to lead Tunisia in the Group A game.

It was the Olympic debut for both teams in men's basketball.  

Game Statistics

 Nigeria Tunisia
2 Points18 /47 (38%)2 Points15 /34 (44%)
3 Points2 /13 (15%)3 Points8 /23 (35%)
Free Throws18 /31 (58%)Free Throws2 /5 (40%)
Assists9Assists15
Offensive Rebounds20Offensive Rebounds12
Defensive Rebounds22Def. Rebounds27
Steals11Steals2
Blocked shots3Blocked shots4
Turnovers13Turnovers21
Fouls17Fouls25
Fouls drawn25Fouls drawn17
Points from Turnover23Points from Turnover6
Points in Paint34Points in Paint22
Second Chance12Second Chance4
Fast Break8Fast Break14
Biggest Lead19Biggest Lead0
Biggest Scoring Run11-0 (29-10)Biggest Scoring Run9-0 (45-40)



Pictures from the game

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Nigeria's Alade Aminu © is challenged by Tunisia's Marouan Kechrid (front) and Tunisia's Mehdi Hafsi during their men's Group A basketball match

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Nigeria's Chamberlain Oguchi © drives to the basket against Tunisia's Salah Mejri (L), Makram Ben Romdhane (front) and Mohamed Hadidane (obscure)

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Tony Skinn (L) drives to the basket against Tunisia

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Alade Aminu ® dunks against Tunisia's Mokhtar Ghayaza



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Re: D'Tigers Overpower Tunisia
Anioma777 posted on 07-29-2012, 10:22:37 AM


D’Tigers won their first match in Group A by beating Tunisia 60-56 in a tough duel at the Olympic stadium.





Alade Aminu scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Ike Diogu added 13 points and 10 rebounds as Nigeria just beat Tunisia 60-56 in the opening game of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.



Al-Farouq Aminu, who played for the NBA New Orleans Hornets last season, added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Nigerians, who have not lost to reigning African champion Tunisia in international competition since 1987.



The two African sides in the London line-up were both making their Olympic debuts in the Group A round-robin contest. The top four teams in each of two groups advance to the medal playoffs.



Nigeria were the last team to qualify for the Olympics, having beaten the Dominican Republic in the qualifying tournament decider to advance after upsetting Greece earlier in that event.



Only three Nigerian players were born in the African nation. The others, including former NBA San Antonio Spur Diogu, were born in the United States but are of Nigerian heritage.



Tunisian captain Amine Rzig scored 18 points in a losing cause.



The Nigerians seized their largest lead at 29-10 on the way to a 31-15 half-time advantage before Tunisia rallied, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter and pulling within 56-54 in the final seconds on a Mourad El Mabrouk three-pointer.



Nigeria sank three free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.





Game Statistics





















































































































Nigeria


Tunisia

2 Points

18 /47 (38%)

2 Points

15 /34 (44%)

3 Points

2 /13 (15%)

3 Points

8 /23 (35%)

Free Throws

18 /31 (58%)

Free Throws

2 /5 (40%)

Assists

9

Assists

15

Offensive Rebounds

20

Offensive Rebounds

12

Defensive Rebounds

22

Def. Rebounds

27

Steals

11

Steals

2

Blocked shots

3

Blocked shots

4

Turnovers

13

Turnovers

21

Fouls

17

Fouls

25

Fouls drawn

25

Fouls drawn

17

Points from Turnover

23

Points from Turnover

6

Points in Paint

34

Points in Paint

22

Second Chance

12

Second Chance

4

Fast Break

8

Fast Break

14

Biggest Lead

19

Biggest Lead

0

Biggest Scoring Run

11-0 (29-10)

Biggest Scoring Run

9-0 (45-40)






Pictures from the game



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Nigeria's Alade Aminu © is challenged by Tunisia's Marouan Kechrid (front) and Tunisia's Mehdi Hafsi during their men's Group A basketball match



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Nigeria's Chamberlain Oguchi © drives to the basket against Tunisia's Salah Mejri (L), Makram Ben Romdhane (front) and Mohamed Hadidane (obscure)



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Tony Skinn (L) drives to the basket against Tunisia



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Alade Aminu ® dunks against Tunisia's Mokhtar Ghayaza



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Re: D'Tigers Overpower Tunisia
Ajibs posted on 07-30-2012, 12:56:48 PM
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Our second half performance was very poor and the 4th quarter was like watching Super Eagles... We unbelievably blew a 19-point lead. If we played this way against the other teams, we'll be talking of losing by 20-30 points.

Anyway..nice to win our first ever Olympics basketball match


I missed the game and only watched the highlights. I was quite surprised at the lead we had at times in the game. I recall once seeing like 33 / 23 and we only ended the game with a 4 point lead. From what I recall of BBall seems we need to step up defense and also maybe rotate the team more so no one gets too tired.

But I was really nice to see us in the tournament at all. ESPECIALLY as we decided to miss out on our usual sure banker for a medal... Football!!!
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