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Nigeria men’s senior basketball national team, D’Tigers, opened their Africa Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) campaign off to a winning start against the Central African Republic in Tunisia on Wednesday.

Nigeria was led by Al-Farouq Aminu, the Portland Trail Blazers forward who scored 15, and shooting guard Champ Oguchi, who scored 14 and sank 4-of-7 from the 3-point line.  Alade Aminu added 11 points; 10 rebounds, while Olaseni Lawal came up with 14 rebounds. Andy Ogide complimented with 12 points; 8 rebounds. Only Jamal Olasewere was left out of D’Tigers’ score board as every other Nigerian player who managed to screech their way down the coast got among the scores.

According to FIBA statics, it took Nigeria most of the first two quarters to move away from their opponents, whose undoing could be attributed to their poor field goal turnover (30%).

After the game, Nigeria's head coach Will Voigt told "It was a first good game for us. They really pressured, and tried to disrupt you with their physical play. That was good for us in terms challenging our execution.

"There is plenty of things for us to improve on, but all in all I thought that was a good day."

Nigeria will face Uganda on Friday, 21 August, before Sunday’s all-important clash with Tunisia.

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