Afrobasket 2017: D’Tigers qualify for final

Nigeria took a big step towards defending their title at the 2017 FIBA Africa Championship co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal, by qualifying for the final.

D’Tigers saw off Senegal 76-71 in a thrilling contest on Friday, to book a place in Saturday’s final.

Nigeria dominated the first three quarters of the game, only losing the last quarter to the Lions.

D’Tigers took the first quarter 15-12 and the second 19-17. They won the third 18-16, before losing 26-24 in the last quarter.

The coach Alex Nwora side will play co-hosts Tunisia, who defeated Morocco 60-52 in Tunis, as they seek to retain the title they won on the same soil in 2015.

Before Saturday’s clash, Nigeria and Tunisia have met seven times, the most recent of which was a 70-59 victory for D’Tigers in the semi-finals of the 2015 AfroBasket. D’Tigers have won five of the meetings.

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