Emegano’s 24 points consolidate D’Tigers 2nd Round Ticket at FIBA World Cup qualifiers
Obi Emegano last night led the D’Tigers of Nigeria to her 2nd win of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Lagos with a 111-70 win over Rwanda.
With Ike Diogu playing reduced minutes on the night, Emegano took charge with 24 points, 4steals , 3assists and 2rebounds to ultimately seal a place in the all deciding qualifiers .
Benjamin Uzoh continued to show leadership on the floor when Diogu – with 9points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds was on the bench for a major duration of the game. Uzoh put up an impressive 77.8% from the field on his way to 14 points with 3 assists and 2 steals while Mbamalu added 14 as well. The rave of the moment Jordan Nwora was just a rebound shy of a 2nd straight double in his 2nd cap for the national team with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
The Nigerian team exploded late in the 2nd quarter with a 15 – 0 scoring run extending a 4points lead (37-33) to 19 points at halftime, before killing the game as a contest, thanks to a stellar defence that limited Rwanda to just 9 points while putting up 30 points to kill the game and an unassailable 40 points lead going into the 4th quarter.
“We know everything we do out here will reflect in the 2nd round and of course we are trying to protect home court ” Head Coach D’Tigers Alex Nwora.
Rwanda can thank 30 turnovers which resulted into 46 Nigerian points and their way ward shooting 31% from 3points field goal (9/29) and 39% 2FG shooting (25/64) for a night which saw 8 players record single digits for the loss.
Nigeria will face west coast rivals Mali in the 3rd and final game of the qualifiers in Lagos on Sunday July 1st.