Argentina climbed to a 2-0 in Group B to stay undefeated thanks to a 81-94 win over Nigeria’s D’Tigers, who dropped to 0-2 in the standings.
Veteran EuroLeague former star Luis Scola led Argentina with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Patricio Garino of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz added 17 points and a trio of Real Madrid faces rounded up the win: Facu Campazzo posted 14 points and 8 assists, Nico Laprovittola added 11 and Gabriel Deck posted 10.
Micheal Eric of Baskonia only played 85 seconds for Nigeria, and he did not score any points but pulled 2 rebounds and dished 1 assist in that time.
A 26-15 second quarter allowed Nigeria to lead during some portions of the game, but Argentina came back strong and managed to control the game, that was closed in style by Campazzo with a three and then a steal and another three almost on the buzzer.
The four quarter scores were 17 – 28, 26 – 15, 18 – 29, 20 – 22 for a cumulative score of 81-94 in favour of the Argentines.
The Nigerian team rallied to even scores at 43-43 after the second quarter but lost their way in the third with their final quarter fight proving a little too late. The Nigerian team is without a win after losing the opening game to Russia 82-77.
For the second consecutive game, Josh Okogie led the Nigerian team with 18 points, same number he amassed against Russia in the opening game. Jordan Nwora contributed 12 points, Vincent Nnamdi added 11points, Ike Iroegbu contributed 10, while the likes of Ike Diogu, Chimezie Metu, Ben Uzoh and Stan Okoye and Al Farouq Aminu also got on the scorers’ sheet.
The Argentines were dominant in the first and third quarters and managed the game well in the fourth quarter to repel a Nigerian fight back and win their second game in the tournament.
The Nigerian team will take on Korea in the last game, while Argentina takes on Russia.