Cote d’Ivoire clobbered Nigeria’s D’Tigers 76-42 in their opening FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers second round game in Abidjan on Friday.
The ‘Les Elephants’ of Cote d’Ivoire put in a dominant shift to bring D’Tigers’ nine game unbeaten run in the Group F qualifiers to an end.
Buoyed by their fans, Côte d’Ivoire took the offense to an uninspired Nigerian side, winning all four quarters of the game.
Alex Nwora’s team lost 10-14 in the first quarter,9-14 in the second quarter and 12 -27 in the third quarter. In the final quarter, the 2017 finalist lost 15-17.
Team captain Ike Diogu scored ten points five rebounds and two assists while Mike Umeh who was making a return to the team after three years posted nine points, one rebound and one assist.
Cote d’Ivoire, who take on Rwanda in their next game Saturday, are now two wins away from qualifying for 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
The FIBA AfroBasket 2015 champions, D’Tigers will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they face Central Africa Republic also on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Senegal became the fourth African nation to qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China after crushing Rwanda 81-41.
Nigeria, Tunisia and Angola are the other three teams to have qualified.