It was a record breaking event on Sunday as the D’Tigers broke the jinx by lifting the trophy of the Afrobasket 2015. It was never a dull moment in last night’s clash in Rades, the defending champions took the first quarter 13 points to 11 points, Nigeria rallied back and dominated the second quarter 27 points to 11 points.
The third quarter was a tight contest between both sides with Nigeria slightly edging out Angola 14 to 12 points. It will be the second Olympic appearance for Nigeria’s men’s team after the first showing at the London 2012 Olympics.
This is the first time Nigeria will win Afrobasket: Africa’s continental basketball tournament. D’Tigers, as the Nigerian basket ball team are known have previously played in the final of Afrobasket three times losing the final games once to Senegal and twice to the continental basketball giants Angola. Prior to this year’s event Nigeria has never beaten Angola in nine meetings dating back to 1987.
D’Tigers’ shooting guard, Chamberlain Oguchi emerged as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2015 Afrobasket championship. The foremost African basketball championship’s partner, Tissot presented Oguchi with the top award, in recognition of his outstanding performances in the competition.
According to fiba.com, “Oguchi made three of his ten three-point attempts as part of a 3-of-11 shooting display on his way to a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Nigeria held off Angola 74-65 to claim their first-ever continental title.”
Oguchi, 29, also topped the All-Star Five list of Afrobasket 2015. His Nigeria teammate, Al-Farouk Aminu, who currently plays for the Portland Trailblazers, also made the list. Others in the All-Star Five are; Carlos Morais, Makram Ben Romdhane and Gorgui Dieng.
The victorious D’Tigers Coach: Voigt was the Head Coach/General Manager of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League from August 2009 to July 2014, during which he won more games than any other Coach in the D-League and helped his team to be regular Season Champions in 2012-2013. Coach Voigt was offered a short term contract until September to win the Afrobasket and qualify Nigeria for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. It seems he has satisfied the initial terms of contract.
Champions, D’Tigers of Nigeria have booked an automatic ticket for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Finalists, Angola and semi-finalists Tunisia and Senegal will compete in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The table below shows the medal standing for the Afrobasket tournaments since it began in 1962.
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