Nigeria U16 Basketball Team, Junior Tigers on Sunday bounced back from their opening loss to beat host Cape Verde 64-39 at the ongoing FIBA U16 Africa Championship at the Pavilhao Desportivo Vava Duarte.
Another scintillating performance from Reuben Chinyelu with another double-double. Chinyelu scored a game high 20 points and 21 rebounds with four blocks to go with it in 36 minutes.
Othuke James added 12 points and 19 rebound double-double with three blocks. Cape Verde had two players on double digits, Silva Hugo and Martin’s Geovani combined for 20 points (10 points each) while Hugo made it a double-double with 10 boards.
The host won the first quarter 13-11 but could only score 7 points against 20 points scored by Nigeria in the second quarter. Cape Verde failed to keep up with the momentum from then on.
In other games played in Group A, 3-time champions Egypt recorded back to back wins after beating Angola 86-61 on Sunday.
Nigeria will take a rest on Monday and then play their third game of the competition against Angola on Tuesday.
FIBA U-16 Men Africa Championship Some Results So far:
Mali 61-57 Tunisia
Cape Verde 53-48 Algeria
Nigeria 77-86 Egypt.
Guinea 55-53 Ivory coast
Guinea 63-57 Tunisia
Cape Verde 39-64 Nigeria