D’Tigers have crashed out of Tokyo Olympic after losing final group game to Italy, this Saturday morning.
The Mike Brown’s side lost the 80-71 to bow out of the Men’s Basketball event without a win.
Nigeria needed to win the game to stand a chance of reaching the last eight and they were doing just that, until poor fourth quarter allowed the Italians to snatched the game from their nose.
Italy opened a fourteen points lead in the first half, but D’tigers fought to close the gap as both team went into the break with Italy leading 40-39.
Nigeria came out on top at the end of the third quarter, leading by 63-56, thanks to Chimezie Metu’s inspirational performance.
However a sloppy start to the fourth quarter saw them picked just one point, while the Italians hit nine to cruise back into the lead.
The fourth quarter ended 24-8 in the favor of the Italians and Nigeria bowed out of the Olympics without a win.
The Mike Brown team also lost to Australia and Germany in the previous matches.
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