Nigeria’s representatives at the just concluded FIBA Africa U-16 championship on a winning note with a 54-53 points victory against Guinea to win the bronze medal.
Having narrowly missed out of the final and an eventual U-17 World Cup ticket, the boys were determined to achieve a podium finish as they overcame a resilient Guinea.
Nigeria won the first quarter, 20-10 points but Guinea closed up the gap and both sides headed into the half time with points tied on 23 points apiece in a quarter that Nigeria only managed to score three points.
2nd half started on a frenetic note with Guinea dominating the scorer’s chart to win the 3rd quarter 14-11.
Nigeria rallied back in the 4th quarter to close out the game on 20-16 points and settle for a deserved bronze medal to equal their 2009 record.
Nigeria’s power forward Reuben Chinyelu won the highest rebounder award with 112 rebounds while Farouk Isah got voted alongside Youssouf Sangare (Mali), Ibrahima Diallo (Guinea), Maomen Abouzeid (Egypt) and Abdullah Ahmed (Egypt) as the competition’s All-Star Five.
The team coached by Fubara Onyenabo departed Praia on Monday evening and will arrive Lagos on Wednesday.