Rio – Nigeria’s men’s basketball team D’Tigers have suffered a second defeat in two matches after losing 89-80 to Lithuania at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Nigerian side got off to a bright side, leading at the end of the first quarter, and extended the lead to 41-36 at half time.
But on resumption for the 3rd quarter, the Nigerians went relaxed and allowed Lithuania to gain possession and also bounce back.
Mantas Kalnietis and Jonas Maciulis led with 21 points each for Lithuania, and the impact of their Centre Jonas Valanciunas in the 3rd quarter really changed the game for them, making 10 points and 5 rebounds with 4 of those being defensive rebounds.
For the Nigerian side, Ike Diogu led by example, making 19 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Michael Umeh who contributed 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.
Nigeria, after losing 94-66 to Argentina in their first game, could not keep the tempo high in the 3rd quarter against Lithuania, and as a result lost at the end 89-80.
D’Tigers will now play Spain in their next game.