Nigeria beat Argentina in exhibition game 94-71 two days after beating Team USA


Just like the United States of America, Nigeria’s senior basketball team, D’Tigers, has pulled off another upset, this time against the fourth-best team in the world, Argentina.

Jahlil Okafor of Nigeria shoots against Marcos Delia #12 of Argentina during an exhibition game, ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 12, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Led by former NBA head coach Mike Brown, Nigeria followed up its 90-87 upset of Team USA with a 94-71 demolition against Argentina, the world’s No. 4 sides. That’s two massive wins for D’Tigers as they ramp up ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Jahlil Okafor led Nigeria with 15 points while Josh Okogie and Chimezie Metu had 10 each. Nigeria limited Argentina to 35.9 percent shooting from the floor while hitting 48.1 percent of its own shots. D’Tigers didn’t make an insane amount of triples this time around but did well enough in other areas to win in a rout.

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“It’s been a lot of fun, we are trying to build something each and every day,” Okafor said in his post-game interview.

“Obviously we had a big win against the USA and today the message was ‘let’s take care of business today’ and we certainly did.”

Nigeria are in Group B along with Australia, Italy and Germany and play their opening game against the Aussies July 25 at the Saitama Super Arena.

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