D'Tigers of Nigeria have relinquished their position as Africa's best having lost 65-77 points to Tunisia in the final of the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket that came to a close in Rades, Tunisia on Saturday night.
"Landing the trophy after 12 years can never be traced to luck but hard work, dedication and team spirit from all parties involved".
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Nigeria led the first and second quarters at 25-18 and 27-25 but the Cameroonians fought back to win the third quarter at 27-23.
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Zied Chennoufi led the way with a team-high 19 points in winning the title.
But D'Tigers managed a last roar to defend their title in the final phase of the game, but it was too little too late as the fourth quarter ended 25-25 to earn the hosts a 77-65 win and a second African title.
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He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where he was joined by Ikenna Iroegbu (Nigeria); Mohamed Hadidane (Tunisia), Mourad El Mabrouk (Tunisia) and Gorgui Dieng(Senegal). They defeated Cameroon 106-91 in the quarter-final on Thursday before Friday's win over Senegal.