Nigeria’s Men Basketball Team, D’Tigers have relinquished their title 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.

D’Tigers were hoping to get a second continental title and they actually started quite well; winning the first quarter 14-8 despite the vociferous fans inside the fully-packed Omnisports de Rades.

However, Tunisia, who were the co-hosts for the Afrobasket 2017 tournament, got their bearing after the poor start; winning the next two quarters.

The Tunisians won the second quarter 17-10 and then extended their lead; winning the third quarter 27-16.

Though D’Tigers attempted a fight back in the last quarter, it ended all square at 25-25 and they were thus unable to stop the North Africans who sealed the game with a 12-point gap

Saturday is quite historic for Tunisia who are organising the tournament for the third time – after 1987 and 2015 – but had never reached the final of the competition.

Despite the loss, D’Tigers were gallant in defeat and would be proud with their performance in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, Senegal beat Morocco 73-62 in the third-place match.

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