By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
Nigerian women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, are through to the final of the women’s basketball event after beating ‘mighty’ Angola 61-59 in the semi-final on Thursday at the Makelekele indoor sports hall at the about to be concluded 11th All Africa Games here in Congo Brazzaville.
The Nigerian girls, who defeated Gabon 73-65 to qualify for the semi-final, will be hoping to go all the way to win the gold medal.
Angola had defeated Cameroun 58-51 in the quarter-final to book a date with the Nigerian girls who worked really hard to ensure they won the game to scale through to the final.
Nigeria commenced the game with a 22-20 points lead in the first quarter while the Angolans outscored D’Tigress in the second quarter with 16-12 points to end the first half with 36-34 points lead against Nigeria.
The coach Scot Nnaji-led team’s effort in the third quarter failed to yield positive results as the Southern Africans ensured they took advantage of the quarter to open the gap against Nigeria.
But the last quarter was clearly in favour of D’Tigress who doubled their efforts to ensure they moved to the final of the tournament.
The girls won the quarter 17-10 points to finish the game with 61-59 points.