By Oladimeji Loko, in Rio:
Nigeria's D'Tigers lost their opening basketballpreliminary round group game to Argentina's national team 94-66 at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil Completesportsnigeria.
The game which was played at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio saw the William Voigts' side fail to build on their pre-Olympics game win over the Argies last month.
Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 19 points, while flag bearer Luis Scola had 18 for the 2004 gold medalists. Patricio Garino finished with 15 in front of crowd filled with flag-waving Argentina fans who sang and chanted for much of the night.
The Ike Diogu scored 15 points and 13 rebounds just as Ebi Ere and Andy Ogide scored 14 and 11 points respectively.
They were outclassed in all four quarters as the Argentine team scored 11 three point shots in 23 attempts as against D'Tigers four from 20.
Next up for D'Tigers is a tricky test Lithuania in their second game on the 9th of August before battling Spain on the 11th at the Carioca Arena in Rio.
They face Croatia and Brazil on the 13th and 15th of August respectively .
The top four classified teams from each group will then move on to the final phase which will be played in a standard knock-out system consisting of quarter-Finals, semi-final, Bronze Medal Game and Gold Medal Game.
The Olympic Basketball Tournament will take place from 6-21 August.Jiji.ng the cheapest online shopping in Nigeria