Nigeria Shock US In Pre-Olympic Basketball Friendly


Nigeria shocked the United States 90-87 in a pre-Olympic basketball pleasant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.

Nigeria, with six NBA gamers and former NBA head coach Mike Brown on the helm, grew to become the primary African nation to beat the USA, who have been enjoying the primary of a 5 of tune-up video games earlier than the Tokyo Olympics.

The United States have been with out three gamers nonetheless energetic within the NBA Finals.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant led the Americans with 17 factors.


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: The Nigeria bench reacts after Ike Iroegbu #1 of Nigeria hit a 3-pointer in opposition to the United States within the fourth quarter of an exhibition sport at Michelob ULTRA Arena forward of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nigeria defeated the United States 90-87. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP


Nigeria, which had 12 NBA gamers in its 49-man coaching camp in California and 7 in uniform on Saturday, was led by Gabe Vincent with 21 factors.

“I’m kind of glad it happened,” USA head coach Gregg Popovich stated, noting that the Nigerians have had the luxurious of coaching collectively since late June whereas the US facet had assembled simply 4 days earlier.

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Popovich stated the defeat needs to be seen as a studying expertise and never “the end of the world.”

Nigeria’s win got here 9 years after the United States crushed the Nigerians 156-73 on the London Olympics.


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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 10: The Nigeria Men’s National Team celebrates after the sport on July 10, 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or utilizing this {photograph}, User is consenting to the phrases and circumstances of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ned Dishman/NBAE through Getty Images/AFP


The United States, who’ve gained three Olympic males’s basketball titles since settling for bronze in 2004, want to regain international dominance after ending in seventh on the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

They play Australia, ranked third on the earth, in a pleasant on Monday.

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