The game seemed quite easy for the Argentines as they rolled over the Nigeria D’Tigers 94-66 during their first game at the Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Argentina put the first points on the scoreboard and dominated the game from tip-off until the final buzzer, winning all four quarters, and led by as many as 29 points mid-way through the third quarter. The Argentines won mostly on efficient shooting from the perimeter, facilitated by good ball movement that earned them 18 team total assists and 15-of-34 from behind the 3-point arc. Nigeria had a dismal performance from the arc, shooting a poor 4-of-25 to account for 16% compared to Argentina’s 44%.
Ike Diogu led Nigeria in scoring with 15 points, despite converting only two of seven attempts from behind the three-point arc. Diogu also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in the game.
Diogu was not the only player on the Nigerian team that struggled from 3PT. Guards Ben Uzoh, Michael Umeh, Michael Gbinije, and Chamberlain Oguchi all shot a combined 2-of-16 from the arc and totaled 20 points in the game.
Reserve forward Andy Ogide had, perhaps, the most efficient offensive game, going 5-of-5 from the field on 2PT field goals including four rebounds split apiece on both ends of the floor.
Facundo Campazzo led the Argentines in scoring for a game-high 19 points on 5-of-8 behind the three-point arc, including 5 assists and 5 steals in 22:50 minutes. Luis Scola added 18 points 9 rebonds and 3 assists for the win, while Manu Ginobili contributed 12 points 5 rebounds 5 assists and 2 steals.
Nigerian center Olaseni Lawal left early in the game after collapsing on his left knee while going for a rebound.
The Nigerian team will next face Lithuania on Tuesday 9 August at 19:00 (11 PM Nigerian Time).