D TIGER LOSES TO LITHUANIA IN OLYMPICS MEN'S BASKETBALL EVENT
The D Tigers of Nigeria lost to Lithuania 72 - 53 in the Men's Basketball event on tuesday despite the fact that Al-Farouq Aminu of the New Orleans Hornets and Ike Diogu had
double-doubles for Nigeria.
Songaila scored 12 points and Linas Kleiza added 11 to help Lithuania
beat Nigeria for its first victory in the men’s Olympic
Kaukenas finished with 10 points for Lithuania, which bounced back from
an opening loss to Argentina.
Nigeria fell to 1-1 after opening the
tournament with a win over Tunisia. Aminu had 12 points and 11 rebounds; Diogo
finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Lithuania has a long basketball pedigree that includes three Olympic bronze medals, while Nigeria is making its first Olympic appearance in men’s basketball.
Nigeria shot just 24 percent from the field and made only one of its 16 three-point attempts.
Lithuania led 34-27 at halftime and steadily increased its margin throughout the third quarter.