The Nigerian D’Tigers defeated Angola 74-65 in the AfroBasket 2015 final in Rades, Tunisia on Sunday to win its first-ever FIBA African Championship.
The championship also earned Nigeria a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Angola, Tunisia, and Senegal – second, third, and fourth-placed teams at the Afrobasket 2015 will try to earn Olympic berths at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs).
Angola made its 15th Afrobasket final appearance in the game against Nigeria on Sunday, seeking to win its 12th title. The Nigerian D’Tigers, however, would not relent, taking the lead in the second quarter and extending the margin by as much as 19 points before the Angolans cut the deficit to 9 points late in the fourth quarter.
Chamberlain Oguchi had a game-high 19 points including 3 of 10 from 3-point range and added 7 rebounds to the historic win for the D’Tigers. Four other players on the Nigerian team scored in double figures. Olaseni Lawal scored 12 points to go with 8 rebounds; Andy Ogide added 10 points and 8 rebounds; Al-Farouq Aminu, 11 points, and Ben Uzoh dropped 10 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Carlos Morais led the Angolans with 15 points while Yanick Moreira added 13 but it was not enough to get Angola its search for a twelfth title.
Oguchi was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for his stellar performance and also won the honour for The Best 3-Point Shooter the entire tournament.
He was also named into the All-Star Five of the tournament along with teammate Al-Farouq Aminu. The other three players that made the All-Star Five are Morais (Angola), Makram Ben Romdhane (Tunisia), and Gorgui Dieng (Senegal).
“It’s the best moment of my life, to be able to come here after missing the last AfroBasket, to be able to come here and do this with my brothers, it feels amazing,” Oguchi said in reaction to the historic night.
“I’m happy to be able to share this moment with them and for me personally, it’s just really great.”
Tunisia won the battle against Senegal for the third place after losing to Angola at the semi-finals. Tunisia defeated Senegal 82-73 to finish third at the tournament.
In the Classification Games, Egypt defeated Algeria 69-63 to finish fifth; Mali finished seventh defeating Gabon 94-82; Cameroon won the ninth-place spot by defeating Cape Verde 88-66; Mozambique trumped Cote d’Ivoire 70-63 for 11th place; Morocco won the 13th place in a 86-74 defeat against Central African Republic, and Uganda defeated Zimbabwe 72-64 for 15th place.
AfroBasket 2015 Final Standings:
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Central African Republic (CAF)