D’Tigers bounced back from a poor start to beat Guinea 62-59 in their second game of the final qualifying window for the 2023 FIBA World Cup later this year.
After a statement victory against Ivory Coast, D’Tigers were expected to walk past the Guineans but were stoked by the performance of their West African counterparts. The first quarter ended 13-13 while the Guineans took the second 22-18 while the third quarter also ended 13-8 in favour of the Guineans.
D’Tigers being nine points behind heading into the fourth and final quarter pulled out everything in their arsenal to turn around the deficit winning the final quarter 23-11 and ending the game with a win, their second consecutive of the qualifying window.
Michael Darambola and Victor Eze both scored 16 points each to lead D’Tigers in points scored while Victor Anthony added eight points and four rebounds. Guinea’s Chieck Conde scored a game high 25 points, Alpha Yaba recorded a double-double scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds (game high) while Abdoulaye Sy had a game high eight assists.
Just like the first game, D’Tigers recorded 24 turnovers but increased their three-point shooting percentage (6/14, 42.86%). Guinea had a total of 35 turnovers in the encounter and only made two of their attempted 13 three pointers.
D’Tigers’ final game will be against Cape Verde on Sunday.