FIBA U16: Junior Tigers thrash Tunisia, book semi-final place

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Nigeria’s Junior Tigers continued its impressive run in the FIBA U16 competition presently going on in Cape Verde as they picked up a Semifinal ticket in an emphatic fashion, The SportsBay reports

The Nigeria youngsters who finished second behind Egypt at the group stage defeated Tunisia with the gap of 50 points, ( 86-36).

Junior Tiger proved their mettle right from the onset by leading every quarter until the last quarter.

The victory ensured they will face the winner between host Cape Verde and Mali.

The team has lost to only Egypt so far in the Competition.

The team consists of players from the Nestle Milo secondary school competition with Reuben Chinyelu being the star player of the team.

The FIBA U16 African Championship is a youth team’s tournament of the International Basketball Federation’s African Region.

The inaugural edition of this 12-team championship took place from September 18-26, 2009 in Maputo, Mozambique.

To date, Egypt has won the most titles, triumphing 3 times in 5 editions. Angola and Mali follow with 1 title each.

The tournament is run every two years and brings together the best African young players.

This year, the competition will take place from July 5-14, in Praia, Cape Verde and will serve as a qualifier for the FIBA U17 World Championship 2020.

The winner and the runners-up will punch their tickets for next year’s World Cup.

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