April 29, 2017


      GettyImages-589397982.0 Nigerian teams continue to soar above domestic adversity by continually outperforming in the Rio Olympics.  The Nigerian basketbal team defeated the much better prepared Croatia team by a score of 90-76.

A win Saturday night would have virtually clinched a place in pool play for Croatia's  Bojan Bogdanovic and his Croatian teammates, but they were out hustled and out shot by Nigeria, 90-76, in Rio.

 Nigeria led most of the game, initially on the back of its point guard, Michael Umeh, who finished with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, all from the arc. By game's end, Overall, Nigeria shot 17-of-36 from deep, compared to Croatia's 6-of-28.  They also outrebounded Croatia, 45-32, including 17-12 on the offensive boards.
Bogdanovic scored 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep.  He also shot 8-of-11 from the stripe.  The rest of the red-and-white shot 18-of-50 and the Croatians' two other NBA players, Mario Hezonja and Dario Saric, finished with a combined 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

In the second half, Croatia decided to ride Bogdanovic and he got his team within three points midway in the fourth, but poor defense, including some by the Nets shooting guard, hurt them late.

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