In an Olympic basketball tune-up scrimmage in Las Vegas, Nigeria upset Staff USA 90-87, sinking 20 three-pointers.
This was Staff USA’s first ever loss to an African nation.
Miami Warmth’s Gabe Vincent was Nigeria’s main scorer with 21 factors, capturing 6-of-8 from three-point.
Caleb Agada, who final performed for Hapoel Be’er Sheva within the Israeli Premier League, scored 17 factors (3-of-3 from three-point) for Nigeria, and his sturdy efficiency obtained the eye from individuals across the NBA.
The 26-year-old is now planning to play in the summertime league with the Denver Nuggets after the Olympics.
Nigeria has seven present NBA gamers and is coached by Mike Brown, who’s the affiliate head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
“Mike’s completed a fantastic job with us thus far,” Vincent stated. “We’ve had a fantastic camp thus far. We needed to construct a brand new tradition, begin from the bottom up, new performs, new every part. We’ve obtained quite a lot of new guys in. It’s totally different while you’re enjoying for a rustic. Proper now we’re representing the continent. It means the world to us and I hope we confirmed it right here tonight.”
Nigeria has come a good distance for the reason that 2012 Olympics when Staff USA blew them out by 83 factors (156-73).
From Staff USA’s standpoint, this was a get up name.
“In a method I’m type of glad it occurred,” Staff USA coach Gregg Popovich stated. “It means nothing if we don’t study from it. It could possibly be an important factor on this event for us. To study classes from this.”
Staff USA performs their subsequent scrimmage on July 12 in opposition to Australia, whereas Nigeria scrimmages Argentina on the identical day.
Within the Olympics, Staff USA will compete in Group A in opposition to Iran, France and Czech Republic.
Nigeria is in Group B with Australia, Germany and Italy.
Group play begins on July 25 for each groups.