Nigeria Humbles USA 90-87 in rare exhibition basketball loss ahead of Tokyo Olympics (Video)

After the game, Nigeria coach Mike Brown, a current Golden State Warriors assistant remarked, “It’s a good win for us. I don’t think any African team has been able to beat USA Basketball.” It was an exhibition and at the end of the day it doesn’t mean much in the standings.

We on this end celebrate with Nigeria in this rare occasion. Liberiabasketball.com is proud so is all Basketball Africa!!!

Team USA had been 54-2 in exhibition games since NBA players started playing in 1992. Nine years ago they beat Nigeria by 83 points in the London Olympics and five years ago, Team USA beat Nigeria by 43 points in an exhibition.

Nigeria has been on camp since June 27. They first gathered June 20. The Americans came in with only four days of practice this week, and Friday was a light workout with no scrimmaging.

Nigeria has seven current NBA players, and such talent did showed, particularly in its muscle defense and 3-point range. But the Americans started five All-NBA players and fell short against a team that played team work, something difficult to see in international basketball.

Nigeria made 20-of-42 3-pointers, repeatedly passing its way through Team USA rotations while racking up 21 assists. Guard Gabe Vincent, who plays for the Miami Heat and goes by Gabe Nnamdi when playing for Nigeria, made 6-of-8 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Caleb Agada, who plays in the Israeli league and is soon to play summer league with the Denver Nuggets, scored 17 points off the bench. (ESPN Stats)

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