Nigeria win bronze in U-18 FIBA 3X3 tournament

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LAGOS, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's contingent to the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup of Nations in Uganda recorded a decent result while gaining vital exposure in the 3x3 format of basketball.

In the U-18 girl's category, the West African nation won bronze after edging out the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the third-place game by 8-6 points.

The girls, who lost narrowly to Uganda in the semifinal, were determined not to leave the competition without an impression as they settled for bronze.

Mali continued their dominance over the women's 3x3 in Africa with an incredible 17-4 win in the final over Uganda.

In the U-18 boys, Uganda once again proved to be the undoing of Nigeria at the tournament as they beat Nigeria 17-12 in the third-place game.

Despite the loss, Nigeria's Mustapha Oyebanji who shone brilliantly during the tournament joined Bourama Coulibaly (Mali) and Youssef Helmy (Egypt) in the team of the tournament.

Individually, Oyebanji also took home the bronze in the shoot-out contest which was won by Alou Traore (Mali's men) defeating Claris Osula (Kenya's women) in a tie-breaking playoff round.

Mali edged Egypt in a nail-biting final 14-13 to win the tournament.

The quartet of Godwin David, Lucky Subel, Agu Ibeh and Victor Koko lost out to Egypt 17-13 in the quarterfinal stage.

The women also lost out narrowly against bitter rivals, Mali 15-14 in the semifinals. Enditem

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