Nigeria finished as the third best team at the FIBA Africa U-16 Championship after defeating Guinea 54-53 to win the bronze medal.
The boys narrowly missed out on the final and an eventual U-17 World Cup ticket but ended the tournament with a win a difficult game against Guinea.
Nigeria had established a 10 point lead after the first quarter which finished 20-10 but a poor showing by the Nigerians in the second saw Guinea finish on 23 points with Nigeria at half time.
The Guineans then raced into the lead in the second half, adding 14 points in the third quarter to the 23 from the first half while Nigeria scored just 11 points.
But Nigeria played a good 4th quarter to close out the game on 20-16 points and settle for a deserved bronze medal to equal their 2009 record.
Farouk Isah got voted alongside Youssouf Sangare (Mali), Ibrahima Diallo (Guinea), Maomen Abouzeid (Egypt), and Abdullah Ahmed (Egypt) as the competition’s All-Star Five while Reuben Chinyelu, Nigeria’s power forward won the highest rebounder award with 112 rebounds.
The team coached by Fubara Onyenabo is expected back in Lagos on Wednesday after departing Praia on Monday evening.