Tunisia won its second African basketball championship when it dethroned Nigeria 77-65 in the final on Saturday.
Backed by a home crowd, Tunisia overpowered the cup holders the D’Tigers of Nigeria with 77 to 65 baskets.
Nigeria’s male basketball team, won the Championship title some two years ago on the same ground, they were outshined by Tunisia this time around.
After beating Cameroon at the quarter final 106 to 91 and co-hosts Senegal at the semi-final 76 to 71 points,Tunisia proved different.
Tunisia played the tournament without Salah Mejri, a 2.18-meter (7-foot-2) center for the Dallas Mavericks. Mejri, who is recovering from a knee injury, was the MVP of Tunisia’s title run in the 2011 AfroBasket.
Nigeria was trying to become the first team to successfully defend the title in eight years.
Ike Diogu led Nigeria with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 22 points per game.
Tunisia coach Mario Palma dedicated the victory to the Tunisian people. The Arab Spring uprisings began in Tunisia, which is struggling with youth unemployment and terrorism concerns.