Rio 2016: Argentina Trash Nigeria In Basketball Opener

Argentina took command early and rolled to a 94-66 victory over AfroBasket 2015 champions Nigeria on Sunday night at Carioca Arena 1.

Argentina's Manu Ginobili, center, drives past Nigeria's Ike Diogu (6) and Michael Gbinije (12).
Argentina’s Manu Ginobili, center, drives past Nigeria’s Ike Diogu (6) and Michael Gbinije (12).

Manu Ginobili got his fourth Olympics started with 12 points and an easy victory, as Argentina beat Nigeria 94-66 on Sunday in the final Olympic men’s basketball game of the night.

Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 19 points, while flag bearer Luis Scola had 18 for the 2004 gold medalists. Patricio Garino finished with 15 in front of crowd filled with flag-waving Argentina fans who sang and chanted for much of the night.

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After tight finishes in the first two games of the day, this one wasn’t close in the second half thanks to a balanced scoring effort by Argentina, which put five players in double figures. Andres Nocioni chipped in 10 points.

Ike Diogu scored 15 for Nigeria, the African champion. Pistons guard Miahael Gbinije had six points and three assists in 29 minutes, and Shane Lawal had one rebound in 3 minutes.

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