10 Jul 2012

Nigeria snatch last London basketball spot

8:29 am on 10 July 2012

Nigeria will make their Olympic basketball debut in London after beating the Dominican Republic 88-73 in the decisive qualifier In Venezuela.

Having arrived in Venezuela as complete underdogs in the 12-team tournament, which included the Tall Blacks, Nigeria won one of the last three Olympic spots with a resounding victory over the Dominicans, who were another surprise package.

Nigeria had earlier stunned the former European champions Greece to reach the last four.

Russia and Lithuania had earlier confirmed their places in the Olympic tournament.