Nigeria wins African basketball title, gets Olympic spot

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.



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RADES, Tunisia (AP) — Nigeria won its first African basketball championship and earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics.

The Nigerians beat Angola 74-65 on Sunday in the Afrobasket championship game behind 19 points from Chamberlain Oguchi. Carlos Morais led Angola with 15.

Nigeria joins the defending champion U.S. — which routed the Nigerians 156-73 in the 2012 Olympics — host Brazil and Australia in the Rio field. Angola, third-place Tunisia and fourth-place Senegal secured spots in next year's Olympic qualifying tournaments.

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