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FIBA Africa Zone-III Qualifiers: Benin Succumb to Nigeria 43-60 - Aug 11, 2010

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Benin Republic gave up a good fight in the first two quarters of its opening game against Nigeria when finally succumbed by 60-43 points.

The Benin side had stood it ground against the Nigerian in the first two quarters which ended 08-11 and 12-11 to trail by just two points at half-time 20-22 allowed the Nigerian to rattle them in the third quarter which the Nigerian used to open up a wide margin by winning the quarter by 22-08 points to move into the last quarter with 44-28 points advantage over Benin.

Efforts by Benin to stage a come back into the game was rebuffed by the Nigerian though Benin, Nigeria again picked the final quarter by 16-15 points for a cumulative score-line of 60-43 points.
Nigeria Abubakar Usman led the floor with 18 points while Onyeka Ekpete grabbed 11 rebounds for the win by Nigeria Benin captain Romanic Quenum led his teammates with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Benin will confront Cote dIvoire in Day-2 of the FIBA Africa Zone-III elimination at 17H00 while Nigeria takes on host Togo at 19H00.
Day-1 Results:
Togo 46-53 Cote dIvoire
Benin 43-60 Nigeria

Day-2 Games:
Cote dIvoire Vs Benin 17H00
Nigeria Vs Togo 19H00

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