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Nigeria basketball team D’Tigers defeated by Lithuania 72-53

Lithuania basketball team beat, which has played for a bronze medal in the past five Olympic men’s basketball tournaments, defeated Nigeria 72-53 on Tuesday for the team’s first triumph at London.

This has brought a setback to Nigeria’s chances of advancing to the next round of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Lithuanians were on a revenge mission for their loss to Nigeria’s D’Tigers during the Olympic qualifiers in Venezuela shortly before the London Games.

They led their Nigerian opponents 14-8 in the first quarter of the game.

Lithuania’s victory left each team at 1-1 in Group A round-robin play after Nigeria opened with a 60-56 victory over Tunisia and Lithuania lost 102-79 to Argentina.

Lithuania — which took bronze in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and settled for fourth in 2004 and 2008 — will next meet France on Thursday while the Nigerians must face the US collection of NBA stars.

Both Nigeria and Lithuania made it to the Olympics through a last-chance qualifying tournament three weeks ago at Venezuela.

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