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Emmanuel NEGEDU (Nigeria). 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, Novi Sad, Serbia. 16 July 2007.
16/07/2007NGR/PUR - Nigeria sink struggling Puerto Rico

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NOVI SAD (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Nigeria ended their three-match winless run with an emphatic 97-77 win over fellow strugglers Puerto Rico at the FIBA U19 World Championship on Monday.

Emmanuel Negedu led the charge, claiming a 23-point haul, while Ibrahim Adamu Yusuf added a further 22 points and shooting guard Nosa Omorogbe bagged 17.

Point guard Josue Soto was the focal point of Puerto Rico's effort, but ultimately his 19 points could not stop his side slipping to a defeat that looked likely from the first buzzer.

By the first quarter the Africans had opened up a commanding 23-18 lead, and they stretched that to 43-36 by the halfway stage.

Any second-half revival was immediately made to look unlikely when Nigeria took the third quarter 25-17 to lead 68-53 overall.

They went on to edge the fourth 29-24 to move further clear and clinch their best result of the tournament to date.

Puerto Rico, on the other hand, remain fruitless from their four games.