Friday, August 03, 2012

USA basketball team humiliates Nigeria

Lebron James of the United States (6) shoots against Tony Skinn (4) and Al-Farouq Aminu (7) of Nigeria during their men's basketball preliminary round match at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Christian Petersen, Pool)

Oh dear! It was a wipe out. USA drubbed our team 156-73 yesterday at the ongoing London 2012 Olympics. They led by 26 in the first quarter, had an Olympic-record 78 points in the first half and Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, including 10 of 12 3-pointers, to break the U.S. single-game scoring record in less than three quarters.

They broke the Olympic record for most points in a game with 4:37 still to play, and set U.S. records for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59) and field-goal percentage (71).

We shouldn’t feel too bad. It’s their game, and they are the best at it.

It’s kind of ironic, though, that on the US side was a Nigerian, Andre Iguodala (born of an African-American mother and a Nigerian father). He hit a 3-pointer with 4:37 left, pushing the Americans over previous Olympic record of 138 points set by Brazil against Egypt in 1988.

A few Nigerians have branded him a traitor on the social networking sites. But, seriously, you can’t blame him. Were he to be in Nigeria, he would probably be another ordinary Joe in the cruel daily grind in Lagos.

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