Nigeria finished in the group undefeated (Photo credit: Fiba Africa)

Nigeria finished top of Group B in the first phase of qualifiers for next year’s FIBA World Cup with 82-59 win over hosts Mali on Sunday.

The D’Tigers had earlier beaten Uganda on Friday and Rwanda on Saturday.

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They will return to action in late June.

Captain Ike Diogu netted 22 points, nine rebounds and one assist for D’Tigers to ensure victory against their hosts.

Obi Emegano made 15 points, while Bryant Mbamalu had 14 points.

Balayera scored five points, made four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

The Nigerians scored 21 points against 5 points at the end of first quarter.

Both sides picked additional 16 points at the end of second quarter while Mali managed to pick 21 points against D’Tigers’ 20 points at the end of third quarter.

Uganda, Mali, and Rwanda finished in the group with a 1-2 record each.

The third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers returns in late June, early July for the second-leg of Group A (Tunisia), B (yet to be confirmed), C (Egypt) and D (Senegal).