Nigeria’s Basketball team, D’Tigers have woefully lost their first match against New Zealand on Friday at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games by 65-110.
Following the defeat, the team is rocked at the bottom of the round Pool A, a group that also contains the host, Australia and Canada.
D’Tigers lost a vital comeback chance after their woeful 8-31 display at the 3rd quarter, failing to win in all four quarters. Team Nigeria’s top performer at the game was Azuoma who amassed 15 points, while Captain Ike Diogu hit 12 points in their first appearance.
Speaking after the game, Coach Mohammed Abdulrahman who stood in alongside Aderemi Adewunmi for Alex Nwora said that apart from having a good day at the office, their opposition also dominated in rebounds and from the 3 point line.
The head coach of Gombe Bulls Basketball Club conceded that his team met a more experienced team and would have lost if similar circumstance presented itself all over again.
“I don’t think anything went wrong, I think we just played against a team that is more experienced than we are. New Zealand is a combination of players in the professional level and well paid playing this game.
“The good thing is, we are going to get better going into the next game. We have learnt to know that the only way we can get through this is only if we play as a team.”
Despite the bashing against New Zealand, Coach Abdulrahman said the team will approach their game against Canada in a more aggressive style with an aim of recording their first win.
“Our game plan against Canada tomorrow will be more aggressive. We are going to play with much confidence, trust in ourselves and even more importantly play as a unit.”
Nigeria will be hoping to avoid another defeat when they face Canada at the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday. D’Tigers last game in their group will be against the 2018 Commonwealth Games host, Australia on the 10 of April.
D’Tigers team to the Gold Coast Game in Australia is basically a second team when compared to the star-studded team that played the FIBA 2018 World Cup qualifiers earlier in 2018.
Ofoegbu Uchechi and Ike Diogu were the only players chosen from the D’Tigers FIBA Qualifier team that defeated Rwanda, Uganda and Mali at the African Group B qualifier games earlier in February.
Nigeria is ranked no 32 in the World FIBA Rankings, New Zealand at 38, while Australia and Canada occupy the number 10 and 23rdposition on the table respectively.
Team Nigeria is still without any medal after the second day of the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia.