BREAKING NEWS: D’Tigers Crash Out Of 2020 Olympics Basketball After Italy Defeat
By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, the D’Tigers Saturday morning crashed out of the 2020 Olympic Basketball event after losing 80 to 71 to Italy, Bestchoicesport.com.ng can report.
The defeat makes it three losses the team suffered in the Games after losing against Australia and France.
With three consecutive losses, the D’Tigers have crashed out of the Olympics wihtout a win.
The first quarter ended 29 22 against the Nigeria men but the rallied to make the scores 40-39 at half time.
D’Tigers led in the 3rd quarter 61 – 64 to rekindle hope of a comeback but that steam lost vigour in the 4th quarter as they lost the game 80-71 in the final.
The D’Tigress were ranked 4th team in the Olympic prior to their arrival. They raised the hope of Nigerians after defeating USA and Argentina in warm up matches.
Unfortunately, when it matter most, they could not deliver. Analyst believe that lack of efficiency and technicalities caused the team the medal quest in Tokyo.
The team were always shaky in taking off their games and midway, would gather momentum and sparkle but would go to sleep in the final quarter.