The Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers got their campaign at the Tokyo Olympics off to a losing start on Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena.
The Australian men’s team confirmed their superiority over Nigeria as they stormed to an 84-67 points victory over D’Tigers.
Apart from the first quarter that ended in a tie at 23-23, D’Tigers lost the remaining three quarters 20-17, 15-12, and 26-13.
The Boomers as the Aussies are called started at a fast pace and by the time it was four minutes left in the first quarter, they were enjoying a 19-1 2 lead.
However, D’Tigers rallied and finished the first quarter on a blistering note as it ended all squared at 23-23.
The second quarter followed almost a similar trend with the Boomers having their good run and Nigeria with Obi Emegano doing fantastically well also enjoy their own good run.
However, Australia nicked that quarter as the scoreline was 43-40 at halftime.
The Boomers come out of the half in a flurry with Delly and Patty knocking down triples to stretch the lead to nine points. 49-40.
D’Tigers were very poor with their free throws and Josh Okogie missed the triple at the end of the quarter as Nigeria trail by six heading into the fourth.
The third quarter ended 58-52 in favour of Australia.
The Boomers solidified their lead in the fourth quarter as they made the most of their free throws, unlike D’Tigers who barely had a 50% conversion rate.
D’Tigers will next face Germany on Wednesday