Tokyo 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers suffer first Olympics defeat to Australia

Tokyo 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers suffer first Olympics defeat to Australia

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
July 25, 2021 at 9:03 PM
  • D'Tigers will hope to bounce back in their second game against Germany in a few days after losing their first Tokyo 2020 game to Australia
  • The Boomers claimed their first win of the Olympic Games after beating Nigeria 84-67 at the Saitama Super Arena
  • Recall that both teams met in a friendly game a couple of weeks back and the Australians were outstanding in that meeting

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Nigeria's D'Tigers got their campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal off on a losing note following their 84-67 defeat to Australia in their Group B opening encounter.

This is the second time the Australians are beating Coach Mike Brown's men in a couple of weeks after first facing off in a test game earlier this month.

The first quarter started on a balanced note as the two teams finished with 23 points apiece before the break, but they dropped momentum a bit in the second quarter with the Boomers winning with 20-17 points.

Tokyo 2020: Nigeria's D'Tigers beaten by Australia in opening Group B game
Nigeria's D'Tigers before their Olympic Games Group B opener against Australia. Credit - @889brilafm
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Nigeria have a good fight in the third quarter but again, they had to settle for a 15-12 points defeat as coach Brian Goorjian's men further extend their lead in the game as recorded on the Olympics website.

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your Facebook News Feed! also gathered while monitoring the game that coach Brown and his players let down their guards in the final quarter after conceding the highest number of points.

They scored 15 points while their opponents claimed 26 - leaving them with nine points difference in the last quarter and the game eventually ended 17 points in favour of the Australians.

Nigeria lost to Australia in a pre-Olympics game earlier reported that coach Mike Brown of the D'Tigers has suffered his first defeat in charge of the Nigerian Basketball team after suffering a 108-69 loss against Australia in what was a tough game on Wednesday morning, July 14.

The Nigerian Basketball senior team have for the past few days been in America preparing for the Summer Olympics which will start in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8.

D'Tigers started their exhibition tourney in America on an impressive note beating the mighty United States in their first game which was an encounter that made Nigerians happy.

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