FG praises Nigeria basketball team for defeating US
The Nigeria’s Basketball team, D’Tigers surprised the United States of America 90-87 in a pre-Tokyo warm-up march on Saturday night.
It was an international shocker after the West African side, with their little-known NBA players, defeated the All-NBA, All-Star and max-contract US side.
U.S coach, Gregg Popovich said after the game,
I thought that the Nigerian team played very physically, did a great job in that regard and knocked down a lot of 3s.
Miami Heat star, Gabe Nnamdi, also known as Gabe Vincent led Nigeria with 21 points. Caleb Agada scored 17 points, Ike Nwamu added 13 and Nigeria outscored the U.S. 60-30 from 3-point range.
NBA superstar, Kevin Durant had 17 points for US while Jayson Tatum added 15, Damian Lillard had 14 and Bam Adebayo 11.
Just goes to show that we have to play better, Tatum said.
Among many other defeats, Nigeria lost to the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics by 83 points.
FG praises Nigeria basketball team
They lost to the Americans again four years later in an exhibition, that time by 44 points.
Nigeria’s come a long way with their basketball, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said.
The minister said the team made Nigerians and the Federal Government proud and confident.
Every single player showed up for the game and collectively the team put up a ruthless execution of basketball skills. The team matched the highly-rated American team skill for skill, shot for shot, and in every department, the Nigerian team was on top of its game. Thank you, D’Tigers for again announcing Nigeria’s arrival on the basketball world with a bang.
Nigeria and Nigerians are proud of you. As the Olympics games proper beckons in a few days we are confident in your skills and certain that you are up to the task. Just as we are sure of the female team, D’ Tigress.
Having this morale-boosting performance on the eve of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics is a positive signal that Team Nigeria will achieve podium finishes at the Games, he said.
D’Tigers faced Team USA to kick off their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and shocked the basketball world with a 90-87 win over a team with the best NBA players.