Analysis: How Australia Beat D’Tigers With Nigeria’s Help
How Nigeria's men basketball team lost to Australia
It was a game to forget for Nigeria’s men basketball team, as they suffer a second defeat to Australia.
The Tokyo 2020 basketball opening group game ended with an 84-67 win for Australia.
The result, a second victory for Australia after an earlier defeat in an exhibition game in Las Vegas.
The first loss was by 39pts while the second ended with 17pts but even more disaapointing than the first.
How Nigeria Helped Australia To Win
The D’Tigers lost due to turnovers, missed 3pointers, and not making free throws.
The team missed the mobility of the guards because the overall team movement was non-existent.
The rebounding numbers favours Nigeria but, a closer look at the numbers the Boomers dominated where it matters the most, offensive rebound.
Australia recorded 13 offensive rebounds while Nigeria’s men basketball could only muster nine boards.
D’tigers were also unconvincing with the free throws as they recorded a 50% from the line while Australia made the most of it with 90%.
4TH Quarter – 7:23: The Free Fall Moment
From first to third quarter, Nigeria kept it close with 6 points until everything fell apart, three minutes into the fourth quarter
Chimezie Metu committed an unsportsmanlike foul after Jordan Nwora missed a layup.
The foul move extended the Aussie’s lead from 8 to 11pts after Delladova and Patty Mills made all three free-throws.
From that point on it became unsurmountable for the Nigeria’s men basketball team.
the game became the Patty Mills show as the Australian guard finished with 25pts to lead all scorers.