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.

D'Tigers, Nigeria's men basketball

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.

Coach of Nigeria's men basketball team
D’Tigers new head coach, Mike Brown

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.

Rebounds and TO
Green represents Nigeria and Gold for Australia.

Australia recorded 13 offensive rebounds while Nigeria’s men basketball could only muster nine boards.

Rebounds and TO breakdown
Rebounds breakdown

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%.

Assist and FT for Nigeria's men basketball
Free Throws and Assist Stats



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

Nigeria's men basketball team box score
Nigeria’s men basketball team box score

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.

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