Wounded D’Tigers seeks redemption against Mali

Wounded D’Tigers seeks redemption against Mali

D’Tigers stand-in head coach, Alan Major remains confident that the team will bounce back from their defeat to Cape Verde in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

On Friday, Nigeria lost 70-79 points to Cape Verde but, Major attributed the defeat to a 4th quarter dip although the players gave a good account.

He added that, they have to get things right against Mali in the next game.

“They (Cape Verde) had 16 points from our turnovers, 11 second-chance points from 16 offensive rebounds. These are some things we can clean up, but I do like the effort. We fought back and had the lead, but we gave up a big put back to Williams Tavares,” the D’Tigers Coach stressed.

“They got a cushion on us at halftime. I thought our guys did a great job by fighting back to take the lead towards the end of the match, but you know in a game like this, you do not have much margin for error.”

“We just have to go back, watch some films, clean up some things and be ready to play tomorrow (Saturday).

“We wanted to go out there and try to win the game. We did that for stretches of the game but Cape Verde played together. They have been together and practicing more than we have.”

The team has seven (7) points from four (4) matches and will face Mali on Saturday morning.

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