D’Tigers eye upset against Australia - Punch Newspapers
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Nigeria’s D’Tigerswill face Australia in their opening game at the 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday (today) at the Saitama Super Arena, Japan.Both teams recently faced off in an exhibition game in Las Vegas, with the Aussies claiming an emphatic 108-69 win over the Nigerians, who will not want a repeat of the result at the Games.
Nigeria, who have eight NBA players in their ranks, including Jordan Nwora, who recently won the NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks, will be heading into the game hoping they have corrected the lapses that led to their embarrassing 39-point deficit loss last time out.
The Boomers equally have a host of NBA stars in their 12-man roster for the Games: Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Aron Baynes (Toronto Raptors), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Dante Exum (Houston Rockets), Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers). headtopics.com
Experienced Matthew Dellavedova had previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks between 2013 and 2020.However, the Nigerians are managed by experienced NBA coach Mike Brown, who is currently an associate head coach at the Golden State Warriors.
An NBA winner as an assistant coach in 2003, 2017 and 2018 and NBA Coach of The Year in 2009, Brown has a host of young and talented NBA players in his ranks, as well as experienced players such as Ekpe Udoh.Nigeria have the momentum on their side after their impressive wins over USA and Argentina in exhibition games earlier this month.
D’Tigers will be aiming to make it out of a tough group that has Germany and Italy and a win against Australia in their opening game will help them greatly in that course.One of Nigeria’s NBA stars Miye Oni, a guard, says the aim is to make it out of the group and that starts with Australia.
“It’s a great group, and every team has a chance to go to the next round,” Oni said.“Australia has many NBA players and a lot of experience. Germany has great players, too, and they can shoot, and Italy is a very solid team. Every game is going to be a tough battle, but we will be ready for those. headtopics.com
“The challenge is going to be great and we are all excited about this competition. I mean, who doesn’t dream about playing in the Olympics? Every basketball player dreams about doing so.”Copyright PUNCH.All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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