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JUST IN: Nigerian basketball team losses second Tokyo Olympics game to Germany

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian basketball team, D’Tigers, has lost its second game during the ongoing 20202 Tokyo Olympics against Germany at 99-92 points, leaving the team with a slim margin to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

It lost the encounter during the fourth quarter after they squared at end of the third quarter at 74-74 and allowed their opponent to rake in 25 points as against 18 points they mustered.

Following the fourth-quarter collapse, efforts put into the game by duo of Miye Oni and Jordan Nwora, who both led the scoring for Nigeria with their three pointers gathering 15 and 33 points respectively, became fruitless.

Coming from a disappointing loss to Australia, D’Tigers on Wednesday secured the first basket via Miami Heat Point guard Gabe Vincent and accumulated most of their points via three pointers, an improvement from the performance in their first game.
Germany, who had also suffered a first match loss to Italy, made it an end-to-end game and the players were inspired by Orlando Magic player, Moritz Wagner, and Danilo Barthel.

The points were tied at half-time (50-50) and at the end of the third quarter (74-74) making it a frantic fourth quarter where Germany took the game beyond Nigeria.

The Nigerian team at some point in the game led with as much as twelve points but didn’t do enough defensively, giving away fouls the Germans easily converted from the free throw line.

In another three days, Saturday pricisely, would play Italy as their chances of qualifying for the next round now hangs in the balance.

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