Tokyo 2020: France humbles Nigeria’s D’Tigress

Tokyo 2020: D’Tigress lose again Tokyo 2020: D’Tigress lose again

The hope of the Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, to advance in the ongoing Olympic games in Tokyo has been dashed again.

This is as the team lost 62-87 to their French counterparts in their second Preliminary Round Group B fixture at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.

D’Tigress returned to the Saitama Super Arena on Friday to take on France in a game both sides had hoped to finish on a victorious note and to enable them to secure their first win of the Tokyo Olympic Games after losing their respective tournament openers on Tuesday.

France lost 74-70 to Japan on Tuesday in a game the Japanese, with an average height of 5’9” churned out a gritty defensive display accompanied by some ruthless 3-point shooting.

Nigeria raced to a 20-17 first-quarter lead against the defending Olympic Games champions, but they surrendered that lead and were behind 70-50 at the end of the third quarter.

D’Tigress, coached by the US-born Otis Hughley, however, dominated the Americans in the final quarter, outscoring the greatest basketball-playing nation in the world 22-11.

They were unable to re-enact that opening and final quarters’ performance on Friday in Saitama.

 

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