Jordan Nwora’s 33-point performance not enough as D’Tigers fall short against Germany in Tokyo

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Germany nicked it late as Nigeria’s Olympic Basketball team D’Tigers suffer an agonizing 92-99 loss to the Europeans in their second group game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks starlet, Jordan Nwora delivered a massive performance with 33 points, 7 rebounds and a couple of assists all to his name, but it proved just not enough for the Nigerian team to avoid a second straight loss in the early hours of Wednesday (Nigerian time).

Mike Brown’s men had a slow start to the game, failing to find a good offensive flow for the better part of the first quarter which ended 21-24 in favour of the Germans.

The 2015 AfroBasket champions came back much stronger in the second quarter and scored 29 points as against Germany’s 26, leaving the score 50-50 at half-time.

However, one major flaw noticed in Nigeria’s game at that point was the frequent personal fouls committed. The Germans kept capitalizing on this from the free throw line and that proved to be D’Tigers’ undoing even going forward.

Then came the third quarter in which Nwora put on a show with some sensational shots from downtown to help Nigeria to a 10-point lead. Germany however found their way back late on in same quarter to keep the score level at 74-74 at the end of the third period.

Fenerbahce power forward Danilo Barthel came clutch for Germany in the last quarter, drawing fouls and going for unstoppable layups to the detriment of the Nigerians. D’Tigers, meanwhile, tried to fight back through Miye Oni who found the basket from outside the area twice in quick succession, but it was too late and too little Mike Brown’s men succumbed to a narrow loss.

D’Tigers had suffered a huge loss (84-67) in their opening group game against world no. 3 Australia on Sunday. They will now hope to claim victory in their last group game which will be against Italy coming Saturday to have a chance at progressing into the quarter-finals.

Notably, the top-two teams from the three groups in the event as well as two best third-placed teams will make the next round.

In related news, the women’s Olympic basketball team D’Tigress lost their opening game 81-72 against Team USA yesterday, but the Nigerian ladies did impress against the world no. 1 team.

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