D’Tigress suffered a 3rd straight defeat after being outclassed by their Japanese opponents within the girls’s 2020 Olympic’s Basketball – Group B match on Monday.
The African champions misplaced by an 83-102 scoreline at Saitama Super Arena.
Japan placed on an offensive show in opposition to Nigeria, draining 19 3-pointers, with Hayashi’s long-ball taking pictures being a thorn within the flesh of the D’tigress’defence within the first quarter,
The second quarter was a tightly contested affair with Victoria Macaulay and Ezinne Kalu giving the Nigerian aspect a glimmer of hope however Saki Hayashi and Nako Motohashi mixed effectively for some very important factors to see the quarter 21 -18 in favour of Japan.
Kalu and Ify Ibekwe had been effectively marshaled by the defensive setup of Japan denying them some very important factors as the sport steadily crept away from the D’Tigress aspect.
The closing quarter noticed a resurgent Nigerian aspect and Evelyn Mawuli was instrumental on this exhibiting, however Hayashi and Miyazawa led a composed aspect to complete the sport as the 2 main scorers, posting 23 and 19 factors, respectively.
The Nigeria staff bowed out of the event after making their final look on the 2004 Athens Olympics.