Mohammed Abdulrahman: Why D’Tigers lost 110-65 to New Zealand
Nigeria men basketball national team assistant coach, Mohammed Abdulrahman has explained why the D’Tigers lost 110-65 to New Zealand in their first game at the ongoing Common Wealth Games in Australia.
Mohammed Abdulrahman, who stood in along with Aderemi Adewunmi for coach Nwora, explained that D’Tigers did all they could but lost to a better team which was a blend of professional ballers.
“I don’t think anything went wrong, I think we just played against a team that is more experienced than we are. New Zealand are a combination of players at the professional level and well-paid playing this game,” he said.
The Gombe Bulls head coach also pointed out that the Kiwis found their rhythm from get-go, made difficult shots, splashed treys and outrebounded his side on the day but promised to bounce back in their next game against Canada on Saturday.
“To make it even worse, they had a great day. They shot well from the three-point line and dominated us in rebounds which played a major role in our defeat. The good thing is, we are going to get better going into the next game. We have learned to know that the only way we can get through this is only if we play as a team.
“Our game plan against Canada will be more aggressive. We are going to play with much confidence, trust in ourselves and even more importantly play as a unit.”
By: Tope Adefala