The Nigeria Men Basketball team, D’Tigers will face
Argentina in their first game at the Olympics in a few hours. Two of the other
teams in the Group, Brazil and Lithuania had tipped off the Group in an
explosive game. Here are some observations D’Tigers must not ignore.
Be wary of Lithuania.
This a warning that need not be delivered. The Eastern Europeans are super
powers in basketball, but they lost by six (86-80) to D’Tigers in the 2012 Olympic
Qualifying tournament, they will be out for blood now. The fact that they
almost let a 30 point lead slip against Brazil will motivate them the more. Brazil will believe
they can beat D’Tigers. Brazil will play Nigeria last in the Group. They trailed
by 30 against Lithuania, but fought back to lose by just six. The odds are that
they will lose to the other European Nations too. Their only chance of
qualification is to defeat their neighbours Argentina and Nigeria in that last
game. They will not be smiling. We should be ready too. Lithuania are bigger,
but we can use it to our advantage. It cannot be emphasised enough: the
Eastern Europeans will use their fundamentals of basketball well. Plus, they
are bigger. We must use our athleticism (quickness) and shooting to devastating
effect, just as we did four years ago. The Brazilians have
shown that belief is key. And we must lock into that. Lithuania scored 58
points in the first half, but were limited to just 24 (12 each in 3rd
and 4th Quarters) by a more aggressive, and a better balanced and
more fluid Brazilians. D’Tigers had belief in 2012, they MUST believe again!
The whole world know D'Tigers are capable of causing an upset, but the belief is that they are there to make up the numbers...can D'Tigers prove them wrong?