NIGERIA’S D’Tigress lost to
Raptors Basketball club of Lagos
51-71 in their first test match ahead
of the 2017 Afrobasket Women
competition.
The game played Wednesday
evening inside the Indoor Sports
Hall of the Lagos National
stadium was witnessed by Vice
President of the Nigeria Basketball
Federation, Babs Oguande and
two board members, Col Samuel
Ahmedu (rtd) and Felix Awogu
including an impressive turnout
of fans.
The Division 1 side led by
Charles Ibeziako led with 10
points in the opening minutes of
the 1st quarter, a prelude to the
loss by the national team handled
on the night by Peter Ahmedu.
Despite making a steady
recovery into the game, it was
a case of too little too late as the
Senior Women’s National Team
trailed by 25points to 14 at the end
the 1st quarter.
The second quarter, saw a
D’Tigress team with a high level
of metal alertness, defensive
discipline and good attacking
moves as they took the initiative
from the Raptors team who were
desperate to make an impression
after missing an automatic
promotion to the Premier League
at the end of the 2016 season.
The players all conspired to
allow the opposition score just 2
baskets while the D’Tigress scored
16 points to end the game at 30-28
in their favour at the end of the
2nd quarter.
Raptors used physical
advantage in the 3rd quarter,
punishing D’Tigress with series of
fast breaks after the team failed to
deal with many rebounds.
D’Tigress only managed 10 more
points to their scores as Raptors
stretched open the lead by 56-38.
Speaking after the game, the
team’s assistant coach, Peter
Ahmedu who stood in for the head
coach, Sam Vincent expressed
delight in the team . Ahmedu said
that the team will get better after
one or two more friendlies before
jetting out to Bamako for the
Afrobasket competition
“With what I have seen so far, I
am very impressed because this
is the first game we are playing
together since the arrival of the
foreign players from the United
States of America.
“Managing over 20 girls on the
bench was another problem. To
look at them and pass instruction
was another problem.”
He promised to go back to
the drawing board, make the
necessary corrections with the
Technical crew headed by Sam
Vincent who arrived Lagos on
Wednesday.

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