GAME DAY 1
D’TIGERS LOSES TO UKRAINE & CROATIA
POOL D GAME 1
UKRAINE VS NIGERIA
The Nigeria’s 3×3 Men basketball team started their 3×3 World Cup Campaign on a losing note yesterday at the FIBA 3X3 World Cup against Ukraine in Manila, Phillipines.
The Nigerian team got the first basket of the game through a 2-Point Field Goal from downtown by David Godwin with an assist from Abdul Yahaya. Thereafter the quartet of Abdul Yahaya, Azouma Dike, David Godwin and Lucky Subel struggled against the Ukrainian who were lethal in their rotation and ball distribution plus killer shots from downtown scoring 5/10 while the Nigerians scored just 1/5.
The Ukrainian team who are the tournament’s 5th seed dominated the Nigerians who are the 20th seed mostly from downtown.
David Godwin led the D’Tigers in scoring with 4 points followed by Abdul Yahaya and Azouma Dike with 3 points each from one and two drives respectively. Lucky Subel came from the bench to add a point from a drive to the team’s total of 11 points. Each of the Nigerian players turned the ball over to their opponent one time each. The Ukrainians were led by Stanislav Timofeyenko with 8 points, Aleksandr Kolchenko had 6 points while Dmitri Lipovtsev and Maksym Zakurdaiev both had 4 points.
The game ended 22-11 in favour of the Ukrainians.
POOL D GAME 3
NIGERIA VS CROATIA
The D’Tigers lost their second game of the 3×3 tournament in Philippines to Croatia with a single scoring digit of 8-22.
The team struggled from downtown as they could not score a point from beyond the arc while the Croatians scored 18 of their total points from outside the arc.
Nigeria will play Jordan and Latvia tomorrow June 10, 2018. The best two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter finals.