Nigeria looking to bounce back today against Turkey, Chile
After narrow losses to Chinese Taipei and Bulgaria in their second group matches of the ongoing World School Basketball Championships holding in Serbia, Nigeria’s Bishop Dimieari Grammar School and St Jude’s Girls Secondary School are looking to bounce back to winning ways against Turkey and Chile in their third games of the tournament today.
The boys’ team first tasted defeat against their Chinese Taipei counterparts, losing 35 to 45 points to record their first loss in the competition. The girls’ team followed same lane against Bulgaria, as they were beaten 41 to 55 points to drop to second place in their groups.
However, head coach of the teams, Tony Nelson, did not make excuses for the losses, while hoping that the teams will return to winning ways today, when they tackle Turkey and Chile. The boys will take on Turkey while the girls confront Chile.
“The girls did a very good job, it’s just that our offense did not work as well as we wanted. We play a good defense but our big players didn’t put in a lot of effort, so we didn’t score. We’ve learnt that we must take advantage of every offense we have and make sure we convert it, so the next game, we will come out ferociously and score.
“I wouldn’t make excuses and say fatigue affected the team, because we play every afternoon and have a lot of rest since our first match. I think it’s about mindset and not enough effort from the girls,” he said.
“This is a big tournament and great experience for us to have been able to play and give the children this kind of platform. You can see the teams here are champions from their respective nations and I think that our boys and girls are learning a lot and improving in every match.”