FIBA WORLD CUP: We fell short, says Uzoh

• Argentina’s coach praises D’Tigers

NIGERIA’S point guard, Ben Uzoh has said that the D’Tigers fell short in their 81-94 loss to Argentina at the FIBA World Cup in China on Sunday.

The Nigerians hoped to win their first game of the tournament when they took on the Argentines but they were wasteful and it was not a surprise that the Argentines took control of the game to record their second win.

Uzoh said: “We really wanted to win this game but unfortunately we fell short. We had moments when we got down, fought back but Argentina came back and won. They play as a team. As a country, we would like to continue to immerse ourselves and to win games.

“We still have another game and we will make adjustments. I did not do so well but I was trying to be defensive-minded and be a leader. Overall as a team, we are still trying to make adjustments,” Uzoh added.

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Coach Alex Nwora said he was proud of the team despite the loss and commended them for their fighting spirit.

“I am proud of my team. We fought hard. There are a couple of plays that were crucial that could have gone our way but they did not. This is a very young team that does not have experience but if they stay together, we can do a lot more.

“We are still one of the best teams in Africa in my opinion but we have not yet shown it. I thought it would be this time but obviously we still have some things to improve. We have played very good teams that have a good culture of basketball. They have been together for about 15 years. That is a fact. My team gave their best. We will get better as a team,” Nwora added.

Argentina coach, Sergio Hernandez commended the Nigerian team for their athleticism and said he had to stop Nigeria’s fast breaks in the third quarter.

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He said: “Before the game, I knew that it will be tough and a definitive game to determine. Nigeria is a great team, strong and runs the floor. One of the best things that Argentina did was to stop the first break in the third quarter.

“We stopped them and in the third quarter, we are really, really happy. In four years, we have a new game. The Arena was unbelievable,” Hernandez added.

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 8:41 am

22 Comments

  1. They shouldn’t be discouraged in any way. Athletes after all is a game of luck with little effort. they should just improve on their skills next time

  2. D’Tigers are always getting better each time they go to a tournament you waill see an improvement in their previous outing and it is good for our sports.

  3. I’m proud of them though they need to work more on their team spirit for better performance

  4. Many things are to be put in place for them to be perform well next time. Weldone babes

  5. They actually did their best and I think they will get better with time up D’ tiger

  6. we are some how good in time of hand ball, congratulation to Nigeria hand ballers

  7. They should work harder next time,train harder everything no be muscle

  8. That is good, just believe you can do more ,we are solidly behind you all

  9. Thanks you so much admin for the information about FIBA WORLD CUP please keep it up with the update i like it ……………..

  10. You falling is not the end of it all but a catalyst in rising and never falling again. You can win if you are determined to win.

  11. They all did their best and tried alot cause they all work hard for it but anyway it a game is either loose or win

  12. We were impressive, just pick up yourselves and get ready for the next game.

  13. I think they should improve on there athleticism next session to make there coach happy

  14. There is still room for improvement,hope to see them perform better in the next game

  15. “I am proud of my team. We fought hard. There are a couple of plays that were crucial that could have gone our way but they did not. This is a very young team that does not have experience but if they stay together, we can do a lot more.i concur to this .more actions.

  16. they all did their best to get there but their beat was not enough. .. may God help them!

  17. Nigeria my country
    I dunno what this Argentina has that we don’t have
    We will and can do better

  18. D’Tigers did there best, they ran out out of luck. They however need to step up their game to do well subsequently.

  19. Uzoh said: “We really wanted to win this game but unfortunately we fell short. We had moments when we got down, fought back but Argentina came back and won. They play as a team. As a country, we would like to continue to immerse ourselves and to win games

  20. They did they best and I think they will get better with time up D’ tiger

  21. Thanks for the information admin keep it up …………………………………

  22. Nigeria players tried alot, because to participate in some event is also a plus

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