Influential D’Tigers player at the ongoing London Olympic Games, Tony Skinn, yesterday said his team lost 53-72 to superior opponents Lithuania who were helped by their own mistakes.
“They were a better team than we were out there, but it was made worse by the fact that we didn’t make things easy for ourselves,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the game.
Skinn who was a starting power forward during the Preliminary Round Group A game at the Basketball Arena said his team should have done better.
“We came out well in the first quarter, but couldn’t keep it up. It was a game of defence, but we failed to do our bit and we got punished for that.
“We should have done better than we did. We’ve got to learn how to play well on both the offensive and the defensive,” he said.
Also speaking after the match, Alade Aminu, one of the team’s best three players in the game, said his team needed a better strength of character to deal with different situations.
“It was a great game, but we needed to do better. We didn’t move the ball as well as we could. But a problem was the fact that we were not playing against the same team we met in Venezuela.
“It is like a new team. They changed a couple of players, and we should have looked at them differently,” he said.
Nigeria’s D’Tigers are now with three points from two games in their six-team group.
They will need to win at least one match out of their remaining three games to be sure of a place in the Aug. 8 quarter-finals.