By Johnny Edward:
D’Tigress head coach, Sam Vincent, is optimistic about the chances of the the Nigerian ladies at the 2017 Women's Afrobasket tournament holding in Mali despite suffering back-to back-defeats to Raptors in tune-up games, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The tournament will run from August 18 to August 27.
D’Tigress slumped to another defeat to the Raptors 78 -65 on Thursday after losing to the same team 71-55 a day earlier.
Vincent says there's a mark of improvement from his girls in less than 24 hours but he hopes to correct some lapses noticed in his defence.
"I feel great, the ladies are working hard, we got a good training camp in Florida. We have a solid local training camp and I feel we have good players here who are ready to compete. I feel good about our chances going into the tournament," Vincent told Completesportsnigeria.com after the second Raptors game at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere.
"Defensively, we have to be better. Offensively, we have to get a little bit sharper.
"The good thing is that the tournament is not starting tomorrow. We still have about seven days and by the time we actually play our first game, we will be a little bit sharper than we were tonight."
"I definitely feel we can do it again. I feel like this is a great team that we are putting together and now we just have to focus on the last four or five days before we head to Mali, so I feel good about our chances.”
D’Tigress are drawn in Group B along with Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Guinea and Congo for the 23rd edition of the FIBA Women's Afrobasket Championship.
They will begin their campaign against Mozambique on 18 August before taking on Congo, Egypt, Guinea and Senegal.