By Johnny Edward:
D’Tigress point guard Evelyn Akhator has stated that she remains focused on helping the team clinch the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title after receiving plaudits from her coach for her sterling performance in the team’s opening games, Completesportnigeria.com reports.
Akhator has been one of the standout players for Sam Vincent’s side who qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2017 Afrobasket Championship on Sunday following wins over Mozambique, DR Congo and Egypt.
Dallas Wings star Akhator however stated in a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s game against Guinea that she is not at her best yet.
The influential player scored 13 points and six rebounds in the opening game against Mozambique before hitting seven points and nine rebounds against DR Congo.
She capped her slow start with a stunning double double (24 points, five assists and 13 rebounds) in the team’s 106-72 win over Egypt.
“I am just having fun,” she said. “One thing about basketball is that you just have to have fun to be at your best and that is what I have been doing.
“I don’t care about the scores, we just play every opposition at a time and that is what I have been doing and I think it’s been working not just for me but also for the team.”
Speaking about the team’s chances of booking an automatic ticket to the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain and winning the tournament, Akhator warned that the team must learn to transit seemlessly from defence to attack to stand a chance.
She added: “I think we are going to learn from our mistakes and get better. Every game is a learning experience for us. Against Egypt, we noticed we needed to take care of the ball more, we needed to reduce our turnovers and that was exactly what we did.”