Benjamin Emelogu, the D'Tigers' man of the moment, has credited his outstanding performance against Mali to the enormous support he received from the coaching staff and his teammates.

Emelogu, who scored 18 points on six made three-pointers in ten attempts, said his shooting license gives him the confidence to perform what he does best on the court.

“That is what I do,” Emelogu, who hails from Abia state, told journalists in Kigali as the team prepares for their next group game against Kenya. I have a great level of ball-handling ability. My teammates and coaches instilled in me the confidence and freedom to shoot the ball, run around, and have a good time. So I just went out there and took every nice shot I could find, and it paid off.”

The Shooting Guard, who became interested in Nigerian basketball after seeing Ike Diogu, Chamberlain Oguchi, and Al Farouq Aminu play, is optimistic that the squad will continue to progress with each match, with the goal of bringing the Cup back to Nigeria.

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Despite not being among the Afrobasket championship's tallest and most physical teams, the team nonetheless out-rebounded the Malians 45-37.

He explained that, despite their little stature, they have learned the art of shooting good shots in motion that are simpler to rebound.

“They have size, but we have speed and athletic players as well. We have a higher chance of rebounding if we take excellent shots. We played Mali yesterday, but we out-rebounded them, and I believe it was mostly due to our enthusiasm and efforts, as well as the fact that we took excellent shots for the most part.”

Emelogu, still inspired by his performance, stated that capturing the Afrobasket title is not out of reach.
“Our goal is to win it and bring the trophy back to Nigeria, and that is our goal and everyone on the team's mindset.”

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