Nigeria’s female national basketball team, D’Tigresses’ shooting guard, Sarah Ogoke-Ejiogu has lamented over her unsuccessful promotion bid with her club, Celta BC of Spain.
After failing to gain promotion to the Spanish Basketball elite division, as he team lost to Valencia 54-51 in the championship match played on Sunday, OgokeEjiogu said her targets were not fulfilled for the season.
Her side could not progress to the elite division, leaving Celta to ruminate on what could have happened if they had played well from the beginning of the game.
Ogoke Ejiogu recounted that playing Valencia at home was going to be very difficult but praised her teammates for putting up a strong fight.
She stated: “Playing against the home team of Valencia, Spain in the Championship Game in front of a hostile crowd of 12,000 spectators dressed in flaming orange and black.
“I knew if we could cut down the 20 point first quarter deficit to less than 10 by the half, then we’d have a chance.
“Valencia had come out the gate with their hair on fire. And now we were searching for how to dig ourselves out of an early grave.
“Somehow, we did it. Down by only nine points at halftime from starting down 20 in the first quarter.
“One dusty possession at a time we whittled down the lead until the very first tie since the score was 0-0. I was exhausted out of my mental state but I had visualized it.
“I saw us making it to this point. I knew we’d cover the deficit. I knew a comeback was possible. I’d facilitated several in my 15 year career.
“One minute remaining and they scored. We didn’t. Time runs out. Celta (my team) loses.
“The visual will haunt me forever. Next time I know I’ll see us not just making a comeback but taking lead.”