Turkey and USA to fight for the Gold - Sep 11, 2010
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Spain - Slovenia 97-80 Spain survived a tough physical battle against Slovenia to claim the victory at the end. They will now play for the fifth overall position at the World Championship in Turkey. Slovenia will try to earn the seventh position in tomorrows game. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) opened the scoring a three-pointer. Slovenia used a 7:0 run midway through the frame to establish a 12:5 advantage. Spain did not pick up the slack as they trailed 16:23 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets early in the second quarter. Jaka Lakovic and Samo Udrih drained triples to give Slovenia a 41:32 advantage. But Alex Mumbru notched four points in a row and Marc Gasol added two more as Spain cut the deficit at 3 points 38:41 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The period saw several lead changes and ties. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) proved the difference as he ensured a 64:62 lead for Spain heading into the fourth quarter. The teams continued to exchange the blows early in the fourth period. But a couple of three-pointers from Sergio Llull gave Spain an 81:73 advantage. The Spaniards went on a 9:0 spree to take a 93:75 lead just moments later and the game simply slipped away from the Slovenian team. Spain cruised to the win in the dying seconds. Juan Carlos Navarro provided 26 points and 7 assists for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) added 16 points apiece in the win. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic produced 19 points each for Slovenia. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points in the loss.
Russia - Argentina 61-73 Argentina reached the game for the fifth place at the World Championships in Turkey. They fired past Russia to set up the clash against Spain on the final day of the tournament. Russia will try to gain the seventh place when they face Slovenia tomorrow. Argentina got to a quick start. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated the paint. He notched 8 points in the first ten minutes and Argentina grabbed a 15:11 advantage. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) and Hernan Jasen opened the second term with seven points in a row to increase the lead. However Sergey Monya (204-F-83) answered with three triples in a row as Russia narrowed the margin. Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team back a 7-point advantage. Bykov and Khvostov narrowed the deficit at just one point late in the half. Luis Scola capped the half with a lay-up as Argentina posted a 36:33 lead. Carlos Delfino unloaded five straight points at the start of the third quarter. But Russia tried to stay close. Sergey Monya scored five points in a row and then Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) added two more as David Blatt team drew things level at 50. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) put Russia in front but Gutierrez crowned the period with a three-pointer as Argentina entered the fourth stanza up by two 54:52. Luis Scola knocked down 6 points early in the final period as the Latin American team cleared off to a 7-point advantage. Russia tried to deny the deficit but a couple of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino iced the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola was back to his usual form as he knocked down 27 points and collected 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 26 points in the victory. Sergey Monya answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov netted 10 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - Russia 78-83 Russia clinched the 7th place at the World Championship in Turkey. The team overcame Slovenia in the first game of Saturday. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) brought his side the first points and Sergey Monya responded with a three-pointer. Bykov later tied the game at 5:5 and Dragic made the same for 8:8. Zhukanenko scored for 17:14, while Slovenia produced a 6-0 run to take 20:17 advantage. Dragic later closed the opening quarter at 23:21 making a three-pointer. The teams remained scoreless in the first three minutes of the second period and only Fridzon broke the silence for 24:23 lead. Moreover Slovenia could not score for 6 minutes and only Becirovic tied the game later at 26:26. Mozgov tied it again at 30:30, whilst Slovenia managed to win the rest of the quarter with 7-0 run. Brezec sent the teams to the lockers for 37:30 halftime advantage. Mozgov opened the third frame with a lay-up and then Sokar increased to 41:34. Udrih brought the biggest lead for his team at 50:36, but Russia was too far to give up. They responded with 7-0 run as Zhukanenko reduced to 50:43. Ponkrashov and Voronov made the free throws for 57:52, while Becirovic closed the period at 59:52. Zupan was the first to score in the last frame as he gave Slovenia 62:52. Later it was the decisive moment in the game as Russia bounced back with 12-0 run to grab 64:62 deficit. Slovenia could take the lead for some minutes but could not win. Fridzon tied it all at 74:74 and Mozgov closed a 5-0 run for 79:74. He also made the last free throws in the game to seal the victory with Russia. Mozgov stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Fridzon nailed 18. Sergey Monya ended up with 13 points in the winning effort. Bostjan Nachbar replied with 20 points for Slovenia and Dragic scored 15. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) and Becirovic finished the game with 12 points each in defeat.
Serbia - Turkey 82-83 Turkey survived heart-stopping dying seconds to nip Serbia in the second semifinal of the World Championship tonight. The hosts will now take on the undefeated Team USA in the championship game tomorrow. Serbia will play against Lithuania for the Bronze. Ilyasova was the first one to put his name on the scoreboard but Serbia quickly responded. Tepic triggered a 12:4 run from the visitors as they accumulated the lead midway through the opening frame. Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored five points in a row to level things up at 15. Milos Teodosic knocked down five points late in the period and Serbia ensured a 20:17 advantage. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) tipped off the second term with a lay-up as Serbia pulled in front. Guler pulled Turkey within just one point midway through the period. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) this time came up for the Serbian team as he restored an 8-point advantage. Omer Onan (194-G-78), Ilyasova and Asik narrowed the gap back to 3 points but Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) and Marko Keselj secured a 42:35 lead for Serbia at halftime. Erden opened the second half converting a three-point play. Hedo Turkoglu, Ilyasova and Omer Onan all scored in an 8:2 run from the home team as they drew things level at 46. But Milos Teodosic immediately sparked an 8:0 reply from the Serbian team as they cleared off to a safe distance once again. Omer Onan and Erden tried to keep Turkey within striking distance. Ender Arslan and Gonlum helped Turkey as close as two points before Dusko Savanovic sent the teams into the fourth quarter with Serbia up by three 63:60. Nenad Krstic and Marko Keselj boosted the lead back to 5 points midway through the fourth term. Milos Teodosic made it an 8-point game however Kerem Tunceri sparked a 14:3 run from the hosts as they posted a 78:75 advantage with just over three minutes remaining. Dusko Savanovic hit two free throws, while Ender Arslan answered with just one as Serbia trailed by two with 78 seconds to go. Nenad Krstic and Marko Keselj followed with three freebies to put the visitors back in front 80:79. Erden and Velickovic exchanged baskets as Serbia stayed up with four seconds remaining. Kerem Tunceri penetrated into the paint and converted an easy lay-up to put the hosts on top with just a second to go. Velickovic tried to win the game for Serbia but got blocked by Erden and Turkey celebrated an incredible victory at the end. Hedo Turkoglu produced 16 points to lead the effort. Omer Onan added 14 points in the victory. Marko Keselj answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia. Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic came up with 15 points each in the loss.
USA - Lithuania 89-74 Team USA entered the title game at the World Championship in Turkey. They stopped the winning streak of the surprising Lithuania in the semis tonight. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable for the USA with 38 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuania opened the game with four points in a row. Kevin Durant opened the scoring for the USA but Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) kept Lithuania in charge. The Baltic team maintained the lead till Kevin Durant sparked a 12:0 run from the USA as they posted a 21:11 advantage. Kevin Love capped the period with a lay-up as Team USA went up by 11 points 23:12. Robertas Javtokas and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) dragged Lithuania within 8 midway through the second period but it was Kevin Durant who stepped up for the North American team once again. He notched five points late in the half to boost his tally to impressive 24 points and gave his team a 42:27 halftime advantage. Maciulis opened the second half wit a three-pointer but Odom equally answered on the other end. Mantas Kalnietis dragged Lithuania within ten points but the USA answered with a 9:0 run to open a 19-point advantage. The Baltic team did not surrender as they came up with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. The teams traded baskets late in the quarter and Kevin Love uttered the last word giving Team USA a 65:53 cushion before the fourth stanza. Maciulis cut the margin to 10 points at the start of the final term but the USA quickly boosted the gap back to 14 points. Kevin Durant hit a pair of jumpers to keep Lithuania at bay and the United States coasted to the victory at the end. Lamar Odom (208-F-79, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds for the USA. Robertas Javtokas answered with 15 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius had 13 points in the loss.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers groups confirmed - 4 months ago
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The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the c... [read more]
The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the challenge to be among the 12 teams from the region that will qualify to play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The 32 teams will consist of the 24 national sides competing at FIBA EuroBasket 2017, as well as 8 of the 13 teams that have registered to play in the Pre-Qualifiers. The groups for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers are as follows:
Group A: Bosnia, Sweden, Slovakia, Armenia Group B: Netherlands, Austria, Albania Group C: Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo Group D: Belarus, Bulgaria, Portugal.
Following the six days of action, the top two teams from each group will earn their spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, with the first window taking place from 20-28 November 2017.The teams will play all other teams in their group on a home-and-away basis with all games taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 19 August 2017. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Executive Committee approves bidding process for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 - 10 months ago
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FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries [read more]
FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries. Moving forward with the process, FIBA will send requests for expression of interest to all of its national member federations this month. Those wishing to be taken into consideration must confirm their interest by 31 August. Following the Applicant Phase and the Candidate Phase, FIBA's Central Board will ultimately announce the host (s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at its end-of-year meeting in 2017. The Executive Committee received reports on the status of FIBA's regional offices. It gave the green light to the construction of new headquarters for FIBA Africa in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, while also approving the project of establishing operation offices of FIBA in Singapore to assist more directly the development of ASEAN countries. With regards to FIBA's new competition system, the Executive Committee was informed that all regional offices have taken part in workshops with national federations ahead of its implementation in 2017. In parallel, as part of the FIBA National Federations Long-Term Development programme, more than 100 national federations have been visited and this number will reach 150 by the end of the year. Following every visit, a customised development strategy is proposed to each national federation, with the aim of implementing concrete development tools/programmes in collaboration with the national basketball governing body concerned. The goal is to develop the national federations' event management capacities, marketing and communication skills - as well as the technical level of national teams and the necessary work with grassroots - in order to help them maximise the impact of their participation in the new competition system and achieve a sustainable long-term growth. Finally, the Executive Committee approved a process to replace Mr Xiao Tian (China) and Mrs Julia Anikeeva (Russia) as members of the FIBA Central Board. Courtesy of: fiba.com
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Ben... [read more]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.
The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.
The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide, Stanley Okoye and Michael Umeh.
Among the fifteen players outside the twelve gold-medal winners in 2015 in Tunisia with making a return to the Nigerian side while others are being called up for the first time as Nigeria looks for a better outing in RIO.
These fifteen with only two from the Nigerian domestic league includes, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.
Nigeria head coach, Will Voigt promised to make history with Nigeria in RIO by ensuring that the team makes it out of the group stage of the Olympics.
Coach Voigt will be expected to bring his magic wand to bear as the African champion makes its second appearance at the basketball event of the Olympics having gone through a more tedious qualification to be at the London 2012 Games as they are paired against some of the World best in the game.
Ranked 25 in world Nigeria four known group-B opponents are in the top-ten bracket in the world ranking with Spain (2), Lithuania (3), Argentina (4) and host Brazil (9) as it await a fifth opponent who is to emerged from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Nigeria will open it RIO campaign against Argentina on August 7th, Lithuania on 9th, Spain on the 11th, the third nation that would emerged at the OQT on the 13th and host Brazil on the 15th.
The Nigerian side will open its preparation in July in the United States of America; the team will make a trip to China where it will participate in the Stankovic Cup and possible warm-up games against Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and the USA before moving to RIO on August 2nd.
Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad for RIO Olympics: Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide Stanley Okoye, Michael Umeh, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell. Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.)
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