USA and Lithuania are through into the semifinals - Sep 9, 2010
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Turkey - Slovenia 95-68 Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.
USA - Russia 89-79 Team USA have made it into the World Championship semifinals. They outlasted Russia today to earn the spot in the next round. Russia will now have to fight for the fifth spot in the qualifying round. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) opened the game with a three-pointer to set the tone. Lamar Odom and Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) quickly put the USA in front 6:3 but Russia stayed close. Sergey Bykov returned the lead to David Blatt team and the lead changed for several times throughout the period. Timofey Mozgov capped the opening frame with a lay-up to draw things level at 25. Khvostov and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) gave Russia a 4-point lead for Russia early in the second term. Sergey Bykov ensured a 35:30 advantage for Russia midway through the period. The USA went on a 12:0 run to take a 42:35 advantage with just over a minute to go in the half. Andrey Vorontsevich finally stopped the bleeding for Russia with a jumpe. Kevin Durant converted a lay-up but Kaun crowned the first half with a bucket as the USA led by just five points at halftime 44:39. The USA quickly cleared off to an 8-point lead early in the third stanza. Five straight points put the North Americans ahead by 11 points midway through the quarter. Soon Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) and Lamar Odom ensured a 15-point buffer for the team. Russia could not get too close and faced a 14-point deficit with ten minutes remaining. Russia narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark early in the final stanza but the USA kept it cool and quickly boosted the gap at an 18-point mark. Russia were able to narrow the distance in the dying moments but never seriously threatened the margin as the USA rallied to the victory. Kevin Durant was unstoppable for the USA with 33 points and 5 boards. Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) added 15 points and 5 assists, while Russell Westbrook finished with 12 points in the victory. Sergey Bykov answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds before getting injured late in the game.
Lithuania - Argentina 104-85 Lithuania posted the seventh straight win at the World Championships in Turkey. They rallied past Argentina at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The Baltic team stepped up with almost perfect performance against the Latin American powerhouse to set up an exciting clash with the USA in the semis. The lead changed hands for numerous times early in the encounter. But then Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) hit back-to-back three-pointers to trigger an 8:0 run from the Lithuanian team as they posted a 17:10 lead. Lithuania gradually piled up a 10-point lead 28:18. The Baltic team went on a 6:0 run to open a 35:20 lead midway through the second quarter. Argentina got within 11 but Lithuania continued to dominate. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), Jonas Maciulis and Simas Jasaitis all connected from beyond the arc to ensure a 44:28 lead for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis capped the half with a tip-in and the Baltic team secured a 50:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania opened the second half with six points in a row to silence Argentina. Simas Jasaitis soon opened a 30-point advantage for Lithuania. Argentine finally had the shots dropping from beyond the arc as they narrowed the gap to 21 points. But Lithuania struck right back and posted a 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 85:53. The Baltic team were well in control of their fate in the fourth stanza. Argentina looked disorganized and stunned as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Seven Lithuanian players scored in double figures. Simas Jasaitis led the charge with 19 points. Linas Kleiza added 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Martynas Pocius had 16 in the win. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) answered with game-high 25 points for Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had just 13 points in the losing effort.
Serbia - Spain 92-89 We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end. Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds 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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