Mozambique is not a country usually associated with basketball prowess, but this may change over the next few years and the catalyst for this may be the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Mozambique basketball coach Nelson Isley said the young team will use this tournament to start their campaign to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “We are building a young team. The team we have brought will get good experience here and that is what we are after,” Isley said. But the team must overcome a couple of hurdles. They are without six of their best players who were not granted releases from their US college or professional team – leaving them technically weaker. One player who is here is forward Carla Silva, who believes the team will be challenged in Melbourne because they lack match practice. “There are only six other [international] teams to play against," she said. "In our zone, Mozambique and Angola are the best teams, the others are not so good.” Silva is looking forward to the Games and feels the team will have a successful tournament. “We think that we have the capacity to win some games. We’ll do our best at each game,” she said. By melbourne2006 Games News Service
FIBA cancel Commonwealth Basketball Championships - 7 Years ago
THIS year's Commonwealth Basketball Championships, due to be staged in New Delhi in August, have been cancelled by the world governing body, FIBA.
The decision comes just two weeks after FIBA had written to Keith Mair, chief executive of England Basketball, to confirm that a men's tournament would be staged in the Indian capital.
The tournament was not directly connected with the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in India for the first time in October [read more]
THIS year's Commonwealth Basketball Championships, due to be staged in New Delhi in August, have been cancelled by the world governing body, FIBA. The decision comes just two weeks after FIBA had written to Keith Mair, chief executive of England Basketball, to confirm that a men's tournament would be staged in the Indian capital. The tournament was not directly connected with the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in India for the first time in October. Although the scrapping of the tournament represents a set-back to the Indian organisers and those players hoping to compete, FIBA stressed that the cancellation had nothing to do with concerns about facilities, organisation or security - three issues which have blighted the build-up to the Delhi Games. 'The FIBA Commonwealth men's championship has been cancelled,' a FIBA spokesman told national press agency Sportsbeat. Basketball has only been included in the Commonwealth Games once, in Melbourne four years ago where teams from eight countries, including England and Scotland, competed in men's and women's tournaments. Both gold medals were won by Australia, with England's men and women taking the bronze medals. Although Australia are understood to have requested a postponement of the Commonwealth tournament until 2011, FIBA blamed a crowded international programme for its decision. 'The major national federations of the Commonwealth have experienced difficulty with the scheduling of the national team programmes as Australia, Canada and New Zealand have all qualified for the FIBA world championship in Turkey while England - as part of Great Britain - will compete in the European championships qualification series,' said a spokesman. But Mair expressed his disappointment at the scrapping of the tournament, which England Basketball had wanted to use for players not included in the Great Britain squad. 'We always knew we wouldn't have access to the Great Britain players,' said Mair. 'Four years ago, using squads of similar construction, we went to the Commonwealth Games and won two bronze medals. 'So we were hoping that the Commonwealth championships would be on. 'Clearly, FIBA wanted a tournament with the top players in it.'
After 10 days of competition, Australia won the first-ever Commonwealth Games women basketball tournament in Melbourne over New Zealand, England claimed the Bronze medal. Check out who were the top-performers during this tournament. We will post a team-by-team recap in the next days [read more]
After 10 days of competition, Australia won the first-ever Commonwealth Games women basketball tournament in Melbourne over New Zealand, England claimed the Bronze medal. Check out who were the top-performers during this tournament. We will post a team-by-team recap in the next days.
AWARDS: MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) Who else? Lauren Jackson was by far the best player in Melbourne, she scored more than 30ppg in less than 25 minutes per game to lead Australia for the Gold.
We could named the entire australian squad in our All-Tournament teams but there were a lot of great players in the other teams too. We use the players stats, their efficiency and of course their team's ranking to name these teams.
ALL-TOURNAMENT FIRST-TEAM: Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) AUS 31.0pts 7.0rbs 1.4ast Andrea Congreaves (193-C-70) ENG 17.4pts 9.4rbs 1.0ast Donna Loffhagen (185-F-78) NZ 14.4pts 10.4rbs 1.8ast Funmi Ojelabi (170-G-85) NIG 14.8pbs 2.4rbs 0.8ast Belinda Snell (180-F-81) AUS 10.0pts 5.2rbs 3.4ast I don't need to add anything about Lauren Jackson, Andrea Congreaves almost carried England to the Bronze by herself, Donna Loffhagen was the heart and soul of a brilliant New Zealand squad, Funmi Ojelabi led Nigeria in scoring and Belinda Snell provided a great all-around game
ALL-TOURNAMENT SECOND-TEAM: Angela Marino (166-G-86) NZ 14.8pts 3.2rbs 3.2ast Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79) ENG 11.6pts 5.8rbs 0.8ast Hollie Grima (190-C-83) AUS 10.6pts 5.6rbs 0.8ast Katrina Hibbert (180-G/F-77) AUS 10.0pts 2.8rbs 2.4ast Erin Phillips (173-G-85) AUS 8.2pts 2.8rbs 5.0ast Youngsters Angela Marino and Erin Phillips played really well in this tournament and are the future of their teams, Hollie Grima and Katrina Hibbert recorded some pretty good stats in a very deep australian team, Rosalee Mason was really a pleasant surprise for England and a good help for Congreaves
ALL-TOURNAMENT THIRD-TEAM: Tully Bevilaqua (170-G-72) AUS 3.0pts 0.5rbs 3.3ast Jenny Whittle (197-C-73) AUS 7.4pts 7.4rbs 2.0ast Chioma Udeaja (192-F/C-84) NIG 10.5pts 10.2rbs 0.6ast Geethu Ann Jose (185-C-85) IND 15.2pts 9.4rbs 0.2ast Deolinda Gimo (186-C-87) MOZ 10.2pts 9.0rbs 0.4ast Bevilaqua's stats won't jump at you but she did the right thing as starting PG for Australia: pressure defence and give the ball to ...
As expected, Australia claimed the Gold medal in the first-ever women basketball tournament in the Commonwealth Games. In the championship games, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and her teamates defeated New Zealand 77-39. This game closed an interesting tournament where the Opals were playing on another level. We will post a complete recap of this tournament and the stats leaders in the next days [read more]
As expected, Australia claimed the Gold medal in the first-ever women basketball tournament in the Commonwealth Games. In the championship games, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and her teamates defeated New Zealand 77-39. This game closed an interesting tournament where the Opals were playing on another level. We will post a complete recap of this tournament and the stats leaders in the next days.
Gold medal game:
Australia - New Zealand: 77-39 The australians players said before this game that it will be the most difficult one for them, so they decided to start it at 110% to crush the slight Kiwi hopes as soon as possible. In the first quarter, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Belinda Snell (180-F-81) combined for 11pts 7rbs and 5st to give Australia a 23-11 lead. In the second quarter, Jackson didn't need any help and scored 9 of her team's 15 points and the Opals reached half-time on a 38-19 lead. Jackson has played 17 minutes in this first half, just to show how hard she wanted this game. NZ captain Donna Loffhagen (185-F-78), who was scoreless in the first half, scored 8pts in the second one but that wasn't enough and the lead kept growing until the final buzzer. Australia came out of the game with a 77-39 victory. Lauren Jackson was the game's leading scorer with 23pts 6/14FG 11rbs 2ast 3st and 1bs, Belinda Snell (180-F-81) added 8pts 4/8FG 10rbs and Laura Summerton (189-C-83) netted 7pts 3/6FG. Donna Loffhagen (185-F-78) recorded 8pts 2/8FG 13rbs, Noni Wharemate (171-G-82) scored 6pts 1/4FG 6rbs and Kate McKeenen-Ruscoe (173-G-79) added 7pts 3/9FG. 'This is so awesome. To play in front of this crowd is something I will never forget,' exclaimed Jackson. 'I never thought I would get the chance to play for my country again in Australia.' 'They are a very good team, obviously,' stated NZ coach Mike McHugh. 'You could see how much they wanted the gold medal. We went through 10 minutes without getting a score ... we just couldn't score ...' Boxscore here
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