Dominican Republic, Russia, Nigeria and Lithuania stay in the race - Jul 7, 2012
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Lithuania - Puerto Rico 76-72 Lithuania survived a battle for life from Puerto Rico to advance to the semifinal round of Olympic Qualifying Round. Lithuania will now take on Dominican Republic for the spot at the Olympic Games. Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) scored 14 points each to lead the Baltic team. Puerto Rico sent a strong message to their opponents in the opening quarter. They grabbed a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Lithuania however gained control in the second quarter. The Europeans fired 24 points to deny the deficit. Lithuania posted a 40:38 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Lithuania led by two points heading into the fourth frame 57:55. Kaukenas made it a 7-point game midway through the final period. Carlos Arroyo drilled two three-pointers to put Puerto Rico in front 68:67 with just over three minutes remaining. The lead changed hands for several times before Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) knocked down four points and Linas Kleiza added one more to help Lithuania escape with a narrow win at the end. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 11 points, while Maciulis provided 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) answered with 17 points for Puerto Rico. Jose Juan Barea and Carlos Arroyo had 13 points each in the loss.
Greece - Nigeria 79-80 Nigeria came up with the loudest sensation so far at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. After beating Lithuania in the preliminary round they knocked down Greece tonight to eliminate the Hellenes from the race for the ticket to London. Nigeria in the meantime are now one step away from the goal. Adeola Dagunduro (195-G-86, college: Nebraska) knocked down two free throws with three seconds left in regulation to seal the victory for the African team. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 at the first break. But Greece pulled ahead in the second quarter. They took off to ensure a 42:30 halftime advantage. Nigeria cut the distance in the third term. The African team narrowed the gap at just 6-point mark at the final break 50:56. The fourth period turned into drama. Adeola Dagundro made it 75:72 for Nigeria with just over a minute to go. Ioannis Bourousis narrowed the gap and then put Greece in front 76:75. Adeola Dagundro drained a triple to make it 78:76 but Papanikolau responded with his own triple to ensure Greece 79:78 lead with 14 seconds to go. Adeola Dagundruo got fouled and sank two free throws to put Nigeria back in charge. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) had a chance to win the game for Greece but Derrick Obasohan blocked the shot and Nigeria celebrated a crucial win at the end. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Nigeria. Adeola Dagunduro knocked down 14 points in the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis answered with 25 points for Greece. Ioannis Bourousis had 18 points in the loss.
FYR Macedonia - Dominican Republic 76-86 Dominican Republic recovered from a slow start to knock down FYR Macedonia in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament quarterfinals. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) stepped up with 28 points to lead the winners as they would face Lithuania for a spot in the Olympic Games. It was all about FYR Macedonia in the opening quarter. The Europeans held Dominican Republic to 10 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. FYR Macedonia secured a 41:28 halftime advantage. But Dominican Republic turned the tables after the big break. They erupted for 26 points in the third quarter to narrow the margin to 2 points at the final intermission. Dominican Republic ignited an impressive 32:20 rally in the fourth term to seal the victory at the end. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) accounted for 14 points and 15 boards, while Jack Michael Martinez added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) responded with 35 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski banked 16 points in the loss.
Russia - Angola 80-65 Russian National Team made another step towards Olympic Games tournament. They defeated Angola in the quarterfinals of Olympic Qualifying Tournament and need one more step to seal their ticket to London. Vitaly Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 18 points to lead David Blatts team. Russia scored 25 points in the first quarter to take a 4-point lead. They held Angola to 5 points in the second term to ensure a 17-point halftime advantage. Russia and Angola traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Russia managed to secure a comfortable lead. They entered the final period up by 18 points 60:42. Angola outscored Russia in the final quarter but just sweetened the pill at the end. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) notched 17 points for Russia. Andrei Kirilenko added 14 points for the winning team. Eduardo Mingas (200-C-79) answered with 20 points for Angola. Carlos Morais had 14 points in the losing case.
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Carmelo Anthony says 2016 will be his last Olympics - 4 months ago
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Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 20... [read more]
Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 'I stepped up to the challenge, but this is what it's about, representing our country on the biggest stage you can be on,' Anthony said. In a video posted to Snapchat after the game, Anthony said he was 'signing out of Team USA basketball,' which would mean he wouldn't play in other non-Olympic international tournaments. Courtesy of: si.com
Rio 2016: USA clinch third consecutive Olympic Gold - 4 months ago
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Team USA - Serbia 96:66 Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Te... [read more]
Team USA - Serbia 96:66
Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Team USA opened a comfortable 52:29 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third term. The North American side dominated rallying to a 36-point lead at the final intermission. Team USA allowed Serbia to cut the deficit in the fourth frame cruising to a convincing victory. DeMarcus Cousins (211-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 12 points for the champions. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) tossed in 11 points in the defeat.
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