Russia - Nigeria 85:77 Russia booked the ticket to Olympic Games. They overcame ambitious Nigerian team to secure the place at the 2012 Olympic Games basketball tournament in London. Shved scored 22 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia got to a flying start. They exploded with 26 points in the starting quarter to take a 3-point lead. Russia held the African team to 8 points in the second term to ensure a 15-point halftime advantage 46:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Russia kept their opponents at distance. David Blatt team entered the fourth period up by 15 points 68:53. Nigeria tried hard cutting the deficit to 6 points but Russia hang on to escape with a crucial win at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (206-F-81) (206-F-81) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Vitaly Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 15 points for the winners. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 14 boards for Nigeria. Adeola Dagunduro (195-G-86, college: Nebraska) added 16 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Dominican Republic 109:83 Lithuania will play at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They overcame Dominican Republic to ensure their appearance at the tournament. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) came up with 19 points to pace the Baltic team. Lithuania pulled ahead in the opening quarter. They capitalized on Dominican Republic low scoring percentage to take a 21:16 lead. Lithuania exploded with 31 points in the second quarter to clear off to a 16-point lead. Dominican Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the distance to 14 points with one period remaining. However Lithuania quickly picked up the tempo and fired 34 points in the final stanza giving no chance for Dominican Republic. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) added 13 points for the winners. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Dominican Republic. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) provided 12 points in the loss.
The new head coach Ettore Messina announced the preliminary squad for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, when Italy will play in Turin to earn a spot for Rio 2016. This the list of 24 players for coach Messina: Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) (Acqua Vitasnella Cantu) Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) (Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia) Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85) (Free Agent) Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) (Sacramento Kings) Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) (EA7 Armani Mi... [read more]
The new head coach Ettore Messina announced the preliminary squad for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, when Italy will play in Turin to earn a spot for Rio 2016. This the list of 24 players for coach Messina:
D'Tigers Aiming for Glory in Rio 2016 - May 7, 2016
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The Nigerian national basketball team, D'Tigers are aiming to reach greater heights at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero scheduled to begin on Friday, August 5, 2016. It will be recalled that the D'Tigers recorded a feat by being the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012. D'Tigers beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece to reach the Olympics proper. However, due to several factors,... [read more]
The Nigerian national basketball team, D'Tigers are aiming to reach greater heights at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero scheduled to begin on Friday, August 5, 2016. It will be recalled that the D'Tigers recorded a feat by being the only African nation to ever qualify for the Summer Olympics through the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012. D'Tigers beat the world elite teams of Lithuania and Greece to reach the Olympics proper. However, due to several factors, D'Tigers went on to set the worst record in the history of the Olympics as they were thrashed 156-76 by the all conquering Dream Team of the United States of America. The Dream managed just one victory over fellow Africans Tunisia to end up in 10th position at the end of the basketball event. Immediately after the London Olympics, the Nigeria Basketball Federation under Tijani Umar rang changes in the technical crew as well as the playing personnel and there was positive result as the D'Tigers emerged champions of Africa in 2015. Ahead of the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia, the NBBF replaced Ayo Bakare with a foreign tactician, Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) while some players were also dropped from the team. The move to sign the former Head Coach of Bakersfield Jam in the National Basketball Development League was a tactical one as he has coached two players that represented Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics - Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.) and Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) while he was in the D-League. Courtesy of: dailytrust.com.ng
Chris Paul withdraws from Team USA consideration for 2016 Olympics - Mar 29, 2016
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At the 2012 Olympics in London, Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) went to see the volleyball, the swimming, the track. He brought Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA) with him to root on Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. He sat in the cheering section for Michael Phelps. 'What we do is such a small thing compared to what the people do who protect our freedom,' Paul said. 'But when I put on that USA jersey it always gave me goose bumps because you realized you... [read more]
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) went to see the volleyball, the swimming, the track. He brought Russell Westbrook (190-PG-88, college: UCLA) with him to root on Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. He sat in the cheering section for Michael Phelps. 'What we do is such a small thing compared to what the people do who protect our freedom,' Paul said. 'But when I put on that USA jersey it always gave me goose bumps because you realized you were part of something so much bigger than yourself.' Paul's first experience with USA Basketball was in high school, when he played for the North team at the Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was on the squad that lost to Greece at the 2006 World Championship in Japan-'I remember sitting at my locker,' Paul recalled, 'trying to figure out how we were going to go back home"-and he was a leader of the group that redeemed itself with gold medals in '08 and '12. 'Coming from where we were,' Paul said, 'that was the best feeling.' After more than a decade of contribution to USA Basketball, Paul told SI.com on Monday that he is withdrawing from consideration for this summer's Olympic team, likely ending his international career. 'I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,' he said. Few NBA players have expended more this season than Paul. Although his traditional stats do not vary much from his career norms-19.9 points and 9.8 assists in 33.2 minutes-he has piggybacked the Clippers in Blake Griffin's absence. Since Griffin was initially injured on Christmas night, Paul has accounted for nearly half of L.A.'s assists, keeping the team fourth in the Western Conference. Last week, ESPN Stats & Information suggested that he has been 'the most important offensive player in the NBA' over the past three months, given the wild disparity in the Clippers' production when he is on and off the court. Paul, the best point guard of his generation, has a hard time recalling a summer when he was not either injured, recovering from injury, or playing for Team USA. The Olympics are synonymous with other touchstones in his life. His wife, Jada, became pregnant with their son, Chris Jr., right after the '08 Olympics and gave birth to their daughter, Camryn, right after the '12 Games. 'Just a few days ago, Little Chris asked me, 'Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?'' Paul said. 'Part of me wanted to say yes, because he's never been part of it. But I told him, 'I want to spend more time with you.'' Paul, a fixture at his son's Little League complex and basketball gym even during the NBA season, opted to stay home. Drafted two years after LeBron James (203-SF-84), Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Dwyane Wade (193-G-82, college: Marquette), Paul and the others helped bring back USA Basketball, one card game at a time. 'I think we once played cards 35 nights in a row,' Paul joked. Whether or not James, Anthony and Wade continue their international careers-or follow Paul's lead-a new generation is on the way. 'Of course, you'll have Steph (Curry) and those guys,' Paul said. 'Someone else I think would be great is Kyle Lowry (183-PG-86, college: Villanova). I love watching him play. You need that grit.' Oddly, Lowry is not on the list of 30 finalists, but Curry, Westbrook, Mike Conley (185-PG-87, college: Ohio St.), John Wall (193-PG-90, college: Kentucky), Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke) and Damian Lillard (190-PG-90, college: Weber St.) are. The NBA has no shortage of premier point guards ready to take the torch. As Paul spoke Monday, he was on his way to Staples Center, for a game against the Celtics. He thought about the Olympic rings he earned in '08 and '12, which his wife recently unearthed while cleaning out his closet, and he sounded wistful. 'Tonight, we'll play the Celtics, and the fans in Boston will cheer hard against us,' Paul said. 'The fans in L.A. will cheer hard against them. The thing I'll always remember about Team USA is that everyone cheers for you.' Courtesy of: si.com
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