France - Argentina 71-64 France opened win count at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Argentina to improve at 1-1 record. Argentina in the meantime suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1 record. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nailed 17 points to lead the charge. France surged ahead in the opening quarter. They posted a 19:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina quickly denied the deficit in the second quarter. France however did not allow the Latin American team to spur ahead staying in front. Les Bleus accounted for a 32:29 halftime lead. Luis Luis Scola and Prigioni finally gave Argentina a 43:42 lead midway through the third term. But Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Court Side) answered with a three-pointer and France rolled to a 55:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Tony Parker triggered a 7:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 67:58 advantage with just over three minutes remaining. Seraphin and Tony Parker accounted for four points in the dying minutes and France survived the challenge to celebrate victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Mickael Gelabale added 13 points for the winning side. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 26 points for Argentina. Luis Scola had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Lithuania - Nigeria 72-53 The Baltic State cruise past Nigeria at Olympics 2012 tournament. The Lithuanian team celebrated a 72:53 and improved to 1-1 record. The African side suffered their first loss and also with 1-1 record in Group A. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) and Aminu exchanged the early baskets, while Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) closed the first period at 14:8. Lithuania dominated the second frame as well and after 20-19 reached 34:27. JASAITIS scored for 41:30 and Kaukenas increased to 45:31. A strong end of the period allowed the European team to taste 56:40 after three quarters. Lithuania added 16-13 in the last period to seal the initial victory. Darius Songaila top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Linas Kleiza notched 11. Kaukenas poured in 10, whilst JASIKEVICIUS had 9 points and 9 assists. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) and Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) replied with 12 points each in the losing effort and combined for 21 rebounds.
USA - Tunisia 110:63 USA earned the second win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Tunisia in Group A for 2-0 record. Tunisia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Kevin Love (208-PF-88, college: UCLA) and Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) came up with 16 points each to lead the winners. The African champions quite unexpectedly managed to stay close throughout the opening quarter. They trailed by just 6 points 21:15. Tunisia tried to stay within reachable distance throughout the second quarter. Team USA however managed to take a 46:33 halftime lead. USA tipped off the second half with 10 points in a row. They gained the tempo and raced to a comfortable 85:47 lead with ten minutes remaining. Team USA never looked back in the final quarter rolling to a confident victory at the end. Kevin Durant finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) added 12 points for the winning side. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds for Tunisia. Mohamed Hadidane had 11 points in the loss.
United Kingdom - Brazil 62-67 The Great Britain put up a courageous performance on Tuesday night, but lost to Brazil 62:67 at the Olympic Basketball Arena in London. The Brazilian team improved to 2-0 record, while the hosts fell at 0-2. It was a great start of the home side that erupted with the defensive 11-4 lead and limited the guests only to 2 successful shots. Brazil woke up in the second frame and replied with 23-16 for 27:27 at the halftime. The teams were tied three times in the third period, while Barbosa and Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) closed the frame at 48:43. Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) nailed three early in the fourth period for 51:50 and Deng made 57:56 midway through the period. Brazil however managed to win the game as they dominated the end of the quarter. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) notched 13. Anderson Varejao and VIEIRA followed them with 8 points apiece. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) and Nathan Reinking poured in 13 points each in the losing effort. Deng notched 12, while Clark finished the night with 9.
China - Russia 54-73 Russia claimed the second straight win at the start of Olympig Games basketball tournament in London. They denied China for 2-0 record in Group B. China fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Russia gained control midway through the first term. David Blatt team piled up a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Russia stayed in full control throughout the second quarter. They posted a 40:25 halftime advantage. Things did not get any better for China in the third quarter. Russia stayed in charge stretching the margin. They accumulated a 22-point lead heading into the fourth frame. China managed to slow down Russia a bit in the final quarter but could not avoid an embarrassing loss at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Alexey Shved added 14 points and 6 assists, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 13 points for the winners. Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for China. Yi Li had 9 points in the loss.
Australia - Spain 70-82 Spain clinched the second straight win at the 2012 Olympic Games. They fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Australia opened the game with an aggressive defence. They capitalized taking an early lead. The Boomers posted a 19:14 advantage after ten minutes. However Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to pull in front 26:21. Spain capped the first half leading by five points 37:32. Spain tipped off the second half with 10:0 run to clear off. They unloaded 26 points in the third term to ensure a 21-point lead before the final quarter. Australia tried to stay in the game till the final buzzer. They narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark before losing at the end. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) scored 17 points, while Marc Gasol provided 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points each for the Boomers. Patrick Mills had 11 points in the loss.
Carmelo Anthony says 2016 will be his last Olympics - 6 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 - 6 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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