Nigeria - Argentina 79-93 Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan had 15 points in the loss.
Lithuania - USA 94-99 USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams's shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (203-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius nailed 14. Darius Songaila notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas delivered 9.
Tunisia - France 69-73 France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners. France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane had 17 points in the loss.
China - Brazil 59-98 Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record. Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza. Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua had 10.
United Kingdom - Australia 75-106 Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers. Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark had 14 points in defeat.
Russia - Spain 77-74 Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each 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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