USA - Argentina 109-83 USA entered the title game at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They bruised Argentina in the semifinal battle tonight to set up the clash versus Spain on Sunday. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Argentina will play versus Russia in the consolation final. Team USA jumped to a 15:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances), Scola and Nocioni returned Argentina in the game. They cut the deficit to just three points 15:18 late in the period. USA entered the second frame up by 5 points 24:19. Delfino drained back-to-back triples midway through the second term to keep Argentina within striking distance. LeBron James (203-SF-84) however answered with seven points in a row to make 37:27 for USA. Emanuel Ginobili capped the first half with a three-pointer to put Argentina within 7 points 40:47. Emanuel Ginobili drained another trey at the start of the second half but Team USA answered with 12:3 run to clear off. Kevin Durant connected twice from beyond the arc and LeBron James added a jumper as USA built a 72:53 lead with under two minutes to go in the third quarter. They entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 74:57. USA opened the fourth frame with eight points in a row and never looked back cruising to the seventh win in a row at the tournament. LeBron James finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili replied with 18 points for Argentina. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino had 15 points each in the loss.
Spain - Russia 67-59 Spain will play in the Olympic basketball tournament Final. They overcame Russia in the semifinal thriller. Spain thus took revenge on Russia for the loss in the preliminary round. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Khryapa gave Russia a 9:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The teams were plagued by misses in the first ten minutes but Russia managed to secure a 12:9 lead. Monya hit a bunch of three-pointers to give Russia a 27:14 lead midway through the second term. Spain cut the distance but still faced an 11-point deficit at halftime 20:31. But the third term turned the tables for the Spaniards. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) connected from beyond the arc late in the period and Spain levelled things up at 46 heading into the fourth frame. Anton Ponkrashov put Russia back in charge early in the quarter. But Llull and Jose Manuel Calderon organized a 9:0 run from Spain as they accumulated a 55:49 advantage. Jose Manuel Calderon hit another trey and Reyes added a jumper to make it 60:50 for Spain with under five minutes to go. Andrei Kirilenko kept Russian fans hopeful draining a triple but a number of misses from the charity stripe from Andrei Kirilenko sealed the deal for them. Spain celebrated victory and advanced into the championship game. Jose Manuel Calderon provided 14 points, while Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez added 11 points each for Spain. Sasha Kaun answered with 14 points for Russia. Anton Ponkrashov and Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points apiece 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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