USA - Turkey 81-64 Team USA clinched the title at the World Championship in Turkey! They finished the tournament undefeated outscoring hosting Turkey in the championship game tonight. The USA were well in control throughout the whole encounter and celebrated a well-deserved success at the end. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) lived up to his MVP status tallying 28 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored the first points in the game. Kevin Durant then knocked down quick eight points to keep the USA in front. But Hedo Turkoglu stepped up with back-to-back three-pointers for the hosts as Turkey gained their first lead of the game 15:14. Asik stretched the margin to three points but Kevin Durant hit a timely triple to draw things level. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) capped the first term with five points as the USA earned a 22:17 lead. Russell Westbrook converted a three-point play to tip off the second quarter. Kevin Durant notched four points to give Team USA a 10-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Turkey tried to get closer but the visitors found the answer for any bucket from the Turkish team. Russell Westbrook capped the half with two freebies as the USA posted a 42:32 lead. Kevin Durant opened the second half with consecutive trebles and then Lamar Odom followed with a lay-up as the margin grew at 18-point mark 50:32. However Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Arslan did not allow the USA to run away. They dragged Turkey within 11 points midway through the third quarter. Team USA however stopped the bleeding and stayed in front to enter the fourth stanza up by 13 points 61:48. Derrick Rose began the final period four points in a row to silence the hosts. Then Lamar Odom fired five consecutive points as the margin grew at 20-point mark. Turkey had nothing to answer and the teams cruised to the final buzzer from that point. Lamar Odom provided 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Russell Westbrook added 13 points and 6 boards for the USA. Hedo Turkoglu replied with 16 points for Turkey. Semih Erden (211-C-87) nailed 9 points in the loss.
Lithuania - Serbia 99-88 Lithuania took the World Championships Bronze. They outscored Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) stepped up with impressive 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the charge. Aleksandar Rasic opened the scoring a three-pointer and Serbia maintained the lead throughout the first frame. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) gave the Balkan team an 18:9 advantage midway through the period. However Lithuania capped the quarter with seven consecutive points and grabbed a 23:22 advantage. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) triggered a 9:2 run from Lithuania midway through the second quarter as they cleared off to a 32:26 advantage. The Baltic side boosted the margin to 13 points late in the half before Aleksandar Rasic hit from downtown and Lithuania trailed by 10 points at the interval. Simas Jasaitis and Kleiza kept on pushing the lead up. Lithuania enjoyed a 19-point cushion midway through the third stanza. The Baltic team entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points 72:54. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the final period but Lithuania remained well in control as they marched to the victory at the end. Paulius Jankunas produced 15 points for the winners. Mantas Kalnietis and Simas Jasaitis added 14 points each for Lithuania. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Marko Keselj accounted for 12 points in the loss.
Spain - Argentina 81-86 Argentina finished their World Championship campaign in the fifth position. They knocked down Spain on the final day of the tournament. Carlos Delfino unloaded 27 points to pace the effort. Argentina got to a quick start. They led throughout the opening frame. Oberto scored 6 points in ten minutes helping the Latin American team to a 23:16 advantage after ten minutes. Jasen and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) opened a double-digit lead for Argentina midway through the second period. Soon Argentina stretched the margin to as many as 13 points 34:21. Delfino and Pablo Prigioni extended the margin to 20 points 49:29. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) capped the half with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 17 points 32:49. Argentina tipped off the second half with a 10:2 rally to boost the margin. But Spain did not surrender as they went on a massive 26:2 run to narrow the deficit to just one point 60:61. Luis Scola and Oberto answered for Argentina as they ensured a 65:62 lead with ten minutes to go. Luis Scola began the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Argentina cleared off once again. Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within two points 73:75 and later knocked down four points to level things up at 80. However Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni stepped up with key points late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pablo Prigioni added 17 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Argentina. Rudy Fernandez responded with 31 points and 8 caroms for Spain. Marc Gasol contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers groups confirmed - 4 months ago
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The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the c... [read more]
The 13 teams that will play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers were drawn into their respective groups in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday morning. The draw followed on from Friday's FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 Draw Ceremony in Prague's Old Town Hall, and the FIBA European youth championship draws, which also took place on Saturday morning. Under FIBA's New Competition System and Calendar which comes into effect in 2017, 32 European countries will take up the challenge to be among the 12 teams from the region that will qualify to play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The 32 teams will consist of the 24 national sides competing at FIBA EuroBasket 2017, as well as 8 of the 13 teams that have registered to play in the Pre-Qualifiers. The groups for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers are as follows:
Group A: Bosnia, Sweden, Slovakia, Armenia Group B: Netherlands, Austria, Albania Group C: Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo Group D: Belarus, Bulgaria, Portugal.
Following the six days of action, the top two teams from each group will earn their spot in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, with the first window taking place from 20-28 November 2017.The teams will play all other teams in their group on a home-and-away basis with all games taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 2 and 19 August 2017. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Executive Committee approves bidding process for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 - 10 months ago
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FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries [read more]
FIBA's Executive Committee convened a meeting on Tuesday 7 June, during which it approved the bidding process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. That edition of FIBA's flagship event has the potential to be the first organised by and staged in more than one territory after FIBA's Central Board came out in favour of receiving bids from multiple host countries. Moving forward with the process, FIBA will send requests for expression of interest to all of its national member federations this month. Those wishing to be taken into consideration must confirm their interest by 31 August. Following the Applicant Phase and the Candidate Phase, FIBA's Central Board will ultimately announce the host (s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at its end-of-year meeting in 2017. The Executive Committee received reports on the status of FIBA's regional offices. It gave the green light to the construction of new headquarters for FIBA Africa in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, while also approving the project of establishing operation offices of FIBA in Singapore to assist more directly the development of ASEAN countries. With regards to FIBA's new competition system, the Executive Committee was informed that all regional offices have taken part in workshops with national federations ahead of its implementation in 2017. In parallel, as part of the FIBA National Federations Long-Term Development programme, more than 100 national federations have been visited and this number will reach 150 by the end of the year. Following every visit, a customised development strategy is proposed to each national federation, with the aim of implementing concrete development tools/programmes in collaboration with the national basketball governing body concerned. The goal is to develop the national federations' event management capacities, marketing and communication skills - as well as the technical level of national teams and the necessary work with grassroots - in order to help them maximise the impact of their participation in the new competition system and achieve a sustainable long-term growth. Finally, the Executive Committee approved a process to replace Mr Xiao Tian (China) and Mrs Julia Anikeeva (Russia) as members of the FIBA Central Board. Courtesy of: fiba.com
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Ben... [read more]
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has released a 27-man preliminary list for the basketball event of the 2016 RIO Olympic Games.
The list obtained from the Secretariat of the Nigeria basketball body contain all twelve players that won the 2015 Afrobasket in Rades, Tunisia and fifteen new names.
The twelve players who made history in Rades, Tunisia are team captain Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide, Stanley Okoye and Michael Umeh.
Among the fifteen players outside the twelve gold-medal winners in 2015 in Tunisia with making a return to the Nigerian side while others are being called up for the first time as Nigeria looks for a better outing in RIO.
These fifteen with only two from the Nigerian domestic league includes, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell.
Nigeria head coach, Will Voigt promised to make history with Nigeria in RIO by ensuring that the team makes it out of the group stage of the Olympics.
Coach Voigt will be expected to bring his magic wand to bear as the African champion makes its second appearance at the basketball event of the Olympics having gone through a more tedious qualification to be at the London 2012 Games as they are paired against some of the World best in the game.
Ranked 25 in world Nigeria four known group-B opponents are in the top-ten bracket in the world ranking with Spain (2), Lithuania (3), Argentina (4) and host Brazil (9) as it await a fifth opponent who is to emerged from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Nigeria will open it RIO campaign against Argentina on August 7th, Lithuania on 9th, Spain on the 11th, the third nation that would emerged at the OQT on the 13th and host Brazil on the 15th.
The Nigerian side will open its preparation in July in the United States of America; the team will make a trip to China where it will participate in the Stankovic Cup and possible warm-up games against Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and the USA before moving to RIO on August 2nd.
Nigeria 27-player preliminary squad for RIO Olympics: Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu, Jamal Olasewere, 2015 Afrobasket stand-out and most valuable player - Chamberlain Oguchi, Benjamin Uzor, Michael Gbinije, Olaseni Lawal, Al-Farouk Aminu and brother Alade Aminu, Andy Ogide Stanley Okoye, Michael Umeh, Stanley Gumut, Abubakar Usman, Festus Ezeli, Ike Ofoegbu, Suleiman Braimoh, Ekene Ibekwe, Derrick Obasohan, Daniel Nwaelele, Josh Akognon,Mfon Udofia, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Ekpe Udoh and Folarin Campbell. Diogu Ikechukwu (204-C/F-83, college: Arizona St.)
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