Iran - Spain 60-90 Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) had 33 points and 8 rebounds as Spain cruised past Iran in the first game at the home World Cup. Spain unloaded 27 points in the first frame to grab a 9-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 48:33 halftime advantage. The hosts kept Iran at distance throughout the third quarter. Spain entered the fourth period up by 20 points. They sparked with a 20:10 run in the final stanza to seal a comfortable victory. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) netted 12 points in the victory. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) responded with 18 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat.
France - Brazil 63-65 Brazil overcame France in Granada in Day 1 of the 2014 World Cup. Brazil came behind after a slow start and finished with a narrow 65-63 win. France started better and posted an 18-11 lead at the start of the game. Brazil however dominated the rest of the game and managed to open their winning account. Brazil responded with a 17-8 run in the second frame and added an 18-15 rally in the third quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) scored for 60:53 lead with less than two minutes to go to secure the victory for his side. Antoine Diot however reduced to the minimum at the end of the game, while Marquinhos Vieira brought the final result in the game from the free throw line. Marcelinho Huertas led the way with 16 points and Marquinhos Vieira scored 10. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) netted 15 points for the European side and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) ended up with 13. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev
Egypt - Serbia 64-85 Serbia got to the winning start of their World Cup campaign. They toppled Egypt in the opener in Granada. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 15 points to pace the European team. Serbia went on a 21:13 run in the first period. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Serbia piled up a 43:31 halftime lead. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Egypt stopped the bleeding in the fourth period. They outgunned Serbia but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) finished with 13 points, while Kalinic and Bircevic had 11 points each for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) responded with 12 points for Egypt. Amr Abdelhalim netted 11 points in the loss.
Greece - Senegal 87-64 Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Greece past Senegal in the opening game at the World Cup. It was rather a one-way traffic throughout the encounter. The Hellenes dominated right from the start. They ensured an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 28-point mark at the interval 45:17. Senegal slowed their opponents a bit in the third term. However Greece still led by 28 points at the final intermission. Senegal dropped 28 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) netted 13 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 11 points for Greece. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Senegal. Badji provided 14 points in the defeat.
Puerto Rico - Argentina 75-98 Argentina experienced little problems en route to the opening victory at the World Cup in Spain. They outmuscled Puerto Rico in the first game in Group B. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) posted 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Argentina unloaded 27 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead. Puerto Rico slowed their opponents down in the second term. They pulled within 7 points at the interval 38:45. But Argentina responded with a 24:11 run in the third term to clear off. Argentina dropped 29 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Andres Nocioni (201-SF-79) and Safar had 18 points apiece for Argentina. Jose Juan Barea (183-PG-84, college: Northeastern) responded with 24 points for Puerto Rico. Balkman had 10 points in the loss.
Croatia - Philippines 81-78 OT Croatia and Philippines went an extra distance before deciding on the winner in the exciting clash in Sevilla today. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) unloaded 26 points to pace the European team. Croatia got to a comfortable start. They ensured a 23:9 lead after the first period. But Philippines picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Asian team responded with a 22:14 run to cut the deficit. Croatia maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They entered the third period up by 8 points. But Philippines denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a three-point lead late in regulation. However Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) drained a crucial three-pointer to level things up. Saric put Croatia back in front but Jayson Castro answered with a jumper to force overtime. Croatia used all of their experience in the extra period to snatch a tough three-point win at the end. Krunoslav Simon delivered 12 points, while Dario Saric added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 28 points and 12 rebounds for Philippines. Chan had 17 points in the loss.
USA - Finland 114-55 Team USA got to a perfect start of their World Cup campaign. They thumped Finland in Bilbao. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Team USA tossed in 31 points in the opening frame to take 15-point lead. Finland struggled offensively throughout the second quarter. They scored just 2 points to trail by as many as 42 points at halftime 18:60. Team USA dropped 29 points in the third term to record a 50-point lead before the fourth frame. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) finished with 17 points, while Derrick Rose added 12 points in the win. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) and Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 12 points each for Finland.
New Zealand - Turkey 73-76 Turkey opened win count at the World Cup in Spain. They overcame New Zealand in the opening game for both teams in Group C. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) stepped up with 16 points to pace the Turkish team. It was never an easy one for Turkey. The Tall Blacks grabbed 17:8 lead after the first period. They stayed in charge throughout the second term. The Tall Blacks established a 38:28 halftime advantage. But Turkey picked up the tempo coming off the long break. They dropped 24 points in the third term to pull within 4 points. Oguz Savas scored four points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Turkey in the final four minutes of regulation and they got away with the victory. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14 points, while Hersek added 11 points in the win. Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) responded with 22 points for New Zealand. Loe had 11 points in the defeat.
Ukraine - Dominican Republic 72-62 Ukraine recorded the first victory at the 2014 World Cup. They debuted with a tough victory over Dominican Republic in Bilbao. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. It was a nervous start for both teams in the first period. Ukraine opened a 6:0 lead early in the encounter but Dominican Republic bounced back to take a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine erased the deficit in the second quarter. They tied things up at 27 after twenty minutes. Ukraine got to a 14:0 start in the second half. Dominican Republic stopped the rot with a pair of triples from Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville). Dominican Republic finished the quarter trailing by 8 points. Ukraine kept Dominican Republic at distance throughout the fourth frame. Mishula and Zaytsev gave Ukraine a double-digit lead late in regulation as they rolled to the victory. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Gladyr added 12 points for the winners. Francisco Garcia responded with 18 points for Dominican Republic. Sosa had 11 points in the loss.
Mexico - Lithuania 74-87 Lithuania earned the first victory at the World Cup in Spain. They outscored Mexico in Group D in Gran Canaria today. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) provided 19 points to pace the Baltic team. Mexico got to a brisk start. They shot accurately to account for 27 points in the first period. Mexico posted a 5-point lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents in the second quarter. They pulled ahead for a 45:41 halftime lead. Lithuania shifted the gear in the third term. They opened a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Mexico tried to put up a comeback rally in the final stanza but Lithuania protected the lead well and secured the winning outcome. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) had 17 points, while Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) added 15 points for the winners. Cruz answered with 21 points for Mexico. Gutierrez had 13 points in the loss.
Australia - Slovenia 80-90 Slovenia celebrated the opening victory at the World Cup. They toppled Australia in the opening game in Spain. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) came up with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Slovenia built a 27:19 lead after the opening frame. The Boomers cut the distance in the second frame. Australia pulled within 6 points at halftime 43:49. But Slovenia stayed strong throughout the third term. They maintained the lead to enter the final stanza up by 9 points. Slovenia dropped 21 points in the final period and secured the winning outcome. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) had 13 points, while Balazic and Zoran Dragic delivered 10 points each in the victory. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Aussies. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 14 points in the loss.
Angola - South Korea 80-69 Angola clinched the first victory at the 2014 World Cup. They outgunned South Korea in the opener. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) and Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) stepped up with 16 points each for the African powerhouse. Angola set the tone early in the game. They held South Korea to just 6 points in the first period and jumped at 10-point lead. Angola kept South Korea at bay throughout the second term. The African team ensured a 36:18 halftime advantage. The Koreans improved offensively in the third term. They unloaded 30 points in the period and pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Angola dropped 28 point in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Mingas had 14 points for Angola. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) answered with 15 points for South Korea. Dong-Geun Yang netted 11 points in the defeat.
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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