Spain - Egypt 91-54 Spain cruised to their second straight victory in Group A. They knocked down Egypt for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) came back into the Spanish lineup and tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Spain set the tone early taking a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin at 18-point mark at the interval. Spain dominated throughout the second half coasting to the victory. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) had 14 points, while Pau Gasol added 12 points for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) responded with 16 points for Egypt.
Brazil - Iran 79-50 Brazil eased past Iran for the second consecutive victory in Granada. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points to pace well-balanced effort from Brazil. Iran eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening frame. But Brazil quickly shook off sloppiness in the second quarter and pulled ahead for a 40:24 halftime lead. The gap grew at 25-point mark at the end of the third term and cruised to the victory in the final period. Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82) delivered 11 points for Brazil. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) responded with 13 points for Iran as they dropped the second in a row.
Serbia - France 73-74 France came from behind in the second half to eventually edge Serbia fro the first victory in Spain. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace the winners. France and Serbia are now tied at 1-1 record in Group A. Serbia ensured a 42:34 halftime lead. But Les Bleus cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break. Serbia were still up by two with just over a minute left in regulation. But Boris Diaw and Joffrey Lauvergne came up with three points in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for France. Antoine Diot (192-PG-89) had 15 points for the winners. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia.
Philippines - Greece 70-82 Greece celebrated the second straight victory at the World Championship. They outgunned Philippines to remain perfect in Group B. Georgios Printezis (202-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Greece opened a 37:27 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Philippines picked up the tempo in the final frame scoring 25 points. But it was not enough to erase the deficit. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Philippines.
Senegal - Puerto Rico 82-75 Senegal shocked Puerto Rico for the first victory at the tournament. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Puerto Rico earned a 29:20 lead after the first period. But the Latin American team lost Carlos Arroyo to the ankle injury and it was a downfall from that moment on. Senegal pulled ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. They protected their lead to take a 5-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Senegal held on to their lead in the final stanza and sealed a historic victory. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) came up with 20 points for Senegal. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Puerto Rico.
Argentina - Croatia 85-90 Croatia hung on tough to beat Argentina for the second straight victory at the World Cup. The Croats sank 28 points in the first term to take an 8-point lead. Argentina got within 2 points at the interval. But Croatia responded with a 29:19 run in the third term to clear off. Argentina maintained the pressure throughout the final frame via a terrific game from Luis Scola (206-F/C-80). But Croatia held on to win the battle at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points each for the winners. Luis Scola responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Argentina.
Turkey - USA 77-98 Team USA struggled against ambitious Turkey in the first half but got things rolling in the second to post the second straight win in Bilbao. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) stepped up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The Ataman team gained a 40:35 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap at 6-point mark early in the third term. But Team USA finally picked up the tempo and dropped 31 points to take a 6-point lead at the final break. Team USA unloaded 32 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 19 points, while James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) provided 14 points for the winners. Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points for Turkey. Guler and Savas had 9 points each in the loss.
Finland - Ukraine 81-76 Finland left a woeful loss to the USA behind and came back with a convincing victory over Ukraine in Group C today. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Finnish team at 1-1 record. Ukraine ensured a 22:20 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by two points 37:35. But Finland took over in the third term. They pulled ahead for a double-digit lead. Ukraine stopped the rot to trail by five heading into the final frame. Finland opened a comfortable lead early in the fourth quarter. But Ukraine cut it back to just four before losing the clash at the end. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) nailed 14 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) responded with 24 points and 9 assists in the defeat.
Dominican Republic - New Zealand 76-63 Dominican Republic opened win count in Spain. They held off New Zealand to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) delivered 29 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Latin American team. The Tall Blacks secured a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Dominican Republic rebounded with a 20:11 run in the second term. The Tall Blacks pulled within a single point at the final intermission. But Dominican Republic triggered a 25:13 run in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) had 12 points for the winners. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) responded with 22 points for the Tall Blacks. Kirk Penney had 16 points in the defeat.
Lithuania - Angola 75-62 Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) leads Baltic side past Angola in Day 2 of the 2014 World Cup. He nailed 11 points and collected 13 rebounds in a 75-62 win. Lithuania improved to 2-0 record, while Angola fell at 1-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated as they posted victories in the openers. Lithuania grabbed a 23-22 lead in the first period and then added narrow 15-13 before the half-time. The third period was decisive in the game as the favorites needed a 25-14 surge to seal the victory. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) scored 12 points, while three other teammates added 9 each. Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) replied with 14 points in a loss and Olimpio Cipriano added 13. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev
Slovenia - Mexico 89-68 Slovenia went 2-0 in Group D following a comfortable win over Mexico. Dragic brothers were pivotal for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) topscored with 22 points, while Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) added 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Slovenia piled up a 46:37 halftime lead. The European team held Mexico to just 13 points in the third term to establish a 15-point lead at the final break. Slovenia dropped 24 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) responded with 23 points for Mexico.
South Korea - Australia 55-89 Australia thumped South Korea for the first victory at the tournament. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points to pace the Boomers. South Korea in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Australia led from start to finish in this one. They grabbed a 26:17 lead after ten minutes. Australia held their Asian opponents to just 12 points in the second term to take a 44:29 halftime lead. The Boomers eased to the victory in the second half. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90, college: N.Mexico) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) responded with 13 points for South Korea.
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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