Finland - Dominican Republic 68-74 Dominican Republic celebrated the second straight win in Group C of the World Cup. They outgunned Finland for 2-1 record. Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky) finished with 18 points and 13 boards to pace the Latin American team. Finland fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Dominican Republic secured a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Dominican Republic took a 41:32 halftime advantage. They kept Finland at bay throughout the third term. Orlando Antigua team entered the final stanza up by 10 points. Finland pulled within three late in the game but Dominican Republic stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 16 points in the win. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 23 points and 9 assists for Finland. Mikko Koivisto (194-SG-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Lee had 8 points each in the loss.
Ukraine - Turkey 64-58 Ukraine prove high ambitions with win over Turkey at the 2014 World Cup. In Day 3 Ukraine gained a 64-58 victory and improved to 2-1 record in Group C. Both teams nailed 13 points each in the first period and then Turkey pated the same amount of points in the second frame to take a 26-25 half-time advantage. Ukraine meanwhile looked better at the second half. The latter won the third period 16-13 and then due to a great percentage of the three-pointers added a final 23-19 rally in the last quarter. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Zaytsev added 12. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) followed them with 10 points, while Oleksandr Lypovyy notched 7. Omer Asik (213-C-86) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 14. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev
USA - New Zealand 98-71 Team USA celebrated the third straight victory at the World Cup. Mike Krzyzewski team rolled past New Zealand to stay perfect in Group C. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) delivered 21 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. New Zealand suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Team USA dropped 27 points in the first frame and opened a 7-point lead. They added 30 points in the second term to secure a 22-point halftime advantage. The Tall Blacks lived up to the challenge in the third quarter. They outscored Team USA 19:18 to cut the deficit. But the North American team did not allow the Tall Blacks any closer in the fourth frame posting 23 points and sealing the victory. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden added 13 points in the victory. BJ Anthony (198-F-88) responded with 11 points for New Zealand. Everard Bartlett had 9 points in the loss.
Angola - Mexico 55-79 Mexico opened win count at the World Cup. They outgunned Angola for 1-2 record in Group D. Hector Hernandez (206-PF-85, college: Fresno St.) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Angola slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Things were going Angolan way in the first period. The African powerhouse gained a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Mexico tuned in pretty quickly. They held Angola to 15 points in the second period and pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime advantage. Mexico made a decisive run in the third term. They went on a 21:10 rally in the period to secure a 12-point lead at the final break. Angola could not recover conceding a 10:22 blow in the fourth term. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Francisco Cruz added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Vander Joaquim (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Hawaii) and Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) responded with 13 points each for Angola.
South Korea - Slovenia 72-89 Slovenia stayed on the winning track in Spain. They outgunned South Korea for 3-0 record in Group D. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) accounted for 22 points in the victory. South Korea got to an energetic start. They eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia denied the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. Slovenia unloaded 30 points in the third term. They grabbed a 70:56 advantage before the final stanza. South Korea scored just 16 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) netted 14 points, while Zoran Dragic and Alen Omic added 13 points each for the winning side. Lee Jong-Hyun (206-C-94) responded with 12 points for South Korea. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) delivered 8 points each in the loss.
Australia - Lithuania 82-75 Australia clinched the second victory in Group D. They defeated Lithuania to catch up with the Baltic team in the ladder. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Boomers. Australia got to a perfect start. They silenced the Lithuanian supporters in the first half. Australia unloaded 30 points in the opening quarter to open a 10-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Australia ensured a 47:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania finally found their rhythm in the third quarter. They dropped 28 points and pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Maciulius opened the final term with a three-pointer to put Lithuania within three. But Australia held a firm grip on the lead and raced to the victory at the end. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) produced 14 points, while Matthew Dellavedova had 13 points for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85) responded with 21 points for Lithuania. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had 14 points in the loss.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Pre-Qualifiers groups confirmed - 3 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 - 9 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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