Spain - France 88-64 Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace Spain past France in Granada today. Spain registered the fourth consecutive victory at the home championship. Spain earned a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The hosts extended the lead to 10 points at the interval 44:34. Spain stayed in charge throughout the third term. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory at the end. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) posted 15 points for the winners. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) and Antoine Diot (192-PG-89) responded with 11 points apiece for France.
Serbia - Brazil 73-81 Brazil wasted a massive 16-point halftime lead in the third term but managed to pull themselves together in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough victory over Serbia in the fourth round of Group A action at the World Cup. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Brazil led by 16 points at the interval. They lost all of their lead and trailed by four heading into the fourth stanza. But they went on a 21:9 run in the fourth period and secured a tough victory at the end. Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82) had 16 points, while Splitter added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Serbia. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) had 11 points in the loss.
Egypt - Iran 73-88 Iran opened the win count at the World Cup. The Asian team defeated Egypt to snap three-game losing skid in Spain. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Iran opened a comfortable 12-point lead after the first period. Egypt cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval. But Iran unleashed 40 points in the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the winners. Youssef Shousha (192-G/F-93) responded with 15 points for Egypt.
Greece - Croatia 76-65 Greece remained perfect at the 2014 World Cup. They knocked down Croatia to improve at 4-0 record in Group B. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 14 points to pace the winners. Greece eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. But they went on a 20:9 run in the second term to take a 36:23 halftime lead. Croatia tried hard to return into the contest in the second half but Greece kept a firm grip on their lead as they marched to yet another victory in Seville. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) provided 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 10 points in the loss.
Senegal - Argentina 46-81 Argentina routed Senegal en route to the third victory in Group B. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) orchestrated the victory scoring 22 points and pulling down 14 rebounds for the winners. Argentina opened a 41:24 halftime lead. Senegal pulled within 15 points at the final intermission. But the Latin American team followed with a 28:8 run in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Walter Herrmann (203-F-79) knocked down 11 points for Argentina. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Senegal.
Philippines - Puerto Rico 73-77 Jose Juan Barea (183-PG-84, college: Northeastern) dropped 30 points to pace Puerto Rico to the first victory at the World Cup. They outlasted Philippines for 1-3 record. Philippines ensured a comfortable 25:13 lead after the first period. But Puerto Rico triggered a 48:32 run in the next two periods to pull ahead. They limited Philippines to just 16 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory at the end. David Huertas and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) accounted for 13 points each for Puerto Rico. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Philippines. Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) had 18 points in the defeat.
Dominican Republic - USA 71-106 Team USA registered the fourth consecutive victory at the World Cup in Spain. They trounced Dominican Republic in Bilbao tonight. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Team USA led by just three points after the opening quarter. But they used a 31:19 run in the second period to open a 56:41 halftime lead. The USA followed with a 50-point effort in the second half to seal the victory. DeMarcus Cousins delivered 13 points, while Demar DeRozan (201-F/G-89, college: USC) added 11 points for the winners. Victor Liz (188-SG-88, agency: Duran International) responded with 15 points for Dominican Republic. Edward Santana (203-F-80) had 11 points in the loss.
New Zealand - Ukraine 73-61 New Zealand injected life in their World Cup campaign with a crucial victory over Ukraine. Kirk Penney stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Tall Blacks. New Zealand overcame a one-point deficit after the starting quarter to gain a 36:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark at the final intermission. New Zealand went on a 20:16 rally in the fourth term and ensured a comfortable victory at the end. Everard Bartlett accounted for 14 points, while Corey Webster (188-G-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lambuth) added 11 points for the Tall Blacks. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points for Ukraine. Eugene Jeter had 14 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the defeat.
Turkey - Finland 77-73 OT Turkey recorded the second victory at the World Cup. They outlasted Finland in an overtime thriller to improve at 2-2 record. Omer Asik (213-C-86) stepped up with 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Turkish team. Akyol drained a triple with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) teamed up for 9 points for Turkey in the extra period and sealed the victory. Emir Preldzic had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) added 12 points for the winners. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 17 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (192-G-91) had 15 points in the loss.
Lithuania - South Korea 79-49 Lithuania recovered well after the loss to Australia and defeated South Korea for the third victory in Group D today. Adas Juskevicius (194-SG-89) came up with 20 points to pace the Baltic team. South Korea gave the Lithuanian team an early scare taking a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Europeans responded with a 22:10 run in the second quarter. Lithuania went on an 18:4 run in the third term to clear off for good. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 15 points for South Korea. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) netted 12 points in the defeat.
Mexico - Australia 62-70 Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 21 points to pace Australia past Mexico in the fourth round of action in Group D. Australia therefore improved at 3-1 record in the standings. The teams traded baskets throughout close first half. Australia led by a single point at the interval 33:32. But the Boomers went off the dressing room with a mission. They went on a 26:13 run in the third term and cleared off. Mexico slowed their opponents in the fourth period and cut the deficit but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Valparaiso) had 12 points for the Boomers. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) had 10 points each in the loss.
Slovenia - Angola 93-87 Slovenia handled pesky Angola for the fourth consecutive victory at the World Cup in Spain. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) nailed 17 points as Slovenia remained on top of Group D. Slovenia unloaded 44 points in the first half but led by just one point at the interval. Angola answered with a 23:21 run in the third term to pull in front. But Slovenia came back strong in the fourth frame. They dropped 28 points and sealed the winning outcome. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) recorded 14 points for Slovenia. Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) banked 21 points for Angola. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) had 20 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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