Aug
0

Dmitry Krivenko delivers a dominant dunk at Beijing 3×3

That right there is Ukraine’s Dmitry ‘Smoove’ Krivenko taking your dreams, lifting them high, and dropping them back to Earth with violent authority. Krivenko delivered the dunk at the FIBA Beijing Masters 3×3.

Check out Krivenko’s dunk and the rest of the highlights of the dunk contest in the video below.

h/t Dime Mag.

Aug
1

Basketball World Cup of Beer – Group B

BWCB Opening Ceremony
We continue the first round of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer with Group B today. After France cantered to top spot in Group A yesterday, here’s hoping for a higher standard of competition.

On second thoughts, don’t get your hopes up too high. Today we’re going through Group B and, ummm, well at least there are no non-alcoholic beers this time. Here are the six beers vying for four spots in the knockout stages…
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Aug
3

Basketball World Cup of Beer – Group A

BWCB Opening Ceremony
It’s time for the first round of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. The format is simple, every nation in the FIBA World Cup is represented by a beer, most of which have been selected by you the BiE faithful. We’re running each of these beers off in a tournament to decide which nation heading to Spain has the best beer.

Today it’s Group A. We will grade the six beers from the six nations with the top four progressing. First, we’ve got to take you through the six beers…
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Aug
1

Mykhailiuk, Agva, and Obst impress in Sofia

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While the eyes of the continent were on the A division of the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championship in Konya, there was plenty of top talent on display at the B division in Sofia. We spoke with Bulgarian journalist Maria Mitsova, of Gong.bg, to get her thoughts on the top players and the host nation’s aspiring young players.

BallinEurope: What have you made of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s performance through the tournament?
Maria Mitsova: Obviously Svyat was the hype factor of the tournament. Basketball people in Bulgaria have been quite excited to see him play right before going to NCAA. I honestly, have only seen a few minutes of him on tape before this tournament, so I was eager to see what the hype was all about. Then I watched one of Ukraine’s games, and almost didnt miss another. That guy has real potential, amazingly athletic, his speed and body construction are superb. Obviously, he is offensive force, but he knows about defense as well, whenever he wants to do it.
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Aug
0

Coach Weldon gives his final thoughts from FIBA Europe U18s

James Weldon UL Huskies
James Weldon, who has coached UL Huskies to the last three Irish women’s titles, was in Konya for FECC and the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championships. After the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday evening, we asked Coach Weldon for his final thoughts on the competition.
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Aug
0

Highlights: Turkey secure back to back titles at FIBA Europe U18s


Turkey became the first team since Yugoslavia in 1986 and 1988 to win consecutive titles at the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championships. The home side, buoyed on by a raucous crowd in Konya, topped Serbia 85-68 in Sunday’s final. The victory also makes Turkey the first nation since Spain in 2011 to win the European Under 18 and Under 20 titles in the same year. Egumen Guven was named MVP and here’s the team of the tournament.

And for the final time this week, meanwhile in Sofia…
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Aug
0

Highlights: Croatia take bronze, Finland promoted at FIBA Europe U18s


Croatia won the bronze medal match at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championship with a 75-71 win over Greece. Much like their semi-final with Serbia, the Greeks didn’t lack grit but Croatia had too much quality in the end. Marko Arapovic had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Dragan Bender had 14 points and 10 assists for the victors.
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Aug
1

Highlights: Turkey stun Croatia 74-67, Germany promoted

Turkey will get their shot at winning back-to-back FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s titles after beating Croatia 74-67 in front of 7,000 fans in Konya. A win for Turkey against Serbia on Sunday would make it the first time since 2011 that the same nation won the Under 20 and Under 18 titles in the same year along with the first time a nation won back to back Under 18 crowns since Yugoslavia in 1986 and 1988.

James Weldon, in town for the FECC had the best take on this one:
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Aug
0

Highlights: Serbia overcome Greece 60-55, Ukraine promoted

Serbia outlasted a gritty Greek team in the first of Saturday’s FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s semi finals. Neither team did well from beyond the arc but Radovan Djokovic’s pair of treys gave Serbia some breathing room in the fourth before Greece rallied. The victory secured Serbia’s place in the final for the first time since 2011.
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Aug
0

Get to know Dragan Bender

16 year old Dragan Bender has taken social media by storm with his impressive displays for the Croatian national team at the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championships. Bender spoke to FIBA earlier this week and it’s worth watching before Croatia take on Turkey in today’s semi-finals.

Bender, who has a 7 year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv with a NBA out after 4 years, is 2.11m tall and has averaged 15.1 points 11.3 rebounds and 4.4 assits per game in these championships.

For another view on Bender, check out BiE’s interview with Coach James Weldon who saw the Croatian sensation in action earlier this week.