Aug
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FIBA World Cup: Three-point barrage sees Finland past Ukraine 81-76

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The boys with the banner may have been a touch over-confident but Ukraine knew they were entering the lion’s den on Sunday as once more Bilbao became Helsinki South. A third quarter barrage by Finland put Mike Fratello’s charges in a deep hole. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk led a spirited comeback but the Finns stood tall and hung on through the fourth to take their first win of the World Cup. Emmet Ryan was on the scene.

The tone was set early. This place was loud and it was pro Finland. Shawn Huff three. Place erupts. Ukraine stopped on next possession. Place gets louder. Another score for the Finns. The seats rattle. It took a Pooh Jeter score to end a solid minute of Finnish fury in the stands. Far more importantly, Huff made a second three, and then a third, to force Mike Fratello to call a timeout. If the Finns were going to pull the upset here they needed threes and steals from the off. Whereas on Saturday he was stoic until the final frame, the Ukraine coach was already geeing up his players early in this one. The atmosphere was hostile, Jeter stared down Sasu Salin with with a wall of Susijengi behind him. Jeter cuts, drives, bucket and the foul. Sergii Glady and Oleksandr Lypovyy took the hint and made threes to give Ukraine’s offence the lift it needed. Jeter then found Gladyr outside for another three but he went down hard without contact. At the end of the first Ukraine had survived the early surge to take a 22-20 lead.

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Aug
0

Highlights: FIBA World Cup Top 5 – Day 1


We’re only covering the games in Bilbao this week so keeping track of every highlight is a challenge. FIBA’s channel fortunately has kept us up to speed. Check out the top five plays from Day 1 of the action across Spain in the video above.
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Aug
0

VIDEO: Thomas Abercrombie reacts to New Zealand’s loss to Dominican Republic


Thomas Abercrombie speaks to the media after New Zealand fell 76-63 to Dominican Republic, to fall to 0-2 in Group C of the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
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Aug
0

VIDEO: New Zealand coach Nenad Vucinic reacts to 76-63 loss to Dominican Republic


New Zealand coach Nenad Vucinic expresses his disappointment after New Zealand suffered their second straight defeat at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
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Aug
0

VIDEO: Mika Vukona reacts to New Zealand’s loss to Dominican Republic


Mika Vukona talks about how foul trouble affected his game in New Zealand’s 76-63 loss to Dominican Republic at the FIBA World Cup.

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Aug
0

FIBA World Cup: Garcia guides Dominican Republic past New Zealand 76-63

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Day 2 of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Bilbao began with a clash of Day 1 losers. Emmet Ryan reports from what turned out to be a shootout between Francisco Garcia and Thomas Abercrombie.

The Dominican Republic promised to threaten New Zealand with with their speed and delivered by forcing the pace where possible. Having been the smaller outfit on Saturday, the Kiwis were forced to change to a more physically imposing game in this match-up but they still found room to showcase the finer points of their game. In the end however Francisco Garcia’s 31 points led the Dominicans to a crucial victory.

Thomas Abercrombie gave New Zealand the perfect start as he racked up 13 of their 16 points the first 10 minutes on 5 of 7 shooting. Dominican Republic however were able to keep up with the pace early on the back of a more balanced offence. Crucially, second chance opportunities broke the DR’s way more and that allowed them to just two points down before entering the second frame. That was when Francisco Garcia stepped up in style, scoring 11 points and going 5 of 5 in the quarter . With Jack Martinez his primary source of support, Dominican Republic pushed ahead into a 34-27 lead at the half.

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Aug
0

Morning Report – FIBA World Cup – Day 2

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We’re in Bilbao throughout the group stages giving you the scene on the ground here ahead of the day’s games. Emmet Ryan brings you up to speed with what you need to know.

New Zealand and Dominican Republic take the floor in just under an hour for the first of today’s games and the Tall Blacks know they are in for a different type of challenge. Casey Frank told reporters he expects speed to be the big threat today and how New Zealand cope with that will go a long way towards determining the result.

The mood around the Ukraine supporters is extremely cautious. Yesterday they took car of business but today’s clash with Finland is massive for both sides. Finland got demolished by the USA last night but their supporters rocked the arena all night and they could be a big factor when the teams square off later.

Finally the USA takes on Turkey tonight in a game where DeMar DeRozan and Mason Plumlee have points to prove. DeRozan was quiet for the bulk of Saturday’s win over Finland while Plumlee was irked by a question about his place on the Team USA roster last night.

Aug
5

VIDEO: Mason Plumlee wants you to know he earned his spot on the USA roster


Mason Plumlee spoke to reporters in the mixed zone after tonight’s 114-54 win for USA over Finland. One journalist asked him about the criticisms that he was on the roster because of his links to Duke and Nike. Plumlee was polite but far from delighted with the question and he gave his thoughts on the matter in the video above.

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Aug
0

VIDEO: Anthony Davis gives his thoughts on USA’s win over Finland

Anthony Davis address media in the mixed zone after the USA’s 114-54 rout of Finland on the opening day of the FIBA World Cup iof Basketball.

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Aug
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VIDEO: Derrick Rose reacts to USA’s big win over Finland


Derrick Rose of team USA addresses press in the mixed zone after their 114-54 rout of Finland on the opening day of the FIBA World Cup.

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