Aug
0

Q&A with Alex Krstanovic on the Belgrade Trophy

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The 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball warm-up games continued apace at the weekend. Serbia, Argentina, Turkey, and Puerto Rico all played in the Belgrade Trophy. We asked Alex Krstanovic, chief editor of Sportska Centrala, for his thoughts on the four teams involved.

BallinEurope:Serbia were hosting, how did they look over the two days?
Alex Krstanovic: Serbia looked quite good, but it was obvious we lack a real playmaker (such as Teodosic) and another good shooter such as Nedovic. My personal question is whether the Serbian team has peaked a bit too early in its physical form. It was obvious in today’s game that the players held the rhythm for all of 40 minutes, which is usually not the case in preparation games and 2 weeks before the tournament even starts.
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Aug
0

Highlights: USA win gold, Serbia take bronze at FIBA U17s


Saturday saw the climax of the 2014 FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men with the USA beating Australia 99-92 in an exciting gold medal game. Tournament MVP Malik Newman had a double-double as the USA claimed its third straight title at this grade.
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Aug
0

FIBA U17: USA complete three-peat with 99-92 win over Australia

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Australia came out playing far smarter basketball. Looking calm and confident, the Aussies were far slicker moving the ball around and had no trouble creating opening shots. Tom Wilson and Dejan Vasiljevic were particularly impressive with their movement inside and out to keep the American defence honest. After trading buckets early, Australia ran out into a 17-7 lead which they thoroughly deserved from the early exchanges. The USA called a time out to calm things down and the switch in play became immediately obvious.
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Aug
0

Highlights: USA and Australia book their places in FIBA U17 final

The FIBA Under 17 World Championship for men final is a re-match of the 2012 decider as the United States take on Australia. The USA were pushed hard for half the game by Serbia in Friday’s first semi-final but Diamand Stone (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Josh Jackson (8 points, 11 rebounds) kept their bid for a three-peat on track as they eventually ran out 89-68 winners.
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Aug
0

Josh Jackson did this, good luck everybody

FIBA are unfortunately a touch slow at doling out the highlights from the knockout stages of the World Under 17 championships. For those of you out of the loop, the United States were pushed hard before pulling away from Serbia in the first of today’s quarter finals. We don’t have a clip from that 89-68 victory but we can show you what Josh Jackson did in the previous round against China.
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Aug
0

Basketball World Cup of Beer: Round 2 – Part 1

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We’ve reached the knockout stages of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. The 24 nations from each of the nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball are each represented by a beer. Now only 16 remain. Today we’ll see 8 of those become 4 in our first set of second round match-ups. Here are the pairings.

Zajecarsko (Serbia) vs Ozujsko (Croatia)
Admiral Benson (France) vs Quilmes Cristal (Argentina)
8 Wired Superconductor DIPA (New Zealand) vs DOA IPA (Mexico)
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA (USA) vs Volfas Engleman Rinktinis (Lithuania)

Now to find our quarter finalists…
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Aug
0

Giannis Antetokounmpo impressing in Greek NT debut


The Greek Freak didn’t beat the buzzer on this play but Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks showed a touch of brilliance with this nice move in his national team debut for Greece in a World Cup warm-up game against Serbia.

h/t Eurohoops.

Aug
2

FIBA World Cup preview – Group A

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We’re going group by group with our preview of what you need to know to enjoy the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

The teams:
Brazil
Qualified: One of four wild cards in the tournament, Brazil had a nightmare Tournament of the Americas…mainly because they knew they were getting a wild card so didn’t send a strong team to Venezuela.

Egypt
Qualified: Silver medal winners at FIBA Africa Championships, this is Egypt’s sixth appearance at a World Championship or World Cup.

France
Qualified: Winners of EuroBasket 2013, France finally got over the Gasol shaped hump last autumn.

Iran
Qualified: Winners of the FIBA Asia Championships, Iran will be playing in their second World Cup after going 1-4 in group play in 2010.

Serbia
Qualified: Serbia took the last automatic qualification place at EuroBasket with a 7th place finish, Serbia finished fourth at the 2010 tournament.

Spain
Qualified: As hosts Spain qualified automatically but they also got the third spot at EuroBasket 2013.
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Aug
3

Basketball World Cup of Beer – Group A

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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
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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