Rightly or wrongly, there are few European ballers who generate as much hatred as Rudy Fernandez. The Real Madrid and Spain star took the ALS ice bucket challenge, meaning he’s managed to do some good for charity and give something to all of those people who dislike them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the knockout stages of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. If you are super late to the party, each of the 24 nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball is represented by a beer, we round them down using a format like the big one in Spain to decide the best. We had a rough Group A, a so-so Group B, an elite Group C, and a perfectly fine Group D. Now we’ve reached the business end of proceedings.
Yesterday Ozusjko, Admiral Benson, 8 Wired Superconductor DIPA, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA booked their places in the quarter finals. Today we find out who will join them in the elite eight. Here are the match-ups:
Al-Ahram Stella (Egypt) vs FIX (Greece)
Alhambra Reserva 1925 (Spain) vs Old Harbor Kofresi Stout (Puerto Rico)
Sinebrychoff Porter (Finland) vs Lasko Dark (Slovenia)
Efes Malt (Turkey) vs Little Creatures Pale Ale (Australia)
Time to turn 8 into 4…
He was the shield. The one thing that meant no matter what else happened, this tournament was elite. Withdrawals through injury, fatigue, or lack of interest have plagued the World Cup as they so often do. This edition however stood firm. It had its shining star, the man who could sell this tournament to casual fans irrespective or who stood beside or against him.
Kevin Durant isn’t just the reigning NBA MVP, he is universally regarded (at least by anyone whose surname isn’t Bryant) as one of the top two players in the game today. The US team still has star power, indeed superstar power in the form of James Harden and Derrick Rose, but Durant brought this roster’s profile to another level. Harden and Rose can carry the identity of a team. KD was the brand of the tournament.
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.
Qualified: Silver medal winners at FIBA Africa Championships, this is Egypt’s sixth appearance at a World Championship or World Cup.
Qualified: Winners of EuroBasket 2013, France finally got over the Gasol shaped hump last autumn.
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.
Qualified: Serbia took the last automatic qualification place at EuroBasket with a 7th place finish, Serbia finished fourth at the 2010 tournament.
Qualified: As hosts Spain qualified automatically but they also got the third spot at EuroBasket 2013.
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…
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.