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Morning Report – FIBA World Cup – Day 3

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.

It’s a rest day for the teams in Group C and all of the sides competing in Bilbao have opted to hold closed practice sessions.

Finland’s fans are paying for their celebrations this morning, at least that’s the scene from my flat where the two staying with me are very much the worse for wear after an historic win for the Susijengi over Ukraine on Sunday. With the party carrying on well into the early hours, the chance for a break before they play Dominican Republic on Tuesday will be appreciated.

That clash on Tuesday will present Finland with a big challenge as Dominican Republic saw off a New Zealand team on Sunday whose style isn’t all that far removed from the approach taken by the Finns. The Tall Blacks looked out on their feet at the end of that loss and will have to think carefully about how seriously they wish to take the game with USA on Tuesday with two more games to come in the subsequent days.

The USA will look to Monday as a chance to get rid of some of the rust that plagued them throughout their game with Turkey before taking the floor once again. Turkey, who delivered their best performance since the last World Cup, will be full of confidence this morning as they prepare to take on a Ukraine team that lost the psychological war with Finland on Sunday.

Aug
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AUDIO: Mike Fratello on Finland, Turkey, and Mykhailiuk

Mike Fratello spoke with the media after Ukraine’s 81-76 defeat at the hands of Finland on Sunday. He reflected on the game and looked ahead to Tuesday’s clash with Turkey.

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BiE asked Fratello after the press conference to give his thoughts on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the youngest player at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and one who had a big impact on this game.

Aug
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VIDEO: Fratello and Jeter react to Ukraine’s loss to Finland

Ukraine coach Mike Fratello and point guard Pooh Jeter react to their 81-76 defeat to Finland on Sunday at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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Aug
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VIDEO: Shawn Huff on Finland’s resilience to bounce backl


Shawn Huff tells the media how Finland bounced back from their heavy loss to the USA to beat Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
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Aug
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VIDEO: Erik Murphy praises Finnish fans after win over Ukraine


Erik Murphy gave his thoughts on Finland’s 81-76 win over Ukraine and expressed his gratitude to the Susijengi supporters while speaking to the media after the game.
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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
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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
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VIDEO: Pooh Jeter after Ukraine’s win over Dominican Republic


Pooh Jeter was being hurried back to the dressing room after Ukraine’s 72-62 win over Dominican Republic but he stopped just long enough in the mixed zone to give some interesting thoughts. He did come back, the audio of his return is in our report from earlier.

Aug
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FIBA World Cup: Third quarter surge sees Ukraine past Dominican Republic 72-62

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It was an ugly shooting display from Ukraine in the first half the opening game of Group C at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball but their D stood strong before the calvary arrived as they defeated Dominican Republic in Bilbao. Emmet Ryan reports from the scene.

This wasn’t a pretty game of basketball that was essentially saved from being a slugfest by three minutes or so of utter dominance by Ukraine early the second half.

Oleksander Lypovy took the honours of scoring Ukraine’s first ever points in a World Cup match with an early three, Pooh Jeter quickly followed up with another and he signalled his intent with a turn to the small but vocal group of Ukrainian supporters. The nerves on both sides was obvious. Sloppy passes, lax steps out of bounds, and needles fouls. Jeter however was calm as they come, driving through the lane midway through the frame for a powerful lay-up. Victor Liz responded in similar fashion, taking a bump but making a bucket. Turnovers were frequent, most of them unforced, and Ukraine suffered the worst of it. Juan Coronado gave the Dominican Republic their first lead of the game off a quick steal but no-one was going to open this game up in the opening 10 minutes. Orlando Sanchez ensured they kept that lead going into Q2 with a jumper on the buzzer to make it 13-12 to Dominican Republic at the end of the first.
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Aug
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It’s Jet-er not Jee-ter, watch Pooh get ready for the World Cup


Pooh Jeter has just dropped a fascinating video about his preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. The Ukraine point guard talks about his excitement at helping Ukraine make history by qualifying, the chance to play against his homeland USA in Bilbao, his team mates and coach Mike ‘The Czar’ Fratello, how his career path led him to declare for Ukraine, his Olympic gold medal winning sister Carmelita, and shows what he did in training to get ready for the biggest competition of his life.

The video is 12 minutes long and worth watching all the way through. Remember you can watch all of the games at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup at LiveBasketball.tv. You can subscribe by clicking on the banner below.

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