TUTO MARCHAND CUP - 8-27-15
Canada have warmed up for the FIBA Americas Championship with a title after romping to glory at the Tuto Marchand Cup. There was some bad news however, as a joint decision of the Municipality of San Juan and FIBA, saw the final day of competition (Thursday) cancelled beacuse of weather conditions and the imminent passage of tropical storm Erica through Puerto Rico. The Canadians, who earlier this summer hosted the Pan American Games in Toronto and finished runners-up to Brazil, beat hosts Puerto Rico, 78-72. Andrew Wiggins, who made his senior team bow at the tournament, led Canada with 20 points as they won for the fourth time in as many games.
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The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics came a bit closer into view for Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia as they each opened their AfroBasket 2015 campaign on a winning note on Wednesday in Rades. There is only one automatic spot for Africans for next year's Games and Egypt - who had a poor start to the tournament a couple of years ago - made sure to start strong demolishing Gabon 96-49 in Group C's first game of the day.
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Spain beat Venezuela in their fourth friendly game ahead of EuroBasket 2015 thanks to a narrow 82-80 scoreline. A Felipe Reyes tip in clinched a win for Spain in the final second and capped off a wonderful performance by the Real Madrid captain: the top marksman in the encounter with 16 points and a PIR of 24. Rudy also played an important role by chipping in with 13 points, 7 rebounds and a PIR of 21. Llull (8 points), Sergio Rodríguez (5) and Hernangómez (2) also participated in the victory.
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NBA DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE - 8-28-15
The NBA Development League is not only a breeding ground for future NBA players, but for future NBA coaches, as well. In fact, more than 40 coaches currently on NBA staffs began their careers in the NBA D-League, including head coaches Dave Joerger (Dakota Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies) and Quin Snyder (Austin Spurs, Utah Jazz). The focus on development on the sideline leads to significant turnover in head coaching positions each year as coaches earn promotions or teams opt to go in new directions. . . . . . . .Here’s a look at the head coaches who have been hired thus far during the 2015 offseason (NBA parent club in parentheses):
RUSSIA - 8-25-15
Renowned Russian basketball player Andrey Kirilenko has been unanimously elected as president of the Russian basketball Federation. The Russian sports icon is expected to solve many problems in Russian basketball which have even led to sanctions of FIBA. “That is very exciting… It’s a great challenge for me. I will do my best to make our basketball strong,” Kirilenko told the Russian sport website championat.com. He was the only candidate in the elections because his only competition, Dmitri Domani, refused to participate. “I cannot influence other candidates. I am really happy that our elite has made this choice,” Kirilenko said, commenting on the situation.
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NBA D-LEAGUE EXPANSION DRAFT - 8-20-15
Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, have selected the rights to 16 players in the 2015 NBA Development League Expansion Draft. The team will hold the rights to those players for two seasons.
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AFROBASKET - 8-19-15
Chamberlain Oguchi may have sat out AfroBasket 2013 due to administrative reasons, but he emerged on Wednesday ready to take Nigeria to new height as they beat the Central African Republic (CAF) 88-63 in Day 1 of Group A action of AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia.
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OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP - 8-16-15
Australia have drawn first blood in a physical opener to the FIBA Oceania Championship, weathering a Corey Webster storm to prevail 71-59 in front of a 16,000 strong crowd at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. A Matthew Dellavedova (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) burst in the second term put the Boomers in front for good, while the late play of Patty Mills (17 points, 4 assists) and David Andersen (17 points) helped the hosts secure an important 12-point edge.
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GEORGE MASON'S THERENCE MAYIMBA STARS FOR GABON AT AFROBASKET - 8-28-15
Gabon became one of biggest surprises of AfroBasket 2015, and Gyll Therence Mayimba played a significant role in his country's campaign. They started off with three defeats in as many games, but the team that had last appeared in Africa's flagship event in 2005, wasn't prepared to go home empty-handed and, against all odds, eliminated favourite Cape Verde in the Round of 16.
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The LSU men’s basketball team put six players in double figures and played a solid basketball game to defeat one of the more respected teams in Australia’s National Basketball League, Melbourne United, 97-89, Thursday night at the Dandenong Stadium outside Melbourne.
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The schedule for the eighth installment of the 24-Hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon was released on Tuesday morning. Here’s a quick primer on the games
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Ben Simmons lived up to the hype in Sunday night's clash with the Sydney Kings but Louisiana State University were sunk by a late basket at Brydens Stadium. Simmons, the young Australian forward projected to be the No.1 pick in next year's NBA draft, finished with 26 points and eight assists for the Tigers but they went down 97-85 at Sydney University.
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