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  1. #81
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    Athens, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by mattman91 View Post Vrank back in Durham now? Will he make the DR trip?
    Vrank at practice(apparently on 8/10)!
    "Effort and determination are two things that can change the course of any basketball game." --Jerry West

  2. #82
    Alex Murphy and Finland had another exhibition against Italy, losing 75-70. He had 6 points in 12 minutes. Lauri Markkanen had 19 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, Marco Belinelli and the other player with NBA experience Luigi Datome had 14 points.

    Olek Czyz will definitely not be participating in EuroBasket. Poland announced that it was mutually decided that he would focus on continuing to rehab from the injury that ended his club season so that he can be fully healthy for the upcoming season.

    Group B started the day in Asia. China bounced back with a 92-67 win over Qatar thanks to 30 points from Guo Ailun. The Philippines had a sluggish start against Iraq but started the second half well to win 84-68 with 16 points from ex-Hawaii player Christian Stanhardinger. Naturalized player Kevin Galloway had 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss.

    Mousa Alawadi had 22 points and Jordan beat India 61-54 in Group A. Micheal Madanly, another legend of the game in Asia, had 22 points for Syria, but Behnam Yakhchali had 25 points and Hamed Haddadi had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists for Iran in their 87-63 win.

  3. #83
    Alex Murphy and Finland beat Turkey 93-88 in their exhibition tournament in Italy. He had 9 points in 15 minutes. His brother Erik had 15 points, their naturalized player Jamar Wilson had 12 points and Lauri Markkanen had 10 points. In the loss, incoming NBA player Cedi Osman had 19 points, naturalized ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon, who is also known by his Turkish name Ali Muhammed, had 18 points and 11 assists, and ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 16 points.

    My recap of the day's FIBA Women's AmeriCup action can be found here:

    Canada and Argentina qualified for the World Championship and Brazil and Puerto Rico will face off for the last spot.

    The day in Asia started with the Group D games. Japan took care of business against Lee Ki and Hong Kong, getting 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists from naturalized player Ira Brown in a 92-59 win. Australia confirmed their place at the top of the group to get the direct spot in the quarterfinals, beating Taiwan 90-50. Mitchell Creek had 22 points, ex-Oregon State player Angus Brandt had 12 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-DII player Mitchell McCarron had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Ex-JC player Chou Yi-Hsiang had 12 points in the loss.
    Standings: Australia 3-0, Japan 2-1, Taiwan 1-2, Hong Kong 0-3

    Group C had an interesting first game as New Zealand took the lead, which would mean it won the group undefeated, but a collapse late gave South Korea the lead, but they were not able to get one bigger than 76-75 to flip the tiebreakers, much to the annoyance of the home fans. Ex-DII player Finn Delany had 14 points and 8 rebounds, Sam Timmins of Washington had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-JC player Tohi Smith-Milner had 10 points. Lebanon took out some frustrations on Rustam Yargaliyev and disappointing Kazakhstan 96-74, but had to settle for second place, meaning an extra game. Wael Arajki had 20 points as he continues to get the baton passed to him by Fadi El Khatib, who had 18 points.
    Standings: New Zealand 2-1, Lebanon 2-1, South Korea 2-1, Kazakhstan 0-3

    European pre-Qualifiers continued with teams starting to clinch spots in the main draw. None of the teams in Group A could advance yet, but Armenia took care of business in Bratislava with a 92-78 win over Slovakia. The usual cast of characters led the way as Ryan Boatright had 22 points, Luke Fischer had 16 points and 8 rebounds, AJ Hess had 16 points, and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan had 15 points. In the loss, Michal Batka had 23 points and ex-Loyola Marymount and JC player Simon Krajcovic had 13 points. Thomas Massamba and Sweden are kicking themselves even more for their last loss after getting an 88-72 win in Zenica to get closer to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the standings. Marcus Eriksson added 15 points. Dzanan Musa was limited to 12 points.

    In Group B, Austria's easy 97-63 win over Albania in Schwechat led to both them and the Netherlands advancing. Their longer-standing star Rasid Masalbasic had 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists as Jakob Poltl added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Albania's naturalized player Mike Moser had 20 points in the loss.

    In Group C, Macedonia avoided elimination by beating Kosovo 87-74 in Skopje thanks to 24 points and 9 rebounds from naturalized player Jordan Theodore. Naturalized ex-Weber State player Scott Bamforth had 15 points and 6 assists in the loss.

    In Group D, Bulgaria advanced by beating Portugal 91-65 in Botevgrad. The other spot in the group is yet to be decided. Draft pick Aleksandar Vezenkov had 21 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized player Dee Bost had 15 points and 7 assists.

    The U16 Women's African Championship ended on Saturday in Beira, Mozambique. Unfortunately, funding issues have really impacted the number of federations that can field boys and girls teams for these youth championships, so only five teams participated. Mali beat Angola 68-29 to win the title. Both teams had important games the day before to qualify for next year's U17 World Championship as Angola beat Egypt 59-42 and Mali beat Mozambique 63-39.
    Final Standings:

    More qualifiers for the tournament were determined in Bourges in the U16 Women's European Championships. Hosts France beat Hungary 63-55 for the title. Italy and Latvia had already clinched spots in the U17 World Championship with quarterfinal wins while Spain beat Germany 54-49 to claim the last spot. Belarus and Romania were relegated after Friday losses, but Belarus will host the World Championship so they automatically qualify. Lithuania was also relegated due to a 67-59 loss to the Netherlands.
    Final Standings:
    Czech Republic

  4. #84
    Eric Boateng did not play in Great Britain's 78-69 exhibition loss to Israel.

    Here is my recap of the last day of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup:

    Puerto Rico won the all important bronze medal game to qualify for the World Championship, leaving Brazil rather disappointed.

    The last day of group play in Asia started in Group B with China coming back to beat Omar Alawazi and Iraq 61-60 but could have played themselves into a tougher part of the bracket. Philippines stayed undefeated against already eliminated Qatar, winning 80-74. Ex-St. Bonaventure player Matthew Wright had 25 points and ex-George Mason player Gabe Norwood had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
    Standings: Philippines 3-0, China 2-1, Iraq 1-2, Qatar 0-3

    In Group A, the first game would determine the group winner, who would also get a bye to the quarterfinals. Iran beat Jordan 83-71 as Behnam Yakhchali had 20 points and 10 rebounds with Hamed Haddadi adding 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists and Arsalan Kazemi providing 13 points. Mahmoud Abdeen led the way in the loss with 22 points and 9 assists as ex-DII player Amin Abuhawwas had 13 points and ex-DII player Sammy Bzai had 11 points. India looked to be getting back on track against Syria, but a poor second half saw Aravind Annadurai and company get eliminated 87-78 thanks to a big game from naturalized player Ivan Todorovic.
    Standings: Iran 3-0, Jordan 2-1, Syria 1-2, India 0-3

    Iran vs Lebanon-Taiwan winner
    Philippines vs Japan-South Korea winner
    New Zealand vs Jordan-Iraq winner
    Australia vs China-Syria winner

    The U18 Women's European Championships finished today. Division A was held in Sopron in Hungary as Belgium fended off Serbia 55-53 for the title. This tournament is not the direct qualifier for anything, but staying in the division was important for next year's tournament, which qualifies teams for the 2019 U19 World Championship. Latvia beat Lithuania for the last safe spot. Turkey and Greece were already relegated with losses on Saturday.

    Final Standings:
    Czech Republic
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Division B had a surprising finalist as Ireland made it, but lost to Germany 67-43. Both teams had already qualified for promotion and the chance to compete for spots in the 2018 U19 World Championship with wins on Saturday. Poland joined them by beating Great Britain 64-50.
    Final Standings:
    Great Britain
    Denmark (did not participate)

  5. #85
    Marshall Plumlee is one of sixteen players selected for the Team USA training camp that starts this week to pick the team that will compete in the AmeriCup. A good performance here will put him in consideration for qualifying games assuming he returns to Westchester without being involved in the NBA.

    The Asia Cup knockout rounds started with two of the four games. South Korea beat Japan 81-68. In the loss, naturalized player Ira Brown had 14 points and former D leaguer Yuki Togashi had 10 points. Lebanon then beat Taiwan 90-77. Fadi El Khatib was brilliant again with 30 points and 7 rebounds and ex-DII player Ali Haidar had 16 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, Chou Yi-Hsiang had 17 points.

  6. #86
    The final two quarterfinalists in Asia were determined today. China came back in dramatic fashion to beat Syria 81-79, wasting a 35 point, 7 assist effort from Micheal Madanly. Jordan used a strong second half to beat Iraq 84-70 as ex-DII player Amin Abu Hawwas had 18 points. Mohammed Al-Khafaji had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the loss as naturalized player Kevin Galloway had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals.

    Iran vs Lebanon
    Philippines vs South Korea
    New Zealand vs Jordan
    Australia vs China

  7. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by awhom111 View Post
    Marshall Plumlee is one of sixteen players selected for the Team USA training camp that starts this week to pick the team that will compete in the AmeriCup. A good performance here will put him in consideration for qualifying games assuming he returns to Westchester without being involved in the NBA.
    Is the AmeriCup tournament connected at all to qualifying for the next World Cup or Olympics? As far as I can tell the answer is no, and hence we're sending a team that is . . . let's say, "underwhelming."

  8. #88
    The quarterfinals started in Asia. The Philippines had been optimistic, but they could not keep up with their old nemesis South Korea in a 118-86 loss. Oh Se-Keun had 22 points and Kim Sun-Hyung had 21 points. Terrence Romeo had another 22 points and Christian Stanhardinger had 17 points in the loss. The next game was quite different stylistically as the offenses took a little bit more time to get in rhythm as Iran beat Lebanon 80-70. Hamed Haddadi had another monster game with 23 points and 20 rebounds as Mohammed Jamshidi added an outside threat with 24 points. Wael Arakji showed more signs of becoming a future star of Asia with 24 points while Fadi El Khatib added 18 points.

    More spots were secured in European pre-Qualifiers as there will be one more set of games on Saturday.

    Dzanan Musa had 27 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnia and Herzegoving won the elimination game in Bratislava 92-74 over Slovakia. 19 points from Radoslav Rancik and 12 points from Andre Jones were not enough for the hosts to avoid last place. The other game would award the winner a spot in the next round and it was Sweden surviving some stumbles to beat Armenia 93-70 in Uppsala as Marcus Eriksson had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Boatright had another great game from the naturalized player position with 32 points and 8 rebounds and Andrew Chrabascz had 17 points as well in the loss. Armenia will get to host Bosnia and Herzegovina with the winner grabbing the last spot from the group.

    In Group B, the two qualified teams played with Austria coming back in Amsterdam to beat the Netherlands 78-71 with 16 points from Jakob Poltl. 2009 draft pick Henk Norel had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

    In Group C, Estonia beat Macedonia 74-65 in Tallinn to qualify. Jordan Theodore had 19 points and 6 assists in the loss as Macedonia will qualify if Estonia also beats Kosovo in the final game.

    In Group D, Bulgaria beat Belarus 84-70 in Minsk to qualify as Aleksandar Vezenkov had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Belarus will now need a favorable result in their game against Portugal to join them.

  9. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by Truth&Justise View Post
    Is the AmeriCup tournament connected at all to qualifying for the next World Cup or Olympics? As far as I can tell the answer is no, and hence we're sending a team that is . . . let's say, "underwhelming."
    Well, we had to send a team to be allowed to participate in World Cup qualifying, but the games themselves do not mean anything. As I mentioned earlier, players are being evaluated for rosters in upcoming qualifying games, so the players in this training camp will be taking it pretty seriously.

  10. #90
    The other two quarterfinals were played in Asia. Australia got their first real challenge, but used a strong second half to beat China 97-71. Jason Cadee had 20 points, Mitchell McCarron had 17 points, and Daniel Kickert had 16 points. New Zealand also faced a challenge, but used a big fourth quarter to set up the Oceania clash with a 98-70 win over Jordan. Tohi Smith-Milner had 19 points and 7 rebounds, Finn Delany had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Jordan Ngatai had 10 points. Mahmoud Abdeen had 24 points in the loss.


    Iran vs South Korea
    New Zealand vs Australia

    5th Place:
    Lebanon vs Philippines
    Jordan vs China

    There does not appear to be much about Marshall's first day of practice.

  11. #91
    Alex Murphy and Finland had an exhibition game in the Czech Republic, losing to the hosts 83-62. He had 4 points in 9 minutes as his brother and Gerald Lee each had 10 points. NBA player Tomas Satoransky had 16 points in the win.

    The last two spots in the 2018 World Championship for Women are up for grabs as Afrobasket is being held in Bamako, Mali. You can read my recap of the first day here:

    Rosters for this competition are probably harder than for any other, but this is what I found:

    Italee Lucas, Interclube (Angola), UNC
    Rosa Gala, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Clarisse Mpaka, La Glacerie (France)
    Fineza Eusebio, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Artemis Afonso, Lombos (Portugal)
    Felizarda Jorge, Interclube (Angola)
    Whitney Miguel, Roannais (France)
    Sonia Guadelupe, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Luisa Tomas, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Ana Goncalves, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Ngiendula Filipe, Interclube (Angola)
    Cristina Matiquite, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)

    Minna Mba, Forces Armee et Police (Cameroon)
    Priscilla Mbiandja, Forces Armee et Police (Cameroon), Louisiana-Monroe
    Laure Assena, Lipscomb
    Rose Abenkou, Brive Corrize (France)
    Marie-Angie Mfoula, Le Havre (France)
    Ramses Lonlack, Lombos (Portugal), Memphis
    Cendra Weledji, Princeton
    Angi Ramey, club unknown, Arkansas-Fort Smith (DII)
    Achiri Ade, Ibaizabal (Spain), Texas A&M
    Nelly Weledji, club unknown, Brown
    Cathy Ghane, Alger (Algeria)
    Amandine Ebogo, Forces Armee et Police (Cameroon)

    Central African Republic:
    Ketia Kalene, club not provided (Gabon)
    Nina Koumba, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Deborah Eyene, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Princess M'baye Ndack, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Abeti Kossi, club not provided (Republic of Congo)
    Hortensia Yamalet, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Claudia Chimene Yagba Kokito, club not provided (Republic of Congo)
    Estelle Gaombalet, Saint Paul Reze (France)
    Gabriela Guegbelet, Bangui (Central African Republic), Central Connecticut State
    Chacella Derebona, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Isabelle Djel, Bangui (Central African Republic)
    Winnie Ngbonga, Bangui (Central African Republic)

    Ivory Coast:
    Mamiki Cisse, Abidjan BC (Ivory Coast)
    Awa Adja Kone, CS Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
    Abiba Kone, CS Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
    Blandine Ngoran, club unknown, Arkansas-Fort Smith (DII)
    Edwige Djedjemel, CS Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
    Kani Kouyate, Saint Paul Reze (France)
    Amandine Kouakou, Friend's (Ivory Coast)
    Irene Bognini, CS Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
    Kariata Diaby, Voiron (France), Signed with Syracuse
    Mariama Kouyate, CS Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
    Minata Fofana, Elephant Girls (Nigeria)

    Nassira Traore, Dakar Universite (Senegal)
    Aissata Maiga, FUS Rabat (Morocco), Troy
    Fatoumata Bagayoko, Dakar Universite (Senegal)
    Touty Gandega, Landes (France)
    Kankou Coulibaly, Dakar Universite (Senegal)
    Meiya Tirera, Sedis (Spain)
    Mariam Coulibaly, Gran Canaria (Spain)
    Naignouma Coulibaly, Girona (Spain)
    Minata Keita, Arxil (Spain)
    Astan Dabo, Tarbes (France), Drafted 9th in 2012 by Connecticut Sun
    Kouta Camara, Thouars (France)
    Ramata Diakite, Charnay (France)

    Chaima Ben Mahmoud, Al Hilal (Tunisia)
    Houda Hamrouni, club not provided (Morocco)
    Marwa Shili, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Monia Ben Mechliam Jemmal (Tunisia)
    Khoulou Mefteh, club not provided (Morocco)
    Imen Jedidi Mistiri, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Hela Msadak, Jemmal (Tunisia)
    Siwar Khlifa, Sfax (Tunisia)
    Wafa Loubiri, Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
    Maherzhia Ksouri Sbeii
    Beya Ben Ameur, Stade Tunisien (Tunisia)
    Salma Mnasria, Torres Novas (Portugal)

    Democratic Republic of Congo:
    Ginette Mfutila, Petroliers (Algeria)
    Yvonne Bilonda, Ville (Senegal)
    Naura Bombolo, Vita (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Jeannine Kapinga, Vita (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Lamama Mukoso, INSS (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Natacha Mambengya, Vita (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Ortice Kabobo, Olivais (Portugal)
    Mireille Tshiyoyo, INSS (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Mireille Muganza, Petroliers (Algeria)
    Christelle Ngusu, Radi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Bernadette Ngoyisa, Roche (France), WNBA (2002, 2005-2006, 2008)
    Chanel Mokango, Gernika (Spain), Mississippi State

    Manar Ihab
    Nour Aly
    Soraia Deghady
    Reem Osama
    Radwa Sherif, Al Gezira (Egypt)
    Rana Abdelfattah, Al Ahly (Egypt)
    Mennatalla Awad
    Asrar Maged, Sporting Alexandria (Egypt)
    Hala Mostafa, club unknown, St. Peter's
    Meral Asraf Abdelgawad, El Shams (Egypt)
    Mai Helwa

    Guinea (no club information available):
    Fatou Bah
    Aissata Bangoura
    Fanta Berete
    Angeline Keita
    Simone Gnabara Keita
    Sadan Konte
    Aicha Mara
    Khady Mbaye
    Nadia Peruch, retired from club play, Illinois State
    Fatima Sacko
    Fanta Soumah
    Aminata Sylla

    Iliana Ventura, Costa do Sol (Mozambique)
    Aquila Mucubaquine
    Chanaya Pinto, Lombos (Portugal)
    Anabela Cossa, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
    Amelia Massingue
    Catia Halar
    Eleuteria Lhavanguane, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
    Leia Dongue, Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
    Rute Muianga, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
    Elizabeth Pereira, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
    Odelia Mafanela, Ferroviario (Mozambique)
    Tamara Seda, UTEP

    Ugo Nwiagwe, Gran Canaria (Spain)/Lanus (Argentina), Temple
    Upe Atosu, Elephant Girls (Nigeria)
    Sarah Ogoke, Uniao Sportiva (Portugal), Southern Polytechnic State (NAIA)
    Nkechi Akashili, Elephant Girls (Nigeria)
    Aisha Mohammed, Orman (Turkey), Virginia
    Adaora Elonu, Avenida (Spain), Texas A&M
    Ndidi Madu, Broni (Italy), Florida
    Evelyn Akhator, Dallas Wings, Kentucky
    Chioma Udeaja, Elephant Girls (Nigeria)
    Atonye Nyingifa, Elitzur Holon (Israel), UCLA
    Ezinne Kalu, Olivais (Portugal), Savannah State
    Cecilia Okoye, Celta (Spain), McNeese State

    Oumoul Khairy Thiam, Gran Canaria (Spain), Southern Nazarene (DII)
    Aya Traore, Esch (Luxembourg), Purdue
    Oumoul Khairy Sarr, Gipuzkoa (Spain)
    Fatou Dieng, Aulnoye (France)
    Mame Diodio Diouf, Dakar Universite (Senegal)
    Ndeye Sene, Ville (Senegal)
    Astou Traore, Galatasaray (Turkey)
    Aminata Fall, Buducnost (Montenegro)/Canberra Capitals (Australia), Southern Nazarene (DII)
    Mame Marie Sy, Villeneuve (France)
    Sokhna Lycka Sy, club not provided (France)
    Ramata Daou, Ville (Senegal)
    Aicha Sidibe

  12. #92
    Eric Boateng did not dress for Great Britain's exhibition with Greece. This may have to do with him agreeing on a contract with a team in France yesterday.

    My recap of Day 2 at the FIBA Women's Afrobasket can be found here:

    The semifinals were played in Asia after a day of rest. The first game was between the Oceania rivals as Australia won 106-79. The St. Mary's duo led the way as Matthew Hodgson had 15 points and 6 rebounds and Daniel Kickert had 13 points and 6 rebounds as ex-DII player Nicholas Kay added 11 points and 10 rebounds. For New Zealand, Tohi Smith-Milner had 13 points and 6 rebounds and ex-South Dakota player James Hunter had 10 points. Iran took a big lead early on South Korea, but they needed a comeback before hanging on to an 87-81 win. Behnam Yakhchali continues to be a key player as he had 21 points while Arsalan Kazemi had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Oh Se-Keun had 21 points and Jeon Jun-Beom had 20 points in the loss.

    In the battle for 5th place, China beat Jordan 86-55, although Amin Abu Hawwas had 12 points. Two of the three most basketball-mad countries in the world faced off and Lebanon entertained the home fans in a 106-87 win. Fadi El Khatib had another fantastic game with 36 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists and naturalized player Norvel Pelle finally found some rhythm with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Matthew Wright had 12 points for the Philippines.

    Final Day Schedule:
    7th Place: Philippines vs Jordan
    5th Place: Lebanon vs China
    3rd Place: South Korea vs New Zealand
    1st Place: Iran vs Australia

    The pre-Qualifiers for Europe finished today with only a few spots left up for grabs. The draw for the eight teams will be made on Thursday as they get assigned to the vacant spots in the groups that were part of the main draw.

    The first game in Group A did not mean anything as Marcus Eriksson and Sweden won 86-82 in Uppsala. Mario Ihring had 20 points and naturalized player Andre Jones had 15 points for Slovakia. That set the stage for the game in Yerevan that would determine the last spot. Armenia looked to be in good position to complete the surprise, but they could not get anything going in the fourth quarter and lost 83-66. Dzanan Musa has questionable upside as an everyday club player, but in this sort of format, there are few players in the world his age or older who can take over games like this as he led Bosnia and Herzegovina with 21 points. Ryan Boatright had 22 points and 9 assists from the naturalized player position as Arkadiy Mkrtychyan had 13 points and Andrew Chrabascz had 12 points.

    The last Group B game did not mean anything for either team. Albania actually had the lead after one quarter in Tirana, but the Netherlands dominated the rest of the game to win 113-37. In the win, Henk Norel had 16 points and 11 rebounds, ex-San Diego player Jito Kok, who is most famous this summer for being the other party in the Danilo Gallinari injury, had 14 points, Jessey Voorn had 13 points, ex-Oregon State player Roeland Schaftenaar had 12 points, and ex-Portland player Thomas van der Mars had 11 points.

    Kosovo needed a win against already qualified Estonia to take the last Group C spot, with Macedonia ready to claim the spot if they lost. While Estonia did put in a reasonable effort, the home crowd roared their team to a 75-69 victory in Prishtina. Darden Berisha was brilliant with 28 points and 6 assists, Lis Shoshi, who just finished his career at Arkansas-Little Rock, had 10 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized player Scott Bamforth had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Ex-UTRGV player Janari Joesaar had 13 points in the loss.

    In Group D, Portugal needed a win by four points against Belarus in Coimbra to pull even with them in the standings and flip the tiebreaker back in their favor. The game was sent to overtime, which gave them more chances to build a margin, but a 79-78 win was not enough, giving Belarus the last spot. Artsiom Parakhouski had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Mikita Meshcharakou had 10 points to help their team get a satisfactory result.

    The U16 European Championships both finished today. A Division was played in Buducnost, which helped Montenegro advance to the final, where they fell to France 75-68. The top five teams also qualified for the U17 World Championship next summer in Argentina, so Serbia and Croatia grabbed places with quarterfinals wins. Turkey took the last place with an 80-62 win over Lithuania. At the other end of the standings, Russia and Finland were relegated due to losses on Friday. Sweden will join them in the next Division B tournament after a 77-44 loss to Germany. The other interesting storyline of the tournament was Nico Mannion of Italy, who tried out for the USA U16 team and was among the last cuts, as he decided to play for the country of his birth.
    Final Standings:

    The B Division tournament was held in Sofia, Bulgaria as teams could not qualify for the upcoming U17 World Championship, but were looking to be in position for future editions. Greece beat the Netherlands 74-60, but both teams had already secured promotion with wins on Friday. The last spot went to Georgia, which held off Great Britain 64-63 in a wild game.
    Final Standings:
    Great Britain
    Czech Republic
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Closer to home, the Centrobasket Women's U17 Championship concluded today. The top three teams qualify for the 2018 U18 Americas Championship that will determine which teams advance to the 2019 U19 World Championship. Mexico won the championship 83-77 over Puerto Rico. El Salvador won the other critical game 56-41 over Costa Rica to grab the last spot.
    Final Standings:
    Puerto Rico
    El Salvador
    Costa Rica
    British Virgin Islands

  13. #93
    The final of the FIBA Asia Cup went to the new team as Australia beat Iran 79-56. In the win, 2007 draft pick Brad Newley had 18 points, ex-St. Mary's player Daniel Kickert had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Oregon State player Angus Brandt had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Hamed Haddadi had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

    The day in Beirut started with the Philippines beating Jordan 75-70 for 7th place as Matthew Wright had 13 points. Mousa Alawadi had 21 points in the loss. Fadi El Khatib poured in another 30 points and 7 rebounds, but Lebanon came up short against China 79-78 in the 5th place game. The last medal went to Heo Ung and South Korea, which beat New Zealand again 80-71. Finn Delany had 22 points and 7 rebounds in the loss as New Zealand will be hoping that the experience gained by a young team will help them in the near future.

    My recap of Day 3 at the FIBA Women's Afrobasket can be found here:

  14. #94
    As reported in its own thread, Marshall was selected to the team:

    I was afraid that signing an NBA contract might prevent it, but he still gets to play for Team USA. Games start in a week and look to be on ESPN3, although hopefully they get ESPN Deportes or other TV channel coverage later.

  15. #95
    It was a fairly quiet day in the international basketball world except for Day 4 of the FIBA Women's Afrobasket, which I covered here:

  16. #96
    Another quiet day internationally, but I covered the last day of the FIBA Women's Afrobasket group stage here:

  17. #97
    Eric Boateng was named to Great Britain's final roster for EuroBasket. They started an exhibition tournament in Poland with an 82-64 win over Hungary. He had 6 points in 14 minutes. Ex-Iowa player Gabe Olaseni had 14 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Duquesne player Kieron Achara and ex-College of Charleston player Andrew Lawrence had 13 points each. Adam Hanga, a 2011 draft pick who seems less and less likely to finally make the jump, had 14 points in the loss.

    A couple draws were completed today for upcoming qualifiers.

    The groups for the first stage of European World Cup Qualifiers have been finalized:

    The teams that did not make it to the main qualifying round will now begin the process of qualifying for EuroBasket 2021. Those five teams plus Switzerland, Denmark, Cyprus, and Luxembourg were drawn into three groups with group winners and one runner up advancing:

    Friday marks the start of AmeriCup as Group A starts play in Colombia (Group B starts Sunday and Group C starts Monday). These games will be on ESPN3 (time EDT):
    Mexico vs Puerto Rico, 6:30pm
    Colombia vs Brazil, 9:00pm

    I will try to piece together the other rosters as we go.

  18. #98
    Eric Boateng and Great Britain faced hosts Poland in their exhibition tournament, losing 86-76. He had 3 points in 14 minutes. Ex-LIU player Kyle Johnson had 14 points and Luke Nelson, who just finished his career at UC Irvine, Gabe Olaseni, and Kieron Achara had 10 points each. In the win, naturalized ex-Western Kentucky player A.J. Slaughter had 12 points and ex-JC player Przemyslaw Zamojski had 10 points.

    Alex Murphy did not dress in Finland's last exhibition. It is unclear if this means that he has been cut from the final squad.

    My recap of the quarterfinals at the FIBA Women's AfroBasket can be found here:

    Group A of the AmeriCup started play in Medellin with one semifinals spot going to the winner. This group is probably the most balanced and unpredictable and the first day proved that point. Mexico withstood Puerto Rico's second half charge to win 69-66. Ex-JC player Alex Perez had 24 points and ex-UCLA player Lorenzo Mata had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Florida player Mike Rosario had 14 points, ex-Nebraska player Jorge Bryan Diaz had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Davis of Texas A&M had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Brazil had a tough time with Colombia, but managed to hang on to a 76-74 win. Bruno Caboclo began to prepare for a competition that's two years away as he had 11 points and 11 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Louisville player Juan Palacios had 17 points and 9 rebounds, Braian Angola-Rodas of Florida State had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Tonny Trocha-Morelos of Texas A&M had 12 points, and ex-Valparaiso player Stalin Ortiz had 10 points.

    Here is Saturday's ESPN3 Schedule (all times EDT):
    Brazil vs Mexico, 6:30pm
    Puerto Rico vs Colombia, 9:00pm

    Here are the Group A rosters:

    Davi Rossetto, Cearense (Brazil)
    Bruno Caboclo, Toronto Raptors
    Lucas Dias, Paulistano (Brazil)
    Lucas Mariano, Brasilia (Brazil)
    Danilo Fuzaro, Minas (Brazil)
    Renan Lenz, Pinheiros (Brazil), Utah
    Fulvio de Assis, Brasilia (Brazil)
    Rafael Mineiro, Flamengo (Brazil)
    J.P. Batista, Flamengo (Brazil), Gonzaga
    Leonardo Meindl, Bauru (Brazil)
    Jimmy de Oliveira, Mogi das Cruzes (Brazil)
    George de Paula, Paulistano (Brazil), Signed with Houston Rockets

    Edgar Moreno, Choco Cimarrones (Colombia), UTEP
    Luis Almanza, Cundinamarca Condores (Colombia)
    Michaell Jackson, Escazu (Costa Rica)
    Stalin Ortiz, Fast Break (Colombia), Valparaiso
    Hansel Atencia, Master's (NAIA)
    Braian Angola-Rodas, Florida State
    Divier Perez, La Montana Academia (Colombia)
    John Jairo Hernandez, Choco Cimarrones (Colombia)
    Jhan Paul Mejia, Cal State Fullerton
    Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Texas A&M
    Hanner Mosquera-Perea, East Tennessee State
    Juan Palacios, Tofas (Turkey), Louisville

    Diego Willis, Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
    Irwin Avalos, San Luis Potosi Santos (Mexico)/Durango Aguilas Dorados (Mexico), Dallas Baptist (DII)
    Idris Dawud Alvarado, Ciudad Obregon Trigueros (Mexico), Bethany (NAIA)
    Jorge Gutierrez, Trabzon (Turkey), Cal and NBA (2013-2016)
    Edgar Garibay, Margarita Guaiqueries (Venezuela), Long Beach State
    Francisco Cruz, Fuenlabrada (Spain), Wyoming
    Gabriel Giron, Monterrey Fuerza Regia (Mexico)
    Alex Perez, Mexicali Soles (Mexico)/San Lorenzo (Argentina), Fresno City (JC)
    Hector Hernandez, Monterrey Fuerza Regia (Mexico)/Bayamon Cowboys (Puerto Rico), Fresno State
    Fernando Benitez, Aguascalientes Panteras (Mexico)
    Lorenzo Mata, Nuevo Laredo Toros (Mexico), UCLA
    Israel Gutierrez, Plata Hidalgo Garza (Mexico)/Argentino de Junin (Argentina)

    Puerto Rico:
    Alex Abreu, Aguada Santeros (Puerto Rico)/West Georgia (DII)
    Mike Rosario, Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico), Florida
    Ramon Rivas, North Georgia (DII)
    Chris Ortiz, Fajardo Cariduros (Puerto Rico), Kent State
    Carlos Lopez, San German Athletics (Puerto Rico), UNLV
    Jorge Bryan Diaz, Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico), Nebraska
    Angel Rodriguez, Cholet (France), Miami
    Gilberto Clavell, Aguada Santeros (Puerto Rico), Sam Houston State
    Emmanuel Andujar, Aguada Santeros (Puerto Rico), Manhattan
    Carlos Rivera, Ponce Lions (Puerto Rico), Hofstra
    Chris Gaston, Aguada Santeros (Puerto Rico), Fordham
    Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

  19. #99
    Eric Boateng and Great Britain faced Israel in the final game of their exhibition tournament, winning 85-64. He had 4 points and 9 rebounds in 16 minutes. In the loss, ex-North Carolina State player Richard Howell, who is naturalized by marriage, had 17 points and 6 rebounds and the only active NBA player involved, Omri Casspi, had 12 points.

    I have a recap of the semifinals of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket here:

    Nigeria and Senegal won their games so they complete the field for 2018 World Championship.

    Marshall got his feature article ahead of the AmeriCup:

    The team won a scrimmage against the Dominican Republic 97-74.

    In AmeriCup Group A, Mexico put themselves in a great position to advance with a 99-76 win over Brazil. Famously ugly Lorenzo Mata had 17 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Wyoming player Francisco Cruz had 17 points, ex-Cal player Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points, and Alex Perez had 13 points and 7 assists. Puerto Rico then beat Colombia 91-72. Ex-Hofstra player Carlos River had 15 points, ex-Manhattan player Emmanuel Andujar had 14 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Sam Houston State player Gilberto Clavell had 13 points, and Tyler Davis won a battle of Texas A&M teammates with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Michaell Jackson led the way in the loss with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Juan Palacios had 16 points and 7 rebounds as the two current collegians offered a glimpse of the future as Tonny Trocha-Morelos had 15 points and Braian Angola-Rodas had 10 points.

    Sunday's ESPN3 Schedule (all times EDT):
    Puerto Rico vs Brazil, 4:30pm
    Canada vs US Virgin Islands, 6:30pm
    Colombia vs Mexico, 7:00pm
    Venezuela vs Argentina, 9:00pm

    Since Group B will start on Sunday, their rosters are now final too:

    Luca Vildoza, Quilmes (Argentina)
    Luis Scola, Brooklyn Nets
    Facundo Campazzo, UCAM Murcia (Spain)
    Nicolas Laprovittola, Saski Baskonia (Spain), NBA (2016-2017)
    Nicolas Brussino, Dallas Mavericks
    Maximo Fjellerup, Estudiantes Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
    Marcos Delia, UCAM Murcia (Spain)
    Gabriel Deck, San Lorenzo (Argentina)
    Lucio Redivo, Estudiantes Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
    Patricio Garino, Orlando Magic, George Washington
    Javier Saiz, Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
    Tayavek Gallizzi, Quimsa (Argentina)

    Jermaine Anderson, Chalons-Reims (France), Fordham
    Junior Cadougan, London Lightning (Canada), Marquette
    Richard Amardi, Niagara River Lions (Canada), Oregon
    Andrew Nicholson, Brooklyn Nets, St. Bonaventure
    Ammanuel Diresa, Ryerson (Canada), Tennessee Tech
    Olivier Hanlan, LeMans (France), Boston College and Drafted 42nd in 2016 by Utah Jazz with rights traded to San Antonio Spurs
    Dyshawn Pierre, Braunschweig (Germany), Dayton
    Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State
    Brady Heslip, Raptors 905 (D League), Baylor
    Murphy Burnatowski, APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus), Colgate
    Grandy Graze, Correcaminos (Mexico)/Culiacan Caballeros (Mexico), Grand Canyon
    Joel Anthony, San Antonio Spurs, UNLV

    US Virgin Islands:
    Angel Rivera, Stetson
    Stephaun Adams, Tennessee Tech
    Walter Hodge, Arecibo Captains (Puerto Rico)/Florida
    Cuthbert Victor, Incheon (South Korea), Murray State
    Justin Gray, Texas Tech
    Johnathan Gray, Martina Franca (Italy), Cornell
    Jahmia Simmons, Arkansas State
    Deon Edwin, Kent State
    Khalid Hart, Marist
    Rashawn Fredericks, Motlow State (JC)
    Phillip Jones, no club, Charlotte
    Javier Martinez, Tennessee-Martin

    Gregory Vargas, Maccabi Haifa (Israel)/Anzoategui Marinos (Venezuela)
    John Cox, Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France), USF
    Pedro Chourio, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela)
    Jose Vargas, Lara Guaros (Venezuela)
    Miguel Ruiz, Libertad (Argentina)/Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela)
    Windi Graterol, La Guaira Bucaneros (Venezuela)
    Jose Bravo, La Guaira Bucaneros (Venezuela)
    Heissler Guillent, Lara Guaros (Venezuela)
    Cesar Garcia, Caracas Cocodrilos (Venezuela)
    Anthony Perez, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela), Ole Miss
    Luis Carrillo, Carabobo Trotamundos (Venezuela)
    Nestor Colmenares, Lara Guaros (Venezuela), Campbellsville (NAIA)

    In an unusual scheduling move, the European U16 Girl's Championship Division B in Skopje was held at a different time than Division A. Denmark edged Belgium 74-73 for the title, but both teams had already secured promotion with wins on Friday. Greece will join them in the top division next summer after a 53-36 win over Ukraine. Hosts Macedonia finished pretty far down the standings.
    Final Standings:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Great Britain

  20. #100
    The final games of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket were played and I have a full recap here:

    Group A in AmeriCup was already settled after the previous day's games. Puerto Rico did beat Brazil 89-80 thanks to 23 points from ex-Miami player Angel Rodriguez. Mike Rosario had 15 points, Tyler Davis had 13 points, and Emmanuel Andujar had 11 points and 7 rebounds. The big story in the Brazil camp was Bruno Caboclo's dismissal, but ex-Utah player Renan Lenz had 13 points and George Lucas de Paula, who signed with the Rockets, had 13 points. Colombia looked to win one game in front of the home fans, but Mexico was busy trying to maintain their momentum into the semifinals and left with an 82-70 win. Jorge Gutierrez had 24 points, Francisco Cruz had 18 points, and ex-Long Beach State player Edgar Garibay had 11 points. The youngsters put in good work for Colombia again as Braian Angola-Rodas had 16 points, Hanner Mosquera-Perea of East Tennessee State had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and NAIA player Hansel Atencia had 12 points and 9 assists.

    Group B started in Bahia Blanca and there was plenty of drama in the first game. Canada put together a hodgepodge of a team focused on winning and trying to prepare for qualifiers with two longtime NBA players aboard. At several points, they looked like they would finally put it together, but the US Virgin Islands kept pulling away to win 83-71. Roy Rana had a disappointing start to his senior career after being hailed the coaching genius after his U19 performance as Sam Mitchell dealt with some late absences and got the win. Ex-Florida player Walter Hodge, easily the best remaining player on his team, led the way with 25 points and 8 assists, Justin Gray of Texas Tech had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Marist's Khallid Hart and Deon Edwin, who just finished his Kent State career, had 12 points each. Confusing and unsettled rotations hurt Canada as ex-Boston College player and 2015 draft pick Olivier Hanlan was the only player in double figures with 10 points. Argentina is technically just playing to get in rhythm for the final phase, giving them a chance to really affect this group's standings for the other qualifier as they came back to beat Venezuela 67-62 with 10 points from ex-George Washington player Patricio Garino. Ex-USF player John Cox had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

    For some reason, Monday's USA game was listed on WatchESPN, but not currently listed for ESPN3. It is at 5:00pm ET, so I guess we will have to see what happens as the other games are listed along with these:
    Argentina vs Canada, 6:30pm
    Uruguay vs Dominican Republic, 7:30pm
    US Virgin Islands vs Venezuela. 9:00pm

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