Articles from August 2010

The Asian watch: Day 3

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Iran and Jordan were the only Asian teams that played on the third day of this 24-nation championship. Iran finally captured their first victory with a 71-58 thrashing of Tunisia. The Iranians, however, cannot celebrate this victory as they are scheduled to meet Team USA on their next game on September 1. Jordan, [...]

Survived first acid test

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Team USA escaped a nail-biting 70-68 thriller over reigning FIBA-Americas champion Brazil in the ongoing preliminaries of the 2010 FIBA-World Champiosnhip in Turkey. It was a very tough night for the Americans that the game went through the last tick of the clock. Early on, the Brazilians taught the Americans neat basketball fundamentals. [...]

The Asian watch: Day 2

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On the second day of the tournament, China defeated last year’s FIBA-Africa finalist Cote d’Ivoire, 83-73. The three other Asian teams Iran, Jordan and Lebanon succumbed to their respective opponents. Iran dropped to Croatia, 54-75. Jordan, likewise, bowed to Angola 65-79. Angola was formerly handled by Mario Palma, now the head coach of [...]

The Asian watch: Day 1

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I’d like to keep abreast of how the Asian teams fare in the ongoing FIBA-World Championship in Turkey. Four out of twenty four entries come from Asia namely Iran, China, Jordan and Lebanon. The performances of the Asian teams in this competition are crucial to their request to add one more slot for [...]

3rd FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup final rankings

3rd FIBA-Asia Stankovic Cup final rankings
Date: August 7-15, 2010
Host nation: Lebanon
Rank              Team
1                   Lebanon
2                   Japan
3                   Qatar
4                   Philippines
5                   Jordan
6                   Iran
7                   Chinese-Taipei
8                   Kazakhstan
9                   Iraq
10                 Syria

Team USA: On the brink of another debacle

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The 2010 FIBA-World Championship starts on the 28th of August in Turkey and this early I could see Team USA heading for another shameful exit. It’s not because I’m subjective but realistically speaking, the current US squad is not at par with the best teams out there at this point in time. Gone [...]

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