Hoops Overseas

Italy, boasting a roster anchored by NBAers Marco Belinelli, Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari looked poised to qualify for the Olympics via Eurobasket for the first time since 2004. Earlier today, however, the Azzuri  were dispatched 95–85 in overtime by Lithuania. Even with the big names, the loss hardly comes as a surprise to European...
Over the 13 months leading up to the 2004 summer games, the U.S. had dispatched Puerto Rico five separate times. Julio Toro, then the head coach of the affectionately nicknamed ‘magnificent twelve’ christened the American squad ‘the colossal from the north.’ It had been 12 years since the Dream Team...
Yesterday, Nigeria solidified its place at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, beating Angola to win Afrobasket. The D'Tigers join the United States, Australia and Brazil as the first nations who have secured a spot in Rio. Today, the FIBA Americas Championship begins in  Mexico City. 10 countries vie for two entries into the Olympics,...
Last September, the ‘Silverbacks’ of Uganda etched out regionally dominant Rwanda, as well as Kenya and Somalia, to finish second to Egypt in the Zone 5 FIBA regional qualifier for this year’s Afrobasket. On Wednesday, the East African nation will make their first ever appearance at Afrobasket. Anchored by players like Henry Malinga and John...
Three thousand eight hundred and fifty-one miles from the distorted reality of the TD Garden, Dimitry Coronel is in the crevasse of the basketball universe. At just 23, Coronel has already become a hardwood vagabond, forgotten in the same treasure trove as Starbury, the Continental Basketball Association and the Grouses of Toyama. Today, he sits in a Senegalese hotel...
Be it Boag’s Lager vs Speights Ale; Vegemite vs Hangi; or Wombats vs… whatever is indigenous to New Zealand, the Aussies have dominated the Kiwis in just about every competition. Basketball has been no exception:  Since 1971, the Boomers of Australia have compiled a 21 and 2 record...

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