Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Carleton to Stream Audio for Games; FISU Games Thoughts

Solid initiative by the Carleton Athletic department in getting audio streaming of Ravens home games in partnership with their campus radio station CKCU. Streaming over the Internet is an excellent means of bringing more profile to CIS sports and sure to help the Ravens and CIS basketball in general increase their following in advance of the Nationals next March. Stephanie Ha from the Charlatan reports Carleton basketball to hit CKCU airwaves this fall

In one of his first initiatives as newly-appointed Director of Athletics at Acadia University, Brian Heaney is asking the AUS to review the recent decisions around using an ineligible player. Apparently, Acadia never did get to sit down with the AUS to explain the case and Heaney simply wants the AUS to hear Acadia's side of the story. There may be more to come on this story going forward. Heaney wants a hearing

Canada's Development team captured a Bronze medal at the FISU Games in Bangkok, Thailand, winning 7 of 9 games including a pair of pre-tournament matchups and the coaching staff, although falling short of the ultimate goal of Gold, was generally pleased with the results. "We got solid contributions from our big guys, especially Theo Davis and Neil MacDonald. Also, Scott Morrison came on very well toward the end of the tournament, especially in the last 3 games when it mattered most", offered Canadian Head Coach Chris O'Rourke. "Our guards, especially Tristan Blackwood and Josh Gibson-Bascombe were very good as well. In the Bronze medal game, we took control with Josh at the point and Tristan at the off-guard spot as Tristan hit alot of big shots to get us back in the game. Also, not having Josh at full strength for Lithuania hurt us as he got better and the team gained more confidence in him at the point as the tournament moved on", stated O'Rourke, offering that Lithuania was the class of the tournament with 8 players from their FIBA Young Men's tournament championship team in Argentina from a couple of years ago. Canada was in the game with Lithuania midway through the third quarter before losing by 15. Lithuania's 6'6" wing Jonas Maciulis was probably the best player at the tournament and is rated by most experts as an NBA prospect. O'Rourke also thought that Jevohn Shepherd had moments of greatness during the tournament including his big game against New Zealand in the first round while Garry Gallimore had his usual dominant defensive efforts and again showed the way with his work ethic and ability to compete on each and every play. "Both Garry and Neil played very well and hopefully this experience will give them a head start in Europe", said O'Rourke. Jamie McNeilly also displayed tremendous leadership as a veteran of international play for Canada. "All in all, doing as well as we did without Casey (Archibald), who likely would have been one of our main scorers with his ability to shoot the ball, was very gratifying for everyone", O'Rourke stated. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff for bringing home a Bronze medal for Canada.

Finally, a couple of articles from the FIBA web site including some junk being thrown around by Argentina's click shooting Paulo Quinteros (see bolded statement below).

Argentina are shorn of a host of stars but write them off at your own peril. That's not the message of Manu Ginobili or Andres Nocioni, two of the country's NBA players who helped the team capture Olympic gold in 2004 but won't play this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas. They are the words of Paulo Quinteros, a shooting guard who has gone from fringe national team player to vital ingredient. "We are the Olympic champions and we cannot be absent from Beijing," the 28-year-old said in Tuesday's Ole newspaper - 24 hours before the start of the tournament in Las Vegas. "We know this is a great opportunity and cannot allow it to go by." Argentina boss Sergio Hernandez knows exactly what he will get from Quinteros, a player he coached at Boca Juniors before taking over the national side in 2005. "Quinteros is a born shooter, not common in Argentinian basketball," Hernandez said. How else would you describe him? Quinteros is also a huge fan of Michael Jordan. The 6ft 1in guard sports an Air Jordan tattoo on his right arm, and he also watches great Jordan moments on video before running onto the court to play for club, or country. Doom and gloom did descend on Argentina when Ginobili, Nocioni and other veterans like Walter Herrmann, Fabricio Oberto and Ruben Wolkowisky announced they would not play this summer. But the national team, with Quinteros and recent Houston Rockets signing Luis Scola, has enjoyed a good build-up to Las Vegas. "We are really well," Quinteros said. "We've only lost one game in eight friendlies, and we feel much stronger because we've improved our defense and we're rotating the ball much better." Argentina have beaten South American rivals Brazil and Puerto Rico in recent games. He said: "These triumphs have given us a lot of enthusiasm and much more security, and confidence ...

"It's true that we lost to Canada, but we are superior to them."

Quinteros believes Argentina are better defensively than on offense right now, but he said: "That doesn't worry me. We must know when to run and when not to because the majority of our opponents feel much more comfortable in that type of fast game." Argentina open their FIBA Americas Championship on the second day of the competition against Uruguay. "I believe we have a lot of chances to pick up that Olympic spot," Quinteros said. "To have won two of the last three friendlies has given us a lot of faith, and made us calm."

Jeff Taylor

Another article about BRAZIL

BRA - 'Lula': team-play the key
LAS VEGAS (FIBA Americas Championship) - Brazil coach Aluisio Ferreira believes winning the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup recently in Puerto Rico will motivate the Selecao in the FIBA Americas Championship.

The team won the friendly warm-up competition after losing their first game 75-67 to Argentina, bouncing back to defeat Puerto Rico 79-67 and Canada 74-61.

They will now be aiming for one of the two Olympic berths that the FIBA Championship hands to the champions and runners-up of the competition, and coach 'Lula' thinks that his team are well-prepared.

"The Tuto Marchand Cup was a great, useful way to finish our preparation," he said.

"We gave rhythm to the whole team and put Nene and Leandro Barbosa on court, but the biggest, most positive point is that we managed to maintain the team-play we showed in the
Pan American Games.

"The title itself is not so important, but the way we played, with determination.

"We have to go on this way to clinch as many victories as necessary on the road to the Olympic Games."

Brazil's first game is on Wednesday against Canada, with Venezuela, the US Virgin Islands and the United States also drawn alongside them in Group B.

Matias Greco

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