Saturday, 14 August 2010

Canada Basketball this coming week: Greek & Turkish tournaments

Tuesday, August 17-19, 2010 Acropolis International Basketball Tournament (also known as the Acropolis of Athens Tournament and the Acropolis Cup) (in Greek: Τουρνουά Ακρόπολις)
- has been held annually since the year 1986 and takes place in Athens, Greece each summer. The tournament is named after the world famous Acropolis of Athens. The competition is played under FIBA rules. The tournament is organized by the Greek Basketball Federation and it is sponsored by Eurobank. It is considered to be the most prestigious non-FIBA organized international basketball competition that is competed between national teams.
- 2010 tournament opponents for Canada, all of which will participate at the FIBA Worlds in Turkey in September, are:
Serbia (FIBA #5), coming off 4 victories last weekend in Turkey vs. New Zealand twice, Iran and the host Turks, is led by long-time NBA regular Nenan Krstic. This weekend, Serbia will be in Maribor, Slovenia to face Russia, New Zealand and hosts Slovenia, as they prepare to begin Group A action at the World championships.

Slovenia (FIBA #20) features 7'0" Primoz Brezec (Milwaukee Bucks), 6'3" Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns) who had such a productive NBA playoff this past season coming into his own as Steve Nash's backup and former NBAers 6'9" Bostjan Nachbar and 6'11" Uros Slokar. Slovenia, in Group B at the Worlds, suffered a tight 79-72 overtime loss to world champions Spain recently and also host a tournament this weekend with Russia, New Zealand and Serbia

Greece (FIBA #4) hosts of this prestigous tournament will prepare for Group C play at the Worlds with a tough, disciplined group that runs their offense and is highly rated despite not having an NBA player on the roster and most players from their own Greek league.

Tuesday, August 17th CANADA vs. SERBIA; GREECE vs. SLOVENIA
Wednesday, August 18th SERBIA vs. SLOVENIA; GREECE vs. CANADA
Thursday, August 19th SLOVENIA vs. CANADA; GREECE vs. SERBIA
Athens is 7 hours ahead of Eastern time/10 hours ahead of Western time zone.

Efes Pilsen World Cup in Ankara, Turkey in addition to Canada features #1 Argentina, #18 Turkey and #24 Lebanon. Ankara is 7 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone/10 hours ahead of Western time zone
Saturday, August 21st
Argentina vs. Canada (10:30 AM ET; 5:30 local)
Turkey vs. Lebanon
Sunday, August 22nd
Lebanon vs. Argentina
Turkey vs. Canada (12:30 PM ET; 7:30 local)
Monday, August 23rd
Canada vs. Lebanon (10:30 AM ET; 5:30 local)
Turkey vs. Argentina

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