Olympic Hoops: Patrick Mills drops 42 as Australia takes home the bronze

From nbl.com.au: He carried the flag for Australia at the opening ceremony in Tokyo and Patty Mills has made history by helping deliver the Boomers their first ever Olympic Games medal with a performance for the ages in a big win over Slovenia for the bronze medal. Mills was simply a man possessed at Tokyo’s Saitama Super Stadium on Saturday night to close the basketball tournament at the Olympic Games. At his fourth Olympics, he was not going to let Australia remain medalless in men’s basketball. The newly-signed Brooklyn Nets…

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Olympic Hoops: France edges Slovenia to advance to gold medal game

The gold medal game against the USA follows for France By Johnny Askounis at eurohoops.net / info@eurohoops.net A thrilling encounter leads France to the win, 90-89, over Slovenia and to the Olympic Games gold medal game. It came down to Nicolas Batum blocking Klemen Prepelic in the dying seconds of the exciting semifinal. His side on the slimmest of leads moves on to Saturday’s gold medal game versus Team USA. The Blues had defeated the United States in their Tokyo opener. Also, most players were on the 2019 FIBA World Cup squad that knocked…

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Olympic Hoops: Australia gets by Argentina to get to semifinals

Team USA will meet Australia with the winning side advancing to the gold medal game of the Olympic Games By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net Australia went through to the Olympic Games semifinals by defeating Argentina, 97-59, on Tuesday. Patty Mills fired a game-high 18 points after averaging 21.7 points per game in the preliminary round. Matisse Thybulle added 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Jock Landale paired his 12 points with seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Joe Ingles dished out seven of his side’s 33 team assists. The Utah Jazz forward threw…

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Olympic Hoops: Gobert and Fournier power France to semis

France will face Slovenia in the Olympics semifinal for a chance to return to the podium By Eurohoops team at Eurohoops.net /info@eurohoops.net It was a tough battle but France came through to beat Italy 84-75 to advance to the Olympic tournament semifinals on Tuesday. Les Bleus will face Slovenia for a ticket to the grand final on Saturday. Rudy Gobert took charge for Vincent Collet’s squad, posting 22 points, 9 rebounds. Evan Fournier, who has just moved to the New York Knicks, followed with 21 points, while veteran Nicolas Batum paced the team with 15…

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USA gets win over Spain 95-81

The United States Senior Men’s National Team guaranteed themselves at least a shot at playing for a medal in a 95-81 victory over a tough and experienced Spanish National team. The US team had to overcome a low shooting start in the first half and a huge game form Ricky Rubio, who channeled his inner Oscar Schmidt in dropping 38 on the Americans. Team USA will take on the winner of the Australia/Argentina matchup in the semis. From nba news services : > Box score | Photos First Quarter: Spain 21, USA…

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Transgender weightlifter’s Olympic debut ends quicker than expected

From James Matthey at news.com.au: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard suffered an early exit on her Olympic debut on Monday night, bowing out as the New Zealander’s historic appearance ignited heated debate on one of sport’s most divisive issues. Hubbard was competing in the women’s +87kg class, but failed on each of her first three attempts in the snatch component of the competition. Her three unsuccessful attempts meant she did not progress to the clean and jerk phase and was knocked out. Attempting the heaviest first attempt of the night when…

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Latvia and United States claim first ever Olympic gold in 3-on-3 basketball

3×3 basketball has come to stay as an Olympic sport. By Eurohoops team at eurohoops.net / info@eurohoops.net For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, there are champions in 3×3 basketball with Latvia and Team USA winning the men’s and women’s tournaments respectively thanks to some big-time baskets. Per FIBA: Latvia superstar Karlis Lasmanis hit a shot for the ages and USA confirmed their credentials as the two teams became the first 3×3 Olympic gold medalists after a momentous finale at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo on…

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International Hoops: Germany gets first win in Tokyo

Jordan Nwora with 33 points not enough for Nigeria against Germany By Johnny Askounis at eurohoops.net / info@eurohoops.net The game was tied 81-81 with six minutes left, but Germany finished strong for the 99-92victory on Wednesday. Johannes Voigtmann highlighted a five-player double-digit scoring pack with 19 points and seven rebounds. Moritz Wagner had 17 points. Danilo Barthel got to 14 points with an impressive run down the stretch. “We did our job,” noted Voigtmann, “The first half was maybe a little too high scoring for our taste, but after the first four minutes in…

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International Hoops: USA blows out Iran 120-66

Team USA makes 19 three-pointers in a comfortable win against Iran By Johnny Askounis at Eurohoops.net / info@eurohoops.net After the loss to France, the USA rocked Iran, 120-66, making it to 1-1 in the Olympic Games preliminary round. Damian Lillard led the way with 21 points. His 7/13 from outside made up all of his points. Gregg Popovich’s players finished 19/39 overall from beyond the arc in their second game at Saitama Super Arena. The 19 three-pointers became the fourth-best long-range effort in Olympic Games history. The USA had 29 against Nigeria…

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International Hoops: France rolls Czech Republic to advance to quarters

The French were unstoppable for the most part of the game. By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net France rolled over the Czech Republic  97 – 77 to double its wins in the Olympic Games and advance to the quarterfinals as first in Group A. After leading France past Team USA, Evan Fournier was once again the top scorer for his national team with 21 points on 8-13 shots. Nando De Colo added 17 points, Vincent Poirier had 14 points and Thomas Heurtel scored 11 and dished out seven assists for Le Bleus that…

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