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IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 7th, 2015, 8:50 pm

Lizzimba has posted his World Jam rosters, and this is my entry into the fray. Before the World Jam, the international basketball bodies' World Championships Tournament is being staged. It may seem small, with only 8 countries being represented, but the teams represent much of the best and brightest the FBA and the world has to offer and, for a little over two weeks, these countries will battle for pride and basketball supremacy.

The format is:

Preliminary - Round Robin

Each of the eight teams will play each other once for a total of 28 games in the first round. Tie breakers are head to head records, then point differential among tied teams, then the team's point differential in the group, then (hoping we don't get to this point) a random drawing.

Semifinals and Finals

The top four teams advance to the second round Seminfinals. The first place team plays the fourth place team and the second place team plays the third place team. The winners of those two games play in the Finals for the Gold and Silver Medals while the losers play one game for the Bronze Medal.

Consolation Games

The four teams that don't advance to the Semifinal Round will play in Consolation matches (5 vs. 6, and 7 vs. 8) for 5th and 7th place, giving us a grand total of 33 games.

TEAM ROSTERS

USA

G - Nina Lime
G - Buck Hopper
F - Lemond Conkale
F - Adam Tevela
C - Zack Tate
G - Rene Lacoste
G - Crystal Davis
F - Brad Pullman
F - Renee Fiora
C - Eli Shuck
F - Lashawn Grandon
G - Alyssia Silvermann
G - Apiatan Redmane
F/C - Leonard Mack
G - Kelvin Hailey

CANADA

G - Yves Carbonneau
G - Rocky Caracal
F - Kevin Malka
F - Charles Yotechuk
C - Bobby Baylor
G - Catherine DeMille
G - Silvia Windcreek
F - Brax Trenor
F - Gerry Cross
C - Charles Burgh
F - Wesley Lachs
F - Ahti Nereus
F - Luna St. Peter
G/F - Connor Caracal
G - Francois Martineau

UNITED KINGDOM

G - John Stoat
G - D'Angelo MacQuilkin
F - Alphonse Norwich IV
F - Jake Turner
C - Benjamin Durby
G - Stripes Quinn
G - Ambrose Slade
F - Richard Maxwell
F - Emil O'Rourke
C - Makena Seymour
G - Marron Gwosdz
G - Sarah Michelle Dunbar
F - Kelvin Lennon
F - Clyde Moerke
G - Ryan Ottley

GERMANY

G - Klaus Korber
G - Fritz Jansen
F - Conrad Schaefer
F - Siegfried Romanoren
C - Dirk von Stryker
G - Frans Richter
G - Annika Jung
F - Karl Gruber
F - Friderich Peschke
C - Erich Haber
C - Simon Thal
F - Erik Lehrer *
G - Theodor Wagner *
F - Diane Schwartz *
G/F - Heike Aldersflugel *

AUSTRALIA

G - Kyle McLeod
G - Ryan Malone (Tentative, leaning to yes)
F - Wayne Kirkpatrick
F - Barnaby Jazz
C - Aisha Melbourne
G - Bobbie-Rae Brine
G - Jirra Martin
F - Alan Murphy
F - Anthony Boris
C - Tucker Love
G/F - Andrew West
G/F - Trevor Crawford
G - Pete Ducker
F - Dayron Debose
G - Wally Wald

RUSSIA

G - Iver Drake
G - Kasa Yalenchka
F - Vladimir Andreovich Zhidkov
F - Mikhail Lobochevski
C - Timur Tomlin
G - Sascha Selanne
G - Olya Gala
F - Sasha Ivanovich
F - Ivana Tretiak
C - Griff Rasputin
F/C - Pavlov Schivchenko
F - Vlasi Kozlov *
G - Pavel Zolnerovich *
C - Anastasya Volkov *
G/F - Sasha Kuznetsov *

JAPAN

G - Ren Inoue
G - Shou Masaru
F - Shirley Takamoto
F - Ryota Akinishi
C - Kenta Yamashita
G - Takeushi Nojimo
G - Akako Tsubasa
F - Keitaro Kurosaki
F - Tadashi Gotokuji *
C - Minoru Sakai *
G - Ryoto Uematsu *
G - Susumu Yamashita *
G - Kaoru Fujisaki *
F - Yukari Ando *
C - Iemoshi Tokugawa *

CHINA

G - Redawn Fenwatcher
G - Tuu Ning
F - Kamakani Iona
F - Song-Hwa Cho
C - Tood Hu
G - Eva Wong *
G - Wei-Yi Liu *
F - Kang-Fa Xie
F - Kang Dai *
C - San Ling
C - Xian-Xu Xau
F/C - Teng-Fei Zhang *
F - Yi Zhao *
G/F - Yi-Hua Song *
C - Chen Lei *

Players marked with a * are brand-new players for the tournament, made by various creators noted in the World FBA Teams sheet.

For those creators who have players, please inform me if you want your characters to participate. I'd like to start on the 15th at the latest and finish before the World Jam in October.
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Re: FFIBA World Championships Tournament Rosters

Postby SamGwosdz » September 8th, 2015, 11:42 am

Preliminaries Schedule

Day 1 - Sept. 15

Game 1 - China vs. Japan
Game 2 -Australia vs. Russia
Game 3 - Germany vs. Canada
Game 4 - United Kingdom vs. United States

Day 2 - Sept. 16

Game 5 - Russia vs. China
Game 6 - Japan vs. Canada
Game 7 - Australia vs. United States

Day 3 - Sept. 17

Game 8 - Germany vs. United Kingdom
Game 9 - China vs. Canada
Game 10 - Russia vs. United States

Day 4 - Sept. 18

Game 11 - Japan vs. United Kingdom
Game 12 - Australia vs. Germany
Game 13 - China vs. United States

Day 5 - Sept. 19

Game 14 - Canada vs. United Kingdom
Game 15 - Russia vs. Germany
Game 16 - Japan vs. Australia

Day 6 - Sept. 20

Game 17 - China vs. United Kingdom
Game 18 - United States vs. Germany
Game 19 - Canada vs. Australia

Day 7 - Sept. 22

Game 20 - Russia vs. Japan
Game 21 - China vs. Germany
Game 22 - United Kingdom vs. Australia

Day 8 - Sept. 23

Game 23 - United States vs. Japan
Game 24 - Canada vs. Russia
Game 25 - China vs. Australia

Day 9 - Sept. 24

Game 26 - Germany vs. Japan
Game 27 - United Kingdom vs. Russia
Game 28 - United States vs. Canada

Semifinals, Finals and Consolation

Sept. 26 - 5th place and 7th place matches

Game 29 - #5 Team vs. #6 Team
Game 30 - #7 Team vs. #8 Team

Sept. 27 - Semifinals

Game 31 - #1 Team vs. #4 Team
Game 32 - #2 Team vs. #3 Team

Sept. 29 - Bronze Medal Match

Game 33 - G31 Loser vs. G32 Loser

Sept. 30 - Gold Medal Match

Game 34 - G31 Winner vs. G32 Winner

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Re: FFIBA World Championships Tournament Rosters

Postby SamGwosdz » September 14th, 2015, 5:56 pm

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

USA

G - Valencia Zeraus
G - Buck Hopper
G - Rene Lacoste
G - Crystal Davis
G - Alyssia Silvermann
G - Apiatan Redmane
G - Kelvin Hailey
F - Brad Pullman
F - Renee Fiora
F - Lemond Conkale
F - Adam Tevela
F - Lashawn Grandon
F/C - Leonard Mack
C - Zack Tate
C - Eli Shuck

Coach: Morgan Roosevelt, raccoon

An intriguing mix of youth and veteran guile gives Team USA the unquestioned best team on paper. The guard unit has two of the greatest guards to ever play the game (Valencia Zeraus and Buck Hopper). And Crystal Davis, daughter of legend Healey Davis, veteran Alyssia Silvermann and #1 FBA pick Kelvin Haley are backups.

No player on the forward unit has more than two years of experience. However, it could be the best of the entire tourney with Lemond Conkale, Adam Tevela and ultra-patriotic Brad Pullman. Zack Tate's enthusiasm alone could carry center, but his capable backups are Eli Shuck and senior bigfur Leonard Mack.

Given that the tournament is in Pittsburgh, Team USA should expect a home court advantage every game. As talented as other squads are, that could give them the critical edge in a tourney like this.

CANADA

G - Yves Carbonneau
G - Rocky Caracal
G - Catherine DeMille
G - Silvia Windcreek
G - Francois Martineau
G/F - Connor Caracal
F - Kevin Malka
F - Charles Yotechuk
F - Wesley Lachs
F - Ahti Nereus
F - Luna St. Peter
F - Brax Trenor
F/C - Gerry Cross
F/C - Bobby Baylor
C - Charles Burgh

Coach: Neo Tomasi, leopard

One would be foolish to dismiss Canada because their veterans are on the old side: recent MVP Rocky Caracal and Charles Yotechuk, who just completed a long and storied FBA career, headline the experience. Youth is served with their breakout star in Yves Carbonneau, top draft pick in Francois Martineau, and forwards Kevin Malka, Ahti Nereus and Luna St. Peter.

The one who is almost gauranteed to keep the team focused and aiming towards the goal of the championship is Charles Burgh, and Canada also boasts veterans Gerry Cross and Bobby Baylor under the basket. Long-time teammates Brax Trenor and Silvia Windcreek also add to the experience that Canada has.

The wide range of talents Canada boasts can possibly take them far. They'll also have a large contingency of fans, so prepare to have them rival Team USA for cheers.

UNITED KINGDOM

G - John Stoat
G - D'Angelo MacQuilkin
G - Stripes Quinn
G - Ambrose Slade
G - Marron Gwosdz
G - Sarah Michelle Dunbar
G - Ryan Ottley
F - Alphonse Norwich IV
F - Kelvin Lennon
F - Clyde Moerke
F - Richard Maxwell
F - Emil O'Rourke
F/C - Makena Seymour
C - Benjamin Durby
C/F - Jake Turner

Coach: Dale Newell, red fox

The United Kingdom is another country that boasts a lot of FBA talent, and top-flight in the world itself. Their best players are younger, but they possess probably two of the wilest and toughest veterans in the tourney in John Stoat and Ambrose Slade. Forward Alphonse Norwich IV is always one to watch as well, to put it mildly. Rookie of the Year Jake Turner also highlights the squad and his old friend Benjamin Durby is an underrated prescene at center.

UK fans may remember Richie Maxwell's old exploits for national teams as he suits up for them once again. What their bench lacks in star power they more than make up for in quality and experience.

Team UK could easily surprise: their starting five could dominate any game alone. However, the depth of their bench will be tested for the seven games.

GERMANY

G - Klaus Korber
G - Fritz Jansen
G - Theodor Wagner *
G - Frans Richter
G - Annika Jung
G/F - Heike Aldersflugel *
F - Erik Lehrer *
F - Diane Schwartz *
F - Conrad Schaefer
F - Karl Gruber
F/C - Siegfried Romanoren
C - Dirk von Stryker
C - Friderich Peschke
C - Erich Haber
C - Simon Thal

Coach: Stephan aus den Birken, skunk

If anything, Germany is really, really scary in the front court, with intimidating presences in Siegfried Romanoren and Dirk von Stryker and the recently-retired Karl Gruber representing Germany for a final time. Klaus Korber is also still one of the premier guards in all the world, and Germany is so stacked with big men that htey have Friderich Peschke and Erich Haber coming off the bench.

Germany is one of the teams in the tourney, though, that features players from the country's best leagues. In their case, it's FBB: Furry Basketball Bundesliga. Heike Aldresflugel is their star swingforward and proving himself on the world stage could do wonders for his career. Theodor Wagner, Erik Lehrre and Dian Schwartz round out the tall German talent outside the FBA.

Germany's hopes are riding on Siegfried's and Dirk's large shoulders.

AUSTRALIA

G - Kyle McLeod
G - Ryan Malone
G - Bobbie-Rae Brine
G - Jirra Martin
G - Pete Ducker
G - Wally Wald
G/F - Andrew West
G/F - Trevor Crawford
F - Dayron Debose
F - Wayne Kirkpatrick
F - Alan Murphy
F - Anthony Boris
F/C - Barnaby Jazz
C - Tucker Love
C - Aisha Melbourne

Coach: Alan Foster, dingo

The Aussies may possibly be the most entertaining group of the tournament, with high-flying veteran Ryan Malone agreeing to represent the country. He'll pair up with Alan Murphy and the big shark Barnaby Jazz to give Australia a high-flying attack inside.

The depth at guard is solid, with Kyle McLeod and Bobbie-Rae Brine and Wayne Kirkpatrick and Anthony Boris round out the forwards. Happy-go-lucky Aisha Melbourne, who's starred for years at Lorain, should star here as well.

Australia has a tall order to succeed in this tournament, but the motley crew will take on the challenge with a grin and, if need be, a slam.

RUSSIA

G - Iver Drake
G - Kasa Yalenchka
F - Vladimir Andreovich Zhidkov
F - Mikhail Lobochevski
C - Timur Tomlin
G - Sascha Selanne
G - Olya Gala
F - Sasha Ivanovich
F/C - Ivana Tretiak
C - Griff Rasputin
F/C - Pavlov Schivchenko
F - Vlasi Kozlov *
G - Pavel Zolnerovich *
C - Anastasya Volkov *
G/F - Sasha Kuznetsov *

Coach: Vladimir Tabanov, polar bear

Russia seems like a thin team on paper, but a solid starting lineup and bench can take a team far if they gel quickly. Drake and Yalenchka are one of the better guard combosin the tourney and Zhidkov, Lobochevski and Tomlin are big fighters in the middle. Bench players Olya Gala, Sasha Ivanovich and Ivana Tretiak are all fondly followed in Russia and the fans in the Motherland would look forward to see how they do.

The most intriguing Russian player from their ranks is Pavel Zolnerovich, a Corsac Fox. From Krasnador, he is known in the country for his unreal speed and layups. Anastasya Volkov, an Eurasian wolf center from Samara, is also someone to keep an eye on with her size.

Russia is a team that can play larger than their talent, so no one should sleep on them.

JAPAN

G - Ren Inoue
G - Shou Masaru
F - Shirley Takamoto
F - Ryota Akinishi
C - Kenta Yamashita
G - Takeushi Nojimo
G - Akako Tsubasa
F - Keitaro Kurosaki
F - Tadashi Gotokuji *
C - Minoru Sakai *
G - Ryoto Uematsu *
G - Susumu Yamashita *
G - Kaoru Fujisaki *
F - Yukari Ando *
C - Iemoshi Tokugawa *

Coach: Hideo Ishikawa, turle

The NPBL, Nippon Professional Baketball League, has gotten a little more attention in recent years and now several players from the league will team up with top players from the FBA to show what they can do.

The big money wouldn't be put on this team, naturally, but they are intriguing as they have from the FBA two talented canine guards and exemplary rookies in American-born Shirley Takamoto and Keitaro Kurosaki.

The most talented player from the NPBL is most likely Iemoshi Tokugawa, whose bullying style inside helped him guide his team, the Osaka RNA Braves, to the NPBL title last season. Here, though, he'll have to prove himself once more, as will the rest of Team Nippon.

CHINA

G - Redawn Fenwatcher
G - Tuu Ning
F - Kamakani Iona
F - Song-Hwa Cho
C - Todd Hu
G - Eva Wong *
G - Weiyi Liu *
F - Kanga Xie
F - Kang Dai *
C - San Ling
C - Xian-Xu Xau
F/C - Tengfei Zhang *
F - Yi Zhao *
G/F - Yihua Song *
C - Chen Lei *

Coach: Tian Zhang, red panda

You can say this for China: it's a perfect opportunity to showcase their the players of the CFBL. Aside from the FBAers joining them, two of the stars from the foriegn league are San Francisco-born Eva Wong and tall center Chen Lei, who would compliment the exceptionally tall Todd Hu.

But outside of Redawn Fenwatcher, Kamikani Iona and North Korean-born Song-Hwa Cho, Team China doesn't have much talent and will have to rely on their unfamiliarity on Somthe world scene to try to surprise some people.

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Postby SamGwosdz » September 15th, 2015, 7:03 pm

Day 1

CHN (0-1) - 15 16 14 12 - 57
JPN (1-0) - 22 22 25 31 - 100

In the opening game of the IFBA's first World Tourney, the Chinese team had a small contingency of fans. However, Japan's fans were certainly more organized and boisterous, with an oendan all the way from Tokyo chanting and singing songs throughout the game. It no doubt inspired the Japanese team as they led by 13 at the half and only turned on the heat, winning by 43 points when it was all over. When China was competitive, Redawn Fenwatcher directed the offense, scoring 10 of China's 31 points in the half and finishing with 15 points. However, Team Japan was on fire the entire game and when turnovers plagued China in the second half (they finished with 18), Japan took full advantage. All of Japan's starters finished in double figures with Ren Inoue and Shirley Takamoto leading the charge with 21 points each. Fenwatcher also had five assists and Todd Hu dominated the boards for them with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Japan center Kenta Yamashita also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Much of the second half was spent with Japan's bench supplementing Inoue and Takamoto. Keitaro Kurosaki put up 10 points and Tadashi Gotokuji and Minoru Sakai both put their stamp on the game with 8 points each. One bright spot for China's overmatched bench play was Eva Wong proving to be a capable backup for Fenwatcher, dealing out six assists on China's scarce buckets.

Team Japan was spirited and expressive, with Shirley getting a few samba moves in while Gotokuji and Sakai engaged in spirited high-five exchanges. China of course, seemed demoralized, but coach Tian Zhang tried to keep their morale up, as he reportedly reminded his young team this was only the first game.

AUS (1-0) - 24 17 20 28 - 89
RUS (0-1) - 22 28 19 16 - 85

The reputation of the high-flying Australians didn't disappoint as Ryan Malone and Alan Murphy both had highlight-reel worthy dunks in the first five minutes of the game alone. However, Russia was able to keep pace with them in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Kasa Yalenchka exploded for 12 points and Sasha Ivanovich showed her reputation for lockdown defense, getting critical steals and even a tough block on Barnaby Jazz. The Russians went up by 7 at the half. They managed to keep pace in the third quarter. In the final frame, it seemed that Australia said enough was enough surged themselves. Aisha Melbourne took charge in the middle and became the go-to for the Aussies, scoring the go-ahead bucket with five seconds to go. On the ensuing inbounds, Alan Murphy intercepted an inbounds from Yalenchka and was quickly fouled. He nailed both free throws to put Australia up 89-85. The Russians tried a three pointer with Iver Drake at the end, but it bounced off the back of the rim harmlessly. For Australia, Malone led the team with 20 points and Barnaby Jazz had 10. Kyle McLeod had 8 assists and Melbourne had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Yalenchka led Russia with 18 points and 6 assists. Timur Tomlin had 9 rebounds.

GER (1-0) - 24 26 24 22 - 96
CAN (0-1) - 20 13 29 24 - 86

Canada had high expectations with the veteran squad they entered into the tournament and Germany had something to prove. Both showed it quickly when the teams sprinted out with dueling buckets in the first quarter. However, the second quarter was the Siegfried show as the giant white lion almost singlehandedly kept Canada off the board, scoring four blocks in the quarter alone. He also poured in 12 of Germany's 26 points in the frame as they built up a 17-point lead by the half. To their credit, Canada came back as much as they could, with Rocky Caracal scoring 12 points in the third. But the deficit was just too much as Klaus Korber made sure to keep Germany ahead by pacing them in the frame with timely buckets. Canada ended the game with a nice shot by Francois Martineau, but it wasn't nearly enough as the horn sounded and a lot of Canadian fans uttered a groan of disappointment.

Rocky led the Canadians with 18 points and Charles Yotechuk and Bobby Baylor had 12 points each. Yves Carbonneau led the team with 6 assists and Bobby Baylor had 8 rebounds to lead the team. Siegfried Romanoren, though, was the huge star with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Klaus Korber had 8 assists and Heike Andersflugel, making an anticipated appearance, managed to surprise with 10 points.

GBR (0-1) - 27 24 20 19 - 90
USA (1-0) - 19 29 21 22 - 91

The crowd was red, white and blue, no matter what country you were rooting for. And chants of "USA! USA!" dominated the atmosphere. But to start they were quieter than usual as Team Britain stormed out of the gate thanks to FBA Rookie of the Year Jake Turner. The tall fox took advantage of a slow start by Adam Tevela and Zack Tate to dominate inside and lead Team UK to an eight-point lead. Team USA did a little storming back of their own with their balanced attack: Valencia Zeraus fed the ball inside to Tate to get the center going offensively while Crystal Davis came off the bench and hit a couple of wide-open three pointers. But at the half, Team UK was still up by three. The two teams traded the lead throughout the third quarter, but Team UK still retained the lead with two points. The fourth quarter proved to be like the rest as neither side refused to give an inch. Buck Hopper and Ambrose Slade both made sure of that with strong performances showing their veteran natures. So it all came to the final seconds, with Team UK nursing a 90-89 lead with just five seconds left to go.

"Fans are on their feet... USA with a shooter lineup in: Zeraus, Hopper, Davis, Conkale and Mack. UK has Slade, MacQuilkin, Norwich, Turner and Durby. Davis to inbound, Roosevelt and Newell gesturing at the sidelines. Davis gets it in to Zeraus, four seconds. She stares down Norwich. Two seconds, fadeaway... IT'S GOOD!! Valencia Zeraus with the winner and Team USA pulls out a close one!!" The five American players joined in a celebratory impromptu group hug and hop.

Lemond Conkale led Team USA with 20 points and Zeraus and Hopper had 14. Zeraus tallied 7 assists and Tate led with 12 rebounds. Turner scored a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Slade added in 15 points and 6 assits. Durby led Team Britain with 12 rebounds.

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Postby SamGwosdz » September 17th, 2015, 2:48 pm

Day 2

RUS (1-1) - 24 30 20 24 - 98
CHN (0-2) - 16 13 12 19 - 60

At some point during the second quarter, after Ivana Tretiak slammed in a missed shot with one hand, China quickly called a time out. You could see the look on Redawn Fenwatcher's and Todd Hu's faces as they went back to the bench: they couldn't believe it was happening again. And much earlier this time, as Russia opened up a 25-point lead by halftime. Though the Chinese team regrouped and played better in the second half, it couldn't spare them from a 98-60 loss.

One of the CPBL players, Liu Weiyi, a deer from Guangzhou, had a solid game off the bench and ended up leading the team in points with 14. Song-Hwa Cho led the Chinese team with 12 rebounds and Fenwatcher again led in assists with five.

But it was pretty much all the Russians from start to finish. Just about everyone contributed, right down to backup forward Vlasi Kozlov, who scored a couple of buckets in the fourth when the game was well in hand.

Kasa Yalenchka led the Russians with 26 points and 12 assists and Tretiak added 12 points. Surprisingly, backup center Griff Rasputin led the team wtih 11 rebounds, belaying his age with a spirited inside attack against Hu and Xau Xian-Xu.

JPN (2-0) - 20 19 16 19 - 74
CAN (0-2) - 16 16 19 21 - 72

After the third quarter, when the score was still low and Canada was still close with four points, people started to wonder: could Japan really beat them? Was the beating they gave Canada more than a fluke? Was Canada really having this many problems already? Charles Yotechuk did all he could to stop that in the fourth quarter, taking on Shirley Takamoto himself and getting his patented bank shots to fall at that point.

Veteran point guard Takeushi Nojimo did some capable backup work with Ren Inoue and kept Japan's steady offense going when the shorts were largely weren't falling for anyone. Luckily, in the fourth quarter, Kenta Yamashita took charge and scored a couple of critical buckets in the frame.

With eight seconds to go, Canada had the ball and a 72-all tie. Yves Carbonneau was taking the dribble setting up a play against Shou Masaru when he suddenly lost the ball! Masaru, with all the speed he could muster, picked up the ball and ran past Carbonneau without getting fouled and laid the ball in to give Japan the 74-72 lead. Canada was able to get a time out and get the ball to half-court. The inbound to tall Charles Burgh was successful, but his hook shot bounced off the back of the rim. The jubilation and frustration on both sides were evident.

Yotechuk led Canada with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds and Takamoto led Japan with 15 points. Yamashita missed a double-double, but had 11 rebounds for Japan. Carbonneau and Nojimo led their respective teams in assists.


AUS (1-1) - 20 22 23 20 - 85
USA (2-0) - 20 24 26 27 - 97

To the surprise of some, but not to the American team, the game was close once more. The Aussies tried a more bruising inside attack with Barnaby Jazz and Aisha Melbourne to start. Unlike the first game, Adam Tevela and Zack Tate were more up to the task and did a good job of defending the rim. A lot of the points of the first half came from Ryan Malone's and Wayne Kirkpartick's shooting. The Americans countered with a steady stream of buckets from several players that kept the Australians guessing: a jump shot by Valencia Zeraus. An inside muscle and layup by Lemond Conkale. A fadeaway flap shot from Brad Pullman. A bruising dunk from Renee Fiora.

To their credit, the Aussies were only down by two at the half and kept within scoring distance when the American team pulled away slightly by the end of the third period. Anthony Boris showed a lot of spirit with his inside play and hard jams. But the telling moment came late in the fourth when the Americans showcased their sheer depth.

Rene Lacoste took point with Kelvin Haley at the other guard position. Tevela, Conkale and Eli Shuck were in for the Americans. Jazz and Melbourne were still out for Australia, with Bobby-Rae Brine, Jira Martin and Alan Murphy out there with them. Lacoste took the ball down the court and was greeted in a rotation by Jazz. He quickly passed to Hailey who sized up Alan Murphy. Without warning, the cougar drove and sped past Murphy. The roo tried to jump up and defend him, but Kelvin slammed the ball home and the whistle blew, electing a yowl of celebration from Kelvin and a near-deafening explosion of cheers.

That moment cemented Team USA's hold on the game and they went on to win by twelve with a 97-85 score. Valencia Zeraus led them with 13 points and 7 assists. Zack Tate and Eli Shuck led with 9 rebounds each. Tevela also poured in 12 points and Hailey had 9.

For Australia, Wayne Kirkpatrick had 18 points to lead them. Melbourne had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Brine led the Aussies with six assists.

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Postby SamGwosdz » September 18th, 2015, 5:57 pm

Day 3

GER (3-0) - 21 26 24 15 - 86
GBR (1-2) - 21 17 23 20 - 81

This Germany team is more Blitzkrieg than Luftwaffe, but von Stryker and Romanoren continued their dominance inside in this tournament. Combined, they provided 45 points and 25 rebounds for their team. But this didn't mean that Team UK laid down: they simply put their hopes on their big fox. Jake Turner scored 16 points in the first half. He finished with 25 and Slade added in 15.

In the second half, Germany was able to keep two steps ahead of Team UK by leaning on their veteran experience. The still capable Karl Gruber and Erich Haber continued the steady stream with mid-range jumpers and hook shots. Team UK had an unlikely hero in veteran Stripes Quinn who was able to get the team outside shots when the inside game started to fail. He finished with 7 assists.

But the Germans were just too tough in the end as Fritz Jansen iced the game with crucial three-pointers in the final frame. Romanoren led Germany with 28 points, von Stryker had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Klaus Korber had 8 assists.

CHN (0-3) - 17 20 18 15 - 70
CAN (1-2) - 22 18 22 19 - 79

For the first time in what seemed like ages, Canada got out to a decent-size lead and stayed there. Rocky Caracal paced the offense with his mid-range jumpers and Bobby Baylor paced the inside game, going around the slower Todd Hu often. Though, to their credit, China managed to keep pace with Tuu Ning having a very strong first half with four three-pointers.

But Canada managed to stay just ahead of the inspired Chinese team. Connor Caracal, Rocky's little brother, had a great third quarter with four buckets and Francois Martineau assisted with two three-pointers and three assists. The game of course, wasn't finally decided until Baylor corraled a mid-range miss from Song Yihua and time expired.

Ning led China with 18 points. Eva Wong had 6 assists and Cho Song-Hwa had 11 rebounds to lead the team. The Caracal brothers combined for 30 points. Bobby Baylor had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Yves Carbonneau had 6 assists.

RUS (1-2) - 18 26 26 22 - 92
USA (3-0) - 13 20 33 27 - 93

It was an ugly, contentious first half. Russia quickly set the tone with hard-nosed aggressive defense and even though Team USA was restrained enough to not throw punches, but there were traded words and death stares between both sides, especially with Lemond Conkale and Vladimir Andreiovich Zhidkov. It came to a head late in the second after Zhidkov slammed an alley oop in Conkale's face. Conkale got in the tiger's face and the two traded barbs before Valencia Zeraus and Sasha Ivanovich seperated the two.

A horrid-shooting first quarter put the US behind the eight ball and although they picked it up in the second quarter, Russia used three-pointers from Kasa Yalenchka and Iver Drake to put them up by 11 at the half. The home crowd supporters were somewhat subdued, but if they could see Zeraus closer, she had a scowl that was fiercer than any she had used in years.

Inside the locker rooms, Team USA coach Morgan Roosevelt noticed that and gave Valencia the go-ahead to speak. She then proceeded to light into everyone, telling each and every player on the floor the mistakes they had made in no uncertain terms. She then turned the criticism on herself and told everyone the mistakes she had made in turn. She concluded the speech this way:

"We are Americans, damn it, and that crowd out there supporting us is expecting our very best! We will NOT blow this game. Do you hear me?!"

"Yes!"

"I can't hear you!"

"Yes!"

"Now get your paws in here!! One two three!!!!"

"USA!!!"

And they didn't go back on their pledge. The second-half saw Team USA with more intensity and focus. Brad Pullman and Crysatl Davis were especially inspired by the speech; the bald eagle went on a hot streak finding moves inside and Crystal nailed long-range jumpers and threes. Russia tried holding them off, getting a four-point lead into the fourth, but by then, Team USA appeared to have control.

Russia still used their power and what finesse they had to keep ahead, with Ivanovich finding a second wind with two second chance baskets and veteran Olya Gala getting inside for a couple of layups. The score was 92-89 with 30 seconds to go.

Valencia took the ball down and slowed things up to get set to let the clock tick down. Zack Tate set up in the middle, with Adam Tevela, Davis and Conkale roving. She naturally looked at Davis first, who had 12 points in the game, but she was double-teamed. Tate and Tevela were partially covered too. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Hopper breaking free and passed to her left. The rabbit caught the ball, and stepped behind the three-point line. Zhidkov came at him to block. He let the shot fly. The tiger's arm came down on his shoulder. A referee's whistle blew.

Swish.

Bedlam.

Buck yowled and swung his fist in celebration as his teammates joined him for high fives. But knowing he had a job to do, he calmly sank the free throw to put Team USA in the lead with eight seconds left.

Russia inbounded the ball after the timeout, but when Yalenchka tried to pass inside to Timur Tomlin, Davis got in the ball's path and poked it away. The ball bounced away as the seconds ticked off and the horn sounded. She ran over and gave Buck a huge high-five and the two were joined by Valencia who hugged them both. By the skin of their teeth, Team USA had another victory.

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 19th, 2015, 7:01 pm

Day 4

JPN (2-1) - 23 24 17 17 - 81
GBR (1-2) - 25 21 17 22 - 85

So far, Team UK had underachieved in the tournament, and some thought Japan had overachieved. Team Japan wasn't about to stop trying, and Team UK wasn't about to quit. That showed in the first half as both teams played competitively and didn't give much to each other. Slightly altering their strategy, Team UK attempted to compliment Jake Turner with veteran Richard Maxwell. It paid off when he got open lanes, with his slams delighting the UK fans. Not to be outdone, Keitaro Kurosaki had success with his mid-range jumpers and rebounding. The game was even heading into the third quarter, with Japan nursing a one-point lead.

Firefox then decided to take over.

Taking it to Kurosaki and Kenta Yamashita, Turner nailed six hookshoots in a row, forcing Japan to keep pace. They were able to do so with Shirley Takamoto finally making consistent shots and Eastern dragon Tadashi Gotokuji providing inside layups.

But Firefox was just too much. Even as slow as he was, he still showed why he was the Rookie of the Year by taking over the paint in the fourth. He scored 14 points in that final frame including a hookshot in the final seconds where he hoisted it high over a leaping Kurosaki and put it cleanly through the net. Turner finished with a tournament high 34 points and 14 rebounds. Kurosaki led Japan with 20 points and Takamoto had 16. Yamashita had 10 rebounds to lead Japan and Inoue had 7 assists. For Team UK, who felt like they finally got back on track, Benjamin Durby got 10 rebounds to support Turner and surprisingly, D'Angelo MacQuilkin ended up with a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.

AUS (2-1) - 21 24 20 25 - 90
GER (2-1) - 25 21 17 22 - 85

For one of the first times in the tournament, the Siegfried and Dirk Magic Show was halted by the high-flying Aussie Roos as Malone went on a tear in the first half, scoring 22 points, more than half of Australia's total for the periods. However Klaus Korber also lit up the scoreboard himself, scoring 18 points with four three-pointers and Gemrany had forged slightly at the half 46-45.

The second half saw the point guard fight continue, with even Frans Richter and Bobby-Rae Brine getting into the act as passers. They finished with four and five assists respectively as Australia used a surprisingly effective three-point attack to pull ahead in the third. Late in the fourth, Romanoren attempted to take control with a hard drive to the hoop but was incredibly stiffed with a hard block from Barnaby Jazz. The ball bounced down the court, backup Alan Murphy grabbed it and slammed it home, putting the exclamation point on the hard-fought win.

Malone led Australia with 28 points and Jazz had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Wayne Kirkpatrick had 14 points. Korber led Germany with 24 points and 12 assists. von Stryker led the team with 12 rebounds as well.

CHN (0-4) - 17 17 14 24 - 72
USA (4-0) - 27 26 25 18 - 96

No one expected drama for this game, and there admittedly wasn't much as the United States quickly jumped out a 10-point lead and stayed far ahead for the rest of the game. With the lead at 30, the real interest of the game came when Roosevelt put in his still-capable reserves. That meant Kelvin Hailey got to play a full quarter and he didn't disappoint, showcasing his high-flying acrobatics.

Alyssia Silvermann also headed up the backcourt with Leonard Mack at power forward, Renee Fiora at small forward and Eli Shuck at center. While they held down the fort, China showed some fight with their own backups. Eva Wong piled up six assists in the period alone with Xie Kang-Fa the primary scorer for the team as he totaled 12 points in the period. While it played very well for China's pride, it was still Team USA's game and everyone involved knew it.

Zack Tate led Team USA with 22 points and 12 rebounds, Hailey had 12 points and four other US players were in double figures. Valencia Zeraus had 9 assists, just missing a double-double. For China, Xie led with 18 points. Eva Wong had 9 assists to led the team and Cho Song-Hwa paced them with 12 rebounds.

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 21st, 2015, 7:22 am

Day 5

CAN (2-2) - 31 21 20 25 - 97
GBR (1-3) - 25 24 21 13 - 85

Team Canada wasn't liking the idea of being tagged as underachievers nearing the halfway point of the tournament. Also, there were rumors flying around that the Caracal brothers were having issues being on the same team together, based on strange interactions the brothers seemed to have between each other. However, to their credit, the two didn't mention anything about it to the press.

As for the game, Canada had to focus on getting back on track, as did Team UK. Jake Turner and Alphonse Norwich IV had looked none too pleased at losing twice and they were looking to rectify that.

Canada got off to a hot start with their youngest players in Francois Martineau and Connor Caracal. The two scored 18 of Canada's 31 points in the quarter. However, John Stoat had finally broken out, probably out of pure frustration, and the offense revolved around him as he matched their 18 points in the quarter. However, Canada got the lead after that quarter.

Team UK mannaged to close the gap in the second, with veteran point guard Marron Gwosdz feeding in assists to D'Angelo MacQuilkin, who paced the team with 12 points. For a spurt there, though, Canada answered with defense-first Charles Burgh's inside play with two blocks and a couple of buckets.

After an even third quarter with Canada clinging to a two-point lead, Burgh took it to another level, scoring five blocks in the final quarter. His big defense made Team UK alter their plans on the fly and they couldn't adjust, their shots missing. Team Canada's Yves Carbonneau answered by scoring 10 points in the frame and guiding the offense to expand the lead as Canada cruised to the win.

John Stoat finished with 28 points to lead Team UK and Francois Martineau led Canada with 18 points. Charles Burgh came off the bench to lead Canada with 10 rebounds and 7 blocks. Benjamin Durby got 12 rebounds for Team UK to lead them there. Marron Gwosdz, surprisingly, led them with six assists off the bench. Canada's top assister was Carbonneau with six.

RUS (1-3) - 17 16 27 23 - 83
GER (3-1) - 27 25 15 17 - 84

It was a tale of two halves as Germany scored and defended well and the same was true for Russia in the second half. While Germany's stalwart veterans played great on defense, it was Diane Schwartz who gained a hot hand, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-12 shooting.

In the second half, Russia turned on the heat on defense, with Timour Tomlin channeling Burgh from earlier in the day with five blocks. Kasa Yalenchka and Mikhail Lobochevski paced Russia's offense, scoring 28 points together as the team stormed back from a 19-point half-time deficit to take a one-point lead.

For this situation, Germany went back to what worked in the previous games: Klaus Korber took the ball down the court, set up, and passed the ball inside to Siegfried Romanoren. The white lion showed no fear as he bullied past Rasputin and slammed the ball home with two seconds to go. Russia tried for a last-second shot by Yalenchka, but the shot fell short of the hoop.

Schwartz led Germany with 23 points and Russia was paced by Kasa Yalenchka once more with 26 points. Dirk von Stryker led Germany with 12 rebounds and Tomlin paced his team with 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Korber and Drake piled up the most assists with 10 and 8 apiece.

JPN (2-2) - 25 17 26 14 - 82
AUS (3-1) - 23 21 18 25 - 87

With identical 2-1 records, Japan and Australia were both looking to get the advantage of the win. The first quarter was even, with Shirley Takamoto pacing the offense again and Australia countered with strong inside play by Aisha Melbourne.

The Aussies were able to pull ahead in the second when Ryan Malone and an unsung hero in Jirra Martin made steady shots with layups and mid-range jumpers. Minoru Sakai, the backup center for Japan, produced well with short-range play and rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Australia took the lead at the half.

Team Japan rebounded in the third quarter with Ren Inoue pulling double-duty by dishing out five assists and scoring 15 points, guiding Japan to a six-point lead after the third quarter.

Ryan Malone, like many other times before, demanded the ball in the fourth quarter. And like many other times before, he delievered. Japan had little answer for him as he hit several shots from all over, including two three pointers. And all of a sudden, Japan's shots stopped falling. Australia surged ahead with a double-digit lead and held off small spurts from their opponent for the five-point victory.

Malone scored the most for Australia with 27 points while Takamoto paced Japan with 21. Sakai gained 10 rebounds for Japan while Melbourne had 12 rebounds with a double-double. Malone also doubled as a passer with a team-leading 6 assists and Japan's Inoue had eight to pace his team.

Day 6

CHN (0-5) - 16 19 15 14 - 64
GBR (2-3) - 14 20 32 21 - 87

John Stoat was seen before the game going to each teammate, no matter how tall or short, grabbing them by the shoulders, and telling them in no uncertain terms what they were going to do that game.

The sanitized version: they were going to win, and they were going to do it even if he had to drag them kicking and screaming by their ears.

China, however, wanted to win badly. And they showed it with Redawn Fenwatcher and Todd Hu playing their best ball of the tournament. The first half saw both teams lock down hard on defense with a lot of blocks, turnovers and steals recorded. Hu's putback of a miss by San Ling at the end of the first half saw China go into the break with a one-point lead.

Stoat's rant to his teammates at halftime couldn't be repeated in polite company.

The speech, though, seemed to do its job as Team UK righted the ship and stayed comfortably ahead of China the rest of the way.

Redawn Fenwatcher, in an inspired performance, led China with 27 points and 6 assists. Cho Song-Hwa led Team China with 13 rebounds. John Stoat led Great Britain with 30 of their points. Jake Turner led with 11 rebounds and D'Angelo MacQuilkin totaled 9 assists.

USA (5-0) - 33 19 21 21 - 94
GER (3-2) - 22 23 23 17 - 85

Though Team USA was a perfect 4-0, some analysts wondered when they were going to have that big quarter against someone other than China, where everyone knew they were the favorites.

The first quarter might very well have been it. The starting five played the entire quarter and worked in complete synergy. Passing, shooting, blocking, stealing, it was all there. Though Germany fared well themselves, Hopper and Tevela both had 10 points in the frame.

The virtual visitors rebounded in the second quarter with Diane Schwartz continuing her strong work off the bench to compliment Romanoren and Erich Haber, who was inspired by the play of his opponents. However Germany was down by seven at the half.

Morgan Roosevelt and Stephan aus den Birken both held track meets in the third quarter on the sidelines, both running and signaling like crazy to try to get their teams to pick up their pace. The highlights included Klaus Korber's electrifying deke of Valencia Zeraus and slam at the hoop that got loud cheers from the crowd. On the other side. On the other side, Buck Hopper looked like he was going to try to take on Haber by himself. But at the last second, he passed off to Zeraus in the corner who hit the wide-open three.

In the fourth, Team USA managed to match Germany on most possessions to prevent large runs with a novel three-guard approach of Crystal, Kelvin Hailey and Buck Hoppe. This took advantage of Germany's slow veterans and inexperienced guards to keep up with their attack on the offensive side. Though Germany countered with Romanoren as their offensive focus, Team USA stayed ahead and finished the game with a nine-point victory.

Hopper led the team effort with a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists. Zack Tate had 12 rebounds. For Germany, Korber had 18 points and 8 assists. Romanoren finished with 13 rebounds.

CAN (3-2) - 25 20 24 17 - 86
AUS (3-2) - 17 19 13 13 - 62

Coming off their revitalizing victory, Canada was looking to take on an Australian team that wanted to take over second place for themselves after Germany lost.

Team Canada started out well, and Australia seemed to struggle, even close with Melbourne and Jazz missing a few shots. The average offense seemed to continue in the second quarter with neither team seeming to gain a foothold. Bobby Baylor was able to pace the team though, and helped Canada obtain the nine point lead at the half.

In the second half, though, Australia's shooting touch left them completely. It was agreed by the fourth that Ryan Malone should try shooting but even then he couldn't find his touch. Rocky and Connor Caracal, in the meantime, hit several shots, even working together at points, but the astute observer would note that they didn't celebrate togther.

The focus, though, was Team Canada's resounding dominance in the game and their vaulting into contention for one of the coveted semifinal spots.

Ryan Malone led Australia with 30 points on his sheer amount of shooting. Jazz had 14 rebounds and Kyle McLeod had 6 assists. Rocky led Caanda with 29 points and his brother Connor led with 5 assists. Baylor led Canada with 9 rebounds.

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 22nd, 2015, 6:46 pm

Day 7

RUS (1-4) - 26 22 14 16 - 78
JPN (3-2) - 23 20 23 20 - 86

CHN (0-6) - 24 15 17 14 - 70
GER (4-2) - 25 22 14 20 - 81

GBR (3-3) - 25 26 20 21 - 92
AUS (3-3) - 14 26 14 30 - 84

Capsules coming soon!

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Postby SamGwosdz » September 23rd, 2015, 8:30 pm

Day 8

USA (6-0) - 22 26 20 31 - 99
JPN (3-3) - 17 16 19 19 - 71

CAN (4-2) - 20 30 16 23 - 89
RUS (1-5) - 14 18 18 17 - 67

CHN (0-7) - 22 21 18 26 - 87
AUS (4-3) - 28 18 26 17 - 89

Capsules coming soon!

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 24th, 2015, 6:25 pm

Day 9

GER (4-3) - 21 21 18 23 - 83
JPN (4-3) - 20 21 16 28 - 85

GBR (4-3) - 21 26 17 20 - 84
RUS (1-6) - 16 16 18 21 - 71

USA (7-0) - 24 27 23 27 - 101
CAN (4-3) - 27 23 23 21 - 94

Capsules coming soon!

Final Standings:

1. USA (7-0)
2. CAN (4-3) (2-2, 1.076)
3. GER (4-3) (2-2, 1.023)
4. GBR (4-3) (2-2, 0.986)
5. JPN (4-3) (2-2, 0.979)
6. AUS (4-3) (2-2, 0.936)
7. RUS (1-6)
8. CHN (0-7)

Semifinals

#1 USA vs. #4 GBR
#2 CAN vs. #3 GER

Consolation Matches

#5 JPN vs. #6 AUS
#7 RUS vs. #8 CHN

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 27th, 2015, 6:59 pm

Consolation Games:

JPN - 17 27 18 18 - 80
AUS - 22 21 28 21 - 92

RUS - 18 21 21 30 - 90
CHN - 12 16 21 17 - 66

Semifinal matches:

USA - 24 21 27 23 - 95
GBR - 26 28 22 26 - 102

CAN - 33 18 29 23 - 103
GER - 22 25 21 23 - 96

Capsules coming later and Bronze Medal Match, USA vs. Germany, is on the 29th.

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Re: IFBA World Championships Tournament Thread

Postby SamGwosdz » September 30th, 2015, 6:17 pm

Bronze medal match:

USA - 33 23 31 29 - 116
GER - 25 23 22 20 - 90

Gold medal match:

GBR - 25 20 16 27 - 88
CAN - 19 25 19 17 - 80

Gold Medal: United Kingdom

Silver Medal: Canada

Bronze Medal: United States

Congratulations to all teams!


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