International Basketball

 TEHRAN - Newly-appointed coach Dirk Bauermann said that he is going to book a place at Rio 2016 Olympic with Iran basketball team.

The German coach was named Iran basketball coach on Monday.

The 61-year-old coach has penned a three-month deal with Iran Basketball Federation and the contract will be automatically renewed for a further year if Iran qualifies for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Stevenson's Jalen Brunson averaged 23.3 points per game as a senior and was named the Pioneer Press All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Brian O'Mahoney, Pioneer Press

Jalen Brunson finished with a team-high 14 points, chipped in seven assists and grabbed five rebounds, as the United States defeated Croatia 79-71 in overtime to capture the gold medal of the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Heraklion, Greece.

Branson also played 40 minutes and was named tournament most valuable player, joined on the all-tournament team by American high school player Harry Giles, Tyler Dorsey (Greece/Oregon), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey) and Marko Arapovic (Croatia).
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Giles, one of the most coveted prospects in the 2016 class, struggled from the field, hitting just 4-of-20 shots. The U.S. became the first repeat champion since it accomplished the feat in 1983.

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MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the giant stride the Philippines has made in the international arena, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios believes the SBP and PBA can still come up with a "win-win" solution to ensure professional players won't end up burned out and prone to injuries.

Barrios said the PBA's decision to adjust its season calendar to give way for Gilas Pilipinas' preparation in Fiba-related tournaments, has understandably caused "discomfort" to some team owners.

"Naiintindihan ko ang mga team owners since this (compact PBA season schedule) can cause burn out and injuries to players," Barrios told Philstar.com on Sunday. "But hopefully, the federation and the PBA can work on a win-win solution."

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Saturday’s semifinal matchup with Greece was expected to be the United States U19 team’s most difficult game to date at the FIBA U19 World Championships for multiple reasons. Not only were the Greeks playing in front of a partisan crowd in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, but they also possessed size in the post and perimeter talent capable of giving Sean Miller’s team trouble.

Thanks to players such as Tyler Dorsey and Georgios Papagiannis the Greeks hung around throughout, but in the end the United States proved to be too much. Villanova guard Jalen Brunson once again led the way from the point, scoring 30 points and dishing out four assists in the 82-76 victory.

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 Greg Slaughter (right) and June Mar Fajardo are expected to be named in the 26-man Gilas pool but the Ginebra center remains non-committal due to an injured ankle. Philippine Star File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Though expected to be named to the 26-man Gilas Pilipinas pool, Barangay Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter is non-committal at the moment, pending his his right ankle check up this month.

The 6-foot-11 youthful slotman, currently in his native Cebu for a brief vacation, said he will have his right ankle re-evaluarted as soon as he returns to Manila to see the progress of his injury.

“It’s been a pretty long year, and with that injury, I just need to get some rest. Though one thing I’m gonna do, I’ll get it checked out,” Slaughter told Philstar.com on Saturday.

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The USA U-19 team advanced to the semifinal thanks to a dominating first half against Italy, eventually winning 86-65.

Sean Miller's Americans only outscored Italy by three in the second half, and the entire team seemed frustrated at the end of the game, resulting in a technical called on Miller with just over two minutes left, and also a timeout in the final 30 seconds.

The announcers eluded to some shaky calls going against USA throughout the day.

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Baldwin says Blatche committed to play for Gilas (July 03, 2015)
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International Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas mentor Tab Baldwin assured on Wednesday that 6’10 naturalized player Andray Blatche is committed to play for the national team this September in 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsa, China.

Baldwin explained that the formation of the Philippine team would only start at the end of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup, so all the teams could lend their players in the national pool.

“He (Blatche) is our naturalized player and it’s going to be great to see him play for us. He is committed to play although I don’t have a definite time of his arrival,” Baldwin told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “He is going to be there [for Gilas] and that’s for sure.”

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