U.S. clinches worst big-tourney finish, loses 94-89 to Serbia

Basketball Sep 12, 2019

U.S. clinches worst big-tourney finish, loses 94-89 to Serbia

The United States will leave the FIBA World Cup with its worst finish in a major international tournament, assured of finishing no better than seventh after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation playoff game Thursday night. The previous worst finish for a U.S. men's ...

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 11, 2019

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

High hopes turned into devastation — and misery. With an 80-65 loss to Montenegro on Monday, the Japan men's basketball team concluded its campaign at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a disastrous 0-5 record, the worst-ever outcome for the team in the sport's extravaganza. Considering ...

Japan looking to end FIBA World Cup on high note

Basketball Sep 8, 2019

Japan looking to end FIBA World Cup on high note

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan men's national team is wounded both physically and mentally. Which makes posting its first win at the FIBA World Cup appear to be a daunting task, especially considering the absence of star player Rui Hachimura. Japan will face Montenegro in its final World ...

New Zealand cruises past winless Japan

Basketball Sep 7, 2019

New Zealand cruises past winless Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Despite playing without two key members, the Japan men's national squad expected to have a tough contest against another competitive team. But probably not this tough. The team remains winless at the FIBA World Cup after a crushing 111-81 defeat to New Zealand in a ...

Australia overcomes pesky Dominican Republic

Basketball Sep 7, 2019

Australia overcomes pesky Dominican Republic

Veteran center Andrew Bogut ran the gauntlet once more at the FIBA World Cup in China as Australia planted one foot in the quarterfinals with an 82-76 victory over the Dominican Republic on Saturday. The 34-year-old, a key member of the Golden State Warriors' NBA ...

Rui Hachimura to sit out remainder of FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 6, 2019

Rui Hachimura to sit out remainder of FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star forward Rui Hachimura will not play in Japan's consolation games against New Zealand and Montenegro in order to rest his weary body, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Friday. A decision was made regarding Hachimura after discussions between the JBA and the Washington Wizards, ...

Serbia, Spain, Argentina still unbeaten

Basketball Sep 5, 2019

Serbia, Spain, Argentina still unbeaten

Serbia celebrated its third successive World Cup win after a majestic performance by guard Bogdan Bogdanovic helped lead it to a 92-77 win over Italy, while Argentina overpowered Russia 69-61 on Wednesday. Spain, the 2006 champion, made it three wins out of three with a ...