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« Reply #26 on: Oct 16, 2011, 02:52:43 AM »

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The View from Downunder: What is up with Tom Abercrombie?

Thomas Abercrombie’s performance at the FIBA Oceania Championship was much-talked about Downunder.

After he had starred at the 2010 FIBA World Championship many fans were expecting him to be a real thorn in Australia’s side. Instead, he averaged less than four points per game and shot the ball at 31%.

While the focus was placed on the Boomers’ efforts to negate Abercrombie, there is more to it than that.

In New Zealand’s 12 games this international season, the 24-year-old scored in double figures just three times.

At the World Championship he averaged 12.7ppg in six games and scored 23 against Lebanon, 19 against Spain and a composed 13 against Russia in a low-scoring Eight-Final.

So what is up with Tom Abercrombie?

Kirk Penney summed it up well during the Oceania series.

"Tom is a very opportunistic, he is very athletic," Penney said. "We have got to play better defence to get him better opportunities.”

If you watch Abercrombie’s past performances at both club and international level he seems to ‘fall into’ his points, rather than going out of his way to get them.

That worked fine when he was unknown and not on opponents’ scouting lists.

But once coaches started pouring over tape to see how to stop the 1.98m jumping-jack, they found the solutions to be much easier than imagined.

The Tall Blacks run few plays for their small forward, leaving him to score on ball rotations, broken plays, offensive rebounds and spectacular fast breaks.

The Boomers paid attention to this and limited Abercrombie to just 16 shots in three games.

The attention he received across the international season was certainly something new for Abercrombie.

“I haven’t really experienced that too often,” he admitted. “Really needing to step up and not being able to is a new feeling, and not a very good one.”

What’s the solution? “I just have to learn, train harder and make myself a better player,” he added frankly.

There is more too it than that though. Abercrombie needs to change his mindset, and this NBL season he has the perfect chance to do that.

Last season his New Zealand Breakers claimed their first title in Oceania’s premier competition, but the departure of Penney to Fuenlabrada in Spain makes the task of repeating a tough one.

The Breakers still have talent in Mika Vukona, CJ Bruton and imports Gary Wilkinson and Cedric Jackson, but to top the table they need Abercrombie to be a major player, not a role player who steps up when the opportunity presents.

Abercrombie must take upon himself to regularly find ways to create scores for himself more regularly, attack seams and make space for his pull-up. If he does both club and country will benefit.

“Consistency is the big one,” Abercrombie acknowledged when asked where he needs to improve.

“Obviously with Kirk gone I need to become more consistent as a scorer, making sure I am able to bring it every night, and keep working on my outside shot.”

His drive to become an aggressive-minded scorer showed some promising progress in Round One of the NBL.

On opening-night he scored 25 points on 8/11 shooting against the Gold Coast, with only two shots coming outside the paint. He was certainly in attack mode.

Two nights later, he would be more patient as Jackson took the lead with 28, but Abercrombie nailed both his three-point attempts on his way to 11 points.

In typical fashion he restricted dual-Olympian Glen Saville to 1/4 shooting, impressively refusing to let the bull-strong veteran post him up.

That is a reality, while he will undoubtedly improve his scoring,  the Auckland-native will always be a defensive stopper first and foremost.

Forgotten in the Tall Blacks’ loss to Australia was that Abercrombie kept Brad Newley to just 6.7ppg at 32%.

What’s up with Tom Abercrombie? He is just a young man coming to grips with some extra attention, and early indications are he is ready to take that step.  

“What you want as a basketball player (is) to keep getting better, keep moving up and improving, and I’ve been able to do that to an extent,” he said.

“I’ve just got to make sure I don’t settle for what I’ve done so far and I keep pushing the envelope.”


Paulo Kennedy for FIBA

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« Reply #25 on: Sep 30, 2011, 11:55:45 PM »

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Five of the best from 2011

As another summer of international basketball draws to a close, we thought we would discuss some of the players having taken the five continental championships by storm and who, bar injury, will carry the hopes and dreams of their countries at next year's Olympics.

One way of taking a look at the top players from this summer’s men’s continentals is to come up with an All-Star Five team, uniting the best players from all five tournaments. With MVPs having been named for four of the tournaments, the first four players on our list are Juan Carlos Navarro (Spain) for Europe, Luis Scola (Argentina) for the Americas, Yi Jianlian (China) for Asia and Saleh Mejri (Tunisia) for Africa. For the FIBA Oceania Championship, which did not elect an overall MVP, our vote goes to Patty Mills (Australia).

Thirty-one-year-old Juan Carlos 'la Bomba' Navarro made pretty much all of Spain's opponents' lives a misery scoring just under 19 points per game, much of which came his inch-perfect three-point shooting, which was arguably the best of any player in the world this summer. Navarro peaked whenever his team needed him to, peaking as the tournament reached crunch time. Especially memorable were his displays in the Quarter and Semi Final against Slovenia and FYR of Macedonia in which he scored 17 and 19 third quarter points respectively.

Another veteran having been red hot this summer is Luis Scola. In a record-breaking 2010 FIBA World Championship, Scola was unanimously elected to the All-Star team in spite of Argentina only finishing fifth. In a 2011 team that saw the addition of Manu Ginobili and Andres Nocioni, Scola remained Argentina's go-to guy as he finished the tournament’s top scorer, averaging 21.4 points per game. In the final, Scola poured in 32 points against Brazil to help Argentina reclaim the continental title that has eluded them for a decade, in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Asia's answer to Scola is Yi Jianlian, who was also the main man in his team reclaiming the continental crown in front of a massive home support following a painful period of drought for Chinese basketball. Yi secured five double doubles - averaging more than ten in both points and rebounds - as the Chinese went all nine games undefeated. The Chinese reclaimed the title off Iran, who had triumphed on the two previous occasions. Like Scola, Yi kept his best for last as he clocked up 25 points and 16 rebounds to overcome Jordan for gold.

Another big man having had a huge summer is 2.17m Salah Mejri, who was instrumental in Tunisia winning their first ever Afrobasket title. The little known 25-year-old, who plays his club basketball for the Antwerp Giants in the Belgian league, was dominant throughout the tournament. His 12 defensive rebounds in the final (from a total of 15 on the night) restricted the Angolan scoring machine to their lowest points total in the tournament, helping carry his team to victory. The win ended Angola’s 12 year total dominance of African basketball and qualified Tunisia for a first ever Olympic Games.

While not having picked up an official MVP award, Australia’s Patty Mills proved yet again that he ranks among the best point guards in international basketball as he helped mastermind Australia’s whitewash of New Zealand. Mills arrived on the big stage at the Olympics in Beijing as he scored 22 and 20 points against Argentina and eventual winners USA. It is difficult to believe that Mills is still only 23 years old. He was voted best player of this summer’s series opener with New Zealand during which he scored 20 points and seems to be embracing his status as team leader. Still improving as a player but already an established leader of the Boomers, Mills showed he will be Australia’s key player when they travel to London next summer.

The prospect of seeing these five players take to the courts in London next summer is mouth-watering. But let’s not forget that the USA with the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant did not compete this summer, that thanks to their teams’ qualification players such as Tony Parker and Leadro Barbosa will almost certainly also make it to the Olympics. And then of course there are players such as Andrey Kirilenko, Linas Kleiza and JJ Barea who, if their teams qualify, could all also be setting London’s two Olympic basketball venues alight.

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« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2011, 02:45:04 AM »

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Bahía Blanca busca urgentemente un 5 ó 4

Hola, un club de primera división del torneo local de Bahía Blanca busca urgentemente un 5 ó 4 que pueda jugar de espaldas. Ofrece 3000 pesos por mes, casa y comida. El torneo termina en diciembre.

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« Reply #23 on: Apr 06, 2011, 11:45:54 PM »

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Club Atletico Temperley busca 3 buenos jugadores Sub 19

Entrenadores, Dirigentes, Jugadores, Periodistas etc.

En el Club Atletico Temperley estamos buscando 3 buenos jugadores Sub 19 (Nacidos en el años 1992 o 1993) para  traerlos a nuestra institución y que puedan hacer una experiencia en el básquet de capital. ese jugador estará y jugarà en 3 divisiones (en Sub 19, en Sub 23 y en la primera división). Se ofrece alojamiento, comida y sueldo.

Nuestro club es una institución muy importante dentro de la zona sur del gran buenos aires, proyectado durante muchos años al futbol y ahora enfocada al básquet de primer nivel.

Buscamos además alguna institución con nos preste jugadores de estas divisiones para que esos chicos se desarrollen y puedan crecer en nuestro club.

Los jugadores serán muy bien atendidos con padres, entrenadores y familiares de primera línea. La próxima semana probamos jugadores Lunes-Miercoles y Viernes, los interesados deberán escribirnos a

Si conocen algún jugador que este interesado en venir por favor comunicarmos a la brevedad por que en 10 dias cierra el libro de pases.

Proyecto del club Temperley:

·         Con un nuevo proyecto deportivo + Cancha nueva + staff de técnicos nuevos + 1 licenciado en entrenamiento deportivo + reclutamiento de jugadores/as de la zona y de diferentes lugares del país + medico + kinesiólogo etc. Temperley apunta al reclutamiento y abre las puertas del club para aquellos que están interesados, que quieran estar y ser parte de nuestra familia gasolera..


·         Además si te venís a estudiar a Bs As o jugas en algún club de los alrededores y queras venir a probarte TE ESPERAMOS.

·         Te invitamos a sumarte a este nuevo proyecto deportivo, en todas nuestras categorías: Escuela, pre mini, mini, sub 13, sub 15, sub 17, sub 19, sub 23 y Primera División.

Días LUNES-MIERCOLES y VIERNES (Te acercas al club y hablas con los profesores)


·         Todo el Staff Técnico del club son profesores de Educación Física

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« Reply #22 on: Apr 02, 2011, 06:31:04 AM »

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"Just Do It" Biyombo

The Nike Hoop Summit is supposed to be about the celebration of gifted young players who are going to be the stars of tomorrow.

Sadly for Congolese center Bismack Biyombo and ACB play-off chasers Fuenlabrada, it's proving to be the source of a dispute that isn't going to have a happy ending.

The Nike Hoop Summit is an annual game that is played between college-bound American high school players and those of similar talent from around the world.

Milan Macvan, the Serbia international who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv now, was playing professionally in Serbia in 2009 when he left to play in the event at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Greece’s Nikos Pappas also played in that team, along with current Benetton Treviso forward Dontas Montiejunas and France international Edwin Jackson.

They led the World Select to victory.

Eighteen-year-old Biyombo hoped that one day, he’d have a chance to play at the Hoop Summit as well when he signed a contract with Fuenlabrada before the 2009-10 campaign, a contract that said he would be allowed to go if chosen.

Fuenlabrada now admit that at the time, they believed Biyombo would be playing with their youth team and not the senior side.

How wrong they were!

The 2.04m pivot was so dominant that he made the first team this season and that, along with the emergence of Mexico national team center Gustavo Ayon, has given the club a couple of awesome talents in the low post.

They are two giant reasons why Fuenlabrada are challenging for a top-eight finish and a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Their development was so rapid that Fuenlabrada agreed to sell Uruguayan international Esteban Batista to Caja Laboral.

Well, as fate would have it, Biyombo was chosen to play for the World Select at next month’s Hoop Summit.

It probably helped that Fuenlabrada had increased his exposure by allowing him to play in the ACB and show his potential at center.

He informed the team that he would leave for America and be away from April 3-11.

Now Fuenlabrada have issued a statement to say that if Biyombo does go, he could lose his place in the first team.

The coach of Fuenlabrada, Salva Maldonado, has also said publically: "What I am announcing in public, I have already said to the player in private, exactly the same thing.

"If Bismack Biyombo gets on that flight to play that exhibition game in the USA, he can forget about playing in the first team of Fuenlabrada.

"He has to think of the consequences his actions can have and know that upon his return nothing will be the same."

Both Biyombo has a strong cases to argue.

He will never get such an opportunity again.

The Nike Hoop Summit puts players in the international spotlight and, for a player of his talent, the event shown on national television serves as a window for NBA scouts.

Then again, the Los Angeles Lakers are among those who have already travelled to Madrid to watch Biyombo and Ayon play.

The NBA teams already know a lot about Biyombo.

There is nothing wrong with Biyombo wanting to take part in that game, though, especially when he has seen so many others from around the world go.

It’s also not his fault that he was so good that Fuenlabrada promoted him to the first team.

He will also know, however, that his team in Spain needs him.

There is no margin for error in the ACB, and especially for Fuenlabrada.

Should Biyombo go, he would miss two vitally important games in the final stretch of the season against Menorca Basquet and Asefa Estudiantes.

That is the argument of Maldonado and it, too, is understandable.

Fuenlabrada would be without a 17-minute-per-game player for vital games.

A contract is a contract, though, so to threaten to take Biyombo’s place away in the team is heavy handed and should be frowned upon.

Why don’t Fuenlabrada take advantage of this opportunity, send a representative from the club with the player and help promote Biyombo, and the club?

It could be a useful marketing tool, a chance to tell the world that Biyombo has gotten his chance to play at Fuenlabrada and that other great young talents should try and do the same.

But Fuenlabrada have decided otherwise.

What choice should Biyombo make?

It’s a tough choice, but Biyombo isn’t going to become a bad player if Fuenlabrada dump him.

He’ll play again and will do so for very good teams.

“Bismack,” I say, “Just Do It!”

By Jeff TAYLOR from FIBA

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