Coach Rigieta Radrodro said Natabua meantbusiness this year. Source: The Fiji Sun Newspaper on 25 August 2015.more
The Sherina Lesinaivalu-led side beat Jasper Williams High School 29-26 in its opening match at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.Skipper Lesinaivalu was pleased with the close win. Source: Fiji Times Newspaper on 25 August 2015.more
Fiji return to Pacific Games women's basketball summit with victory over American Samoa at Port More
The win comes eight years after Fiji won their last gold medal in Samoa 2007 saw an emphatic victory celebration where tears were shed and the Fiji team showed real comradery.more
A packed Power Dome in Waigani awaited the men's final. The local fans who a day earlier had witnessed Fiji beat Papua New Guinea chose to support Guam.
The voices of the Fiji fans drowning in the Guam cheers.more
The aim of the workshop was promoting the discipline of Basketball known as 3x3. With special guest and course facilitator Mr. Nicolas Widmer the 3x3 Development Assistant from the FIBA Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was working together with Annie La Fleur the Oceania Developmentmore
The workshop is being facilitated by Basketball Fiji’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Laisiasa Puamau and Raiwaqa Basketball Association’s President, Mr. Saula Koroi. It follows on from the FIBA/MiSO workshop held in Nadi last weekmore
Major General Ioane Naivalurua who has been at the helm for the past couple of years has been retained as president and assisted by Ned Taito who was named vice-president.Jackie Hughes was named secretary and Ben Sikuri was elected as treasurer. Article from the Fiji Times Newspaper on Tuesday 20 January 2015.more
The BLK Fiji men's team won bronze medal in Division B after beating American Samoa 55-47 yesterday.
The BLK Fiji women's team also won bronze in the Division B after defeating Solomon Islands 87-44.
Basketball Fiji development officer Valerie Nainima commended the wins.more
These were the sentiments echoed by teh Minister for Sports and Youth, Laisenia Tuitubou during the opening ceremony of the tournament yesterday.more
The championship at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala Bay, Suva, comes after the momentous visits by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jingping last month.more
This was the main message from Fiji's roving ambassador Litia Mawi who was the chief guest at the official welcome reception for the contingents last night at the Grand Pacific Hotel.more
Sealing the deal yesterday, Basketball Fiji president Ioane Naivalurua acknowledged the designing firm for their support.more
Despite losing their first match 61-47 to American Samoa, Coach Peni Ratumaiyale said the players have been reminded to stay focused and a win against Tahiti will keep them in contention for a playoff berth.more
Inspired by captain Tiayana Kainamoli, Fiji knocked Samoa out 65-41 in their opening pool game.
And coach, Dale Wise Sauqaqa was overwhelmed with the outcome of the result.more
The home side struggled to find their rhythm from the first quarter and simple mistakes cost Fiji the game as they went down fighting 47-61 at the Vodafone Arena.
Fiji coach Peni Ratumaiyale said Fiji made silly mistakes.
"We were over confident," he said.more
One hour prior to the official opening of the historic tournament, Fiji Water chief executive officer Rokosiga Nabalarua officially informed Basketball Fiji of its support in providing drinks to the players and officials during the week-long tournament.more
The teams from New Zealand, Australia and Guam have dominated in both the women's and men's events on the opening day of the under-19 Oceania basketball championships in Fiji.more
The week-long tournament will host 10 teams at Vodafone Arena in Suva.
Naivalurua said they needed support for the BLK Fiji men's and women's teams to do well in the tournament.more
The Vodafone Arena in Suva underwent an upgrade to bring it to international standards for the World U19 Championship qualifiers.more
With BLK's full version, Beyond Limits Known, the merchandise company's general manager Josefa Matau challenged the young gladiators to produce results beyond limits.more
The Secretary General for Basketball Fiji Ned Taito said it will also be a big task for them which will also be interesting.
Taito said they are also in the middle of their development phase for the youth players preparing for next years Pacific Games.more
That will be only possible if they did well at the FIBA under-19 Oceania Basketball Championship which commences at the Vodafone Arena in Suva tomorrow.
"We're currently ranked seventh and we want to better that ranking," team manager Dickson Omaro said.more
Yesterday, Basketball Fiji representatives and USP vice-chancellor signed a memorandum of understanding to seal the deal.
Basketball Fiji president Iowane Naivalurua said they were thankful to USP for coming on board to provide accommodation.more
The design company has assisted Basketball Fiji with all the banners and outside advertisements of the event which will be held in Fiji for the very first time.more
While many coaches rest the responsibilities on players during their games, Ratumaiyale said they would play with six men.
"I have been telling the boys to always look to me during games and include me every time," he said.more
While signing the MOU this morning, USP Vice Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra said being involved in anything regional is important to the university.more
It's the first time the organisation has hosted a major event on their own.
10 teams will be competing from across the region in both the mens and womens competitions, with a spot at the World Championships in Greece on offer for the winners.more
“I encourage all you out there to come and support and cheer for your team Fiji,” Mr Naivalurua said.
“You need to come and cheer for the young men and women when the game starts on Monday.more
While presenting the cheque, Fiji Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey said this is the commission and government’s direction in sports diplomacy.more
Pacific Energy has come on board and sponsored a total of $5000 - $3000 in cash and $2000 worth of fuel vouchers for the tournament that starts on Monday, next week.more
Organisers have been working round-the-clock to ensure the venue and logistics were worked out before the arrival of the teams.more
The teams used the day-long session to build on the team spirit in build-up for the FIBA U19 Oceania Championship 2014 to be held from December 1 to 6 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.more
Coach Dale Wise said they were down to final 12 players from which two would be named in the reserves.
She said they had a very young team with the youngest player still in primary school.more
The shipment, containing a number of promotional goods, training and match basketballs, flags and official equipment, was sent to Basketball Fiji from FIBA Oceania’s head office in Canberra Australia.more
Coach Peni Ratumaiyale added they were in the final stage of preparation. "The boys are doing well and everyone is just focused now on the competition," he said. "We're just spending the next few weeks brushing up on all the moves and maintaining general fitness...more
Negotiations for the accommodation are well underway and both USP and Basketball Fiji are excited at the opportunities that this partnership presentsmore
BLK general manager Josefa Matau made the comment during their sponsorship signing with Basketball Fiji for the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships scheduled for December 1-6 in Suva.
"This is the first time for BLK to sponsor basketball," Matau said.more
Women's coach Dale Sauqaqa made these sentiments during the official uniform presentation by major sponsor BLK at Olympic House in Suva yesterday. Sauqaqa was confident with the pace of preparations the young side had undertakenmore
Yesterday in a milestone partnership between BLK and Basketball Fiji, the sports apparel manufacturing company presented apparel for the Team Fiji management and coaching staff, playing uniforms, training gear and track suitsmore
The logo which was designed by 20-year-old artist Alexander Charlton Fritz Peckham, an Information Technology student at the University of the South Pacific.
Minister for Youth and Sports Lt. Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou was the chief guest at the unveiling of the logo.more
"It's getting hard, you know trying to figure out who are the best 10 players because everyone is just giving everything at training," he said.more
Basketball Fiji released the the names of the 20-member men's and women's teams over the weekend which will be trimmed to 10 for the championship to be held from December 1 to 6 in Suva.more
The championship which is also the qualifier for the World U19 Championship will have top guns like New Zealand and Australia participating.
He said playing the best from the Oceania would be a huge test for his boys...more
The four-day event which ended at the Vodafone Arena on Thursday saw new winners crowned in the under-19 grades.
John Wesley College, laced with players from the Mighty Mights basketball club scooped the U19 boys title.more
This features three news schools joining the tournament for the first time.Top secondary schools basketball teams are battling out for top honors at the Tuckers Ice Cream Secondary Schools Championship that started this morning. Source: Fiji TV on Monday 25 Aug 2014.more
This morning the Fiji National U19 Eastern training squads met at Ed’s Court to mark the 100 day count down to the event. The U19 female representatives took the time to paint the flags of the ten competing nations on the faces of the Raiwaqa kids.more
St John’s College, located in Cawaci Ovalau, in Levuka will be competing in this year’s competition fielding two teams in the U19 boys and U19 girl’s grades.
Principal and manager Father Ekuasi will be travelling to Suva with the 24 member squad team.more
This was confirmed by Basketball Fiji development officer Laisiasa Puamau.
Western-based schools, Tilak High School, Xavier College of Ba, all girls-Japser Williams High School and St Johns College from Cawaci in Levuka, Ovalau are the new forces at this championship.more
Wise has included last year's survivors Tiyana Kainamoli and Lela Koyamainavure who will be eligible to represent Fiji one more time.
The national women's basketball rep said the eastern-based players would go through intense training.more
Basketball Fiji development officer Laisiasa Puamau said the increase in the number of schools participating was an indication of the rapid growth of the sport.
"From 65 teams last year, we are expecting 70 teams to compete this year," he said.more
While Wise was pleased with the raw talents, displayed by the 28 trialists, she feels more work is needed to be done as Fiji prepares to hosts its first FIBA Oceania Basketball U19 Championships in Suva at the end of the year.more
The programme is to highlighting the importance of fighting and reducing non-communicable diseases (NCD) through basketball as well as sports generally.more
In-coming President Shipley's Fiji Inspection
On his maiden Federation visit in his capacity as in-coming President of FIBA Oceania, Burton Shipley was joined by FIBA Oceania staff David Crocker and Amanda Jenkins as the trio met with local officials to discuss the progress in the preparations for the FIBA Oceania U19 Championships being conducted in Suva during December 2014.more
Fiji will be hosting its first U19 FIBA Oceania Championship in December.
Last week, BF officials held a trial in Lautoka where interested players were invited to showcase their talent in a bid to convince the national men and women's coaches.more
Today, the Flagstaff boys, face a tough challenge from John Wesley College, a game they need to redeem their worth.more
Players are determined to play their best before the home crowd.
Basketball Fiji will host its first FIBA Under 19 Oceania Championship in December.
Organizers are hopeful that this event will help grow the support locally.more
With Fiji gearing up to hosting its first FIBA U19 Oceania Championship in Suva in December, naming a strong team is priority for the national selectors.more
Playing on their home court on Friday, Yat Sen kicked off their campaign on a high note, sending a stern warning to other schools, that they'll be a force to reckon with.more
The 15 participants from Suva, Nadi and Lautoka undertook the classroom element of the course at FASANOC and Ed's Court.more
DYNAMIC Reds girls basketball team recorded double victories during the Raiwaqa under-19 Basketball Championship at Ed's court yesterday. The Raiwaqa-based team had a default win over Mystics in its opening game and then crushed Latter Day Saints Two 34-15.more
Basketball Fiji is currently searching for enthusiastic, talented individuals with a love for basketball to join their ranks. The paid positions available are as follows: National Basketball Development Assistant AND Hoops for Health Coaches (8 positions available).more
A logo is needed for FIBA Oceania's initiative, the "Hoops for Health" program. This program focuses on using physical activity, specifically basketball, to improve health in the Pacific.more
Team manager Jim Tora said the national women’s team has named former St Joseph’s Secondary School student, Mikaelar Whippy who currently plays her basketball out of New York in the US. Source: The Fiji Sun Newspaper on Monday 21st October 2013.more
With 61 teams taking part in this year's Tuckers Ice Cream-sponsored tournament in Suva, the national body is hoping to spice up the competition with more teams. Source: The Fiji Times Newspaper on Tuesday 27th August 2013more
She’s waiting on a new deal that could see her moving from Germany to Israel, so with some time on her hands, she’s doing all she can to upskill local players.“One thing I know for sure is Israel is a higher league compared to Germany. Source: FBC TV Sportmore
Basketball Fiji's President Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua has called for an AGM to be held on the 2nd week of March, 2012. The President has said that it was neccessary to hold to event to promote good governance as his term as President and his team of executives has come to a completion following a successful caimpaign in early 2009.more
FIBA Oceania would like to congratulate all the volunteer administrators, coaches and referees for the fabulous work you are all doing to develop basketball in your country. It is very encouraging to read that there are competitions underway in Lautoka, Raiwaqa and Laucala Bay, and that clinics have been held for the youth in Raiwai. Added to that, your preparation for the Oceania tournaments during the year, advanced announcements about coaching positions and the preparation of an annual calendar all point to a very organised and commited Basketball Federation. Congratulations again to everyone involved.more
Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association League Opener will begin on Saturday 11th February @ Ed's court in Raiwaqa.more
Basketball Fiji would like to invite interested male and female players aged 16 years and under to participate in a development clinic on 4th February, 2012 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva between 9am-11am. The program will end with organized games to identify players to represent Fiji in the FIBA Oceania U16 3 on 3 Tournament which will be held in Australia in the month of April.more
Basketball Fiji will be fielding three aged grouped National Team's to compete in International Events organized in the year 2012. Three aged group teams will be selected to participate in the FIBA Oceania U16 3 on 3 Tournament which will be held in Coffs Harbor, Australia (18th -22nd April), FIBA Oceania U19 Youth Tournament (24th Nov -2nd December in Melbourne, Australia) and Pacific High School Games which will be held in Australia in the month of December 2012.more
Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association affiliates MacPacers men's basketball club have in the past 3 months organized Junior Development Clinics for children who reside in their neighborhood, Raiwai. The clinic which features age group participants between 6 -18 years old has been led by MacPacers club member and FIBA Badge referee Navi Naivalu and jointly supported by his team members.more
On 10th January 2012 Suva/Laucala Association President Leonard Whippy held a meeting with club representives of the association to discuss running of league games during week days. The assocition league season is scheduled to begin on 31st January at the Vodafone Arena. Interested teams or players are to call Leonard Whippy on 9464573more
Article from the Fiji Times Newspaper on Tuesday 12th December 2011more
HIV Prevention Message Delivered During 2011 Twisties National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship
2011 Twisties National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship began its tournament with a key note speech addressed by Mr. Luke Nayasa of Fiji Network for People living with HIV (FJN+). In his message, Luke highlighted the importance of discipline not just inside the field but outside the field as well and empowering female players.more
Safe Games Campaign Team of STOP HIV conducted its two day outreach at the National Hockey Centre on the 19- 20 August 2011. Mr. Luke Nayasa of FJN+ and Mr. Laisiasa Puamau (STOP HIV Champion for Basketball) presented their keynote address on the second day prior to the semi- finals.more
Basketball Fiji present donated shoes to the Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association which was warmly recieved by the community of Raiwaqa.more
The 2011 Suva Business House Basketball Competition began on Tuesday 11th October 2011 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva with 13 Cooperate bodies centred in the Suva area.more
The 2011 Raiwaqa U18 Kauvesi League began on the 14th October 2011 at Ed's court in Raiwaqa with 6 girls and 8 boys team. The 3 weeks league which will be held on Friday afternoons and Saturday's of each week was sponsored by the Kauvesi Family. The tournament winners will be awarded $200 prize money with the addition of the inaugural Kauvesi Basketball Trophy for both boys and girls while the runners up will recieve Village 6 movie vouchers courtesy of Basketball Fiji.more
Basketball Fiji's Development Officer/ Administrator Laisiasa Puamau was named the Pacific Administrator of the Year at the 2010/2011 Pacific Sports Awards on the 4th September 2011 in Noumea, New Caledonia.more
Article from the Fiji Times Newspaper on Saturday 27th August 2011more
Article from the Jet Community Newspapermore
The 2011 Suva Secondary Schools Basketball Competition 7 weeks Home and Away League games have ended with schools now anticipating the annual National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.
The 2011 Twisties Secondary Schools League Games was launched by Basketball Fiji on the 23rd June 2011. The event will feature 36 teams who will represent their schools in the U15, U17 and U19 for both girls and boys. The 7 weeks competition which is held on Thursdays and Fridays of each week is held after school hours at three seperate venues: Ed's court in Raiwaqa, Yat Sen Hall and Latter Day Saints Gym.more
The inaugural Fiji Inter-Force Basketball Competition was organized by Basketball Fiji's partners the Fiji Police Force on Wednesday 8th June 2011 at the Tattersall Gym in Suva. The 5 weeks weekly league competition features teams for both men's and women's from the Fiji Police, Fiji Prison’s & Correctional Service, Fiji Navy and the Fiji army.more
Article from the Fiji Times Newspaper: One of the main factors in basketball is to love and respect the game," says Warriors point-guard, Aaron Ah Yuk. Like anything you do in life, if you find that you have the love for something, this love can serve to be a great factor in your success in whatever field you are in.
"One should enjoy playing just for playing and not just for winning," he said. This is how Ah Yuk sees basketball.more
The Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association which is the biggest association in Fiji with 38 registered teams will continue their weekly inter-lane games on Friday night and Saturday. The association which is on its 2nd week of competition following a successful Fiji Bitter Easter Basketball Games is back providing year round competitions for Junior age groups and premier leagues for both men's and women's. Warriors men's and Sparks women's club both affiliated to the association won the finals of the Fiji Bitter Easter men's and women's competition. Games will be held at Ed's court in Raiwaqa.more
The Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association has returned to the inter-club competition which will be held on Saturday 19th March 2011. Saula Koroi said " As the National Easter Championship is a month way the inter-club format will lay a platform for clubs to gear up for the National Easter Club Championship".more
Basketball Fiji's Development Officer Laisiasa Puamau was crowned the 2010 Sports Administrator of the Year during the inaugural 2010 Fiji Sports Award presented in partnership with FASANOC and Fiji Sports Council on Friday 04th March 2011 in Suva.more
Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association League Games has been organised this Saturday 19th February 2011 after a very impressive 3 weeks Raiwaqa Inter-Lane Basketball Tournament which ended last week.more
Round 3 of the Suva/Laucala League Games Babarians lead by Laisasa Puamau & Earl Hughes defeated 2010 Easter & Suva Champions Saints in the feature match on Tuesday 15th February 2011 at the Vodafone Arena last night.more
The Suva/Laucala Basketball Association under the guidance of National Men's Captain Leonard Whippy is holding their round 2 of the 10 weeks league games will be held on Tuesday 08th February at the Vodafone Arena. The association which is the second biggest association in the country has 10 men's team registered in weekly league games.more
Congratulation to the Raiwaqa Basketball Players Association for re-establishing the Sky Tech Raiwaqa Inter-lane Basketball Tournament back in the country. The association which has the biggest number of player's base in the country has re-introduced the interlane tournament to further increase the base number of players registered in the association and for the best interest of development in the country.more
Basketball Fiji has organised a Children's Basketball Fundermental Clinic from the 12th - 21st Janaury 2011. The clinic will be conducted by Basketball Fiji's Development Officer at Ed's court in Raiwaqa from 10am-12pm for free. Bring water bottle and basketball attire. For more information contact Basketball Fiji Head office on 3317213.more
Basketball Fiji will be organizing a Children's Holiday Basketball Clinics for free at Ed's court in Raiwaqa. The clinics will be held on Monday (13th Dec - Thursday (16th Dec 2010) from 10am - 12pm. All interested children between the age of 6 to 14 years old are welcome to attend. For more information contact Basketball Fiji on 3317213more
Basketball Fiji in partnership with the Korean Home School called Edupia located in Nadi, have organised a National U17 Boys Championship on the 17th -18th December 2010 in Lautoka. The inaugural event will feature 5 men's teams and will be held at the Lautoka multi-purpose courts.more
The 2010 National Christmas Knockout Championship will begin tomorrow (Saturday 11th December) at Indian College at 9.00am and will end on Thursday 16th December at Ed's court in Raiwaqa.more
Oceania will be represented by Australia girls, Vanuatu girls and New Zealand men. Players are aged under 18 and coaches under 35.more
Basketball Fiji continues with the implementation of the Junior Development Program in Primary Schools
School: Long Island University
Level: Division One College Basketball
College Experience: 2004 -2008
Position: Guard (preferably 2 and 3)more
RBA was the first association to host the previous Post Fiji Easter Basketball Championships at the Vodafone Arena on Easter weekends and now they further plan to help maintain the standard.
RBA official Mala Ravai said their main vision was to help Basketball Fiji maintain and improve their standard to another level.more
After a successful season, which ended last April, the fledging association is looking ahead to another tough and competitive year.
RBPA official Mala Ravai confirmed they will start competition next Saturday.more
Puamau said. He has sent an invitation for all kids aged between 7-14 years to attend the clinic, which costs $1 per person.
The Fiji Times Online
Wednesday May 6th, 2009more
Please sent in your designs with your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off to Basketball Fijis head office at 14 Selbourne Street, Suva: - opposite the Ministry of Education Examination Office.
For more details contact Lai or Mark on 3317213 (office) or 7228264/8617617 (mobile)more
The Fiji Times Online
Monday, March 23, 2009more
Basketball Fiji would like to help the various associations by organizing a Level 0 Referee’s Clinic. We believe that this clinic will enhance and provide basic knowledge of the rules and aid in professionalizing the sport in the country.
Basketball Fiji understands that Eds Court is already booked by the Raiwaqa association therefore we would like to run the referees Level 0 courses during Raiwaqa’s break in between competitions. A proposed date to run the clinic would be on the 3rd and 4th of April (Friday and Saturday) a week before Easter as the Course should only take 1 to 2 days to complete. We also understand that the Suva Association will also be taking a break before Easter.
We are hoping to target participants from various associations, P.E teachers from various primary and secondary schools and teacher trainee’s from Fiji College of Advance Education. Each participant will be charged $2 to cover printing and binding materials that will be given out to participants.
The theory aspect of the clinic will be conducted at the FASANOC board room that is located on Bau Street (Flagstaff) opposite the Noble House. This should be conducted on Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm. The practical aspect will be conducted at the ED’s court in Raiwaqa on Saturday. The FASANOC Board room has already been booked by Basketball Fiji for the 3rd of April, 2009.
Our three qualified international referees Navi, Joe and Kelepi have all agreed that they will lend us there service in conducting the clinics. Basketball Fiji will assist in providing all relevant referee materials and upon graduation each participant will be presented a FIBA Level 0 referees certificate.
Please write back if you are interested in the course as your thoughts would assist us run a successful and well organized referees clinic.
If interested can you please either by phone to the Basketball Fiji head office on 3317213 or by email to email@example.com to confirm attendance. Only those who confirm will receive referee materials as we need the exact no. of people for printing purposes.
Laisiasa Puamau (Temporary Development Officer for Basketball Fiji)more
International Basketball Federation Oceania development officer Mark Seccombe, who is based in Fiji said the time was right to start a competition for young kids.more
The children were taught with the basics rules and skills to develop their interest and the raw talent they have. Raiwai development officer Kelevi Serukalou said they were overwhelmed again with the huge turnout and that basketball had attracted the interest of kids at primary school level to the Open grade.more
It will be a knock-out tournament sponsored by Post Fiji.
With close to 16 teams playing, Malakai Ravai, a committee member of the Raiwaqa Basketball Association, says it is going to be a gruelling day.
He said the festive season would have weighed some players down but added that the boys will easily spring back and give it their best.
So far the Bryce Warriors have been training a few days a week in anticipation of the knock-out tournament.more
The national playmaker said despite missing out the gold for Fiji during the Oceania Youth Championship, getting an opportunity to play at this program would be a memorable thing for him.more
The Fiji Basketball Association's two-week training camp for youth teams took off on Monday with a rocking blast.
Development officer Fanny Simpson was happy to see the awesome turn-out.
The turn-out was great and we have 20 youth men and 12 women in the camp," said Simpson.
The training for the young men is being taken by Lai Puamau; the women are being trained by David Whippy and Development Program co-ordinator, Kelevi Serukalou is assisting with the coaches.
The youngest participant is 13-year- old, Ilaitia Tokalauvere of the Latter Day Saints and he has fitted in pretty well with the older players accommodating him.more
I've heard so much about the friendly nature of the Fijian community and look forward to meeting you all very soon.more
The media conference was well attanded by all the Fiji media. The decision by Basketball Fiji to supply information to the media through a media conference is becoming a very acceptable method within the media of Fiji.more
With Ginobili looking on from the bench wearing a pair of jeans and an Argentina polo shirt, Gutierrez and Quinteros combined for 15 points in the first half and 22 overall in an 87-75 victory.
“With Manu out, we knew that we needed something else,” said Argentina star Luis Scola.
“I spoke to Paolo yesterday and I asked him he if he was ready and he said, ‘I'm always ready.’
“Many people don't know Leo but he has been very successful in our country, winning league titles, earning MVPs, he has been our man there.
“He was ready for the big shot. The strength that we have had in the last 10 years has been on other players stepping out in big games. Like in Athens, we had Walter Herrmann. I'm really proud of everybody."
Sergio Hernandez, the Argentina coach, beamed with pride in the press conference.
“We came in to this tournament as defending champions,” Hernandez said.
“We knew each game we have to defend that gold medal with our lives, but we know the best two teams are Spain and USA.
“To have won gold and bronze at the Olympic with the same team means a lot for a nation that has not a strong basketball tradition.
“We are not disappointed by this bronze medal but proud of what we have achieved.”more
After steamrolling the competition and charging into the final as huge favourites, Team USA had to put on an incredible shooting performance to win 118-107.
Mike Krzyzewski’s team hit a phenomenal 13 of 28 (46%) from three-point range with Dwyane Wade nailing four on the way to a game-high 27 points.
“I am proud of our guys,” Krzyzewski said.
“We played with great character in one of the great games of international basketball history, I think.
“If we didn't have great character we wouldn't have been able to beat another team that had great character.
“Spain were fabulous. Everything we did, we tried to stop them, we couldn't stop them completely and it was a great basketball game where everybody involved played at the highest level.
“It brought out the best in us. We are ecstatic about winning the gold medal."more
Hammon, a CSKA Moscow playmaker who became a Russian citizen earlier this year and was then invited into the national team, poured in 11 in the first half as Russia built a 52-39 lead by the break.
Igor Grudin’s team went in front by as many as 19 in the third quarter, and though the Chinese managed to cut the deficit to 11 in the third and fourth quarters, they got no closer.
Hammon, the most talked about Russian in the build-up to the Olympics, will return home on Sunday – to Texas – where she will resume her WNBA campaign with San Antonio.more
The Americans, who settled for a bronze at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, hit back with a vengeance this summer by routing all of their opponents at the Beijing Games.
The USA women have now won 33 games in a row at the Olympics with gold medal wins over Australia in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004).
USA great Lisa Leslie, who didn’t play at the World Championship in Brazil, returned to the national squad this year and has now joined Teresa Edwards as only the second basketball player to win four consecutive gold medalsmore
That was the script laid out after USA steamrollered defending Olympics gold medalists Argentina 101-81 and Spain scraped from the bottom of their reserves to stop a resourceful Lithuania 91-86 in the semi-finals on Friday.
For USA, the win meant avenging their semi-final loss to Argentina at Athens Olympics four years ago and an attempt to regain the gold they last won at Sydney 2000.
And for Spain it marked their first entry into the Olympic final in 24 years.
The last time Spain entered the final was at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, when they lost 65-96 to the USA. And more recently USA defeated 119-82.
Lithuania get an opportunity to return to the podium playing their fifth successive bronze medal play-off, while Argentina will hope they don’t return empty handed. Lithuania had last won a bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The final and the bronze play-off are slated for Sunday, hours before the Closing Ceremony.more
Location: Wukesong Culture and Sports Center
Total land surface: 168,000 sqm
Groundbreaking date: March 29, 2005
Spectator Capacity: 18.000
The Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium, is the venue for the Olympic basketball preliminaries and finals.
For the first time basketball will be able to stay in one building from the start of the basketball tournaments until their end, as in previous Olympics basketball always had to move from a smaller building used for the Preliminary Round to a bigger building as of the Quarter Final Rounds. The public demand for tickets is so huge, that the 18.000 seat capacity already seems to be not sufficient to scope with the ticket requests.more
BEIJING (Olympics) - Defending Olympic champions USA and FIBA World Champions Australia set up their third successive clash for the women’s basketball gold medal on Thursday.
USA have beaten Australia in the finals of both the previous Olympics. They won 73-64 at Athens 2004 and 76-54 at Sydney 2000.
USA struggled initially, but brooked no answers once they found their rhythm, to beat EuroBasket 2007 winners Russia 67-52. Australia followed suit dashing a billion hopes while overpowering hosts China 90-56.
The finals and the bronze medal play-off are scheduled for Saturday, the penultimate day of the Olympics.
An Australia-USA final has been one of the best made predictions of this Olympics itself.
And both the coaches were aware of the task ahead.
“All of the media’s been talking about USA-Australia since the Diamond Ball tournament,” USA coach Anne Donovan said.
“We’ve done our job to get there and I know both teams will come out and play hard and it’ll be a great match.”
“For anyone to beat Team USA with the depth they have, we are going to have to produce our ‘A’ game of the tournament without question,” Australia coach Jan Stirling said.more
morning he forecast that it would not rain (something to do with the wind in some direction). Fortunately his refereeing decisions are far better.more
Team USA, meanwhile, made up in defense for their early struggle in shooting to power past FIBA Oceania champions Australia 116-85.
On Friday, Argentina will take on the USA in a repeat of the semi-final clash at Athens four years ago, which the Argentines had won 89-81.
The other semi-final will feature 2006 FIBA World Champions Spain against Lithuania.
Spain mauled Croatia 72-59 and Lithuania dashed the Chinese hopes outplaying the hosts 94-68.more
Taylor is now a big doubt for the Aussies’ semi-final against China and depending on the severity of the injury could miss the potential gold-medal game against the United States.
I'm not even thinking about Australia,” Donovan said after her team’s 104-60 quarter-final win over Korea.
“If anyone starts thinking ahead we are in trouble.
“We know that our next game is the most difficult.”more
Russia staged a fantastic rally to down Spain 84-65 in a repeat result of last year’s EuroBasket final to complete the semi-final line-up after Team USA had led a series of lop-sided results in the other quarter-final games.
USA were as solid as ever in their 104-60 triumph over against FIBA Asia champions Korea after hosts China began the day powering past EuroBasket 2007 bronze medalists Belarus 77-62.
2006 FIBA World Champions Australia mauled former EuroBasket champions Czech Republic 79-46, but their key player Penny Taylor suffered an injury which put a question mark on her appearance in the semi-finals.
Thursday’s semi-finals will pit Australia against China and Russia against USA.more
This brings the following games for the quarter finals to be played on Tuesday.
China vs Belarus, Australia vs Czech Republic, USA vs Korea and Russia vs Spain.more
In other action, 2006 FIBA World Champions Australia beat EuroBasket 2007 winners Russia 75-55 and South American outfit Brazil ensured they didn’t draw a blank by upsetting EuroBasket 2007 bronze medalists Belarus 68-53. Despite the defeat there was no change in Belarus’ third-place finish in the group.
Group B games saw USA win with ease over New Zealand, and Spain gave Mali a basketball lesson winning 79-47. China finiished second in their group at th end of the preliminary round by accounting for the Czech Republic 79-63.more
FIBA Oceania champions Australia, meanwhile, upset the applecart of EuroBasket 2007 winners Russia with a dominant 95-80 triumph. The result virtually sealed the Boomers’ place in the last eight and left Russia in the lurch.
Defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina posted their third win in four games – in the process handing down FIBA Asia champions Iran their fourth defeat in as many games – with a 97-82 victory.
In group B games, USA easily accounted for Spain 119-82 while Greece did similar to Angola winning 102-61. China and Germany had a much closer encounter with the host country eventally winning 59-55 in a low scoring clash.more
Australia defeated Latvia 96-73, while Russia dashed the hopes of Brazil with a 74-64 win. Sunday’s clash between the two will be a repeat of the 2006 FIBA World Championship final, which the Opals won 91-74.
In the third game on Friday, FIBA Asia champions Korea raced ahead very early in the game against EuroBasket 2007 bronze medalists Belarus, but after that went into a shell. Belarus won 63-53.
In group B games, USA easily accounted for Spain 93-55, China did similar to Mali 69-48 and New Zealand were handed a solid defeat by the Czech Republic 90-59more
Defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina, meanwhile, played a solid game and led throughout to beat Croatia 77-53 and put their campaign back on rails. FIBA Oceania champions Australia defeated FIBA Asia Champions Iran 106-68 for their first win in the competition. Iran are now winless from their three games.
In group B star-studded USA and 2006 FIBA World Champions Spain posted their wins in as many games and shared the top spot in Group B in the Olympic men’s basketball competition on Thursday.
The two match wits on Saturday in what should decide the Group B toppers.
USA avenged their 2006 FIBA World Championship semifinal defeat by beating Greece 92-69 and Spain overcame a first quarter deficit to beat European rivals Germany 72-59.
In the other game of the day, center Yao Ming played true to form and fame as hosts China rolled past FIBA Africa champions Angola 75-68.more
Russia pulled away from an equal first two quarters to down Belarus 71-65 and Australia brooked no challenge from their rivals and beat Korea 90-62.
It was the third win from as many games for both Russia and Australia in the Group A preliminary league.
In group B defending gold medalists the USA scored a rousing 97-41 over FIBA Africa champions Mali in the Olympic women’s basketball competition on Wednesday. The USA have so far won all their three outings, while Mali have lost all their three.
In other games in Group B, hosts China powered their way past New Zealand 80-63 and EuroBasket 2007 silver medalists Spain overcame initial hiccups to beat the Czech Republic 74-55.
In the other game of the day, Latvia snatched victory from jaws of defeat, eking out a 79-78 win over Brazil.more
In other Group A action, Lithuania overcame a first quarter deficit to down FIBA Asia champions Iran 99-67 and 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalists Argentina defeated FIBA Oceania champions Australia 85-68.
FIBA World Champions Spain rose like the proverbial Phoenix to beat hosts China 85-75 in Overtime, in a spectacular Group B clash in the Olympic men’s basketball competition on Tuesday.
Team USA, meanwhile, had no trouble whatsoever in quashing FIBA Africa champions Angola 97-76.
In the other game of the day, Greece played some fantastic defense to curb their rival mainstays and defeated Germany 87-64.more
In other Group A action, EuroBasket 2007 champions Russia scrambled past FIBA Asia champions Korea 77-72 and Belarus bounced back into contention beating Latvia 79-57. Belarus, thus recorded their first Olympic win while denying Latvia theirs. Russia posted their second win from as many matches, while Korea are locked 1-1 after beating Brazil in Overtime on Saturday. Latvia lost to Russia on Saturday.more
In other Group A action on the opening day of the men’s competition, JR Holden celebrated his 32nd birthday in style steering Russia past a defiant Iran 71-49 as Croatia beat down a fourth quarter rally by FIBA Oceania champions Australia to win 97-82.more
Jackson was forced out of the game after pulling up with soreness in her right ankle following the team’s morning training session. She underwent a precautionary MRI for what was later diagnosed as an anterior impingement and will follow a course of rest and anti-inflamatories. She is expected to be fit to play when the Opals take part in the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Haining, China starting on August 3 with their clash against the host nation.more
In under 15 girls SJS 1 are on top and in the under 15 boys there is a tie bewteen MBHS 1 and YSS. The under 17 girls divsion has another tie between LDS and SJS 1, while in the boys under 17 age group MBHS 1 and GHS are tied. The under 19 boys sees another tie with YSS and MBHS 1 while the under 19 girls division gets under way this week.more
The funding could be worth approximately $15,000.00AUD, and will be given to just one Basketball federation in the zone.
FIBA Oceania is inviting interested island Federations in the zone to complete the application form for the 2009 funding.
If successful, the grant must be used for the employment of a female basketball development officer for a 12 month period.
FIBA Oceania will have a strong influence in the selection of the development officer, the formulation of the work program and the monitoring of the program.
Closing date for applications from the federations is 31st July 2008. No late nominations will be accepted.
Go to the FIBA Oceania website to download the application form. Any questions about the application should be emailed to Judy Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org
"Your courage and commitment made us all very proud of you. While visiting Vanuatu, the Solomons and Papua New Guinea over the past few weeks, basketball people in all those countries commented how proud they were of 'their' Fiji team.more
To all our website visitors we have to apologise for not being able to update our news while in Madrid due to technical problems in acessing our website. While the stories were written daily we could not get on however we tried. Technology is wonderful, when it works! Please read our stories and experiences as we go through the next few days.more
MADRID (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) - Fiji received a dream opportunity to play at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Madrid this week, and that means Mickaelar Whippy has a chance to show off your smooth ball-handling skills.more
Mark comes to the position with plenty of playing and coaching experience,as well as a University degree in Exercise and Sports Science.more
We are all so very proud of you, and we know that you will be excellent ambassadors for Fiji and Oceania Basketball.more
The draws took place in the Olympic basketball venue, the brand new 18.000-seat Wukesong Indoor Stadium, coinciding with the meeting of the FIBA Central Board and during the final competition day of the Good Luck Beijing Test Event for Women.
The qualified teams, both men and women, have been drawn into two groups of six teams each with the assistance of three-time Olympic Champion Lisa Leslie of the USA, Olympic Silver medallist Nathalie Porter from Australia, and Chinese stars Whang Zhi Zhi and Sui Feifei.
Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.more
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Long Island University senior women’s basketball player Mikaelar Whippy (Suva, Fiji) was named to the 2008 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team. Whippy, an economics major with a 3.67 grade point average, earned an honorable mention.more
Dates for the annual general meeting were confirmed, along with discussions about the roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers within the BF.
BF President Dinesh Shankar, Vice President Nemani Kobiti, Treasurer Atunaisa Nadakuitavuki, Secretary Lucy Singh and Committee member Poseci Moce met with FIBA Oceania Secretary General Steve Smith and Special Projects Manager Judy Smith.
More information about the meeting outcomes can be read by clicking on the the 'more' button.more
Fiji were drawn in Pool C, along with basketball powerhouse Brazil, and host country Spain.
Teams in Pool A are Latvia, Senegal and Japan; Pool B is Czech republic, Argentina and Angola; and Pool D is Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Belarus.
At the end of the qualification series, the top 5 teams qualify to play in the women's basketball program at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.more
He was happy of the great achievement, he also mentioned "I did it all for Basketball Fiji.
Speaking to Navi he mentioned that it was a proud moment for him he looking forward in sharing his knowledge to other referees.more
Congratulations also to Basketball Fiji and the Fiji Secondary Schools Sports Association for working together to provide such a wonderful opportunity to the young people of their country.more
New Business Houses have joined us this years with FASANOC, Fiji School of Medicine, Clariti Fj Ltd, Productions, FNPF, Housing Authority. Its a beautiful atmosphere during the competition when Managers and employees have a time of fun,participation and team work all blending together in the game of Basketball.more
This was possible through our sponsorship and teams from Suva school visiting the West schools prior to the Championship. Also during the tournament we were able to put together a team of ALL STAR from under 14 - 19.
Winners of the tournament were Under 15 Girls LDS, Under 15 Boys YSS, Under 17 Girls ISS, Under 17 Boys MBHS, Under 19 Girls SGS, Under 19 Boys YSS. History was made when the YSS won in the Under 19 boys after a laps of 8 years. CONGRATULATIONS TO YATSEN SECONDARY SCHOOL.more