Japan recorded a convincing 98-78 victory over Kazakhstan at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Tensho Sugimoto nailed 5 three-pointers in pouring in 43 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Japan while Yudai Nishida hit 4 three-pointers in scoring 27 points while adding 5 steals.
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LSU adds former Tiger Randy Livingston to the coaching staff
LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones announced on Tuesday that former Tiger basketball player and New Orleans prep legend Randy Livingston will join the LSU coaching staff as an assistant coach. Livingston completes the coaching staff and will join Associate Head Coach Robert Kirby and Associate Coach Brendan Suhr for Coach Jones’ fifth season at LSU. Jones has won 80 games in four seasons and has more wins than any coach in their first four seasons at the helm of the LSU program.The hiring must be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors at a future meeting.Livingston, who will be inducted into the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Aug 6, had a star-studded career at Newman High School, sharing National Prep Player of the year honors with Jason Kidd in 1992 and Rasheed Wallace in 1993.
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FIBA U18 European Championship postponed indefinitely
The FIBA Europe Executive Committee has decided on Friday to postpone indefinitely the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 which was due to take place in Samsun, Turkey from 30 July - 7 August. The Committee took into consideration the current situation in Turkey and correspondence it has received by several National Federations, expressing their deep concerns about participating in the tournament, following apprehension from the parents of the players, who are still minors. The Committee has tasked the Secretariat of FIBA Europe to explore options to play the tournament either at the end of the calendar year 2016 or at the beginning of 2017 at the latest. The eligibility of the current national team members will not be affected. . . . . . . . . . . MORE
Spain were crowned FIBA U20 European Championship winners for 2016 after pulling away from Lithuania in the fourth quarter for a 68-55 triumph in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday. Without star guards Marc Garcia and Francisco Alonso, it is unlikely Spain would have made it this far. But Ramon Vila’s 18-point, 14-rebound double-double was a huge factor in this final success. Six of those boards came on the offensive glass and contributed to 14 second-chance points, which sapped the life out of Lithuania. Garcia led all scorers with 21 points and picked up the tournament MVP prize.
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USA won the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 gold medal over Canada by the score of 99-84. Markelle Fultz, who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the finale, was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition. The battle of the undefeated started with a very competitive effort from the Canadians against a powerful interior presence from the USA. After 20 minutes of play, the defending champs dominated down low with a 30-10 dominating points in the paint lead. Canada compensated for this fact with by making 8 three-pointers in the first half. USA led 48-44 at halftime. . . . . . . . . . MORE