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Razenthuria
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Postby Razenthuria » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:38 pm

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RAZEN NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM
Razen Bọọlu Bọọlu inu Agbọn


Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Adebowale (M, 58)
Assistant Coach: Oluwarantimi (M, 49)

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Head coach: Adebowale [ RZN / 58 y.o. ]
Trigramme: RZN
Demonym: Razen
Overall Record: 0 - 0 - 0 [ W - D - L ]
IBC Record: 0 - 0 - 0
Last tournament: N/A
Factbook: Incoming
Rank: UR
Info: Italics indicates new player on NT

STARTERS			Pos	Age	Club				League

00. Ijendu Chimaijem PG 25 Remekango Falcons B.C. RAA
02. Chino Jajah SG 24 Querjibe Yellowjackets RAA
15. Yobanna Madukwe SF 25 Remekango Falcons B.C. RAA
06. Orjey Chidey PF 27 Ethala Force RAA
06. Ebele Akachi C 28 Remekango Falcons B.C. RAA

BENCH

00. Emeka Jaja PG 28 Remekango Falcons B.C. RAA
02. Chima Ijendu SG 26 Theudock Magicians RAA
15. Chineze Chydie SF 30 B.C. Bulembuta RAA
06. Chidiegwu Jelaney PF 27 A.C. Tynedale City RAA
06. Uchea Chinwe C 23 Remekango Falcons B.C. RAA


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RAA - domestic tier-one professional basketball

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The Royal Kingdom of Quebec
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Postby The Royal Kingdom of Quebec » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:03 pm

The Second Ring

Part Three: My First Jersey

Somewhere in Filindostan, 2034


Riley Jeon-Keane and Allie Dubois were both lying on their own beds, doing their own thing. They were ready to go to bed, but not without wearing their new Team Quebec jerseys. Once again by the same ole No Nonsense Sports, they were the first ones to try them on. So far, they liked it, much more so than the existing Marijuana jerseys that they had to temporary stop using because of Filindostani anti-drug campaigns. Neither of them were smokers in first place, so having green leafs and related symbols on their jerseys were uncomfortable to them whenever they had to wear that green jersey.

"Do you remember the very first day you came to Farrer campus?" Riley, on the window side of the beds, asked. Then she, realising that she needed to give more background info, continued. "I mean, for you you probably been to Farrer campus, the McCaffrey Gym and the facilities few times beforehand, but everybody has their firsts, right?"

"Yeah," Allie nodded, as she tried to recall when was the very first day she visited the Farrer campus. She knew it was long time before she first signed to play for the Martlets, but she wasn't sure. Martlet Jrs. tourney? Or was it high school champs? No, that was in the old Forum. "I think when I was in high school? Might've been before, but I remember going there for city championships."

"I see. Seems like everybody visits their destination beforehand," Riley said. "I remember having the entirely different memory. Heck, I don't even remember visiting before committing to Queen's, but who am I to talk to? I didn't even want to come to there in first place."

-----

And now, let's go 12 years back...and we'll slip through the telephone.


"Drrrrrr....Drrr........"

"Hello? Jeon-Keane house speaking."

"Hi, is Miss Riley Jeon-Keane here by any chance? I am in a very desperate position to speak to her."

"Yes! It's actually me in fact. How are you doing today, if I may ask your name? Sorry if I forgot your name...I've been busy with work the past few days."

"No worries! I am Mitchell Kayembe, the head coach of Queen's University, and I would like to speak to you about your response to the letter of offer you've received. I am aware that you're looking to pick from either us, Farrer or Saguenay, and would like to hear on what would make you to stay closer to home."

"...mmm. Pardon me, sir?"

"Yes, I would like to hear on what can get you to come to Cornwall this tuesday evening, if I may ask. I know it's very late of me to ask, but I know your family would be happy to stay home."

"Yes, but my parents are just as happy with me going to the other two schools. Unfortunately, sir. I am not convinced at going to Queen's next year."

"Well, if you come to Cornwall, you'll see why you will change your mind, because you will be the centrepiece in that. Have you ever wanted to be part of a program that wanted to win?"

"Yes. And Queen's has yet to win a national title."

"True, but we could change that. We sure as hell did have many great players come and go, but none have made the enough difference. No frontcourt Gael has made the QIS All-Quebecois. No frontcourt Gael has landed the OUA or Big 10 Player of the Year. I know you love being that most dominant big man in history, and why not do it somewhere you have won? Saguenay and Farrer won their banners when they had that number one centre. And you know you could change the course of the program."

"That is definitely in my mind, now that I look at it. People have told me that I do love playing centre and guess I can't lie about that."

"Yes. So do you wanna be the first Gael to win the QIS MVP and get that historic banner? I know we can win one, but perhaps even two, and even three. I know you got that potential in you and you can do it with the class we have upcoming."

"Alright, I will think about it."

"Thanks for consideration. But before you go, Riley, remember that Clara Kasaboski is coming here as well. Transfer so a year off in between, but she will have those 3 years."

Then Riley hung up the phone. Kasaboski, Riley Jeon-Keane grinded her teeth. That name was familiar to her, not only because she was an excellent point guard, but also because she was her kryptonite, believe it or not. The 5-foot-3 point guard, while nowhere near the calibre of the girl getting all the attention in the Island of Montreal, caused all sorts of problem for her the two times they faced in OFSAA tri-state semifinals her sophomore and junior years. She vaguely remembered hearing about Clara Kasaboski heading west to play for the California University Bruins, but guess the homesickness must have affected her given her mediocre performance.

Was Riley Jeon-Keane excited at the possibility of facing Clara Kasaboski again? Yes. She was such a creative passer and while Riley felt Clara was bit too fast of a passer to really utilise her inside bigs, Riley knew how she owned the girl 45 centimetres taller than her, over and over again. She was exactly the bad bish you never wanna mess around, as her teammate Ivana Begovic would say for the sake of humour.

Maybe if I have to hunt a tiger, guess I gotta enter its cave, Riley smiled as she sipped her tea. Perhaps coach Kayembe did the right research after all.

-----

Monday evening, 2026


"How are you doing, boss?" Riley asked as she sat on her sofa, leaving some food package on the table. Sitting right next to her was her teammate, Clara Kasaboski.

"Well, the usual," the captain sighed as she finished some Tye Crosbys (author's comment : think of Tim Horton's) donut and lemonade her junior brought her. They were reading some books while listening to 2005 live version of Adelina (1904 Quebecois Opera) by Jean-Emmanuel Orgeron, which made sense since that's what Clara was studying. That said, being sidelined from an ankle injury sucked- she missed the last 2 weeks of regular season and the Big 10 Conference tournament and was still up in the air. "I just want some slushies right now, but JoyJoy is closed so guess we'll have to wait?"

"Maybe. Should I text Ryan right now?"

Clara gestured her with a clear no, "Nah, I know he's....somewhere. Probably at a practice." Her boyfriend, Michael Jeon-Keane, just happened to be....well, Riley's brother. Being part of the powerhouse volleyball team, he knew Michael was just as likely to be out on tournaments as she were.

"Fair, in that instance, why don't we go for a recovery home food at Olives? (author's comment : think of Popeye's Chicken)? After getting changed of course."

"May as well. By the way, the first jersey's special, girl. Don't forget!"

"Aye, aye, cap'n!" Riley responded with a hurry as she ran towards her room. Believe it or not, Clara Kasaboski had the full attention of her centre Riley Jeon-Keane all along. The centre may not have been happy about the point guard not giving her the ball on enough plays and the point guard the same for wanting too many chances. They knew it from the very first day they signed to be part of the Queen's program long pressured to win the national championship.

On most locker rooms, this would not translate particularly well- not the least since Riley Jeon-Keane's ego is always skyrocketing. But they were smarter than that. But they at least knew they had the best chance to win when they were at the same time.

Perhaps that's what led them to practice hours working on court positioning, spend hours wearing fried chicken wearing their first jerseys from the very first day they were on same team, and of course live together. They had to dislike each other, but they also had to like each other. They both knew for a huntress to hunt a tiger, she had to enter its cave.
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Postby Banija » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:26 pm

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Group E
The Purity Complex 67–90 Ceni
North New South Wales 61–81 Free Republics
Crystalline Caverns 62–72 Valladares

Nation Name               Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Ceni 4 3 1 362 313 +49 3
2 Free Republics 4 3 1 329 270 +59 3
3 North New South Wales 4 2 2 269 284 −15 2
4 Valladares 4 2 2 281 306 −25 2
5 The Purity Complex 4 1 3 294 321 −27 1
6 Crystalline Caverns 4 1 3 283 324 −41 1


Group F
Lisander 57–90 Abanhfleft
Aji No Moto 90–66 New Doltania
The Andromeda Archipelago 92–64 West Phoenicia

Nation Name                  Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Abanhfleft 4 3 1 321 264 +57 3
2 West Phoenicia 4 3 1 326 281 +45 3
3 The Andromeda Archipelago 4 3 1 338 299 +39 3
4 Lisander 4 2 2 341 303 +38 2
5 Aji No Moto 4 1 3 293 331 −38 1
6 New Doltania 4 0 4 267 408 −141 0


Group G
Valanora 92–69 Natanians and Nosts
Juvencus 72–67 Siovanija and Teusland
Hudson Islands 75–79 Quantilia

Nation Name                Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Juvencus 4 3 1 296 277 +19 3
2 Natanians and Nosts 4 2 2 290 278 +12 2
3 Siovanija and Teusland 4 2 2 284 299 −15 2
4 Valanora 4 2 2 316 288 +28 2
5 Quantilia 4 2 2 288 305 −17 2
6 Hudson Islands 4 1 3 277 304 −27 1


Group H
Filindostan 66–65 Golden State Warriorz
Azadeshia 89–82 Humaliwo
Vakolicci haven and Celeria 73–81 Royal Kingdom of Quebec

Nation Name                     Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Humaliwo 4 3 1 327 319 +8 3
2 Royal Kingdom of Quebec 4 3 1 332 301 +31 3
3 Filindostan 4 3 1 310 284 +26 3
4 Vakolicci haven and Celeria 4 2 2 303 289 +14 2
5 Azadeshia 4 1 3 283 321 −38 1
6 Golden State Warriorz 4 0 4 276 317 −41 0
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Postby Golden State Warriorz » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:08 pm

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Starters:
PG Kevin Allieson - Height 6'3" - Age 24 - Number 0
SG Jordan Jeff - Height 6'4" - Age 25 - Number 26
SF Kevin King - Height 6'7" - Age 22 - Number 12
PF Iggy Jacobs - Height 6'10" - Age 27 - Number 72
C Jason "Big Dog" Vegh - Height 7'3" - Age 31 - Number 30

Bench:
PG Alex Xeno - Age 30 - Height 6'2" - Number 1
C David Nigel - Age 26 - Height 6'10" - Number 8
PF Oracle Bold - Age 29 - Height 6'8" - Number 52
SG Fray Void - Age 33 - Height 6'6" - Number 41
PG Stacye Brown - Age 25 - Height 5'10" - Number 29 (Only female player on the team.)
C George K. George - Age 33 - Height 7'1" - Number 2
PG Luke Hemmings - Age 28 - Height 6'0" - Number 7
PF Rob Banks - Age 34 - Height 6'11" - Number 22
SG Neil Navy - Age 27 - Height 6'5" - Number 19
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Postby Vangaziland » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:00 am

Ewingson Lights Up Great Chota

Generational Talent. Those were the words being thrown around Mark Ewingson. Former Coach Tim Tomasson criticized his Royals for not being aggressive enough on offense. The next year, Foyelson's Royals could score but they still lacked a final punch. The Royals of IBC 25 have a new player in Mark Ewingson that does everything Tomasson once asked out of his players.

Last season, PG Hectare Yulssen had a major hand on the offense. He averaged around 9 assists, but he was scoring more than any Vannish PG in IBC history. This wasn't necessarily a good thing, because it meant he forced a lot of shots. The truth was somewhere in the middle, as Hectare had just fallen into the offense a little better than the others. Tom Gravu was mostly a set piece at SG, though he did try to force more of an inside game.

Gravu was recently replaced on the national team by Mark Ewingson. It was Mark who got hot early in the 1st to put a big lead between Vangaziland and Great Chota. He scored 14 of the Royals' 22 point run 1st quarter run. A lot of the mismatch came down to size. Opposite of the 6'6 locomotive of Ewingson was the 5'10 Tsiyi. If Mark was a set piece guard like Gravu, this would be bad. With Mark being the complete player he is, this spelled disaster.

Once he realized the opposing guard could barely keep a hand in his face, Mark started aggressively calling for the ball. The Vannish shooting guard has a passion critics like their former coach thought the team once lacked. To Tsiyi's credit, he did have an impressive leap, getting the hand in the Vangazi's face.

Unfortunately, Ewingson is the type of player who has practiced so much that he shoots on feel. He grew up near a park playing just past dusk. Only the faintest light illuminated the court, washed from a distant streetlight.

Even as taller guards subbed in from the bench, Ewingson kept on his game. It helped him that the offense was moving so fluidly. It wasn't a stagnant offense stalling around 1 player. Different plays were being run to the effect that Mark caught passes in different spots each time. He would spot up for a corner three, move off a screen, cut from the post, etc.... He was all over the place.

Drawing double teams wouldn't help, because Mark would kick out to swing the ball around. Twice he drew double teams to kick out to Hectare Yulssen at point. Both times, the PG made the open 3. The floor was spread, with Knucks getting more playtime over Parkssen. The Royals wanted their more defensive-minded center in to shut down the post.

As much of the Chotan game plan deals with their center Torrance Taylor and his overseas experience, Coach Kate Foyelson wanted to put the team's shutdown defender on him. "Lonnie is an old school center", she said. "Not sure how much the Chotans have seen of a player like this." Hurcle would total 3 blocks, challenging many more shots. He also showed a bit of his low post offense, playing mostly back to the basket.

In one play his back was up against Taylor, who reached around for the ball. Knucks cemented his footing and bounded back, putting his weight square into Torrance who pushed trying keep him out. He was on the stripe leading to the free throw line, halfway there. He bounded back again and really gained leverage. Pivoting off his left foot, he rotated up the court to face the basket. The 7'1 center lifted up, fired the shot and banked it in off the backboard. Taylor would find himself on the recieving end of several such plays.

Ewingson stayed hot throughout the match. He would put up an impressive scoreline of 45 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. As the game moved on, he found himself bringing the ball up the court. Hectare shifted to more of a roleplaye, but an effective one. He tried to stay on the opposite side of the court to spread the defending guards. He stayed outside, a capable threat. If a forward would cut to double team, the Vannish forward would cut to the basket. Once Great Chota figured that out, Ewingson would sprint into the post to battle for a finish.

Mark also had to settle for free throws, taking fouls on a few occasions to lower his chances of scoring. Yulssen had a big assist night, feeding the streaky shooting guard. He scored 12 and added 12 assists. The Vannish offense is usually more of a team oriented affair. Tonight things were clearly centered around one player. Yulssen also appeared in a new role, showing he is capable of being an outside threat.

"He had the hot hand", said team captain Yulssen. "I had to get him the ball." The starting PG also spoke on the opposing team, saying, "They've done well to get to second in the group. Playoff experience will be a great thing for their program in the future. It's still a long season ahead. That's why we came out so strong tonight. Great Chota is playing well. We couldn't let them get an upset on us so early."

Ewingson spoke to reporters after the game. "Tonight was just my night to perform. Next game, somebody else might take the spot. Or I could get hot again. I definitely want the ball. We're all in this, but I want to carry the team on my shoulders. I feel like it's all on me."

Mark Ewingson set a new record for highest points scored in a Royals IBC game. This was despite sitting for much of the 4th.

When asked if the team from Great Chota had garned his attention, Mark replied, "Definitely. I saw one of them dropped a 22 rebound double-double. I wanted to put these guys to the test." That stat also led to Kate subbing in Knucks to shut down the middle. The Royals will hope to ride this wave of momentum to seize the Group.

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Postby Aji No Moto » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:45 am

The Ajian team went to the Jakultarena to watch the first game of the Group F between Lisander and Abanhfleft. That also served as their scouting as after their game against New Doltania, the Golden Hawks will face the Rebolusyonaryos in their last game of the first half of the group stage. Their manager, Misaki, did not accompany them, as he waited for the delivery man to bring the correct jerseys for the team. He brought the wrong set of jerseys yesterday, instead bringing an alternate version of Team Quebec's jerseys. At five minutes before 1, the jerseys were delivered to the hotel. He did not instruct the delivery man to bring them to Jakultarena, as he would have to get extra charges for it.

He checked on the jerseys the latter brought. Now, it was what he expected. A set of white with yellow and purple trim, with the hawk emblem at watermarked at the background at both the front and back of the jerseys. It was also present at the purple set, with white and yellow trim.

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He was able to bring the jerseys to Jakultarena, where the team was watching the Flefts dominating the game against the Lisanderians. It was also the time for the team to meet before the game against New Doltania. "Team, the jerseys have arrived, change up and let's meet in the hallway for a team huddle." Misaki said. The team followed suit, and were able to wear their jerseys at the second game of Group F, where they dominated New Doltania, 90-66. The team shot lights out from beyond the arc, and physical defense prevented their opponents from scoring much in the game. Commentators even said that the jerseys were the one which were the MVP of the game.

They were rejuvenated, and that gave hope to them that they can beat even the best of teams in the group. They hope they can perform at their best against Abanhfleft in two days.
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Postby Kita-Hinode » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:04 am

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The media has been in a bit of a poor mood over our results, although we're getting better from that mess against some place called Great Chota. Honestly, I don't think it was a bad thing. We just failed to crack them, that's all. There's no shame in losing to a team, even if they had some... questionable ideas of how to play a game. I'm pretty sure one could call it sexual assault.

To be fair to you... uh... I mean me, the best part of the tournament has been talking with my teammates, what with many of us not being the usual Hinodejin from the main isles. Kamom demonstrated this martial art they learned at her place, something apparently called Muay Thai.
It's pretty dangerous, actually, considering she missed my face by three centimetres or so. Still, it was all in good fun and she seemed very interested in what everyone else had to say.

Catherine Bergljót smuggled some things to cook us a dish from her place, this dough-like dish called Klenäter (hope I spelled it right), told all sorts of legends about maritime warriors that would bring all sorts of disaster to people that ever dared to face them, the Vikings. I didn't believe those that much, she kept saying how they totally owned us once. She also insisted that whenever we mentioned her, we'd have to call her Catherine Bergljót. I don't know what a Bergljót is, should ask her sometime.

But by far the most exotic, and by that, the person that people asked more stuff about, was Firuzeh. Firuzeh so happened to be from a family of merchants that fell in good graces with the Hinodejin Authorities that controlled the former Alexandria. Of course, because of her family's profession, she was very much aware of several stories and told them to great effect. I got a bit shaken off by the tale of some Chosen people that left what was the Kingdom of Egypt, in all fairness. It was odd how she was very much fine with telling a story that painted her homeland as pretty much evil. "You can't really be good if you enslaved a bunch of people, right?" she maintained.

It's a shame I didn't get to talk a lot, but I'm sure they'll be very interested in my tales about my ol' foggy land. I need to go now, take a good nap for tomorrow's practice.

Willy
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Postby Ceni » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:52 pm


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IBC 25: Ceni picks up steam with crucial overtime victory against Free Republics
Ceni won a crucial match in the International Basketball Championship against Free Republics in double overtime, and followed that up with a thrashing of the Purity Complex to move to first place in their group after four games of play in Filindostan.

In a rollercoaster game, both teams found the lead and then gave it up after seeing a run of stellar play from the other side, in a very close match despite the rank differential between the two teams. But the fact that it was that close was a testament to the success of coach Lauren Vox's fast-paced offensive system, considering that the Free Republics team was at least a foot taller, on average, than the Cenian team, and Ceni's tallest player, Orion Darkstar, was on par with the Free Republics' shortest player, point guard Markus Herrmann. Ceni's quick and speedy offense, especially shooting guard Ashur El-Amin, was able to rely on teamwork and passing play to run circles around the taller, and thus less flexible, Republican defense, although the Republicans found an advantage with their heights in making a good proportion of easy three pointers and dunk shots above the heads of the Cenians. Thus the stage was set for a period of overtime after the score was tied at 76 apiece after normal time.

Guard Joakim Lindqvist, who had been the key player for the Republicans during regular time, repeated his role in extra time, and he scored off of two threes fairly quickly off the bat. Just like that, Ceni found itself down by six points with only two points left in overtime, as defensive coach Eric Abend successfully convinced head coach Leon Alexeyeva to sub in two of the taller reserves to cut down on Ceni's offense. That seemed to work until Wes Jarik got on a tear, sneaking his way through the defense to score three two-pointers in quick succession. The two teams found themselves back where they started, tied at 82 apiece, sending them into a second period of overtime.

Then something happened: Lindqvist lost his mojo, or stepped on his ankle wrong, or something, and started missing his shots, giving Ceni a couple of easy turnovers. They found themselves leading 88-82 when Jasenko Markovic made a three point shot, but that didn't stop the Cenian train as Neil Halcyon drained two three pointers to give Ceni a comfortable victory, if only in double overtime.

That victory sent Ceni into first place into the group, by virtue of their win over Free Republics; they would next play against the Purity Complex, an unknown and unranked nation located in the depths of Sonnel. Their players appeared to be clones, if by appearances only; coach Vox reasoned that they probably had great teamwork, but that could fall apart if the team was broken up. That became the strategy for the game, and it worked as the Cenians cut the Purity defense to pieces, forcing quite a few turnovers and winning in a comfortable 90-67 victory.

The team will next play unranked North New South Wales, a nation pretty much entirely off the international basketball map. They are 2-2 heading into the fifth day of games, but one of those wins was a 13-point win over third seed Valladares, who previously defeated Ceni in a bit of an upset. "I think we'll prevail," said Vox, "but there have been a lot of upsets this tournament, so we'll be on the lookout, as always."
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“Why is a football blog commenting on basketball?” you ask. Because we can.

Also because the Griffins appear to be proving the assertions of their head coach correct: basketball is currently the de facto national joke.

It is indisputable that basketball is quite popular in Omerica. BasketLeague is enjoyed and its Finals are one of the biggest events on the Omerican television calendar. But it doesn’t match up to the kind of following football or volleyball enjoy: the television ratings and attendance for the upcoming Ligue.A season is projected to dwarf that for BasketLeague, despite featuring just 240 matches to BasketLeague’s minimum of 620 (provided that all series in the BasketCup and BasketLeague Finals are “swept” by one side). The same goes for volleyball’s Élite.

Having more than games than either of its two biggest competitors doesn’t seem to help BasketLeague or its players at all. Football has glamour and pedigree, while volleyball has distilled rivalry and tradition. Footballers compete for the longstanding and resilient Federation Cup and a chance at glory in the ancient and storied tournaments of UICA. Volleyball players contest the Coupe de la République, a rich competition which pits republic against republic in a battle for supremacy over the rest. Basketball doesn’t have anything quite as compelling in Omerica.

But, you say, just like football’s best get to play for the Incorrigibles in the World Cup and Independents Cup, basketball’s best get to play for the Griffins in the International Basketball Championships! Which is completely true, but worth noting that the World Cup and regional football tourneys pull in consistently high interest whether Omerica is doing well or poorly or anything at all. The IBC fades in and out of the Omerican eye depending on whether the nation has a stake in it or not.

The Omerican nation has a stake in this year’s IBC, but it has thus far been grim. An 81–77 loss to unranked South Toronto only started the misery, followed up with a humiliating 92–62 loss to co-hosts Banija, a somewhat respectable 78–67 loss to world number 7 Qasden and an infuriating 78–73 loss to Espezah. Omerica sit winless at the bottom of Group A, 50 points in the hole and four wins off a trip to the knockout stages. The only salvation is that once everyone has played everyone else, the whole dance gets repeated all over again. But as things stand, Banija and Qasden are running away with it and Omerica are dead in the bloody water.

The IBC has been kind to Omerica in the past, though. Omerica nearly made it to a tiebreaker match on its début appearance in IBC 17, finishing 4–4 after the opening stage. Omerica managed to advance to the knockout phase in its next apperance in IBC 18, finish with a 4–2 record and beating Valanora on a tiebreak to go through. The dream was killed by a 70–63 defeat to hosts Quebec, though that didn’t stop Omericans from being optimistic about the future. The next time round, Omerica finished a respectable 3–3, but an unaddressed cheating incident turned Basketball Omerica off, with the Griffins leaving the tournament for the next five editions.

“The fact that we get a rematch against South Toronto doesn’t make things easier to swallow,” head coach Alain Desjardins told press after the opening match. “We needed to win today and we were unfortunate not to.” After the loss to Espezah, Desjardins called Omerica’s performance thus far “an utter humiliation.” Desjardins was at his most humbled when he said that “[t]his is not a situation we want to be in. If we continue to lose, it could kill Omerican basketball for a generation.”

Omerican football fans—i.e. the majority of Omericans—are used to consistent humiliation, but for basketball fans, this is a new experience.

“We wanted to blame it on us being rusty,” longtime fan Jean Châtelois told the Blog, “but we would have expected to win at least one match so far. To be winless four games in is absolutely unacceptable for us. It’s a disgrace.”

Is this just a hiccough or is Omerican basketball going down the same toilet its football has gone down? The last six games of the group stage are almost certainly not going to be enough to recover from the early trouncing the Griffins have received, but if Omerica can claw back a few consolation wins and mount a decent challenge at the knockout stage in the next edition, maybe things aren’t so bad. But for now, it’s cold comfort as Omerica’s basketball future looks increasingly like its football future: bleak.
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After this matchday, you'll sought to remember the enemies, because you'll face them again in the second round.

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MATCHDAY 5 RESULTS


Group A
Qasden 84–58 South Toronto
Espezah 79–84 Banija
Northwest Kalactin 74–68 Omerica

  Group A               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Banija 5 5 0 463 336 +127 5
2 Qasden 5 4 1 411 354 +57 4
3 Espezah 5 2 3 373 378 −5 2
4 South Toronto 5 2 3 352 401 −49 2
5 Northwest Kalactin 5 2 3 355 429 −74 2
6 Omerica 5 0 5 347 403 −56 0


Group B
Kita-Hinode 50–88 Vangaziland
Pridnestrovia 84–67 Omnum
Great Chota 79–78 Valliesta

  Group B               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Vangaziland 5 5 0 462 293 +169 5
2 Great Chota 5 4 1 364 407 −43 4
3 Kita-Hinode 5 3 2 371 366 +5 3
4 Pridnestrovia 5 2 3 390 370 +20 2
5 Omnum 5 1 4 363 415 −52 1
6 Valliesta 5 0 5 344 443 −99 0


Group C
Equestrian States 70–82 Ethane
Aristian Republic 72–94 Cosumar
Segral 90–82 North Prarie

  Group C               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Cosumar 5 4 1 444 411 +33 4
2 Segral 5 4 1 427 391 +36 4
3 Ethane 5 4 1 403 362 +41 4
4 Aristian Republic 5 2 3 386 415 −29 2
5 North Prarie 5 1 4 381 401 −20 1
6 Equestrian States 5 0 5 361 422 −61 0


Group D
Razenthuria 64–78 Alpine Union
Newmanistan 75–76 Melbergia
Drawkland 77–78 Augusto del Sud

  Group D               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Drawkland 5 3 2 370 351 +19 3
2 Newmanistan 5 3 2 431 373 +58 3
3 Augusto del Sud 5 3 2 381 375 +6 3
4 Alpine Union 5 2 3 340 372 −32 2
5 Razenthuria 5 2 3 373 407 −34 2
6 Melbergia 5 2 3 384 401 −17 2
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The Second Ring

Part Four : I’ve seen Banijans drop from the sky…..but I have never seen anything like this



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Martlets Superstar Allie Dubois remembers the nightmare of 2010 Commonwealth Games : "That's how I got into basketball in first place"

MONTREAL, MONTREAL - It's the penultimate day of the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Lebreton, Mwasi-Afrique. Allison Dubois was just six years old, and was only getting into her first steps of basketball.

She was playing hoops on backyard with her brother Benoit-Luc and Antoine when she came home. She immediately noticed her father, a local basketball coach, crying. Royal Kingdom of Quebec women's team, after 4 consecutive gold medals in Commonwealth Games, had lost in the semifinals to an unexpected Banijan squad by 11 points after leading for most of the game. The nation was thrown into a particular shock at such a loss after a decade and half of dominance.

"I remember my father crying again twelve years later, but it was with happiness for we won the commonwealth games gold," Dubois said on Tuesday, shortly after her team practice. "We were entering some dark years with all the golden generation's players retiring and whatnot, so it was sweeter this time around."

With that 2024 Commonwealth Games victory, the two-time Yu Yeong-Ja Award Recipient as the QIS Women's Basketballer of the Year, began the renaissance of Quebecois women's basketball that captured back to back Commonwealth Games gold medals, as well as 4th and 5th place appearances now for the up-and-coming Quebecois superstar. Since the Golden Generation of 1990s, this is perhaps what makes Dubois and her compatriot Jeon-Keane noticeable for their achievements....


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But all of this didn't really matter to her this week. All it mattered was beating Riley Jeon-Keane for the second ring in four years. And of course, she knew Riley felt the same way to her.

We are now heading into early Tuesday morning for one of our protagonists. Allie Dubois was once again back in the court, but this time we see her sitting by the stands as she recalled the very first time she had met her true adversary. She had already finished her workout for the morning, and since the Royal Arlenia College cafeteria wasn't open for another hour, Allie just sat and sat and thought to herself.

To beat, to overcome, and to truly know what is to be a seemingly impossible task, Allie quietly reminisced to herself as she looked into the south end of the stands where the Martlets' 2017 and 2025 QIS basketball championship stood proudly, to head back into the past...

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Keane! Keane! Keane! Can you believe it? A monster dunk and thirty seconds later, we have the 6 foot 9 centre from Kingston, Frontenac, hitting her third three-pointer of the night. And Redmen coach Charleston calls one-minute timeout as Golden Gaels lead the Martlets, 71-39."

Of course, by the looks of the score, it looked ugly enough. But what was even more brutal was how Riley Jeon-Keane thrived so much on court. The Farrer coaches all knew very well about the rookie, but even after trying to match up double teams and triple teams on her, there was still nothing done to stop Riley Jeon-Keane. From the very first she lit up the floor By the halfway point through third quarter, she had scored 28 points and 14 rebounds.

"I’ve seen gods fly. I’ve seen teams shutting down giants that I couldn’t even imagine. I’ve seen Banijans drop from the sky… but I have never seen anything like this," Allie said to herself, as she watched from the sidelines. All of this was shocking for Allie Dubois But her teammates' poor performance or the overachieving of their rival team, the one they had beaten 8 out of 11 previous times, did not concern Dubois as much. Stuck in the sideline, she was too busy thinking of what she could have done to stop the centre and found that there was none - not least with her injury. It was as shocking and depressing as how her idols would have felt when the Banijan centre, 6-foot-7 Nkechi "Rolling Thunder" Savannah ravaged through the Quebecois frontcourt already depleted through retirements and downgrades by 2010. The history repeats itself for sure.

To make it worse, Allie knew she was doing well so far in the season. Allie Dubois' freshman season was filled with high expectations- everybody close to Farrer program was excited that a point guard her calibre had decided to commit to Farrer. They knew how she, all alone, left her opponents in dust, scoring over them with remarkable versatility and explosiveness that she carried in Mambaesque footwork.

But all of that was moot when she blew her knee earlier that week, off a silly snowball fight between the men's and women's hoops teams. While slightly trailing at the beginning of the first period (this rendition of snowball fighting is like hockey in that they run in 3 20 minute periods), they were quickly able to caught on and were faring well when all of sudden, she slipped and fell on the staircase.

Fortunately enough she didn't have any further injury on her knee already weakened by previous injuries. But the resulting injury really hurt, no matter how well the recovery went. It just hurt to watch the six game winning streak on them either way, and in a match where their best rookie as she watched from the sidelines as the Gaels just landed another quick jump shot from their senior power forward, #18 Andrea Morey.....

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Dubois remembered the very first match she saw from the beginning, and it was shocking. Though playing basketball since the age 7, she had never played someone of both her biological sex and that size she possessed. But she knew there was nothing she could have done to change that either way.
Besides, her limited exposure to a centre that tall was due to two reasonable factors that would not have been the case had they been 18 right now (so 3-4 years later): a) While she had heard of Drawkland and their gigantic players, it was way too far for a Quebecois to reach there until then, b) Allison Dubois didn't make the national junior teams until her freshman year with Farrer few months later (Dubois often had injury issues back in high school and thus missed most national team games) and most importantly c) Riley Jeon-Keane did not partake in all-Quebecois games like how other prospects would.

Being so confident on what she was capable of doing, Riley skipped on all the necessary offseason games since the OFSAA AAAA final and just focused on her auditions to music programs. Of course Allie had heard before that the 6'9", 235 lb centre is looking increasingly likely to come, but that hope quickly subsided upon the last minute decision when Riley decided to commit to Queen's in a surprise instead. Both moves, very cocky and surprising but then we're talking about Riley Jeon-Keane here, left her with a pleasant shock.

Sometimes she thought of what kind of greatness she could have achieved had she responded to the one of first offers she rejected or what if Riley had joined her in Farrer. But she could only think for so long, because present was more important to the right-minded point guard. What's done is done, she said to herself as she was back dribbling the ball all of sudden, before landing a clean layup from the hypothetical triple-team situation. It was not the cleanest, but just enough for her to get past most forwards and maybe even a couple of weaker centres. We're bound to this, whether we're playing as one or as enemies.
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Group E
Valladares 80–60 The Purity Complex
Free Republics 97–67 Crystalline Caverns
Ceni 84–60 North New South Wales

Nation Name               Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Ceni 5 4 1 446 373 +73 4
2 Free Republics 5 4 1 426 337 +89 4
3 Valladares 5 3 2 361 366 −5 3
4 North New South Wales 5 2 3 329 368 −39 2
5 The Purity Complex 5 1 4 354 401 −47 1
6 Crystalline Caverns 5 1 4 350 421 −71 1


Group F
West Phoenicia 76–86 Lisander
New Doltania 86–76 The Andromeda Archipelago
Abanhfleft 91–78 Aji No Moto

Nation Name                   Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Abanhfleft 5 4 1 412 342 +70 4
2 The Andromeda Archipelago 5 3 2 414 385 +29 3
3 Lisander 5 3 2 427 379 +48 3
4 West Phoenicia 5 3 2 402 367 +35 3
5 Aji No Moto 5 1 4 371 422 −51 1
6 New Doltania 5 1 4 353 484 −131 1


Group G
Quantilia 68–92 Valanora
Siovanija and Teusland 77–84 Hudson Islands
Natanians and Nosts 109–78 Juvencus

Nation Name                Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Valanora 5 3 2 408 356 +52 3
2 Natanians and Nosts 5 3 2 399 356 +43 3
3 Juvencus 5 3 2 374 386 −12 3
4 Hudson Islands 5 2 3 361 381 −20 2
5 Siovanija and Teusland 5 2 3 361 383 −22 2
6 Quantilia 5 2 3 356 397 −41 2


Group H
Royal Kingdom of Quebec 74–94 Filindostan
Humaliwo 75–66 Vakolicci haven and Celeria
Golden State Warriorz 84–53 Azadeshia

Nation Name                     Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Humaliwo 5 4 1 402 385 +17 4
2 Filindostan 5 4 1 404 358 +46 4
3 Royal Kingdom of Quebec 5 3 2 406 395 +11 3
4 Vakolicci haven and Celeria 5 2 3 369 364 +5 2
5 Golden State Warriorz 5 1 4 360 370 −10 1
6 Azadeshia 5 1 4 336 405 −69 1
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It didn't look like a sure thing at the start of the IBC, but Abanhfleft was now back on top of the group, right where the fans thought they should belong. The loss against West Phoenicia came entirely out of left field, and probably because said loss was against a team with which the fans had had a bit of a colored history, if only a brief one. Abanhfleft did well to bounce back with two consecutive victories against New Doltania and Lisander. The team seemed to have finally returned to their old selves with those two commanding performances against the aforementioned New Doltania and Lisander, with the margins of victory now back in the double digits.

The team always stayed behind to give a few words of encouragement to the other team whenever the Rebs won by these large margins. The New Doltanians didn't seem so keen on the advice, trying to get away from the court as fast as possible once the final buzzer had sounded, but the Lisanderans stayed on the court when it was their turn to go up against the Fleftics. The guys also liked the Lisanderans. Abanhfleft and Lisander were friends on the international stage. They hadn't met a lot of times on the field of sport, but the Fleftics liked the Lisanderans and they wanted the Ermines to succeed. Preferably when Abanhfleft already had top spot in the group secured, but still, the Rebolusyonaryos wished luck and success upon the Ermines. It was just good sportsmanship.

Over in Banija, though, the Pridnestrovian national basketball team only now just managed to get its first win in the competition. It was a far cry from the performance that the Red Army had turned in during their debut performance in the previous IBC. The Pridnestrovians gave it their best shot against Kita-Hinode in their first game in the tournament but the Hinodejin were just simply too good for Pridnestrovia, who were once again reinforced by their naturalized Fleftic player Kevin Middleton. It was much the same thing against Vangaziland with Sarah Overson coming in the late stages of the game to turn the tide on the Red Army. The margin of loss got a little bigger against Vangaziland, who won by 10 points compared to the Hinodejin's six-point victory in the first game. But arguably the worst loss on the Pridnestrovians' palate was the one against Great Chota. Against unfancied and unranked opposition, many would have tipped Pridnestrovia to take the game by the scruff of the neck and finally get their first win of the tournament. A buzzerbeater three-pointer saw to the Red Army's third consecutive defeat in the 25th edition of the International Basketball Championships. They finally caught a break against Valliesta, dumping 95 points on the newcomer, but would it be a case of too little too late for the Red Army? There was no way to know at the moment.
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"Aww, come on, man, that's bullshit!" a man wearing the official blue, orange and green hoodie of the Abanhfleft national basketball team (as reproduced by Adidulas) cried out as a foul by a Vangaziland player on a Fleftic player went uncalled by the referee. It was the middle of the IBC 24 semifinals game between the Royals and the Rebolusyonaryos, and both teams had their individual stakes with regards to winning this game. The Royals wanted to maintain their perfect record in the tournament while the Rebs wanted to finally lift that IBC Trophy against after three years and three editions of this particular tourney.

The road to the semifinals for the Rebolusyonaryos was smooth enough, barring that surprise blowout loss against Kita-Hinode. Abanhfleft had then handily disposed of Spaam and West Phoenicia in the round of 16 and quarterfinals respectively, with the latter game being treated as somewhat of a national redemption and revenge as the Rebs defeated the Phoenicians to avenge the loss of the Fleftic lacrosse team to the same side just a few months earlier. Still, there had been no ill feelings between the two teams after the game; both teams shook hands and swapped jerseys after the final buzzer, meaning there were no hard feelings between the two teams.

The sports bar suddenly went a little quieter as a group of newcomers went into the bar. The group of fans, both male and female, wearing various jerseys, shirts, caps and hoodies all revolving around the theme of the Fleftic basketball team, turned away from the game from a brief moment and looked at the newcomers. "Hey, wait a minute," one of the Fleftic fans said. "I know these guys! They're the West Phoenicia Scorpions! Hey, guys!" he called out to the newcomers. "Come on over here! Have a seat with us!" The Fleftics even took a few empty seats for the West Phoenicians to sit on.

"Great game you gave us out there, man," another man wearing a replica of Abanhfleft's white with blue, orange and green stripes home jersey said as the Phoenician players sat down. "I mean, sure, we won big against you guys, but at least y'all still gave us a good fight, not like some of other teams we've met through the years."

"Well, it was a momentous occasion for us all," one of the Phoenician players said. "This was the first time we were playing in the quarterfinals of the IBC. We wanted to make the most out of it."

"All right, friends, a toast," the first fan to invite the Phoenicians to their table said, standing up and raising his glass of foaming beer. "To West Phoenicia. May they continue their success in the International Basketball Championships. Of course, Abanhfleft will always be more successful but still, some success for the Phoenicians is good."

"Hear, hear!" the rest of the fans said, and they all gulped down their beers. And then, just as this group of fans was about to settle back down and talk about the recently concluded quarterfinals game against the team that Abanhfleft had just beat when, at the other end of the bar, near the entrance, some people had suddenly begun shouting. By the time people turned to look at the source of the shouting, two people, one wearing a blue Abanhfleft hoodie and the other the warmup track suit of West Phoenicia, were having a real go at each other. And it wasn't just a simple shoving fight, though; fists were actually being thrown and connecting with their targets. More fans and players eventually joined in on the melee but for the most part, the group of Fleftic fans who had invited the Phoenicians to sit down were calling for some calmer heads from within their fellow fans.

"Guys, this is neither the time nor place to fight!" he shouted. "We are all basketball fans here! There's no need to fight! Can't we all get along?"

And then suddenly, a fist struck him right in the jaw. The lead Fleftic fan couldn't see from where the fist had come from before he smashed headfirst into the table around which he and his friends had been seated.

"Hey! Get back here!" both the man wearing the Fleftic home jersey and a woman wearing a white beanie with the logo of the Samahang Basketbol ng Abanhfleft sewn on it yelled at the Phoenician players, who were suddenly beating a hasty retreat.

"Yo!" one of the Phoenicians shouted. "Put our tab on the Rebs, will ya?" he said to no one in particular.

"Get those bastards! Don't let them escape!" someone else yelled out. No one knew who he was calling and who he wanted to be stopped.

What had once been a regular night in the Spotted Cat had turned into an all-out brawl.
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IBC: Jury still out for Coach Ciot after five matches; Hosting task force to adjust schedules once more

SAN MARCO - Coach Ciot Santos' job security was almost at danger during the group stages of the International Basketball Championships.

After losing their second game against Humaliwo and needing clutch baskets to put away both Vakolicci Haven and Celeria, and Golden State Warriorz, the Pula Aguilas put their three point shooting woes behind them and dominated the battle of top two seeds as they put away Quebec in the first game here at Anetta Coliseum.

Trailing 9-14 by the middle of the first quarter, the Filindostani shooters started to heat up - Jenny, who was brought in to substitute Star, started the three point frenzy, to cap a 15-2 run by the end of the quarter to lead the Grim Reapers, 24-16. From that point on, Sandro and Star managed to lead the team to expand the lead further to 13 by the end of the half, 45-32, much to the relief of coach Ciot, who felt his job is under scrutiny with the poor showing his wards had in the past three games, in front of an expecting home crowd.

The name of the game was to limit the production of the Grim Reapers' starters, particularly that of Riley Jeon-Keane, whose production was evident in Quebec's previous games. While they still cannot end her dominance in the post - even the 7'2'' Hari was not able to stop her in the paint, the perimeter defense was doing their job keeping their outside shooting to just a paltry 28.57 percent (4-of-14), while Filindostan had a whopping 71.43 percent, on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the three point line.

Quebec, fueled by the player they call the RJK-47, and who had some of the members of the Bubonic Plague rally behind them, made a minor comeback, outscoring the Filindostanis by 8 points, 14-6, to reduce the deficit to five, 51-46, at the four minute mark of the third quarter, but a perfectly timed break by Ciot and the members of the Ultras Pilindo giving louder cheers, the Pula Garudas dropped three straight threes which were unanswered by the Grim Reapers, followed by two fastbreak plays by the hosts which ended with two Sandro dunks, the latter of which posterized Pierre-Ian McArthur for one of the highlight plays of the tournament. This 13-0 run by the Filindos sparked another large lead by the hosts, which extended the lead further to 20 by the end of the third, 70-50.

The start of the fourth quarter was delayed by fifteen minutes as members of the Ultras Pilindo and the Bubonic Plague started to get a little tense with each other, and when a potential spectators' brawl brewing in the lower box of the arena, Filindostani policemen and guards were able to pacify the situation, escorting both crews away from each other to the opposing sides of the court. The jeers and the exchange of slurs continued to buzz the arena when the referees had the fourth quarter underway.

By the middle of the last quarter and Filindostan still leading comfortably, Abdel managed to eject himself out of the playing court after getting his second unsportsmanlike foul for his second motion to the physicality of the Quebecois guard Owen McDonagh. This enraged coach Ciot, made a scene at the table officials and was also ejected, with the team expecting fines once again from the IBC committee. The game finished 94-74 in favor of Filindostan, and arena security were able to escort both Quebecois and Filindostani players and fans to opposite exits from the arena.

Brigadier General Bathala Ogie "Bato" Samara has expressed concern over the Matchday 10 game between the two teams at the Anetta. "Security measures should be enforced similar to the Abanhfleft-West Phoenicia game after the fans' behavior in their Matchday 5 meeting. We'll make sure that the safety of the players and staff will be at paramount."

In other Group H games, the 4 PM game had Humaliwo joining Filindostan atop the group with a 9 point win over Vakolicci Haven and Celeria, with the winners getting ahead of the hosts virtue of their matchday 2 win. Azadeshia meanwhile got a shock upset, as the lost to Golden State Warriorz, 84-53. Coach Ciot will be banned from the bench as Filindostan faces Azadeshia in a repeat of their matchday 1 game. Filindostan won that game, 84-59 and are hoping to do the same performance as their win over Quebec.

Meanwhile at the SBF office, the hosting task force decided to set certain games to the 7 PM local time slot. This is due to the TV ratings of the IBC broadcast getting lower on primetime. This is due to some of the top teams such as Valanora, Abanhfleft, and Filindostan were playing at the 1 PM slot, causing much of the viewership to tune in to the earlier games. This was an error made by the marketing and logistics team, and they will hope that they can release the full schedule of matchdays 5 to 9, with all games during matchday 10 will be simultaneous. The feature games per group and matchday can be seen below:

Matchday 6
    Group E: Free Republics vs Valladares
    Group F: Abanhfleft vs The Andromeda Archipelago
    Group G: Valanora vs Juvencus
    Group H: Humaliwo vs Royal Kingdom of Quebec
Matchday 7
    Group E: Valladares vs Ceni
    Group F: West Phoenicia vs Abanhfleft
    Group G: Siovanija and Teusland vs Valanora
    Group H: Humaliwo vs Filindostan
Matchday 8
    Group E: Ceni vs Free Republics
    Group F: Lisander vs The Andromeda Archipelago
    Group G: Natanians and Nosts vs Siovanija and Teusland
    Group H: Azadeshia vs Royal Kingdom of Quebec
Matchday 9
    Group E: Ceni vs The Purity Complex
    Group F: Abanhfleft vs Lisander
    Group G: Natanians and Nosts vs Valanora
    Group H: Humaliwo vs Azadeshia
The task force also released matchday 10 schedules and TV coverages in Filindostan free TV (Filindostani Sports TV). They noted that the game that will have live TV coverage in Filindostan will be subject to change, but the arena assignments are more likely final. International TV partners may still request TV coverage for their national team games as needed. The schedule can be seen below:

Matchday 10
Group E will be played at 4 PM local time
    The Purity Complex vs Valladares @ Arena Olahraga Yogyakulta - live on Filindostani Free TV
    Crystalline Caverns vs Free Republics @ Bandaroon Arena
    North New South Wales vs Ceni @ University of Western Filindostan Bandaroon Gymnasium
Group F will be played at 7 PM local time
    Lisander vs West Phoenicia @ Jakultarena - live on Filindostani Free TV
    The Andromeda Archipelago vs New Doltania @ Hendri Barsak Memorial Coliseum
    Aji No Moto vs Abanhfleft @ Massakar Sports Garden
Group G will be played at 4 PM local time the next day
    Valanora vs Quantilla @ San Mameng Athletic Arena
    Hudson Islands vs Siovanija and Teusland @ San Rafael University Gymnasium
    Juvencus vs Natanians and Nosts @ San Rafael Sports Center - live on Filindostani Free TV
Group H will be played at 7 PM local time the next day
    Filindostan vs Royal Kingdom of Quebec @ Anetta Coliseum - live on Filindostani Free TV
    Vakolicci haven and Celeria vs Humaliwo @ Kabanalan Astrodome
    Azadeshia vs Golden State Warriorz @ Universiti Nasional Pilindostan Gymnasium

OOC Note: If the feature match is listed first or second in the xkoranate results, then the matches below it move a notch up in IC schedule (i.e. a feature match listed second will have the third listed match occurring at 4 PM local time, whereas a feature match listed first will have the actual second and third listed matches occurring at 1 PM and 4 PM local time, respectively).
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Postby Filindostan » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:58 pm

Will the struggling teams be provided lifelines in their group stage campaign? Or will they wither into the world of elimination?

Cutoff for Matchday 6.



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MATCHDAY 6 RESULTS


Group A
South Toronto 60–74 Omerica
Northwest Kalactin 69–78 Banija
Espezah 84–78 Qasden

  Group A               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Banija 6 6 0 541 405 +136 6
2 Qasden 6 4 2 489 438 +51 4
3 Espezah 6 3 3 457 456 +1 3
4 South Toronto 6 2 4 412 475 −63 2
5 Northwest Kalactin 6 2 4 424 507 −83 2
6 Omerica 6 1 5 421 463 −42 1


Group B
Vangaziland 76–57 Valliesta
Great Chota 84–50 Omnum
Pridnestrovia 77–83 Kita-Hinode

  Group B               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Vangaziland 6 6 0 538 350 +188 6
2 Great Chota 6 5 1 448 457 −9 5
3 Kita-Hinode 6 4 2 454 443 +11 4
4 Pridnestrovia 6 2 4 467 453 +14 2
5 Omnum 6 1 5 413 499 −86 1
6 Valliesta 6 0 6 401 519 −118 0


Group C
Ethane 91–71 North Prarie
Segral 72–84 Cosumar
Aristian Republic 65–75 Equestrian States

  Group C               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Ethane 6 5 1 494 433 +61 5
2 Cosumar 6 5 1 528 483 +45 5
3 Segral 6 4 2 499 475 +24 4
4 Aristian Republic 6 2 4 451 490 −39 2
5 North Prarie 6 1 5 452 492 −40 1
6 Equestrian States 6 1 5 436 487 −51 1


Group D
Alpine Union 61–73 Augusto del Sud
Drawkland 93–57 Melbergia
Newmanistan 79–68 Razenthuria

  Group D               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Drawkland 6 4 2 463 408 +55 4
2 Newmanistan 6 4 2 510 441 +69 4
3 Augusto del Sud 6 4 2 454 436 +18 4
4 Alpine Union 6 2 4 401 445 −44 2
5 Razenthuria 6 2 4 441 486 −45 2
6 Melbergia 6 2 4 441 494 −53 2


Legend
Have won the group
Have clinched qualification
Cannot win the group but can still advance
Eliminated from contention


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(1) Added legend; Fixed wrong matchday number in header
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Postby Great Chota » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:22 pm

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And Just Like That, They Were Back on Track


by Jess Tucker

BANIJA -- Sometimes in life, after you've had a string of good fortune, you hit a roadblock, and things change. What seemed easy, now seems a struggle. What was once automatic is now something you have to relearn.

Great Chota's national team hit that point in their game against Vangaziland. They had reeled off three straight wins, a few of those being thrilling wins. However, losing a game 112-51 will make you rethink yourself, make you wonder if the success you had achieved was all unearned, a mirage.

Yet, Coach Rebecca Strong refused to give up on her squad, this motley bunch of win bandits who stole games and broke hearts. After the game against Vangaziland, she benched Tsiyi, a guy who had run off as many points as cuss words in this tournament, and put in Jamar Brandon.

Jamar proved a worthy replacement, and the other stars, by extension, got going. Sequoya Jackson started to finally show why people thought he was gonna be one of the keys for the team, putting in 17 and 20 in the next two games against Valliesta and Omnum respectively. Torrance Taylor continued to be a force on the glass, cleaning up on rebounds.

Valliesta featured a performance worthy of the showing of Great Chota in this tournament, a real nail-biting, pulse-raising struggle where they run against their opponent and hit shots, and their opponent obliges them right back. They won 79-78, but you felt like, sitting there, you had just had a few years taken off your life.

However, against Omnum, Great Chota managed to do something they haven't done this entire tournament -- play a solid game from start to finish. Wohali finished with 25 points and 11 boards, Torrance Taylor managed another dozen rebounds and 10 points, and Sequoya Jackson managed to hit 5 straight three-pointers without missing to win 84-50, choking off any last breath of hope Omnum had to advance in the IBC.

When this tournament first started, Coach Strong thought her team could do well. Of course, when it's your first time in any sporting competition, people write all that talk off, seeing it as mere coach speak, a photo of an image that doesn't exist yet.

Yet, in the final minutes of the Omnum game, a feeling set in that both the players and fans there seemed to realize; the vision she had seemed to be finally taking hold. No longer content to watch hero ball, the Roundball Roses played as a team, making the extra pass, rolling with fury to the basket, scratching and clawing for every loose ball.

The normally humble coach even decided to style a little bit, throwing in a very poorly-executed dab after Sequoya Jackson hit his final three to make it 79-48.

"Yeah, I was feelin' it out there," she said after the game. "I didn't plan on doing it." She smiled before adding that her kids would "let her hear it" when she got back home.

Of course, the only thing she's hearing out here is how Beckyball is the talk of the town once again.

It is unknown if the fortune will continue, but one thing is for sure -- Great Chota is back on track for now, and they're loving every minute of it.
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ISTIRIA, BANIJA-The Prarieans are bound to lose. They're dead. I can't find enough synonyms for how bad this is. North Prarie lost another one today, this time a 91-71 blowout to #6 ranked Ethane. We played well, but just couldn't get it through.

The Goldstars started it off well, coming out to a 23-17 lead and the end of the first quarter, and started the second quarter off well too, leading 41-34 with 4 minutes to go in the half. But then, the Ethaneans started fighting back. They went on a 14-2 run to end the second half, and at halftime Ethane lead 48-43.

In the second half, Ethane continued their momentum, going on multiple runs. The Prarieans only had the lead twice in the second half, and that was only with 10 minutes and 7 minutes left in the 3rd, respectively. One of the main reasons why Ethane came out to this lead was 24 year old point Andrew Steven-Pauls. Steven-Pauls scored half of the points in that run at the end of the first half, and was just raining threes in the second half. He finished with 33 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds, having a career night. The best player for our boys was 22 year old shooting guard Ja'Khi James, scoring 23 points, and having 8 assists.

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Postby The Royal Kingdom of Quebec » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:49 pm

The Second Ring

Part Five : I’ve seen Banijans drop from the sky…..but I have never seen anything like this (2)


When the lights were off in her room, Riley Jeon-Keane was still up. She kept her eyes open, feeling no less disappointed at the way she knew.

21 points, 19 rebounds, Riley thought to herself. Not bad of a performance for someone that calibre, especially on a game where nothing seemed to go right. Dubois only scored 9, Kang was sidelined for remainder of the tournament through second quarter while reaching for the rebounds and Bertram wasn't having the most fun out of it.

And to make it worse, she had allowed one dunk, right at the beginning of the match.

One bloody dunk.


Of course, this was nothing when Riley had already scored off 4 dunks and a couple of three pointers. But it still wasn't giving her any good feeling, not especially when the team lost. Riley hated losing and losing in a terrible fashion. And she rarely let that happen on a game that featured her. Of course, tough losses in the olympics were another story, but she knew she had done her part on a game where the whole team was outclassed as whole. But to let that happen on her? That was rare, because she worked for it. While being called too lazy and unfocused on basketball, such attacks on her were rather undeserved. She worked hard but it didn't show as much as Allie, whom she never beat by work ethic.

It was okay because Riley had a lot more in her life to lose sleep over, but she was still aware of how the media viewed the giant they saw in Riley. Sometimes, such image existed because of her poor performance on very few games that she did. Those where she did extremely poorly. The reasons didn't matter. And it all came back to the very first day she had allowed a dunk on her rival..

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Everything was going wrong with tonight's match for Riley Jeon-Keane. In first two minutes of the match, she got fouled twice and since then everything's gone wrong. The shooters weren't scoring, Clara was holding onto the ball for too long, and the forwards couldn't survive the double post by small forward Cabello-Diaz and centre Jenkins.

Now the Golden Gaels were trailing by twelve, and she was already feeling out of sync and out of the game. She was now guarding Cabello-Diaz, who scored 12, and was waiting for the point guard to quickly pass for a post-up so she could block the 6-footer.
The judgment missed though, for the guard held onto the ball much longer than she had intended, allowing the motion play to run for slightly longer. Shit, Riley said to herself as she missed her first step and went the other way. As soon as Riley missed on her assignment, allowing their power forward, 6'3" sophomore Charlotte Scantlebury to quickly escape and clear way for the dashing point guard. Then, after seeing the ball on try number 1, 6-foot-5 Allison Dubois leaped high enough

"No, no, no. This can't be...", Riley said to herself as she watched what was going to happen right after- she quickly turned directions, took sidesteps and quickly tried to reach for her arms, but all was moot as the point guard split her legs, grabbed the ball perfectly positioned right above her hands and slammed it home.

BEEEP! The whistle immediately rang, calling for the timeout as coach Kayembe, knowing what had just happened in front of enthusiastic home crowd, called an one-minute timeout.

She remembered the sudden blink she had, as she fell forward to the floor. Fortunately enough, her right arm handled some of the damage as she went down, but boy did it hurt! The feeling of letting her rival, the one who she's beaten time and time again the past year or so, sucked. And to make it worse, it wasn't like she particularly cared about whom she had just beaten it. She was too busy celebrating with her teammates dancing:

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"I’ve seen gods fly. I’ve seen teams shutting down giants that I couldn’t even imagine. I’ve seen Banijans drop from the sky… but I have never seen anything like this," Riley thought to herself, exactly a year after Allie had said the same thing. She was shocked at this new adversary that came and got that force ready, and she's only a point guard? She's a fucking point guard and she dunked over her! This was a news to her. Did this truly mean that she has found someone who can not only challenge and beat her to finish, but destroy her? That's where the shock came and Riley knew she gotta quickly set that aside as she went to the bench.

"Here it comes, Bassambobo passes to the air and there's the perfect Allie dunk on the line! The hometown girl is rolling it! Part of her ten-point fourth quarter so far, that's not all she's done that done though." The broadcaster went on, and on, as the Martlets led comfortably. "Now the coach Kayembe calls timeout, 2:31 left in 3rd quarter as Martlets lead 75-59. We'll be back after this, on TVN Game of the Week!"

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Back in 2026...

It was eleven thirty in tuesday evening when Riley Jeon-Keane was busy coding herself to insanity. Riley Jeon-Keane did not particularly like coding as a way of finding employment; it did not fit the way she viewed life as. Riley viewed life as a venue and time where she creates something new out of mere numbers, whose values are more significant than what many would imagine themselves as well. It's like alchemy, but achievable, and that's what Riley liked enough about computer programming to select it as her other major.

Besides, she liked programming games where she would win over and over again; it was better to game than to fall in worse habits like alcohol, marijuana and sleeping around. Riley didn't like drinking because all those around her would be out of action way too early, didn't like smoking because all the incomprehensible people in her midtown Kingston high school would stink up the washrooms on Friday afternoons, and she didn't like sleeping around because she just didn't. She just knew it was not her time to find love anyway.

But even then, the task of having to code the entire computer game in a couple of nights before the tournament was painful enough. The task was getting her eventually so she went off and decided to search into some of her past games. Unfortunately, the first game article she browsed was of that specific game, the one where she had allowed 26 - and a dunk - to Dubois.

The loss was humiliating. Not because the Gaels lost by 14 against the opponent they had not lost to since their , but because of that dunk. The history can be changed with stronger teams and better strategies, but the moments do last very etch well into people's minds. Riley Jeon-Keane was very much aware of it, as she was aware from increasing responsibilities and heightened expectations she had on year-by-year basis. So far, she was meeting the challenge, but she knew the road's going to be harder.

Riley remembered how in her first year, she was the only starter that was not in their freshman year. While coach Kayembe did not care that much about using her seniors first and foremost as her predecessor did, her seniors were that talented - Karine Bessette distributed the ball in perfect timing and hounded the space like a bulldog, while Celine Barker and Nadia Aramolan were solid presences themselves. As seniors waiting for that final year with the rookie cookie monster, they gave suggestions and tips to Riley endlessly. Riley handled it really well and the success came: She scored 28 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. And came their first Big 10 banner in 7 years, the first ever Litwin-Reid Trophy (Rookie of the Year) and of course, the Silver Arm and the national banner.

Had life go that easy for her, it would have been too boring. Fortunately enough it was bound to give her the next sets of challenges as the five seniors moved onto their next chapters of life: the next two seasons consisted of a national championship game lost, national semfinals lost and most importantly of all, a couple of humiliating losses, both in the hands of Showtime Farrer Martlets. While people tolerated falling short of the goal given that their national-level sparks only consisted of four players at most on this roster (C Jeon-Keane, PG Clara Kasaboski, rather inconsistent SF Naomi Jutras and backup forward Nathalie Kim), they did not like spliting half the games against the much faster, flashier Farrer team. And to witness her weak moments on rivalry games, highlighted by 37-point performance by Allie Dubois in the championship final her junior year? The list was getting too long.

It was frustrating and she was not going to let humiliation ruin her final dance before the Pros called. She was going to have her time, and make sure that all the doubts calling her were going to be coded out and had all the rosy visions of how great she would be by age 30, Riley Jeon-Keane had to code everything in time for the deadline. And she had only 5 days left before the deadline, and only 12 hours before leaving the campus for an adventure.
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Group E
The Purity Complex 70–76 North New South Wales
Ceni 71–60 Crystalline Caverns
Free Republics 86–61 Valladares

Nation Name               Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Ceni 6 5 1 517 433 +84 5
2 Free Republics 6 5 1 512 398 +114 5
3 North New South Wales 6 3 3 405 438 −33 3
4 Valladares 6 3 3 422 452 −30 3
5 The Purity Complex 6 1 5 424 477 −53 1
6 Crystalline Caverns 6 1 5 410 492 −82 1


Group F
Lisander 72–69 Aji No Moto
Abanhfleft 79–52 The Andromeda Archipelago
New Doltania 65–76 West Phoenicia

Nation Name                    Pld  W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Abanhfleft 6 5 1 491 394 +97 5
2 Lisander 6 4 2 499 448 +51 4
3 West Phoenicia 6 4 2 478 432 +46 4
4 The Andromeda Archipelago 6 3 3 466 464 +2 3
5 Aji No Moto 6 1 5 440 494 −54 1
6 New Doltania 6 1 5 418 560 −142 1


Group G
Valanora 86–79 Juvencus
Natanians and Nosts 77–51 Hudson Islands
Siovanija and Teusland 64–66 Quantilia

Nation Name                Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Valanora 6 4 2 494 435 +59 4
2 Natanians and Nosts 6 4 2 476 407 +69 4
3 Quantilia 6 3 3 422 461 −39 3
4 Juvencus 6 3 3 453 472 −19 3
5 Hudson Islands 6 2 4 412 458 −46 2
6 Siovanija and Teusland 6 2 4 425 449 −24 2


Group H
Filindostan 93–71 Azadeshia
Golden State Warriorz 75–67 Vakolicci haven and Celeria
Humaliwo 66–90 Royal Kingdom of Quebec

Nation Name                     Pld   W   L    PF   PA   PD    Pts 
1 Filindostan 6 5 1 497 429 +68 5
2 Royal Kingdom of Quebec 6 4 2 496 461 +35 4
3 Humaliwo 6 4 2 468 475 −7 4
4 Vakolicci haven and Celeria 6 2 4 436 439 −3 2
5 Golden State Warriorz 6 2 4 435 437 −2 2
6 Azadeshia 6 1 5 407 498 −91 1
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Postby Abanhfleft » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:59 am

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Loudon, Newmanistan


"Goddamn it," Cyril Baines muttered. "God-fucking damn it. They got us. They got us big time. They fucking got us big time. I can't fucking believe they lured us in like that."

Baines was just one of a number of Fleftic fans who had been injured in the scuffle at the Spotted Cat Sports Bar in Loudon, Newmanistan. That number would eventually reach 35, with the majority of them being Fleftics, but other nationalities had also been involved in the scuffle. Among them were nine West Phoenicians, six Banijans, three Newmanistanis, and even a lone Kanyean girl who wasn't even in the bar when the fight started but was injured by a bottle thrown at her face when the fight spilled outside. For Baines himself, the fight had gone by in a blur; all he remembered was that someone was shouting something and then the fists went flying. He remembered trying to call for some calmer heads to prevail over the fighters, but then someone cold-cocked him and Baines could still feel the spot on the jaw where he had been punched throbbing in time with his heartbeat. And then there was that bump on his forehead where he had smashed into the table after the aforementioned cold-cocking.

"You'll be okay, Cy," Pantasilea Ferrari, Baines' girlfriend, said to him as she patted at a cut on his lip with some paper towels. "You're not even bleeding anymore; it's just a scratch."

"I know, Lea, but goddamn it!" Cyril shouted once again. "We got hoodwinked big time, and you know it!"

"Come off it, Cy," Lea said. "We couldn't have known that those twats were actually the ones causing all those bar fights before now. They actually did a good job covering up their involvement until now."

"Well, they won't be able to cover this one up," Cyril said. "We're going to go out there and tell the world about these West Phoenicians. They need to know that these guys got no class; that they're utter bastards. And to think that I actually toasted them before all this! The nerve of those guys! Karl! Where's Karl?"

"Over there, getting patched up by his little brother just like you," Lea replied, and Cyril turned around to see Karl Gundersen, the big Nordic, with a somewhat dazed look on his face while his younger brother Victor held up three fingers in front of his face.

"I don't need that numbers shit, Vic," Karl grunted as he tried to stand up. "I got bashed, not blinded. Now where the fuck are those scorpion twats? Show me where they are so they can finally find what they're looking for!"

"Kyle!" Cyril shouted as another person wearing an Abanhfleft jersey walked up to him and Lea. "Where the fuck were you?! You were supposed to be our backup if shit went down!"

"Yo, bro, you gotta understand, they started it!" Kyle Braniff-Branson, yet another member of Sixth Man Abanhfleft, the official fan group of the Fleftic national basketball team, said once he was finally beside Cyril. "Those guys, those Phoenicians, they were badmouthing the Rebs. Said that the Rebs got lucky with the referees and the fouls all going their way. Some of my guys stood up and told the Phoenicians that if they got something to say then they should say it to our faces, not the backhanded way those bitches tried to go about it."

"Jesus H. Christ," Cyril muttered. "They really are pricks."

"Yeah, bro. And get this," Kyle added. "Remember Dicky and Romeo? Well, someone told them that someone told them that they heard some of those Phoenicians saying that whatever the damages to come out of this shit, they should charge it to the Rebs, man. It's crazy!"

"What!? No fucking way!" Pantasilea butted in. "No fucking way that they said that."

"Nope," Kyle said, shaking his. "My guys said that their guys said that their guys heard it straight from the horse's mouth."

"God!" Cyril shouted. "They really are a bunch of classless pricks! You know what? I've had enough of these Phoenicians' shit!" Cyril suddenly stood up, causing Pantasilea to drop her paper towels. "We're gonna go out there, and we're gonna reveal just exactly what kind of bastards those West Phoenicians are! And not just that. We're gonna make sure that they get charged for all the damages in this place. And the medical bills too. It's our job to make sure that they don't get away with this. The whole world needs to know that they were wrong about West Phoenicia in the first place!"

"But how are we gonna do that, Cy?" Pantasilea asked him.

"I don't know," Cyril admitted. "But I do know that whatever it is we're going to do, we're going to do it together. Those Phoenicians think that they can get away with bloody freaking murder like this? We'll show them. We'll show them never to mess with a Fleftic fan!"
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Postby Vangaziland » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:52 am

Royals Fresh Off Defensive Stretch

Vangaziland is fresh off of two low-scoring, high-defensive efforts. The Royals defeated Kita-Hinode 88-50 for Game 5. They followed the victory by beating Valliesta 76-57. The royals clenched down to bring in the middle of the season. Kita-Hinode entered ranked 13th, Valliesta was unranked but both teams saw the same defensive pressure which disrupted their offense.

Vangaziland entered the game against Kita-Hinode coming off the 112-51 game victory over Great Chota. The game had a bit of a hangover effect, giving the Royals a slow start. Ewingson was under tough defense and couldn't get open. He also looked tired, almost playing at half speed. This forced Ironwrought into trying to create from passes. It was sluggish and not in the flow of things.

Kate sat Ewingson for Frost, freeing up the defense's target and throwing them a different player. The double team fell away and Frost found himself 1 on 1 against his counterpart. Yulssen was the first player to start warming up in the middle of the first. By the end of the 1st, the game was close, with the Royals down by 4.

Vangaziland took the lead with 6 minutes to go before halftime. Until the clock counted down to the mid-game break, the Royals went on a run which gave them enough momentum to win the game. They came out firing on all cylinders after the break.

By the end of the third, the game had fallen out of reach. Foyelson yelled at her team from the sidelines to keep the defensive pressure up. "The game wasn't over", she said post game. "Our style of D is to keep hands up once we pass the halfcourt line. It'll cut lanes down. It might make some guards hesitate before a pass."

Ironwrought dug in in during the 3rd and 4th quarters. He would finish leading the Vannish effort with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. All eyes were on Ewingson after his 45 point game. He would finish with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. It was a relatively quiet night for Mark, who found his way into the offense despite feeling sluggish.

"I think the game against Great Chota took a lot out of me", he said after Game 5. "I just felt drained. Almost sleepy. I'll get some rest between these next few games and try to recover."

Game 6 would start less sluggish for the Vangazi, though they would finish the first quarter with a close lead. Things started to pick up in the second quarter, as Parkssen posted and toasted from down low. Valliesta's inexperience on the international level began to show against the polished Vannish team.

The Royals are built to take on top teams like Abanhfleft and the benchmark established by Saint Kanye. Team strategy was a part of this. No movement was random. Cuts were based on lanes and angles. Yulssen and Eaglesen had the highest basketball IQ of every PG in the Vannish Empire. Foyelson played the role of strategic mastermind at head coach. Players like Ironwrought and Ewingson knew how to screen, move on the floor and get open. Centers like Hurcle and Parkssen knew how to use their size, shut down lanes and post up.

Many analysts wondered how the Royals would fair against the Fleftics. The team from Abanhfleft is more experienced. Many still like the luck o' the Vangazi as an equalizer. That match may be what this season builds to. A lot of the new teams show a lot of promise. The Vannish scoreline was dwarfed by a solid victory from great Chota. They beat Omnum 84-50. The Roundball Roses have made a splash and have drawn the attention of Vannish analysts.

Segments aired among the sports talk shows, speaking of Great Chota's chances in the playoffs. Some think the land can become the next young upstart to make a deep run. Of course this will take a great deal of effort from the undersized Roses.

Hectare Yulssen and Steven Eaglesen could be seen arguing in one huddle. Sources say it was alledegly over a play call, but that there was more to it. Rumor mills have been speculating, but they have no real information to go on. The beef between the two PGs will have to be monitored in the coming weeks.

Parkssen and Ewingson finished with 20 points each. Parkssen also added 14 rebounds, clearing out the boards. Ewingson grabbed 3 assists, after not totaling any in game 5. "I tried to create tonight", he said. "It's in my arsenal. Sometimes you have to pass to keep the defense honest."

Ewingson was guarded by a feisty defender that kept him from putting up a big number. 8 other players scored in a game which saw the ball change hands often. The Royals move to 6-0 in a race for the Group pennant.

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Postby Newmanistan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:19 pm

LOUDON LOUDMOUTH: WHERE IS THE ROCKET REPORT?

By Jason McReynolds,

The news source that claims to be the leading entity for Newmanistanian sports has been absent from coverage for the 25th International Basketball Championships. It’s been quite a disgrace that they have kept to covering this prestigious competition on a local and national level, and are not really sharing their thoughts about the competition for the rest of the world. They will make excuses, like the nation is more interested in watching cars go around in circles right now, but that it totally unacceptable. Sure, much of the Empire is locked in on the return of NSSCRA action, and if you want to know where IBC juggernaut Saint Kanye is, then look no further then stock car racing, as well. That still does not justify acting as though the IBC is a second rate competition, especially when it was just held here last year.

The two main beat writers for The Rocket Report are Brianne Henry, and the wannabe swimsuit model Taylor Larson. Henry seems to be assigned the stock car event, which is fine. So, why is Taylor not out here? We know how much she loves to sell her body, even in her post-intern days, in order to get views and followers, but perhaps if she was doing that in the locker room after these games, the team would be 6-0, instead of 4-2.

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Taylor is a lil hoe. That is all.
LoudStud14 1349 43

I cannot get what is so exciting about watching cars race around in circles. There’s a reason that’s only its sixth edition. Who really cares.
DownWithNSSCRA 519 332

Why do you have to make this about NSSCRA? We don’t have to choose and can easily watch both. The Rocket Report sucks anyway. That’s why we read this.
VinnieDee 503 219

The racing is probably more time consuming. Plus basketball is only exciting in the playoffs. Hopefully we make them.
ChrisRocket 421 118

Why is Cassadaigua too chicken sh*t to enter this anyway? #TylerAbbott sucks
ShawnCurtisFan4Life 411 10
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NEWMANISTAN SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS:
CHAMPIONSHIPS: DBC 4; 27th BoF; CoH 34, 36, & 37; Oxen Cup 12; WBC 10, 12, 15, 17, 41, & 43; IBC 4 & 5; WLC 1
Runner Up: DBC 5 & 6; Oxen Cup 6; WBC 7,9 11, & 14; IBC 1; WB 4, 6 & 34; WLC 2 & 3
World Cups qualified for: 46, 48 (R of 16), 49, 50, 54
Hosted: WORLD CUP 49, WB 1, 2, & 5; WBC 8, 11, 14, 19, & 38; CoH 33, 35, & 39; WLC 2, 4 & 5; WCoH 10, IBC 24, NSSCRA, Horse Racing

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Postby Filindostan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:57 pm

It's the matchday between 6 and 8. For some teams, it's not over. They can still rally and snatch playoff spots from other teams.

Cutoff for Matchday 7.


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MATCHDAY 7 RESULTS


Group A
Espezah 85–71 South Toronto
Qasden 74–64 Northwest Kalactin
Banija 64–57 Omerica

  Group A               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Banija 7 7 0 605 462 +143 7
2 Qasden 7 5 2 563 502 +61 5
3 Espezah 7 4 3 542 527 +15 4
4 South Toronto 7 2 5 483 560 −77 2
5 Northwest Kalactin 7 2 5 488 581 −93 2
6 Omerica 7 1 6 478 527 −49 1


Group B
Pridnestrovia 53–96 Vangaziland
Kita-Hinode 73–68 Great Chota
Omnum 72–98 Valliesta

  Group B               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Vangaziland 7 7 0 634 403 +231 7
2 Great Chota 7 5 2 516 530 −14 5
3 Kita-Hinode 7 5 2 527 511 +16 5
4 Pridnestrovia 7 2 5 520 549 −29 2
5 Valliesta 7 1 6 499 591 −92 1
6 Omnum 7 1 6 485 597 −112 1


Group C
Aristian Republic 59–76 Ethane
Equestrian States 77–64 Segral
Cosumar 75–63 North Prarie

  Group C               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Ethane 7 6 1 570 492 +78 6
2 Cosumar 7 6 1 603 546 +57 6
3 Segral 7 4 3 563 552 +11 4
4 Aristian Republic 7 2 5 510 566 −56 2
5 Equestrian States 7 2 5 513 551 −38 2
6 North Prarie 7 1 6 515 567 −52 1


Group D
Newmanistan 80–72 Alpine Union
Razenthuria 60–70 Drawkland
Melbergia 69–70 Augusto del Sud

  Group D               Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts 
1 Drawkland 7 5 2 533 468 +65 5
2 Newmanistan 7 5 2 590 513 +77 5
3 Augusto del Sud 7 5 2 524 505 +19 5
4 Alpine Union 7 2 5 473 525 −52 2
5 Razenthuria 7 2 5 501 556 −55 2
6 Melbergia 7 2 5 510 564 −54 2

Legend
Have won the group
Have clinched qualification
Cannot win the group but can still advance
Eliminated from contention


Edit 1: Updated status for Northwest Kalactin from Orange to Red (H2H loss to Qasden)
Edit 2: Another status update, this time to Group D bottom 3. Since the top three will meet across three MDs, it will be impossible for two teams to go to 0-3 in their remaining games. Thus any two teams in the top three will get at least one win, making it impossible for any team in the bottom three to catch them even if they win all their remaining games.
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Postby Filindostan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:02 pm

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Brig Gen Bato: Nothing to be concerned regarding anti-drug operations

SAN MARCO - Brigadier General Bato Samara has reassured the safety and welfare of foreign players and fans attending the International Basketball Championships here in various places in Filindostan following the death of former Filindostani international and Perodos football player, Enzo Matienzo.

"Our visitors should be safe and sound while visiting Filindostan. The only things we tell them to do is to follow our guidelines on not bringing illegal drugs here in the country. We do not require drug tests to the participants, but we recommend to the IBC Committee that the put regulations and guidelines regarding this." Bato said ib a press conference.

Yesterday, fans from an undisclosed country were arrested in the Soetikno-Yawa International Airport in Jakulta for smuggling illegal drugs in Jakulta's airport. They are currently detained in the embassy of the nation concerned and will be deported within 2 weeks. There has been a bill enacted to apply death penalty for people caught smuggling illegal drugs that will also be enforced to foreign citizens.

Meanwhile, the action is heating up in Filindostan as the hosts will face third place Humaliwo, who beat them last time they met. The Purple and Yellow looks to bounce back after losing heavily against Quebec in Matchday 6.
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Trigram: FID | Demonym: Filindostani | Capital: San Marco | Leader: Dorigo Dutete | Newswire | No Nonsense Sportswear | Esportiva | IUBC Newswires
With Sangti/TRB: 1-time WBC, NSCAA and RUWC Champion - Qualified for WCs 68, 69, 71
With Filindostan: BoF 66 Champion
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BSK: T-17 (12.00 points)

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