Mundobasket 2010. Basketball is a nice game, especially when it is played under the same conditions for both teams…
Posted by katsoyan on Sunday, September 12, 2010
The game of Turkey against Serbia finished some minutes ago. Turkey won for one point. During the whole game Serbia had the lead, but finally Turkey won.
I must say that until the 30th minute I was supporting Turkey, because I backed them. Some hours before the game, I passed from the William Hill’s shop, next door to my house, and backed Turkey. Placed the biggest bet I have ever played. I am not betting a lot of money, but today I was sure Turks would qualify. I did that because I was sure that they would be better than Serbia. That changed at the last minutes of the game. It was really annoying seeing the Referrees playing Turkey all the time. There are some limits. Nobody expected a 50-50. It is difficult. But not like that. The referees were allowing the 40 minutes complaining of the Turkish, they were allowing their very tough defense and especially at the last period they messed up. After 3 minutes in the last period, Serbia had already 5 fouls. Apart from that, they never punished with a Technical foul the continuous entrances of Turkish bench in the court, nor the fact that all 5 players were going to have unofficial time outs often with their coach. At a certain moment, a Turkish blocked a Serb shot (was going down, it should count), then the Turkish player who caught the ball, stepped on the line, never the less they let him play, the ball went to Turkoglou who travelled before getting a foul from Theodosic (who asked for an offensive foul, but it was clearly a deffensive one).
Then we come to the last seconds of the game. They gave a goal-foul to the Turkish player and fouled-out Krstic (there was not touch), and instead, at the next action, when the Serbs scored and a goal-foul should be awarded, they closed the eyes…
It has to be mentioned that the speaker of the Stadium was shouting Turkiye Turkiye all the time. Absolutely normal, happens everywhere, it is just unfair for the opponents.
The other game, USA vs Lithuania was a nice game, where the team USA won easily with a great performance by Kevin Durrant. Lietuva could have some chances, but Linas Kleizas “betrayed” his team mates with a very poor, actually negative, performance. Similarly to Kleizas, the Turkish Ilyasova was also practically absent, and his poor performance almost condemned his team.
I close by saying that Tanjevic was worth to be there, because he is a great coach and a real fighter (he has cancer since some years). But also Dusan Ivcovic should be there, especially if somebody takes into consideration the roster of Serbia.
I close saying that all the 5-6 first teams presented very much talent in this tournament and a big number of good players. Unfortunately Greece is left a lot behind and new players should be put forward.
Good luck to the Americans tomorrow. I think they deserve it. And, coach K deserves to win a Mundobasket gold.