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EUROBASKET 2011, DAY 2: Croatia suffers 76:78 loss to Macedonia, loses swingman Marko Tomas to injury

    Croatian NT’s demons seems to be back.   After surviving a hard fought battle with the underdog Finland coach Vrankovic’s unit was not able to make it two in a row vs tough Macedonia squad which prevailed by 78:76.   For the second straight time Croatian defense was extremely vulnerable to opponent “high […]

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EUROBASKET, DAY 1: Bojan Bogdanovic hits 6 threes and helps Croatia to fight off Finland 84:79

It seems that Croatian NT finally has a Leader  – swingman Bojan Bogdanovic     It was all that we envisioned it to be – Tournament opener vs Finland was an overall struggle for Croatian NT on the both ends of the floor. Croatia somehow managed to fight off it’s own demons of the past, […]

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SHALLOW WATERS: Croatia to open it’s 2011 EuroBasket campaign vs pasky Finland

  Croatian NT will look forward to make an opening statement vs underdog Finland in it’s opening game of 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.   However, Finland which has just won additional FIBA EuroBasket qualifying cycle, is in it’s top form right now and just can not be taken lightly by any team.   With combo […]

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EUROBASKET: Croatian NT Roster and Schedule

    CROATIAN NT ROSTER   PG Dontaye Draper PG Marko Popovic PG Rok Stipcevic SG Kruno Simon G/F Marko Tomas G/F Bojan Bogdanovic SF Damjan Rudez F Damir Markota PF Luka Zoric PF Luksa Andric PF/C Ante Tomic C Stanko Barac     EUROBASKET  SCHEDULE   Wednesday, August 31st  vs Finland   84:79   […]

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LONDON INVITATIONAL, DAY 6: Croatia outplays China for 83:53 win en route to EuroBasket

  On the last day of 2011 London Invitational Tournament Croatia had a relatively easy task of handling down 83:53 loss to not quite well organized China.   Nets 2011 draftee Bojan Bogdanovic again led Croatia in scoring with 16 points, mainly coming on easy transition dunks and mid-range jumpers. C Ante Tomic was very […]

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LONDON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT, DAY 5: Croatia suffers embarrasing 60:83 loss to France

  Without it’s leading scorer in preparation cycle SG Kruno Simon, Croatia really had no clue how to deal with the pressing French NT and lost the game by 60:83.   Croatia managed to hit ONLY ONE THREE-POINTER OUT OF SEVENTEEN ATTEMPTS (Popovic) and to score it’s first transition basket as late as 25th minute […]

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LONDON INVITATIONAL, D3: Croatia 66, Australia 78

  In it’s third game on London Invitational Croatian NT head coach Josip Vrankovic had the idea of testing some of the tactical concepts for the upcoming Eurobasket competition.   Well the experiment didn’t turned quite as he and his staff expected. Croatia suffered a 66-78 loss to Australia, after managing to score only 5 […]

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LONDON INVITATIONAL, DAY 1: Croatia opens the Tournament with 83:71 win over rival Serbia

  Croatian NT was able to successfully open it’s London International Basketball Invitational Tournament campaign with the initial 83:71 (20:19, 24:17, 18:16, 21:19) win over rival Serbia.   Croatia took the lead just before the end of the first quarter (17:16), led at the half by 44:36 and reached 16-point surplus midway the last quarter […]

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