DPR Korea snatches down first win in Men's Basketball - Nov 13, 2010
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea won the first match in the Men's Basketball competitions, beating Hong Kong, China 78-71 in Group A on Saturday, after an eight-year absence from the international court.
The DPR Korea won a berth in Group E to continue their trip in the Guangzhou Asian Games. The winners from Group A-D will be re-bracketed to Group E and F to kick off the preliminary round.
It was the first international match after the DPR Korea entered the quarter-finals at the Pusan Asian Games in 2002.
'We were too nervous at the start. It is not only a victory, but a good lesson to the young players. We'll show how good we are in the following matches,' said DPR Korea's captain An Yong Bin.
The South Koreans started the game by trailing 14-3 as the Hong Kong, China team scored 11 straight points. But they soon recovered from three consecutive 3-pointers to close the gap.
Hong Kong, China led in most of the first half before they found a complete different South Korea team after the break, which turned a one-point deficit to a 14-point lead in a 17-2 run.
'The team lost the focus in the third quarter as the South Koreans scored 10 straight points. I hope we could be a better team next time,' said coach Kwong Wai Cheung.
Guards Pak Un Chol and Pak Myong Jin had 19 and 18 points respectively for the DPR Korea, which shot 13-out-of-32 on 3-pointers.
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Dennis Rodman taps Rainmen coach for North Korea exhibition - 3 Years ago
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6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) to participate in an exhibition game in Pyongyang. Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA all-stars Kenny Anderson (6'1''-G-70, college: Georgia Tech), Cliff Robinson (6'11''-F-66, college: Connecticut) and Vin Baker (6'11''-F-71, colle [read more]
Halifax Rainmen coach Craig Hodges can now add basketball ambassador to his resume. The former NBA sharpshooter is headed to North Korea for a week to perform with a collection of former NBA players picked by Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) to participate in an exhibition game in Pyongyang. Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA all-stars Kenny Anderson (6'1''-G-70, college: Georgia Tech), Cliff Robinson (6'11''-F-66, college: Connecticut) and Vin Baker (6'11''-F-71, college: Hartford). Hodges, who was the champion of the NBA three-point shooting contest for three consecutive years, joins ex-Raptor Doug Christie (6'6''-G-70, college: Pepperdine) and Charles D. Smith as other former NBA players on the squad. The team will play against a top North Korean senior national team on Wednesday, marking Kim Jong Uns birthday. Rodman is the highest-profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power from his father in late 2011. Rodman calls the exhibition game his version of basketball diplomacy. Hodges left Halifax on Saturday, Rainmen owner Andre Levingston confirmed, and was to miss two games, including Saturdays tilt against the Moncton Miracles. Hell also miss Thursdays contest in Saint John, N.B., but will be back for Halifaxs next home game on Jan. 12 against the Island Storm. Assistant coach Don Sellers, who joined Hodges on the sidelines in late December, will coach the team until his return. Hodges, a six-foot-two shooting guard, averaged 8.5 points in 695 regular-season NBA games over 10 seasons, winning two championships with Michael Jordans Chicago Bulls. Now 53, hes demonstrated in shootarounds after Rainmen practices that he still has the keen shooting eye that made him the NBAs most efficient three-point shooter in 1985-86 and 1987-88. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Jordan defeat DPR Korea, earn 7th place at Asian Games - 7 Years ago
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Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners.
DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break [read more]
Jordan - DPR Korea 79:74
Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break. Jordan used a 14:2 run in the second quarter to ensure a comfortable 17-point lead at the interval. DPR Korea refused to surrender as they changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. The Korean side increased the tempo and narrowed the gap at only 2 points with one quarter remaining 55:57. Jordan tried to play aggressively in the fourth period as they maintained the lead. Fadel Alnajjar (192-G-85) and Abdullah Abuqoura stepped up for Jordan late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome. Fadel Alnajjar produced 14 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) netted 12 points for Jordan. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 18 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 16 points each in the loss.
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