Ed’s Note: Raul still going strong. Follow him on Twitter.

In one of the most exciting games of the tournament, Team Canada fell this mourning to Venezuela in overtime 103–98 after being tied at 84 at the end of the regulation. It was the highest scoring match of the entire first round, one that ends tonight when Argentina faces Panamá. Both teams played an up-tempo game, and looked to exploit each other on the break as often as possible. Jermaine Anderson was Canada’s top scorer with 28 followed by former UConn Huskie Deham Brown with 19. Toronto native Cory Joseph had a quiet game with just 1 point, 2 assists and 3 rebounds in just 15 minutes.

With the blowout against Cuba yesterday and Dominican Republic’s win over Brazil, Canada came to this game knowing that if they beat Venezuela, there’ll be a tie at the top of Group B. But they came up short after fighting the entire game and now, they’ll face Argentina on Monday.

As usual, Carl English started strong with 9 of his team’s first 16 points. But Venezuela’s lone NBA player, Memphis Grizzlies back up PG Greivis Vazquez, had a prodigious outing. Vazquez finished with 29, followed by Hector Romero with 28. In the second round the four teams that advanced will play against the other four and then, the four best teams of both rounds will pass to the semifinals looking for a ticket to London 2012.

After three games each, both Spain and Lithuania remain unbeaten and will face each other tomorrow. Jonas Valanciunas saw very little action in the first game finishing scoreless, played 18 minutes in the second, fouling out with 7 points, 2 rebounds and 5 TO and didn’t played a single minute yesterday against a Turkey team that has Enes Kanter on the roster. For Spain, Jose Calderon is sharing point guard duties with Ricky Rubio and is averaging just 3 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists, but his role in the team isn’t scoring or putting big numbers. Spain is an insanely deep team that needs Jose’s playmaking abilities to set up the offense and create shots for the Gasol brothers, JC Navarro and even defensive specialist, Serge Ibaka. Until now, Spain hasn’t had too much opposition and is wining games by blowouts but tomorrow’s match up against Lithuania will be a nice test.

Andrea Bargniani is playing for Italy along with Belinelli and Gallinari. After losing their first two games Italy recovered yesterday against Latvia with a terrific performance from Bargnani who finished with 36 of his team’s 71 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. In his debut against Serbia, he ended up with a nice 22 and 9 but in the second day, against Dirk Nowitzki and Germany, he was clearly outplayed shooting just 3/14 for 8 points. As for tournament totals, he’s tied with Dirk with the third highest scoring average with 22, just behind Tony Parker and Pau Gasol.

  • RapsM

    let the bargs loving/hating begin…

    • Hi

      DAT KING BARGS

  • Guest

    Bargs went 3/14 total, 2/9 from 2 and 1/5 from downtown, he was matched up against Kaman most of the time 

    • http://twitter.com/Raul_Ruscitti Raúl Ruscitti

      Thanks for the correction. I’m at the Fiba Americas right now, it’s extreamly difficult to follow Eurobasket at the same time

    • points

      lock down that pussiess YES!

  • http://twitter.com/Raul_Ruscitti Raúl Ruscitti

    This was just reported. Lithanian big man Marjonas Petravicius will miss whats left of Eurobasket with a microembolia.
    For the Raptor’s fans this means more minutes for Jonas Valanciunas

  • Truthkiller

    The point is all these Bargnani fanboys show up to bash the website only when he has a good game against garbage opponents. Good games against Serbia & Latvia is nothing to boost about.

    Doesn’t matter who he was matched up against, where were all the Bargnani fanboys riding him when he layed an egg against Germany. 

    He couldn’t even crack 10 points against Kaman, tomorrow’s game against France features a lock down defender in Joahkim Noah so we’ll see how he performs. 

    • Guest

      Ummm, serbia was fourth last year at the worlds, and runner ups in 2009 euros, so i dont think they are garbage opponents

      • Truthkiller

        I stand corrected Serbia is a good team, they are 2nd in their group and are undefeated  3-0. But that doesn’t change that Latvia is a garbage opponent.

    • Aaron

      you do know that average is what seperates good players not one game.  So dip sh_t no brains truthkiller is saving us from bargni fan boys when there are 10 times the haters on these boards.  You must be stupid save the day dip sh_t truthkiller the king of the moron bloggers

  • Truthkiller

    The point is all these Bargnani fanboys show up to bash the website only when he has a good game against garbage opponents. Good games against Serbia & Latvia is nothing to boost about.

    Doesn’t matter who he was matched up against, where were all the Bargnani fanboys riding him when he layed an egg against Germany.

    Pathetic he couldn’t even crack 10 points against Kaman, tomorrow’s game against France features a lock down defender so we’ll see how he performs. 

    • p00ka

      Actually the point is that it’s supposed to be a Raptors FAN site, but it too often degenerates to a Bargnani bashfest, and if anybody tries to offer the other side of of the coin, guys like you resort to childish name-calling, fanboy being just the tip of the iceberg. Anybody with the least bit of grey matter can see Barg’s weaknesses. Those lacking in substantial grey matter seem to have an impossible time getting past them to see that there are weaknesses all over the team and his aren’t the cause for all ills in Raptorland. It really is pathetic sometimes. A bit of wisdom for you: you’ll never grow if all you do is hang out with those that agree with you. Calling people that disagree with you’re point of view “fanboys” is just childish drivel. 

      • Theswirsky

        lol what a joke.

        People can be Raptors FANS and not andrea FANS.  There is nothing wrong with criticizing a player or not wanting a player on the team.

        “guys like you resort to childish name-calling, fanboy being just the tip of the iceberg”

        do you read what the fanboys say? are you gonna tell me its the ‘haters’ always starting it? 

        “have an impossible time getting past them to see that there are weaknesses all over the team and his aren’t the cause for all ills in Raptorland.”

        the now classic excuse.  Nobody is putting all the blame on Bargnani… but he gets the most because he gets the most minutes, usage, and pay.  He is also (barely even arguable any more) the worst defensive C and rebounder in the league.  Thats a huge drain.

        people should be able to criticize whatever player they want.  They should be able to dislike any player as much as they want.  And while you yourself may not be (or atleast no often) responsible for the name calling/insults, take a look at some of the guys sitting on your side of the fence. 

        • p00ka

          If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that there are good people and there are assholes on both sides of every fence, so yes there are assholes responding to assholes. Where did it start? I don’t know. When will it end? It seems the admin of this place don’t want it to, as they prod it along at every chance. It does create traffic, so perhaps that’s the motivation for them. I have no idea what the motivation is of the daily whiners. Do people actually get up every morning seeking out the one thing they seem to enjoy being anonymous little closed minded bitches about? Shit man, I enjoy a sensible open-minded debate with someone that sees different than me, but as a relative newbie here, the second I lend my two cents to one side, all I get back is a bunch of senseless verbal diarrhea.
          Some people on here need an “optrectumy” to deal with there shitty outlook on life.

          • points

            it started with the pussiess name ANDREA and will end when she is gone! and then every thing will be fine because we have the real deal in JV who i can tell is not a pussiess like ANDREA

            • Guest

              Cool story, bro.

    • p00ka

      Since you asked, 22 pts on 9/15 against your lock down defender. Next up on your whine list?

      • Truthkiller

        Hey Bargnani Fanboy your a clown, Noah wasn’t even matched-up against him for most of the game. 22 pts gone to waste since they still lost pathetic!!!!!!

        There are other ways to influence a basketball game other than scoring but your too much of a fool riding Bargnani to understand that.

        • p00ka

          The team lost, or is that a concept that you haven’t been able to grasp yet? You’re the fool who flapped his trap about seeing how he does against France who have a lock down defender. That was the only “influence” you were speaking of and I gave you the result. No surprise you pull out your whine list to say, yeah but, but, but…….. Talk about pathetic. Are you the genius “points” mother, or some other more intimate “friend”?
          Tata, have fun amongst yourselves. Misery loves company.

          • Truthkiller

            What excuse are you talking about, Noah is a gritty lockdown defender it’s clearly obvious you didn’t spend the time to watch the game don’t bother with the highlights, it doesn’t show the true story. So don’t give results without spending the appropriate time on the research, makes you look bad kid.

            Here’s a link for you, I hear they are still looking for someone to manage the FANCLUB website.

            http://www.facebook.com/andreabargnani 

            • p00ka

              If all else fails, change the subject and talk out of your ass. Good move hero

      • points

        WOW that like playing the Cavs without the pussiess LBJ, and then getting a bona like the romans and want to touch tip and hug. talk about the 3/14 =8 points playing against Dirk

  • Aaron

    Swirsk people can like a player or not.  They can put there weakness up on a pedestal and cut them up.  When it becomes a name calling game at other bloggers and the insults start flying then this site becomes unbearable and people stop coming.  If you want people to name call bloggers because they put up facts then go sit on pole and rotate

  • http://www.facebook.com/jtshoopsblog Jeffrey Thompson

    Tough loss for team Canada, but I must say, they have been doing rather well.  Aren’t they like 2-2 for the round robin round?

  • bunkerdown

    i am new to this blog and i personally love this bargnani bashing. hes getting paid big bills for being a softy he can handle some forum hate. now lets trade him and end this debate.

    • points

      amen

  • Dallas

    I’m a Dirk Nowitzki fan, and the fact that you Raptors fans think you can compare the 2 people makes me question the brains of your fan base. You Canadians really don’t know much about basketball at all if you think Bargnani is even close to the caliber of Nowitzki

    • points

      I keepon trying to tell his fan boys the same thing she is nothing but a pussiess but dumb Casey thinks she is a star he needs to go see SAM MITCHELL and get the 411 on the PUNANI name ANDREA

      • p00ka

        Perhaps there’s a message in having to “keep on telling”. Nobody except those with shit for brains thinks what you have to say is relevant. And stop embarrassing yourself using the “hug” line on the person who laid it on you. It’s bloody pathetic kid. Get some help for those anger management problems.

        • points

          Its called spreading the news about this pussiess name ANDREA who some people think is a star maybe in ROME and just because she single handed took on the best team and powerhouse LATVIA (SMILE) and did a KOBE on them and is now 4-0 and MVP is no reason to keep this pussiess on my team

  • Martin

    Isn’t there any way to moderate this forum?

  • Aaron

    Truth killer and pocka have the combined basketbal IQ of a 12 year old.  Did you guys ever play above junior high school?  Did you guys meet in a bargnani bashing gay blog?  Whistling dixie down the chochlate highway.  No one is even saying ANDREA IS AN ALL STAR.  The only thing said is that he’s the best offensive player on the raptors (the raptors who finished with the third worst record). Typical stupid blogger guys who could never play or understand basketball think that andrea is the cause of the third worst record haha

    • points

      …and she’ll never be an allstar ask SHAQ she might be the 7th or 8th woman off the bench and to think we picked her first over all no wonder BOSH left and so will these other players and as for best offensive playa you get rid of the pussiess name Andrea another offensive playa will take her place she can be replaced its time to remove this ARUJO with a three

      • Aaron8007

        points is pointless besides being in love with big 7 foot men

    • Truthkiller

      WOW!!! what kind of gay fantasies do you sleep with at night?

      There’s alot more to a basketball game than just offense, that other side is called Defense something that wins championships but your too much of a typical Bargnani FANBOY to see that and as long as Bargnani is given a starting role on the Raptors they will never go far.

      I’m not saying Bargnani is the reason for the terrible record, I’m saying if Bargnani was off the team we’d have a better record and we’d definitely not be last in terms of defense.

      As for my basketball IQ please, I don’t need to prove myself to some LOSER of a season-ticket holder who probably gets his input from NBA2k11.

      • Aaron8007

        “I’m not saying Bargnani is the reason for the terrible record, I’m saying if Bargnani was off the team we’d have a better record and we’d definitely not be last in terms of defense.”
        Give me some facts that prove this IQ less.  The fact is that Andrea is a terrible help defender and average one on one defender but to say that the raptors are better with out him has no statistical proof.  What was their record without him last year? Time for the truth to show that he has no idea how to play basketball or understand basketball>  Blogging idiot=truthkiller

        • Truthkiller

          Average one on one defender, that really tells me you didn’t watch the Raptors last season. The only reason why Bargnani is painted as an average one on one defender is because he always ended up guarding the big man that was less of a threat on the opposing team. 

          So get your frikking facts straight before you come at me, punk.

          • Aaron8007

            YOu have given me no proof as usaul.  Just
             because you say something truthkiller does not make it fact.  So show some stats moron or keep showing your stupidity.  Thanks for being stupid !

            • Truthkiller

              Are you retarded, go over and watch the Raptor season again and you’ll see. Fk’in FANBOY!

  • brother

    Some large portion of raptor’s republic says:
    “Bargnani sucks, Valanciunas rules”

    Facts at the tourney say:
    “ut oh”

  • Bassostolos

    Basically, after watching Bargnani in this Eurobasket I can say he is one of the worst paint protectors I have ever seen. I couldn’t believe how easy it s been to score in Italy’s pinted area. Penetration after penetration while Bargnani is still standing by the opposing center, not even trying to help. Wow, I feel bad for you Toronto fans. Bargnani should be shooting 50% with more free throws to be considered worth having on your team. Maybe a 6th man off the bench?

  • Gcckhaja

    hi i know this isn’t the place to rant, but it’s late and I dont have the energy to try to remember my log in name. Basically am I the only person who thinks that Raptors Tv or NBA Raptors Tv Canada or whatever incarnation it presently is is an immense waste of time and space? The powers that be often site the fact that no one watches basketball for the fact that there’s not a alot of it on, then they have a perfect opportunity to build some understanding of history for the game (kind of like in that sport that people skate around on ice, get frustrated and fight like 3 year olds and knock the most exciting players out of commission with head shots) and instead I’m watching the same damn six shows all summer long! Yes teh Celtics- Lakers matchups was interesting the first 1200 times I saw it but I can now predict all of the moves the players are going to make – not just the skyhook! Additionally I am very proud of our Cadet and Women’s team and carl English is kind of interesting but you know what might be more interesting- awesome NBA basketball games! If only there was an NBA sanctionned channel we could watch – wait there is! In closing the vibe I get from Raptors NBA Tv is kind of like the dude walking around in a chris bosh or andrea jersey but not the real ones the kinds with the screened numbers and the thick shoulder ‘straps’

    Oh yeah that guy I just described? He’s wearing a leafs hat.

    Backwards.

    Does anyone know how on earth to get in contact with this source of annoyance and complain?

    Thanks

  • points

    You didn’t say that when you were up in my house wolfing down my mothers acee and saltfish with dumpling and banana and a glass of sugar and water