Ukraine and The Czar

We travel to Sweden this week for exhibition games against Sweden and Poland before heading to Russia.

WEB-Ukraine_26AUG2013Photo courtesy of Andrey Khomenko

Ukraine and The Czar

Though we went 0-3 in last week’s exhibition tournament in Serbia, we accomplished our goal of playing tough opponents. Nobody likes to lose, but hopefully the experience of competing against three upper echelon teams will help us grow. We travel to Poland at the end of this week to take on Poland and Sweden, so we’ll get another chance to test our chops before heading to EuroBasket 2013.

Photo courtesy of Andrey Khomenko

Ukraine and The Czar

After a week of practices in Kiev we traveled to Serbia last night and will compete in a four-team exhibition tournament this weekend. We’ll face Montenegro in Game 1 and Serbia in Game 2. Game 3 will be winners vs. winners and losers vs. losers. Serbia, Montenegro, and Slovenia are all outstanding teams, so this will be an important test for us as we’ve mostly been scrimmaging against ourselves. We’ve only played two exhibition games so far, and we were missing 6 players who joined us late this summer. So we don’t know who we are yet. With less than a month to go until EuroBasket 2013, I look forward to seeing what we can do in this tourney and getting a handle on our strengths and weaknesses as we hone our identity.

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Mike Looks Back

Ukraine and The Czar

Georgia will host a four-team friendly tournament in its capital Tbilisi August 7-9 leading up to FIBA’s qualifying tournament for EuroBasket 2013. Ukraine will be joined in Georgia by Estonia and Belarus. Unfortunately we got stuck at the airport all day due to engine problems with our plane. Hopefully we will make it to Tbilisi in time to get a good night’s sleep before the tourney gets underway tomorrow.


Photo courtesy of Joe Wolf.