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Argentina and Lithuania complete Quarterfinal picture - Sep 7, 2010


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Serbia - Croatia 73-72
The Balkan battle opened the Eight Finals of the World Championship. Serbia became the first Quarter finalist beating Croatia 73:72 in a thriller. Serbia started with 5-0 run, but could not kept the lead in the opening quarter. Bogdanovic Bojan tied it at 5:5, while Ukic Roko-Leni brought his side 12:9. Bogdanovic Bojan increased to 20:13, while Loncar Kresimir made it 27:19 at the end of the period. Perovic Kosta opened the second period with a dunk and Tepic Milenko reduced to 27:23. Moreover Perovic Kosta pulled Serbia to 29:29 making another dunk. Keselj Marko with a three gave them 34:32 and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) made 36:34. Actually that was the end of the first half, however the Battle continued in the court. Rasic Aleksandar started the third frame with a three-pointer for 37:36 and Nenad Krstic made two free-throws for 39:36. Ukic Roko-Leni tied it all at 40:40 and Bogdanovic Bojan brought Croatia 42:41. The squads exchanged the leads several times until the end of the quarter and Macvan Milan scored for 54:50 for Serbia. The last frame became the most interesting in the game. Tomas Marko reduced it to 54:52 and Tomas Marko scored for 56:54. Serbia created a 5-0 run for 61:54, but the game was not over. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed three in reply for 64:60, while Banic Marko n a row for 67:65. Marko Popovic reduced to 68:67 with 24 seconds in the game and he also scored for 70:69. Tomas Marko an unbelievable steal and passed again to Marko Popovic that made one free throw for 70:70. Rasic Aleksandar drove a lay-up for 72:70, while again Marko Popovic reduced to 72:72 with 5 seconds in the game. Rasic Aleksandar was however fouled and made one free throw for the final success. Nenad Krstic paced all the winners with 16 points and Rasic Aleksandar added 15. Perovic Kosta netted 10 and Macvan Milan scored 8. Marko Popovic had a great night in defeat finishing with 21 points for Croatia. Ukic Roko-Leni posted 11 and Banic Marko poured in 10.

Spain - Greece 80-72
Spain and Greece closed the first day of the Eighth Final Round and knew that the winner would face Serbia later in the stage. Spain grabbed valuable 80:72 win in Istanbul. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) opened the game with a jump shot and Diamantidis Dimitrios increased the lead to 4:0. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) tied the game at 6:6 and Garbajosa Jorge made the same at 11:11. Greece however replied with 6-0 run as Nikolaos Zisis closed it at 17:11, while Nikolaos Zisis also scored for 18:14. Llull Sergio and Lopez Raul meanwhile put Spain in front at 20:19 and Reyes Felipe closed the period at 22:19. Bourousis, Ioannis opened the second period and Vazquez Fran made it 24:21. Spain scored another four points in a row as Rubio Ricky brought 28:21. Greece answered with 6-0 run and Schortsanitis Sofoklis cut it to 28:27. Spain later responded with 7-0 run and grabbed 37:29 with less than two minutes in the first half. Spanoulis was the last to score in the second frame to reduce the gap to 37:31. The third quarter belonged to Greece that produced a good long-range shots. They opened the game with 8-0 run as Fotsis Antonios nailed three for 38:37. Diamantidis Dimitrios posted another three for 41:41 and Nikolaos Zisis scored for 49:45. Fernandez Rudy replied with a three for 51:48, while Spain scored the last four points in the frame to take 52:51 advantage. Diamantidis Dimitrios scored from the perimeter to open the last quarter and Vazquez Fran tied the game at 54:54. Reyes Felipe and Llull Sergio gave Spain 58:54 and then Schortsanitis Sofoklis drove a lay-up for 58:56. Fernandez Rudy nailed three for 61:57 and Greece needed Timeout with 4 minutes to go. Reyes Felipe closed a 6-0 run for 67:57 and Juan Carlos Navarro nailed three for 70:60. Schortsanitis reduced to 70:63 and Schortsanitis Sofoklis cut it to 72:66 with a minute in the quarter. Spanoulis brought 72:68, but Rubio Ricky made two free throws for 74:68. Juan Carlos Navarro was also perfect from the line to give Spain 76:68, while Calathes could make only one. Llull Sergio and Fotsis Antonios exchanged the baskets at the end as Spain qualified to 1/4 Finals. Juan Carlos Navarro paced all the winners with 22 points, Fernandez Rudy netted 14 and Llull Sergio added 9. Nikolaos Zisis and Diamantidis Dimitrios replied with 16 points each, whilst Schortsanitis Sofoklis posted 13.

Turkey - France 95-77
Turkey have reached the quarterfinal stage at the home World Championship. They knocked down France to make it into the next stage of the tournament. Turkey will next face Slovenia for the ticket into the semis. Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hedo Turkoglu ensured a quick start for Turkey. France found the way to answer as Les Bleus surged ahead 10:9 midway through the first frame. However Ilyasova and Arslan ensured a 19:14 lead for the hosts at the first break. Things got much better for Turkey in the second period. Arslan hit a three-pointer to give the home team a double-digit lead. Nando De Colo and Pietrus dragged France within 6 points but Sinan Guler and Savas secured a 35:24 lead for Turkey. Ilyasova and Savas made it 43:28 at halftime. Hedo Turkoglu opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers. Omer Asik and Onan followed with four points in a row as Turkey went on a run. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) drained a trey to stop bleeding for France. Turkey answered with five straight points as they increased a cushion to as many as 27 points. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw struck from downtown as France got closer. Bokolo executed two free throws and Les Bleus narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark. The hosts immediately replied with five consecutive points and Turkey rallied to a 71:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Nicolas Batum began the final term with four points in a row. Koffi and Gelabale narrowed the distance back to 21 points. Turkey calmly replied with 7 straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Hedo Turkoglu knocked down 20 points to lead Turkey. Sinan Guler accounted for 17 points in the victory. Boris Diaw replied with 21 points for France. Nando De Colo canned 15 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia - Australia 87-58
Slovenia showed the highest level of concentration and determination as they shocked Australia at the World Championship eighth-finals. The European side dominated from start to finish to book their spot at the quarterfinals. Jaka Lakovic knocked down 19 points to pace the effort. Australia got to an awful start to the game. Slovenia kept their opponents scoreless for more than six minutes building a 12:0 lead. Joe Ingles finally broke the draught for the Boomers but Slovenia stayed in control. Sani Becirovic capped the half with two free throws to give the European team a 16:8 lead. Sani Becirovic and Jaka Lakovic opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the lead. As Australia struggled to hit shots from the field Slovenia kept gradually enlarging the lead. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic gave Slovenia a 42:21 advantage at halftime. David Andersen tipped off the third quarter with three points in a row and it seemed the Boomers gained the momentum. But Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Nachbar teamed up for several cooling shots as Slovenia quickly built a 26-point advantage. Vidmar, Jaka Lakovic and Miha Zupan made it a 28-point game for Slovenia late in the period. Australia entered the fourth quarter down by 26 points 45:71. Jaka Lakovic and Goran Jagodnik connected from beyond the arc in the first part of the fourth quarter as Slovenia easily kept their opponents at bay. No miracle arrived for Australia at the dying stages as Slovenia coasted to the win at the end. Primoz Brezec scored 12 points for Slovenia. Goran Dragic accounted for 10 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. Patrick Mills and Joe Ingles netted 13 points each for Australia. Matt Nielsen finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

USA - Angola 121-66
U.S. of America easily reached the Quarterfinals as they smashed the African side. USA won 121:66 and advanced to the next stage at the World Championship in Turkey. Billups and Durant opened the game for the winners and Lutonda was the first to score for Angola. Moreover Gomes Joaquim reduced to 5:4, while USA exploded with 7-0 run for a bigger lead. Durant nailed three for 22:7 and Love netted three in a row for 29:9. USA continued to play offensive and reached 33:13 as Westbrook made two free throws. Gay Rudy opened the second period with a lay-up and Love Kevin netted three for 38:13. Fortes Roberto responded with a three for Angola, while Gomes Joaquim reduced to 42:18. Angola also managed to score five points later in a row and cut it to 44:23. Durant brought back 51:25, whilst Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) scored from the perimeter for 55:28. Chandler Tyson was perfect from the free throw line, while Angola again scored five consecutive points to cut it to 57:35. USA replied with the same run as Chauncey Billups brought 62:35. Durant closed the period at 65:38 making another three-pointer. Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) followed him with two threes in the start of the third period and gave USA 71:38. Chauncey Billups scored another one for 71:40, while Odom Lamar posted for 76:42. Iguodala Andre made a dunk for 83:49 and Gordon Eric nailed three for 89:52. Lutonda Miguel bounced back with 4 points in a row to give 89:54, while Curry Stephen closed the quarter at 91:56. Morais Carlos scored for 94:58 and Almeida Carlos netted three for 96:61. Westbrook gave USA three digit number at 101:61. Gordon Eric nailed another three-pointer for 106:63 and Mingas Eduardo reduced to 106:65. Morais Carlos gave Angola their last points with more than 4 minutes in the game. USA finished the game with 11-0 run to seal the victory. Chauncey Billups paced all the winners with 19 points, while Gay Rudy, Durant and Gordon Eric posted 17 each. Gomes Joaquim ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Ambrosio Felizardo nailed 12, while Fortes Roberto scored 11.

Russia - New Zealand 78-56
Russia executed brilliantly defensively and overcame New Zealand in the eighth-final round of the World Championship. They will now face the USA in what should be exciting quarterfinal clash in Turkey. Thomas Abercrombie opened the scoring count in this one. Vitaly Fridzon quickly answered but the Kiwis accounted for next seven points and surged in front. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) and Vitaly Fridzon erased the deficit and drew things level at 11 late in the opening frame. But Penney helped the Tall Blacks to a 15:13 lead at the first break. Phill Jones opened the second term with a three-pointer but Russia were ready for the Kiwi challenge. They tightened their defense and paid off. Russia went on a 13:0 run to take a 29:21 lead midway through the period. Thomas Abercrombie finally scored for New Zealand and then Phill Jones followed to narrow the gap. Pero Cameron and Thomas Abercrombie dragged New Zealand within four points at halftime 27:31. New Zealand got within two points early in the third term but Russia quickly grabbed some room to breathe. Vorentsevich had a great term for David Blatt team as he helped Russia earn a 48:35 advantage. Timofey Mozgov and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) allowed Russia to establish a 51:35 lead with under two minutes to go in the period. But New Zealand bridged the quarters with an 8:0 rally to get within 8 points. Vorontevich drained a jumper to keep Russia in charge. Voronsevich and Timofey Mozgov just tore up the Kiwis defense in the paint to keep their team well in charge. And though Kirk Penney kept scoring for the Tall Blacks in the dying moments Russia kept on finding proper answers every time as they rolled to the victory at the end. Vorontsecivh tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Russia. Timofey Mozgov added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kirk Penney answered with 21 points for the Tall Blacks. Thomas Abercrombie netted 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - China 78-67
Lithuania used all of their experience and class to outlast China at the eighth-final stage of the World Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Brazil vs. Argentina clash. China opened the game on an 11:3 run. Yue Sun gave the Asian powerhouse a 16:5 lead midway through the frame. Lithuania managed to narrow the deficit at just 2-point margin late in the starting quarter. Liu Wei drained a three-pointer giving China a 22:17 advantage at the break. Jianlian Yi and Yue Sun ensured a 29:20 lead for China early in the second term. Lithuania went on a 16:2 rally to surge ahead 36:31. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the reminder of the half as the Baltic team secured a 43:40 lead at halftime. Shipeng Wang and Jianlian Yi tied things up at 45 early in the second half. But Martynas Gecevicius hit a pair of three-pointers to spark a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they restored a 59:48 advantage. The Baltic side entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points 64:51. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) opened the fourth stanza with a layup as Lithuania gained a 15-point advantage. Liu Wei sparked intrigue in this one as he dragged the Chinese team within 6 points. However Linas Kleiza knocked down four points to keep Lithuania at a comfortable distance. The forward notched 13 points in the final stanza to give no chance for China in this one. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Gecevicius added 14 points in the winning effort. Liu Wei replied with 21 points for China. Jianlian Yi and Wang ZhiZhi had 11 points each in the loss.

Argentina - Brazil 93-89
Argentina survived a heart-stopping drama at the eighth-final stage of the World Championship in Turkey. They held off their archrivals Brazil in a thrilling battle in Istanbul to advance into the quarterfinals. Argentina will next face Lithuania. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with an amazing performance tallying 37 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. The teams opened the game in a wild tempo. The baskets just kept on dropping in the first quarter. The lead changed hands for numerous times before Marcelinho Huertas leveled things up at 25. Prigioni and Luis Scola gave Argentina a 34:30 lead midway through the second quarter. But Brazil stayed close. Marcelinho Machado scored 8 points as the South American champions stayed within striking distance. Marcelinho Huertas capped the first half with 6 points in a row as Brazil surged ahead 48:46. Brazil opened the second half with five points in a row to establish a 53:46 advantage. Luis Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino helped Argentina struck right back as they narrowed the deficit to just two points. Luis Scola knocked down five points late in the third term and Carlos Delfino added two more as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 66. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) notched back-to-back three-pointers to open the fourth quarter but Hernan Jasen replied with his own two triples to level things up. Gutierrez and Hernan Jasen put Argentina in front 79:75 midway through the period. Luis Luis Scola stretched the gap to 6 points 85:79 with just over two minutes remaning. But Marcelinho Huertas and Marcelinho Machado teamed up for quick five points as Brazil cut the distance at one point 84:85. Luis Luis Scola stepped up with next four points and Argentina posted an 89:84 lead with 24 seconds to go. Splitter converted a lay-up but Carlos Delfino responded with two free throws to keep the distance between the teams. Marcelinho Huertas kept the hope alive for Brazil with a wild trey but Luis Luis Scola calmly hit both free throws and iced the dramatic win for Argentina. Carlos Delfino notched 20 points for the winners. Hernan Jasen added 15 points in the victory. Marcelinho Huertas netted 32 points for Brazil. Leandrinho Barbosa accounted for 20 points in the losing effort.

  



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 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
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 14. Mexico
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 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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