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Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Aug 30, 2010

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Group A
Argentina - Australia 74-72
Argentina and Australia closed Day 2 at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. It was another battle in the court and only due to the last period the Latin American grabbed 74:72 victory. Gibson had a chance to bring the victory for Australia with the buzzer but missed a three-pointer. Although Argentina was the favorite of the game, they could not take the lead. Gibson scored from the perimeter for Australia and his lay-up brought 8:3. Andersen David scored for 12:5, while Newley Brad gave his side 15:8. Mills Patrick nailed another shot from the arc to taste 25:20 after the first 10 minutes. Argentina won the opening tip of the second period 5-0 as Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) tied the game at 25:25. Gutierrez Leonardo gave them 34:33 and Mills Patrick increased to 39:33. It was the last shot in the half and both squads disappeared in the lockers. Australia went on a bigger lead in the third period as Ingles brought the double digits at 53:43. Nielsen Matthew kept the difference at 56:49, but Argentine cut it to 4 after 30 minutes. The beginning of the last period belonged to the Latin American side but then Mills Patrick tied it at 65:65 and 69:69. Prigioni immediately responded from the perimeter for 72:69 and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) gave 74:70 from the free throw line with 8 seconds to go. Australia however did not give up and could win the game. At first Ingles reduced to 74:72 with 3 seconds and then Gibson had a chance to bring the victory for Australia with the buzzer but missed a three-pointer. Luis Scola erupted with 31 points and Gutierrez followed him with 17. Prigioni netted 9, while Carlos Delfino scored 7. Ingles produced 22 points in the losing effort. Mills Patrick chipped in 21, while Nielsen Matthew poured in 10.

Jordan - Angola 65-79
A late rally secured the first win for Angola at the World Championship. The African powerhouse held off Jordan for 1-1 record in Group A. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record and would look desperately for the win when they take on Serbia tomorrow. Angola opened the game aggressively. They quickly posted a 13:6 lead. But Jordan responded with six points in a row to take a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to give the lead back to Angola but Jordan reacted immediately. Rasheim Wright hit two trebles sparking an 8:0 run from the Asian team. Jordan maintained the advantage and posted a 35:29 buffer at the big break. Daghles, Zaid Abbaas and Rasheim Wright kept Jordan in control in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by one 47:46. Angola kept their opponents scoreless for more than three minutes at the beginning of the third term and pulled in front for a 56:47 lead. Adais stopped the bleeding for Jordan however Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) stretched the lead at 10-point mark for Angola. Jordan clawed their way back within four points however back-to-back treys from Miguel Lutonda and Almeida silenced Jordan. Angola did not loosen the grasp in the final seconds and celebrated the initial win at the tournament. Miguel Lutonda stepped up with 16 points for Angola. Carlos Morais provided 14 points, while Joaquim Gomes had 13 points in the win. Rasheim Wright replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Jordan. Zaid Abbaas accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Germany 81-82 2OT
If France-Spain was one of the top games last night, the game between Serbia and Germany became the most interesting in Day 2. Two European sides needed two overtimes to find out the winner. Germany led from the end of the fourth period until the final whistle, while Serbia managed to tie the game twice. Only in the second overtime Germany grabbed valuable 82:81 win for 1-1 record. The start of the game already showed that it would be tough in the court. Serbia took 17:14 despite Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) 's dunk at the end of the frame. The latter also tied the game at 17:17 and Jagla brought 20:18. Rasic Aleksandar managed to tie the game from the perimeter at 25:25, whilst Schaffartzik Heiko gave Germany 37:35 lead at the halftime. Nothing had changed in the third quarter as the teams exchanged the lead several times. Christopher McNaughton scored for 46:41 and then Markovic Stefan already gave Serbia 49:48. Schaffartzik Heiko closed the period from the arc for 56:54 advantage after 30 minutes. When at the end of the fourth period Greene Demond nailed two for 69:63 it seemed the game would be over, but a 6-0 run brought Serbia to 69:69 after 4 quarters. Germany again took the lead in the start of the firt overtime and enjoyed 73:69 with 3 minutes until the end of it, but Serbia tied it at 73:73. Jagla gave the winners 82:77 with 1 minute in the second overtime but again Serbia had a chance to win. Rasic Aleksandar reduced to 82:81 but then his teammates missed two shots. Jagla top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Greene Demond followed him with 15. Schaffartzik Heiko netted 14 and Christopher McNaughton brought 12. Perovic Kosta responded with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is also with 1-1 record. Rasic Aleksandar posted 15, Tepic Milenko notched 14 and Velickovic Novica added 11.

Group B
Brazil - Tunisia 80-65
Brazil recorded the second straight win at the start of the World Championship. They knocked down Tunisia to stay undefeated in Group B. Leandrinho Barbosa scored 21 points to pace the South American champions. Tunisia jumped ahead early in the game but Brazil quickly denied the deficit and surged ahead. Leandrinho Barbosa knocked down 12 points late in the opening frame as Brazil earned a 26:16 lead after ten minutes. The Latin American side tipped off the second quarter with seven points in a row to boost the lead. Brazil maintained the advantage and entered the second half up by 13 points 43:30. Mohamed Hadidane (205-F-86) and Radhouane Slimane put Tunisia within 8 points midway through the third stanza. Braa hit a trey a bit later as Tunisia clawed their way within 7 points 40:47. But Brazil recovered and finished the quarter ahead by 11 points 59:48. Tiago Splitter and Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) gave Brazil a 66:53 lead midway through the final term. Marcelinho Machado hit another treble as the Latin American team cleared off to a 17-point advantage. Tunisia could not recover in the reminder of the contest as Brazil cruised to the victory. Tiago Splitter provided 16 points for Brazil. Marcelinho Machado netted 13 points in the win. Marouana Kechrid nailed 15 points for Tunisia. Radhouane Slimane had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovenia - USA 77-99
The USA posted the second straight win at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. This time Slovenia fell victim of Mike Krzyzewski's team. The USA team did not lose a single quarter in this one and celebrated a confident win at the end. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) knocked down 22 points to lead the winner. The USA opened the game on a 12:2 run. They easily maintained the lead throughout the quarter and recorded a 23:11 advantage at the first break. Slovenia used a 10:2 run midway through the second term to cut the deficit. However the North American side quickly unloaded eight points in a row to restore a safe distance. They rallied to a 42:28 lead at halftime. The USA unleashed a 17:2 run in the third quarter to secure a massive 59:32 advantage. Slovenia struggled to find a proper answer as they trailed by 21 points at the final break. The USA kept on cruising in the final stanza. They did not allow their opponents to get any closer and celebrated yet another comfortable win at the end. Rudy Gay notched 16 points for the winners. Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) and Andre Iguodala added 11 points each for the USA. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 13 points for Slovenia. Gasper Vidmar finished with 10 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Iran 75-54
Croatia posted the initial win at the World Championship in Turkey. They overcame Iran for 1-1 record in Group B. Iran slipped at 0-2 record. Croatia entered the game eager to leave the stunning loss to the USA behind. But Iran seemed ready for the challenge and stayed close. But the European team managed to pull away late in the quarter. They posted a 22:13 advantage at the first break. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89), Kus and Kresimir Loncar all connected from beyond the arc to give Croatia a 31:15 lead. Before Iran managed to come back to life Croatia gained a 20-point lead at 42:22. The Europeans established a 44:24 advantage at the interval. Arsalan Kazemi and Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) got Iran rolling at the beginning of the second half. Iran got within 10 points late in the quarter but Tomas hit a three-pointer to ensure a 43:30 advantage for Croatia into the fourth stanza. Croatia quickly restored a 20-point lead in the final stanza. Iran could not pick up the slack and had to surrender at the end. Roko-Leni Ukic and Bojan Bogdanovic accounted for 13 points each for Croatia. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Hamed Haddadi replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi notched 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Puerto Rico - Greece 80-83
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led Greece to the second win at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. The European team handed Puerto Rico their second loss at 83:80. Zisis opened the game for Greece, while Barea brought 8:6 for his side. The teams exchanged the leads several times and then Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) made a three-pointer to close the first period. The squads stayed again within few points exchanging the lead several times. Barea tied it at 28:28 and Tsartsaris made the same at 30:30. Puerto Rico made the last push in the end of the half for 41:35 halftime advantage. Moreover Sanchez, Ricardo nailed three in the start of the second for the biggest lead at 47:38. Vassilis Spanoulis however reduced to 49:47, whilst Diamantidis brought Greece 52:51. Bourousis scored three at the end of 30 minutes as Greece tasted 59:56 advantage. Nathan Peavy opened the last frame with a dunk and Nathan Peavy gave Latin American lead at 63:62. Vassilis Spanoulis responded from the perimeter for 65:65 with 6 minutes to go. Vassilis Spanoulis later made a free throw to tie the game again at 75:75 and Greece continued the run until 82:75. Sanchez Ricardo scored the last 5 points for his team but it was enough just to reduce to three points. Vassilis Spanoulis Vasileios paced all the winners with 28 points and Tsartsaris Konstantinos nailed 14. Diamantidis Dimitrios and Bourousis Ioannis brought 12 points each. Barea ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Ramos netted 16, while Sanchez Ricardo added 13.

China - Ivory Coast 83-73
China celebrated the first win at the World Championship in Turkey. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire in Group C. China thus improved at 1-1 record in the ladder. The African powerhouse slipped at 0-2 record. The first term turned into a determined battle of two well-matched teams. China managed to pull ahead but they led by just four points at the first break 21:17. Cote dIvoire opened the second quarter with five points in a row to surge in front. However China stopped the bleeding and back-to-back three-pointers from Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) and Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) allowed the Asian team to establish a 37:28 advantage. China ensured a 41:33 lead at the interval. Wang ShiPeng opened the second half with five straight points to boost the lead. China kept their opponents at bay and soon Jianlian Yi and Wei Lui helped China to a 66:50 advantage late in the third term. Cote d'Ivoire threw all they had to erase the deficit. They narrowed the margin to 7 points after a bucket from Mouloukou Diabate (180-G-87). However Ding Jinhui and Wang ShiPeng sank three free throws in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome for China. Jianlian Yi came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for China. Wang ShiPeng added 25 points and 7 boards in the victory. Mouloukou Diabate responded with 20 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Kinidinnin Konate accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Turkey - Russia 65-56
Turkey improved to 2-0 record in Group C after the win over Russia. The hosts produced 65:56 at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. The team celebrated the wins in the opener of the tournament yesterday and desired to remain undefeated. After two minutes of silence in the opening tip, Sergey Monya (204-F-83) nailed three for the first lead. Onan later tied it at 6:6 and Ilyasova made the same at 14:14. Voronov was the last to score in the quarter as the hosts took 16:15 advantage. The second period however belonged to the Turkish side. They started with 7-1 run as Arslan nailed three for 25:16. Gonlum brought 30:20, while Kaun sent the teams to the lockers for 33:22. Turkey did not even think of slowing down and kept the necessary advantage. Although Russia reduced to 5 points in the start of the third period, Omer Asik (213-C-86) gave the hosts 37:29. Sergey Monya made two free throws for 39:31, whilst Sergey Monya scored for 43:31. Tunceri closed the third period with a lay-up as Turkey had 48:37 after 30 minutes. Khvostov erupted from the arc for 50:43 and Sergey Monya made the same for 54:46. The teams continued to score from the long distance and Arslan and Fridzon exchanged the baskets for 57:49. Turkoglu however nailed another three to bring the victory with 2 minutes to go. he nailed another one for 65:51, while Sergey Monya brought the last five points for the Russian side. Turkoglu paced all the winners with 14 points, while Ilyasova and Omer Asik added 10 apiece. Arslan and Erden ended up with 9 points each in a win. Sergey Monya and Kaun replied with 13 points each in the losing effort. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) finished the game with 10 points as Russia is tied at 1-1.

Group D
Lithuania - Canada 70-68
Lithuania stayed on the winning track at the World Championship in Turkey. They nipped Canada to improve at 2-0 record in preliminary Group D. Canada found themselves in an uncomfortable position after the second straight defeat at the tournament. Canada ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They posted a 20:7 lead after seven minutes of action. However Jonas Maciulis and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) capped the opening quarter with five points in a row to narrow the gap at 8-point mark. Pocious put Lithuania within five at the start of the second period. But Canada remained in charge as Joel Anthony and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) boosted the gap to 11 points 40:29 with just over two minutes to go. Linas Kleiza and Klimavicius narrowed the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 33:43. Levon Kendall stretched the lead to as many as 15 points in the third quarter but the Baltic team found the way to return into the contest. They capped the frame with a 16:1 rally to trim the distance at just two points 55:57. Tomas Delininkaitis tipped off the fourth term with a three-pointer to put Lithuania in charge. The lead changed hands for several times before Jankunas gave Lithuania a 70:66 advantage with under three minutes remaining. Denham Brown cut the deficit at just two points but the teams could not score in the final 90 seconds and Lithuania escaped with a narrow win at the end. Linas Kleiza delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius and Tomas Delininkaitis provided 11 points apiece in the victory. Jermaine Anderson knocked down 15 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 boards. Joel Anthony had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon - France 59-86
France recorded the second straight win at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. They fired past Lebanon in Group D tonight. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) top-scored for France once again unloading 18 points. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening frame. France eked out a narrow 22:20 advantage after ten minutes. Bokolo and Mickael Gelabale tipped off the second quarter with back-to-back three-pointer to organize a 16:2 run that put France up by 16 points 38:22. Les Bleus arrived at halftime leading by 14 points 42:28. Lebanon used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to get closer. But France quickly replied and marched to a 63:47 advantage at the final break. Mickael Gelabale and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) began the fourth quarter with four points in a row and never looked back en route to a confident win at the end. Alain Koffi finished with 17 points for France. Ian Mahinmi and Nando De Colo delivered 14 points each for the winners. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with 19 points for Lebanon. Fadi El Khatib had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain - New Zealand 101-84
Spain had to sweat to earn their first win at the World Championship. They faced New Zealand in the second round of action and worked hard to come out winners at the end. It all went well for Spain at the start of the game. They quickly built an 18:5 lead. But Kirk Penney and Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) helped the Tall Blacks get within 8 points late in the quarter. Spain eked out a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. Michael Fitchett and Kirk Penney dragged the Kiwis within 6 points midway through the second quarter 31:37. Rudy Fernandez and Fernando San Emeterio gave an 11-point lead for Spain but the Tall Blacks would not go away. Thomas Abercrombie knocked down 8 points and New Zealand got within only 4 points at halftime 44:48. Spain opened the third term with nine points in a row to set the tone. They kept New Zealand at safe distance and established a 77:63 advantage at the final break. Casey Frank and Phill Jones sparked hope for the Tall Blacks opening the fourth quarter with five straight points. However the Spaniards replied with a 16:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Marc Gasol finished with 22 points for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro added 18 points, while Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 in the win. Kirk Penney replied with 21 points for New Zealand. Thomas Abercrombie finished with 19 points and 6 boards in the loss.


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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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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