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USA and Lithuania are through into the semifinals - Sep 9, 2010


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Turkey - Slovenia 95-68
Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

USA - Russia 89-79
Team USA have made it into the World Championship semifinals. They outlasted Russia today to earn the spot in the next round. Russia will now have to fight for the fifth spot in the qualifying round. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) opened the game with a three-pointer to set the tone. Lamar Odom and Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) quickly put the USA in front 6:3 but Russia stayed close. Sergey Bykov returned the lead to David Blatt team and the lead changed for several times throughout the period. Timofey Mozgov capped the opening frame with a lay-up to draw things level at 25. Khvostov and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) gave Russia a 4-point lead for Russia early in the second term. Sergey Bykov ensured a 35:30 advantage for Russia midway through the period. The USA went on a 12:0 run to take a 42:35 advantage with just over a minute to go in the half. Andrey Vorontsevich finally stopped the bleeding for Russia with a jumpe. Kevin Durant converted a lay-up but Kaun crowned the first half with a bucket as the USA led by just five points at halftime 44:39. The USA quickly cleared off to an 8-point lead early in the third stanza. Five straight points put the North Americans ahead by 11 points midway through the quarter. Soon Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) and Lamar Odom ensured a 15-point buffer for the team. Russia could not get too close and faced a 14-point deficit with ten minutes remaining. Russia narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark early in the final stanza but the USA kept it cool and quickly boosted the gap at an 18-point mark. Russia were able to narrow the distance in the dying moments but never seriously threatened the margin as the USA rallied to the victory. Kevin Durant was unstoppable for the USA with 33 points and 5 boards. Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) added 15 points and 5 assists, while Russell Westbrook finished with 12 points in the victory. Sergey Bykov answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds before getting injured late in the game.

Lithuania - Argentina 104-85
Lithuania posted the seventh straight win at the World Championships in Turkey. They rallied past Argentina at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The Baltic team stepped up with almost perfect performance against the Latin American powerhouse to set up an exciting clash with the USA in the semis. The lead changed hands for numerous times early in the encounter. But then Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) hit back-to-back three-pointers to trigger an 8:0 run from the Lithuanian team as they posted a 17:10 lead. Lithuania gradually piled up a 10-point lead 28:18. The Baltic team went on a 6:0 run to open a 35:20 lead midway through the second quarter. Argentina got within 11 but Lithuania continued to dominate. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), Jonas Maciulis and Simas Jasaitis all connected from beyond the arc to ensure a 44:28 lead for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis capped the half with a tip-in and the Baltic team secured a 50:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania opened the second half with six points in a row to silence Argentina. Simas Jasaitis soon opened a 30-point advantage for Lithuania. Argentine finally had the shots dropping from beyond the arc as they narrowed the gap to 21 points. But Lithuania struck right back and posted a 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 85:53. The Baltic team were well in control of their fate in the fourth stanza. Argentina looked disorganized and stunned as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Seven Lithuanian players scored in double figures. Simas Jasaitis led the charge with 19 points. Linas Kleiza added 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Martynas Pocius had 16 in the win. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) answered with game-high 25 points for Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had just 13 points in the losing effort.

Serbia - Spain 92-89
We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end. Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

  




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World Cup Standings
Group A - EU Pre-QF
 1. Sweden 4-2 
 2. Bosnia 4-2 
 3. Armenia 3-3 
 4. Slovakia 1-5 
Group B - EU Pre-QF
 1. Holland 3-1 
 2. Austria 3-1 
 3. Albania 0-4 
Group C - EU Pre-QF
 1. Estonia 3-1 
 2. Kosovo 2-2 
 3. FYR Macedon. 1-3 
Group D - EU Pre-QF
 1. Bulgaria 4-0 
 2. Belarus 1-3 
 3. Portugal 1-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Boatright, ARM24.2 
 2. Musa, BIH22.8 
 3. Poeltl, AUT20.0 
 4. Theodore, MKD19.5 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD18.8 
 6. Berisha, KOS18.8 
 7. Liutych, BLR17.8 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT17.0 
 9. Vezenkov, BUL16.8 
 10. Veideman, EST15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  CYP
  (206-PF-95)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vezenkov, BUL10.8 
 2. Parakhouski, BLR8.8 
 3. Rancik, SVK8.2 
 4. Fischer, ARM7.8 
 5. Spires, SWE6.8 
 6. Ihring, SVK6.7 
 7. Paliashchuk, BLR6.5 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT6.5 
 9. Kangur, EST6.5 
 10. Norel, NED6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan BOATRIGHT
  USA
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boatright, ARM5.8 
 2. Berisha, KOS5.3 
 3. Kloof, NED5.0 
 4. Marinov, BUL5.0 
 5. Massamba, SWE4.8 
 6. Bost, BUL4.8 
 7. Theodore, MKD4.8 
 8. Lanegger, AUT4.5 
 9. Williams, NED4.5 
 10. Klepeisz, AUT4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Worthy DE JONG
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. de-Jong, NED2.5 
 2. Hallman, POR2.3 
 3. Gaddefors, SWE2.3 
 4. Bost, BUL2.0 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD2.0 
 6. Voorn, NED1.8 
 7. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 8. Renfroe, BIH1.8 
 9. Boatright, ARM1.7 
 10. Musa, BIH1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  ENG
  (210-C-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Spires, SWE2.3 
 2. Fusek, SVK1.2 
 3. Talts, EST1.0 
 4. Parakhouski, BLR1.0 
 5. Guerreiro, POR1.0 
 6. Shima, ALB0.8 
 7. Poeltl, AUT0.8 
 8. Shoshi, KOS0.8 
 9. Mahalbasic, AUT0.8 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM0.8 
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