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2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Quarterfinals are set - Jun 27, 2012

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Group A
Japan - Puerto Rico 79-70
Japan outplayed Puerto Rico in do-or-die game today. It was a 79-70 victory and Japan advanced to Quarterfinals of the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. Japan ended first phase as the second ranked team of Group A with 1-1 record and kept their Olympic hopes alive. Puerto Rico finished as the last ranked team in this pool with 0-2 and Olympic Games in London stay just a dream for them. Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) exploded for the winners with double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 32 and was the MVP of this meeting. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) followed her with 17 points and 5 assists, while Ryoko Yano (178-F-78) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85, college: S.Florida) collected 24 points. Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) had 17 and was their last player with double digits in scoring. Japan shined after the breather and later managed to keep its lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-11, 11-17, 22-15, 27-27. Quarterfinals in Ankara will be played on Saturday. Japan will meet the winner of Group B - Czech Republic.

Group B
Argentina - Czech Republic 54-68
It was a crucial game for the first place in Group B of the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. Czech Republic celebrated 54-68 victory to win this pool with perfect 2-0 record. Argentina dropped to the second place with 1-1 score. Both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals, which will be played on Friday. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) was MVP of this game with valuation 29. She had monster double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds. Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) helped Czech Republic with 13 and 11 points respectively. In defeat, Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93) netted 13 points and Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) scored one less. Czech Republic took control on its rival from the very beginning and resolved question about the winner after 3 quarters. They had 23-point lead with 10 minutes to go and all after that was just the formality, despite Argentina won last period by 9. Quarters: 9-19, 13-11, 9-24, 23-14. In the Quarterfinals, Czech Republic will play against Japan. Argentina will take on the winner of Group A and at the same time the host of this tournament - Turkey.

Group C
South Korea - Croatia 75-83
Croatia won Group C of the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. They outplayed South Korea today 75-83 to win this pool with perfect 2-0 record. South Korea slipped to the second place with 1-1 score. Both teams advanced to Quarterfinals, which will be played on Friday. Croatia will play against Canada and South Korea will meet France. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) led the winners today with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Her valuation 29 was enough for the MVP award in this game. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) scored 14 points and Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) helped with 13 points, plus 6 rebounds. At the other side, Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) collected 19 points and 6 boards. Choi Yoon-Ah (169-G-85) (5 as) and Jung Sun-Min (185-C-74) posted 12 and 11 points respectively. South Korea was better at the beginning as they took 19-16 lead after ten minutes of play. Marija Vrsaljko and her teammates exploded in Q2 for plus 7 at the halftime. Teams were tied at 19-19 in Q3 and Croatia managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Teams will have a day off tomorrow.

Group D
France - Mali 87-33
As expected, France had an easy job against Mali today in Ankara. France outplayed its rival with huge 87-33 winning Group B of the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Of course France advanced to the Quarterfinals, where they will meet South Korea. That game will be played on Friday at 21:15h (local time). Mali is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-2 score. Each of Team France players got at least 10 minutes in this game. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) shined with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) added 12 points and 5 rebs. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) collected 10 points and 5 boards in this win. Mali got 14 points from Nassira Traore (181-F-91). Their second scorer was Aminata Sininta (188-F-85) with just 5 pts. Quarters: 18-10, 25-7, 26-5, 18-11.   

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Olympic Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Spain
 3. Serbia
 4. France
 5. Australia
 6. Turkey
 7. Canada
 8. Japan
 9. Belarus
 10. China
 11. Brazil
 12. Senegal
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Cambage, AUS23.5 
 2. Sanders, TUR22.0 
 3. Tokashiki, JPN17.0 
 4. Torrens, ESP16.5 
 5. Dantas, BRA16.4 
 6. Yilmaz, TUR16.3 
 7. Milovanovic, SRB16.0 
 8. Castro, BRA15.8 
 9. Petrovic, SRB15.8 
 10. Traore, SEN15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa DOS SANTOS
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Dos Santos, BRA12.4 
 2. Cambage, AUS10.3 
 3. Ndour, SEN9.2 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR9.0 
 5. Sanders, TUR8.2 
 6. Nicholls, ESP7.8 
 7. Dantas, BRA7.6 
 8. Veremeenko, BLR7.0 
 9. De Souza, BRA6.4 
 10. Gruda, FRA6.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Yoshida, JPN8.7 
 2. Taylor, AUS5.5 
 3. Pinto, BRA5.0 
 4. Harding, BLR5.0 
 5. Bird, ISR5.0 
 6. Palau, ESP4.5 
 7. Epoupa, FRA4.5 
 8. Mitchell, AUS4.5 
 9. Vardarli, TUR4.5 
 10. Dabovic, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.3 
 2. Yoshida, JPN2.5 
 3. Alben, TUR2.5 
 4. Moore, USA2.3 
 5. Sanders, TUR2.3 
 6. Traore, SEN2.2 
 7. Dabovic, SRB2.2 
 8. Dantas, BRA2.2 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA2.0 
 10. Taylor, AUS2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittney GRINER
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griner, USA1.8 
 2. Page, USA1.8 
 3. Ndour, SEN1.7 
 4. Sanders, TUR1.5 
 5. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 6. Cambage, AUS1.0 
 7. Tolo, AUS1.0 
 8. Diarra, SEN0.8 
 9. Snytsina, KAZ0.8 
 10. Toure, SEN0.8 
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