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Russia and Lithuania advance to Olympic Games basketball tournament - Jul 8, 2012

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Russia - Nigeria 85:77
Russia booked the ticket to Olympic Games. They overcame ambitious Nigerian team to secure the place at the 2012 Olympic Games basketball tournament in London. Shved scored 22 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia got to a flying start. They exploded with 26 points in the starting quarter to take a 3-point lead. Russia held the African team to 8 points in the second term to ensure a 15-point halftime advantage 46:31. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Russia kept their opponents at distance. David Blatt team entered the fourth period up by 15 points 68:53. Nigeria tried hard cutting the deficit to 6 points but Russia hang on to escape with a crucial win at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (206-F-81) (206-F-81) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Vitaly Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 15 points for the winners. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 14 boards for Nigeria. Adeola Dagunduro (195-G-86, college: Nebraska) added 16 points in the loss.

Russia: Shved 22, Andrei Kirilenko 19, Vitaly Fridzon 15
Nigeria: Ike Diogu 16+14 boards, Adeola Dagunduro 16

Lithuania - Dominican Republic 109:83
Lithuania will play at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They overcame Dominican Republic to ensure their appearance at the tournament. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) came up with 19 points to pace the Baltic team.
Lithuania pulled ahead in the opening quarter. They capitalized on Dominican Republic low scoring percentage to take a 21:16 lead. Lithuania exploded with 31 points in the second quarter to clear off to a 16-point lead. Dominican Republic stopped the bleeding in the third term. They narrowed the distance to 14 points with one period remaining. However Lithuania quickly picked up the tempo and fired 34 points in the final stanza giving no chance for Dominican Republic. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) added 13 points for the winners. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Dominican Republic. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) provided 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania: Jonas Maciulis 19, Jonas Valanciunas 17, Linas Kleiza 13
Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 13+10 boards, Alfred Horford 12   

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Olympic Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. Spain
 4. Australia
 5. Croatia
 6. France
 7. Lithuania
 8. Argentina
 9. Brazil
 10. Venezuela
 11. Nigeria
 12. China
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Bogdanovic, BIH24.8 
 2. Mills, AUS20.5 
 3. Yi, CHN20.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.4 
 5. Kalnietis, LTU19.2 
 6. Raduljica, SRB17.6 
 7. Durant, USA16.8 
 8. Campazzo, ARG16.4 
 9. Nocioni, ARG15.6 
 10. Ginobili, ARG15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Gasol, ESP8.8 
 2. Diogu, NGR8.6 
 3. Scola, ARG8.0 
 4. Saric, CRO7.2 
 5. Valanciunas, LTU6.8 
 6. Yi, CHN6.6 
 7. Hilario, BRA6.4 
 8. Lima, BRA6.3 
 9. Nocioni, ARG6.2 
 10. Gobert, FRA6.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dellavedova, AUS8.6 
 2. Kalnietis, LTU8.0 
 3. Huertas, BRA6.6 
 4. Irving, AUS6.0 
 5. Campazzo, ARG5.2 
 6. Heurtel, FRA5.0 
 7. Teodosic, SRB5.0 
 8. Guo, CHN4.8 
 9. Rodriguez, ESP4.8 
 10. Vargas, VEN4.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Campazzo, ARG2.6 
 2. Vargas, VEN2.2 
 3. Hilario, BRA2.0 
 4. Fernandez, ESP2.0 
 5. De Colo, FRA1.6 
 6. Yi, CHN1.4 
 7. Maciulis, LTU1.4 
 8. Barbosa, BRA1.4 
 9. Zhou, CHN1.4 
 10. Rubio, ESP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
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  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, NGR2.4 
 2. Gobert, FRA2.0 
 3. Gasol, ESP2.0 
 4. Bogut, AUS1.8 
 5. Diogu, NGR1.2 
 6. Yi, CHN1.2 
 7. Valanciunas, LTU1.0 
 8. Javtokas, LTU1.0 
 9. Diaw, FRA1.0 
 10. Acuna, ARG1.0 
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