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Day One Games Summary - Aug 15, 2004

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The biggest sensation of the day one is USA loss to Puerto Rico. Maybe that was not just an accident that USA lost few days ago to Italy and barely saved a victory against Germany. It seems that it can be another big disappointment for American fans, unless their NBA stars prove they can compete internationally. Puerto Rican team (just interesting reminder Puerto Rican population is almost ...100 times smaller than the USA one) show very mature basketball based on a very good team game.
Another upset of the day is China defeat in the game against Spain. Some basketball experts do not consider it as surprise result, knowing that Spanish team is in a very good shape. But China had huge hopes about the Olympic Games, mentioning even about the medal. However their defeat to much lower ranked Latvia in the preparation phase was not just one-time hiccup.
In other games host Greece did not have big problems against Australia, Italy just in last minutes secured a victory over New Zealand, Angola was defeated by Lithuania, but after a very hard game, and Argentina surprisingly edged (was that really surprise?) favorite Serbia/Montenegro.


Group A


Greece - Australia 76-54 (23-18, 35-33, 59-51)
Greece: Papadopoulos 21+9reb, Chatzivrettas 13, Dikoudis 12+4reb, Papaloukas 11+5reb+4ast, Fotsis 9, Kikiouzis 4, Alvertis 3, Zisis 3, Diamantidis 0, Tsiartsaris 0, Spanoulis 0; Coach: Giannakis
Australia: Heal 12, Maher 12, Bogut 11+5reb, Nielsen 7+6reb, Andersen 5, Bruton 3, Saville 2, Rogers 2, Smith 0, Cattalini 0, Ronaldson 0; Coach: Goorjian
Greece crushes Australia - by Luis Angel Modestti
Greece surprised many people at the first day of competition in the Men's Olympic basketball competition by beating Australia 76-54 in front of 11,500 fans in the Helliniko Indoor Arena in Athens, Greece.
The Greeks started the game with an 14-0 run and won the first quarter 23-18.
The first half ended 35-33 in favor of the locals and Shane Heal (184-G-70) could not give Australia their first lead of the game at the end of the first half after he attempted a three pointer with seconds left.
Australia was down 62-54 with five minutes left in the game, but they never scored again in the game. Greece dominated the paint and was shooting a lot better than the boomers. Australia only scored 3 points in the final quarter against 17 from the locals.
Australia lose opener - by Chris Athanasopoulos
The Australian men's national basketball team, opened their Olympic Games campaign with a crucial game against hosts, Greece. It became an even more crucial game after Puerto Rico stunned the USA, in the previous game.
The Greeks were quickly off the blocks with a 7-0 lead, within the first minute of play, mainly behind the play of Lazaros Papadopoulos and Antonis Fotsis.  The Greek extend their lead to 12 points until the Shane Heal (184-G-70) scored the first points for Australia with 6.15 remaining in the first.  The Australians were suprised by the aggressive defence played by the Greeks.
However the Australians regained their composure and fought back. They turned to zone defence and made their own comeback with  Brett Maher hitting a nice shot on the buzzer to keep the Aussies within five points at the end of the first quarter. Greece started strongly the second quarter but the Australian's kept in close distance with the game. The Australian team outscoring their opponents 15-12 in the quarter to be trailing by only two points at halftime, The Greek were concerned with a sprained ankle to starting point<  

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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
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  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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