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Day Five Games Summary - Aug 23, 2004

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In the last day of group eliminational, there were some interesting results.
World Champions (Serbia/Montenegro) are already out of the competition. They lost in the "last chance game" to China, and Asian champion made it to the quarterfinals instead of Serbia/Montenegro. China will face in the quarterfinals Group B leader, undefeated Lithuania.
USA also had to win their game to make it to the quarterfinals. But the opponent was Angola, which is considered as the weakest team of the tournament. So Americans had no problem to get 36-points victory. They will play against undefeated Spain in the quarterfinals.
Spain faced unpredictable New Zealand. And that was not an easy game. However Spaniards secured 88-84 victory and will face USA in the quarterfinals.
Italy similarly like China managed to get 1-point victory against Argentina. Both teams had already secured their place in the quarterfinals, where Italy will face Puerto Rico and Argentina will play against host Greece.
In other games Greece crushed Puerto Rico by 20 points and Lithuania did not have bigger problems to beat Australia by 15 points.


Group A


Spain - New Zealand 88-84
Spain: Calderón 3, Navarro 10, Jiménez 6, Gasol 14, Garbajosa 17; Comas 3, Reyes 4, Dueñas, Fernández 15, De la Fuente 3, Iturbe 3, Yebra 10
New Zealand: Dickel 8, Jones 23, Camerón 18, Rampton, Marks 13; Penney 6, Henare 2, Boucher 6, Book 8
Spain makes a perfect record to the quarterfinals - by Juanjo Martin
Spain stopped speculations and reached the victory in the last match of Preliminaries. Head coach Mario Pesquera utilized his usual starter players in this match, proving that he don't want to lose any match in the event. This triumph allows to keep invict in the Olympic Games. A loss would have knocked out Serbia, a tough rival in the final phase although they aren't in their best moment right now. The Spanish team had the chance to send them back home, but it won against New Zealand, which is mathematically out of Quarterfinals. Many people remembered the Eurobasket'99 when Spain depended on Yugoslavia's victory over Russia to get the bid for quarterfinals but they lost. Today the fair play has imposed and the forth classified of Pool A will be the winner of Serbia-China.

One of the faults of Spain in this Olympics is the 3-pointers. In the four disputed matches Spain has a poor 15/65 (11th in the ranking, only above USA). In this match seemed to be solved: 14/26 from the perimeter (9/14 in the first half), contrasting with New Zealand's record: 9/35. Navarro started to show signs of life (two 3-pointers in the first minutes) and his partners joined to the party. Jorge Garbajosa  completed once more a great game, leading Spain in the second period with seven points in a row and a later shot beyond the arc. Rudy Fernandez had more minutes in the court and could managed them with very good numbers: 15 pts with 3/3 in 3p. The scoreboard showed 48-37 for Spain in the break.

Oscar Yebra, who had hardly played in the opening match, continued with the offensive job in the second half, making 10 pts. Spain let up in this period due to the match was irrelevant for them, what was utilized by Phill Jones (23 pts) to narrow the score. He was accompanied by NBA Marks  

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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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