1 Ming Yao (CHN) 25.3
2 D.Nowitzki (GER) 23.2
3 Pau Gasol (ESP) 21.3
4 C.Arroyo (PUR) 21.2
5 E.Ayuso (PUR) 21.2
6 C.Anthony (USA) 19.9
7 D.Wade (USA) 19.3
8 F.El Khatib (LIB) 18.8
9 I.Rakocevic (SRB) 18.3
10 T.Splitter (BRA) 16.4
1 R.Lugo (VEN) 11.4
2 P.Gasol (ESP) 9.4
3 D.Milicic (SRB) 9.3
4 D.Nowitzki (GER) 9.2
5 Ming Yao (CHN) 9.0
1 J.I.Sanchez (ARG) 5.8
2 C.Arroyo (PUR) 5.2
3 Chris Paul (USA) 4.9
4 Wei Liu (CHN) 4.5
5 L.James (USA) 4.1
1 Diamantidis (GRE) 3.3
2 C.J. Bruton (AUS) 2.3
3 Mackinnon (AUS) 2.3
1 D.Milicic (SRB) 2.8
2 Pau Gasol (ESP) 2.4
3 Ming Yao (CHN) 2.3
Spain won World Championships 2006 (Photo: FIBA)
Spanish Pau Gasol voted World Championships MVP (Photo: FIBA)
WC favorite USA lost to Greece in the semifinals (Photo: FIBA)
All-Tournament 1st Team
Gasol named MVP - Sep. 3, 2006
Despite not playing in Spain's historic victory over Greece in the
final of the FIBA World Championship,
Pau Gasol (214-F-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (USA) was selected as the
tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Gasol missed the final after suffering a broken bone in his left foot during
Spain's semi-final win over Argentina on Friday.
The power forward/center, who was cheering Spain from the sidelines in the
final, averaged better than 21 points and nine rebounds as his team went
undefeated in Japan.
"I'm very happy about the honor," Gasol said. "I tried to play as well as I
could to help my team get this far. It was unfortunate that I couldn't play in
the final because of my injury.
"But the job my team-mates did in this game was so amazing. And I'm so proud of
One journalist from each of the 16 eight-finalist nations selected the five-man
Joining Gasol were his team-mate power forward
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP), who had 20 points in
the final, Team USA's small forward
Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84) of Denver Nuggets (USA), Argentina guard Manu
Ginobili and Greece playmaker Theo Papaloukas.
Pau Gasol (214-F-80), Spain (MVP)
Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77), Spain
Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84), USA
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77), Argentina
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77), Greece
Gold For Spain - Sep. 3, 2006
- Spain 47-70
(12-18, 11-25, 11-11, 13-16)
Greece: Kakiouzis 17+9reb, Papaloukas 10+5reb, Fotsis 7, Spanoulis 4,
Diamantidis 4, Papadopoulos 2, Schortsianitis 2, Dikoudis 1, Tsartsaris 0, Zisis
0, Vassilopoulos 0, Hatzivrettas 0.
Spain: Garbajosa 20+10reb, Navarro 20, Reyes 10, Calderon 7, Rodriguez 6,
Jimenez 4+11reb, M. Gasol 2+7reb, Cabezas 1, Mumbru 0, S. Rodriguez 0, P. Gasol
0, Fernandez 0.
Playing without superstar Pau Gasol, Spain didn't miss a beat, running past
Greece, 70-47, in the gold-medal game of the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
Gasol, who led Spain in scoring and rebounding in the tournament, broke his foot
in Friday's win over Argentina. Spain, which finished the World Championship
with a perfect 9-0 record, led by six after one quarter. In the second quarter,
Spain outscored Greece, 25-11, to take a 54-34 lead and all but guarantee its
first-ever gold medal. Juan-Carlos Navarro and Jorge Garbajosa filled the void
for Gasol, scoring 20 points each. Garbajosa also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Spain has won the World Championship that took place in Japan during
the last three weeks.
Spain faced Argentina in the semi-final. It was a tough
game and the blue and white team played as they like. The beginning was
for the men of "El oveja" and they got more than 10 points lead, but Pepu knew
how to stop it. The solution's name was Sergio Rodriguez.
With Sergio on the floor, the rhythm was faster. Besides, he
took the responsibility from the three points arc and equalized the game
together with Rudy. In the end, Calderon and Gasol managed the last
minutes and they got the victory from the free throws line.
The bad new was that two minutes remaining for the end of the time,
Gasol, in a movement to score, broke his fifth metatarsian bone of the left
foot. It was not a new injury because he has had problems in this
part of the body.
In spite of the victory over Argentina, the men of Pepu were not so
happy... the injury of Gasol was serious and he will not play in the next
weeks. Besides, Greece had slammed out USA, and the American team
was the favourite for the gold. The Final game seemed very hard.
But Spanish boys wanted to give the title to Pau, especially his
brother Marc, who arrived to the National Team after the injury of
Fran Vazquez. They knew that they would need more than 100% of every one,
but it was possible. Pau cried after defeating Argentina because he
knew this opportunity was the good one.
And there were no rest for Greece since the first minutes.
The Spanish defense was almost perfect, with Felipe Reyes and Marc Gasol
covering the absence of Pau. Calderon played injured, with pain in his knee,
and Cabezas did a great work replacing him. Berni guarded Papaloukas as a
lion, and Carlos JImenez filled with work all the holes, even took offensive
responsibility sometimes in spite of he is not the most talented player.
Navarro showed the answer in offense, with the shooting guard
scoring as usual -he scored only 4 points against Argentina- and
Garbajosa increased the difference more and more. And Sergio
Rodriguez showed in the second half that he is ready to manage a team with a
There were no Schortsianitis, Spanoulis, Diamantidis or Papaloukas
able to stop Spain, and the game had not much emotion. The emotion
was in the Spanish bench and then in the locker room, where Pepu
Hernandez told that his father had died yesterday. He wanted to keep the
chemistry in the group hiding the bad new and he got it.
Pau was helped by his team-mates to go upstairs and get the gold medal. It
was really amazing. Maybe this is the best team in the Spanish Basketball
This is a group of FRIENDS who enjoy playing cards, singing
some party songs and changing the lyrics to give then special sense.
This Championship has interested everybody in Spain. The great court
Madrid Arena was full with people watching the game in the giant screens,
there were a lot of huge screens in Spanish cities to watch the game.
The Championship has been broadcasted by a new TV station: "La Sexta". They
have counted of some of the best Basketball specialists in Spain to comment
the game and prepare the event. It has been a great impulse in spite of some
logic mistakes (it was the first time they broadcasted Basketball).
Spanish population has been so delighted as in Los Angeles Olympic Games,
when Fernando Martin -first Spanish man in NBA- and his mates got the Silver
Medal. Now, it's time for Basketball in Spain again.
77-62 (30-17, 17-24, 11-13, 19-8)
Lithuania: D. Lavrinovic 18, Kleiza 16+7reb, Songaila 13+6reb+5st, Gustas 8,
Macijauskas 6, K. Lavrinovic 6, Javtokas 6+6reb, Kalnietis 2, Jasaitis 2,
Delininkaitis 0, Zukauskas 0, Jankunas 0.
Germany: Nowitzki 18+6reb, Okulaja 10+6reb, Roller 8, Herber 6, Jagla 5,
Garrett 4, Grunheid 4+5reb, Femerling 4, Greene 2, Hamann 1, Demirel 0,
Darius Lavrinovic and Linas Kleiza combined for 34 points to lead Lithuania
to a 77-62 victory over Germany and seventh place at the FIBA World
The game was decided early in the fourth quarter as Lithuania went on a 17-2
run to open the period while Germany went 11 and a half minutes without a
Lavrinovic collected 18 points in just 19 minutes including a perfect three
of three from long range. Kleiza continued his impressive end to the
tournament with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Pascal Roller, who got the starting nod from Bauermann for the first time in
the tournament, buried back-to-back three-pointers to give Germany a 13-11
lead with 5:44 left in the first period.
Nowitzki started the second half by converting a three-point play, which
Okulaja followed with a three-point shot. And Germany's star big man evened
the game at 49-49 with a break away dunk at the 6:17 mark.
In the final period, Lavrinovic scored six straight points and Darius
Songalia added five consecutive as Lithuania blew the game wide open with a
17-2 spurt to start the fourth - 75-56.
USA Wins Bronze Medal and France Clinch Fifth - Sep. 2, 2006
France - Turkey
56-64 (7-20, 13-15, 23-14, 13-15)
Turkey: Atsur 15+5reb, Akyol 10, Ilyasova 9+7reb, Peker 8, Gonlum 6+11reb,
Kurtoglu 4, Demirel 3, Erden 1+7reb, Arslan 0, Erdogan 0, Kutluay 0, Solak
France: F. Pietrus 12+9reb, Weis 11+6reb, Foirest 10, Diaw 8+6reb, Gomis
8+6reb, M. Pietrus 6, Bokolo 5, Gelabale 2+5reb, Turiaf 2, Jeanneau 0,
Diarra 0, Petro 0.
A five-point possession following an unsportsmanlike foul allowed France to
beat Turkey 64-56 and capture fifth place at the FIBA World Championship.
Gomis (180-G-78) made three free throws and Mickael Gelabale dunked home
a missed jumper to give France a nine-point lead with 3:46 remaining in the
game. And that would prove enough despite France missing six foul shots in
the final 2:20.
"We're fifth and that's the main thing that we'll remember," said France
Diaw (203-F/C-82), whose team finished 6-3 in the tournament with losses
to Argentina, Lebanon and Greece.
The France's 2P FG percentage is 44%, on the other hand, Turkey is only in
France led the score 35-20 in the first half. The brilliant performance in
the third quarter let Turkey made the score in 40-44. But Turkey can not
find a way defeat France from then on.
USA - Argentina 96-81 (21-27, 29-22, 19-13, 27-19)
USA: Wade 32, James 22+7ast+9reb, Anthony 15+5reb, Brand 11+6reb, Howard 7,
Paul 4+6reb, Hinrich 2, Battier 2, Bosh 1, Miller 0, Johnson 0, Jamison 0.
Argentina: Scola 19+5reb, Nocioni 18+6reb, Delfino 13, Ginobili 10, Sanchez
6+6ast+6reb, Oberto 6, Herrmann 5, Fernandez 2, Wolkowisky 2+5reb, Prigioni
0, Gutierrez 0, Farabello 0.
It may not have been the gold, but Team USA still left the 2006 FIBA World
Championship with a medal. One day after suffering a semifinal loss to
Greece, Team USA bounced back to topple Argentina, 96-81, in the
bronze-medal game on Saturday. USA finished the tournament with an 8-1
record. After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, Team USA rode
the hot shooting of Carmelo Anthony en route to a 50-49 advantage at
intermission. In the second half, Team USA made sure it would come home with
its 10th medal in FIBA competition by increasing its defensive pressure.
Wade (193-G-82, college:
LeBron James (203-F-84) led the charge as Team USA outscored Argentina
19-13 in the third quarter. Wade was in the zone in the final period,
erupting for 19 of his 32 points as Team USA increased its lead.
USA out of gold medal race, Greece faces Spain in the final !!! - Sep. 1, 2006
Fed up with its recent failures, the United States assembled a new program with
The end result was all too familiar.
Greece used a sizzling stretch of shooting across the center two quarters to
turn a 12-point deficit into a 14-point lead, and beat the Americans 101-95
Friday in the semifinals of the world championships.
"To lose any game is a shock to us," U.S. star Carmelo Anthony said. "We came in
with the mentality to win the game and the gold medal."
Instead, the best Anthony can do now is add another bronze to his collection.
Greece (8-0) can earn a world title to go with the European championship it won
in 2005 with a victory over Spain in Sunday's gold-medal game. Spain (8-0) beat
Argentina 75-74 on Friday night.
"They played like a champion plays," U.S. forward Shane Battier said of Greece.
The Americans will have to wait at least two more years to remember what that
Done in again by their inept 3-point shooting -- and they weren't much better
from the foul line -- the Americans will fall short of a championship in a major
international tournament for the third straight time since winning gold at the
The Greeks -- with no current NBA players on their roster -- danced in a circle
at halfcourt after their victory.
"Big players play big games," said guard
Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77), the MVP of the European final who had 12
assists Friday. "And today I think we played very good."
The U.S. (7-1) will return to the court Saturday against Argentina (7-1), hoping
to match the bronze medal it left Athens with in 2004.
"Those guys are hurting," said USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo,
who was put in charge of the program after a sixth-place finish in the 2002
worlds preceded the disappointment in Athens. "It's probably a better thing we
have to come back tomorrow and play again instead of sitting on this for two
Anthony scored 27 points for the Americans, who couldn't overcome their 32
percent shooting from 3-point range or 59 percent from the foul line. Dwyane
Wade added 19 and LeBron James had 17, but the three U.S. captains were unable
to make up for their disappointment from Athens.
Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency:
Basket), bound for the Houston Rockets, scored 22 points for Greece.
Kakiouzis (206-C-76) added 15 and 6-foot-10
Schortsianitis (206-F-85) -- nicknamed "Baby Shaq" -- added 14, shooting
"Basketball is not just about dribbling and shooting," said Greece coach
Yiannakis , who took a congratulatory call from Prime Minister Costas
Karamanlis after the game. "You can come off the bench with a clear mind and
give the best of your talent and that's what our players did today."
In Greece, thousands gathered in the streets, waved flags and honked car horns.
Traffic information screens flashed the final score, and drivers abandoned cars
to join celebrating crowds.
Continuously burning the Americans' poor defense against the pick-and-roll, the
Greek team shot 63 percent (35-of-56) from the field and made 31 of 44 shots
over the final three periods.
"We didn't make the right adjustments," U.S. center
Bosh (211-F-84, college:
said. "They ran the same play. We made it easy for them."
The U.S. hasn't even played for a world championship since winning the last of
its three titles in Toronto in 1994.
Krzyzewski -- who was looking for gold after winning bronze with the 1990
team -- and a few American players walked to midcourt to congratulate the
Greeks, while most of the U.S. roster quickly headed to the locker room.
The Americans, who put together a national team program this year for the first
time, now will be forced to qualify for the 2008 Olympics next summer in the
FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela.
"This one hurts," said Colangelo, who assembled the team. "We had the gold medal
as our goal and anything short is disappointing. We go back to work and get
ready for qualifying next summer."
The U.S. seemed in control after Joe Johnson's 3-pointer gave the Americans a
33-21 lead with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. It was around
then that James told his teammates on the bench: "They don't know what to do."
Well, they figured it out in a hurry.
Greece scored nine straight points, pulling within three on Papaloukas' drive
with 3:51 left and forcing Krzyzewski to call a timeout.
Howard (207-F-85) converted a three-point play, but the Greeks answered with
a 13-2 surge, featuring eight points from Schortsianitis, to open a 43-38 lead
and force Krzyzewski to call a second timeout.
Greece hit nine straight shots -- its only miss in the last 5 minutes was a
heave from halfcourt as time expired -- and led 45-41 at halftime. The Greeks
shot 56 percent (15-of-27) in the half.
The Americans were 2-of-10 from behind the arc -- after going 10-for-40 in their
quarterfinal victory over Germany -- and trailed at the break for only the
second time in the tournament. Italy had a nine-point cushion in a group play
Greece kept it up in the third quarter, hitting 14 of its 18 shots, including
all four 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes.
Tsartsaris (210-F-79)' 3-pointer with 5:45 left in the period gave the
Greeks a 65-51 lead -- the biggest deficit the U.S. faced in the tournament.
After shooting 4-of-12 in the first quarter, Greece was 25-of-33 (76 percent) in
the second and third and led 77-65 heading to the final period.
"It seemed like they didn't miss the whole third quarter," Wade said.
Anthony, Wade and James combined for the first 18 U.S. points in the quarter,
and the Americans eventually got as close as 95-91 on
Hinrich (191-G-81, agency:
3 with 36 seconds to play. But the U.S. missed its final two attempts from
behind the arc, capping a 9-of-28 night.
Courtesy of AP
JOSE Calderon's free throw with 19 seconds to play lifted Spain over Olympic
champion Argentina 75-74 in a semi-final at the World Basketball Championship.
The Toronto Raptors point guard put through the second of two free throws after
being fouled for the winning point, which gave the Spaniards their first medal
in global competition since the 1984 Olympics.
Spain and Greece will meet in Sunday's final.
Nocioni (199-F-79), who played for the NBA's Chicago Bulls, had a final
chance to win for Argentina but his 3-point attempt with two seconds to go
bounced off the rim.
(214-F-80), a 213cm centre with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, and forward
Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency:
Interperformances) led Spain's scoring with 19 points each while
Ginobili (198-G-77, agency:
Interperformances), a guard with the NBA San Antonio Spurs, hit 21 to lead
Ginobili sparked Argentina to a 21-15 lead in the first period.
But Gasol sank a lay-up on the break, his third basket of the night, and added a
free throw on foul to put Spain up 32-30 halfway through the second quarter.
Argentina caught up twice with Spain, which won the 1984 silver and the 1980
bronze from the Olympics but no world championship medal.
But two free-throws by Barcelona shooting guard
Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) on foul left the Iberians with a slight 40-38 lead
Garbajosa hit two open shots and a cut-in jumper in the final minute as Spain
stood 60-56 at the end of the third period.
Down 65-56, Argentina battled back to 69-67 with a three-pointer by Ginobili
with three minutes to go.
Navarro made it 71-67 with a jumper in the paint. Gasol added two free-throws
Sanchez (193-G-77, college:
back with a three-pointer to narrow the gap to 73-70 at 1:17.
Calderon sank a free throw but Ginobini hit an inside shot to make it 74-72 with
28 seconds to go.
Scola (206-F/C-80) tied the score 74-74 with two free throws on Fernandez's
foul with 22 seconds to go before Calderon's winning throw from the line.
Courtesy of the Australian
Incredible Turkey - Aug. 31, 2006
Classification Games for 5th to 8th place
Lithuania - Turkey 84-95
(10-19, 17-4, 21-17, 27-35, 9-20)
Lithuania: Songaila 17, Kleiza 14+6reb, Macijauskas 13, Gustas 10, Kalnietis 8,
Jankunas 7, D. Lavrinovic 7+7reb, Jasaitis 4, Zukauskas 3, K. Lavrinovic 1+6reb,
Delininkaitis 0, Javtokas 0.
Turkey: Kurtoglu 24, Arslan 18+5ast, Ilyasova 13, Erdogan12, Gonlum 9+8reb,
Atsur 9, Akyol 8, Demirel 2, Kutluay 0, Solak 0, Erden 0, Peker 0.
The classification games for 5th to 8th place were held in Japan, Turkey
squeaked pass Lithuania by Overtime 95-84.
It was the second loss with Turkey after Lithuania was beaten by Turkey in the
preliminary round. Turkey became the biggest dark horse in this tournament.
Turkey led the score 19-10 in the first quarter. Lithuania fought back
immediately in the second half 17-4 and got the 4 points lead.
In the last 5 minutes, Lithuania had the 12 points advantage, but Turkey
fulfilled the impossible mission from then on. Turkey made a 6-0 run and took
the competition into the overtime.
Turkey did not give Lithuania any chance in the overtime game. With the 20-9
run, they won the furious game in the end.
France - Germany 75-73
(17-16, 21-15, 15-26, 22-16)
France: Gomis 17, Turiaf 15+6reb, Diaw 13+8reb, M. Pietrus 8, Foirest 7,
Gelabale 7+8reb, F. Peitrus 5+5reb, Weis 3+5reb, Jeanneau 0, Petro 0, Bokolo 0,
29+6reb, Hamann12, Garrett 10, Okulaja 9+10reb, Femerling 6, Schultze 5, Greene
2, Roller 0, Grunheid 0, Jagla 0, Demirel 0, Herber 0.
The three turnovers in the
last 18 seconds prevented German winning the game with France.
France focused on the defense
with Nowitzki in the first half, so he can not find the correct way to score.
Under the leadship of
Nowitzki, German suddenly erupted in the third quarter. With Nowitzki's 12
points, German made a 26-15.
The two teams chanced the
score advantage several times in the fourth quarter. The Gomis's 3P FG helped
France catch up with German 73-73.
Then German controlled the
ball, but they did not grasp the ball in that time. The vital turnover of German
help France contest with the Turkey in the game for 5th and 6th
Greece and USA Continue winning ways - Aug. 30, 2006
1/4 Final Games:
73-56 (12-8, 22-16, 19-19, 20-13)
Greece: Papadopoulos 14, Fotsis 14, Diamantidis 13, Spanoulis 11, Schortsianitis
10, Hatzivrettas 5, Papaloukas 4, Tsartsaris 2, Dikoudis 0, Zisis 0, Kakiouzis
0, Vassilopoulos 0.
France: Gelabale 12+5reb, Diaw 9+6reb, Jeanneau 8, Bokolo 7, F. Pietrus 6+6reb,
M. Pietrus 5, Turiaf 4+6reb, Gomis 3, Weis 2+5reb, Petro 0, Diarra 0, Foirest 0.
The third game of semi-final was held between Greece and France. France edged
Angola 68-62 previously and Greece kept winning ways till now. Greece won the
defense fight with France 73-56.
In the 7:08 of the first quarter, Gelabale got the first two points of the game.
Then Greece made a 7-0 run. The two teams totally scored 20 points in the first
quarter, they missed a lot of opportunity to shoot the ball.
After the first half competition, Greece's 2P FG percentage reached 50%, on the
other hand, France only in 30%.
The France didn't get better in offense of the second half.
The Greece's defense was always well-known in this tournament. They only let
Brazil score over 70 points in the preliminary round.
(23-21, 17-18, 27-13, 18-13)
USA: Anthony 19, James
13+5reb, Johnson 11, Bosh 10, Paul 9, Howard 8, Brand 6, Hinrich 3, Wade
3+5ast+7reb, Jamison 2, Battier 1, Miller 0.
15+9reb, Okulaja 15+9reb, Greene 9, Hamann 8, Schultze 7, Femerling 4, Herber 3,
Garrett 2, Roller 2, Grunheid 0, Jagla 0, Demirel 0.
zone defense in the first half and Team USA struggled to find its shooting
rhythm, leading by just one at halftime.
intermission, USA Basketball went to its No. 1 problem solver during the FIBA
World Championship - Carmelo Anthony - and as usual the forward didn't
in 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter to ignite the USA in Wednesday's
85-65 quarterfinal victory. USA went on a 20-6 run to start the third period and
opened up a comfortable double-digit lead.
Germany led by
as many as five in the first quarter and thanks to Ademola Okulaja, who scored
11 points in the half, trailed by just one, 40-39, at intermission.
Team USA had
success cracking the zone in the second half and used its defense (24 forced
turnovers) to get easy baskets.
finished with 13 points and Joe Johnson dropped in 11 for Team USA.
scored 15 points to lead Germany.
Team USA, which
is now 7-0 at the World Championship, will play Greece on Friday at 6:30 a.m. ET
Spain and Argentina clinch to the semi-final - Aug 29, 2006
1/4 Final Games:
89-67 (28-11, 19-19, 18-12, 24-25)
Spain: P. Gasol 25+9reb, Navarro 22, Fernandez 10, M. Gasol
7, Jimenez 5+6reb, Reyes 4+5reb, Calderon 4, Mumbru 4, Garbajosa 4, S.
Rodriguez 2, B. Rodriguez 2, Cabezas 0.
Lithuania: Lavrinovic 17, Aleiza 15+14reb, Kalnietis 14, K.
Lavrinovic 8, Zukauskas 5, Delininkaitis 4, Songaila 2+5reb, Gustas 2,
Macijauskas 0, Jasaitis 0, Jankunas 0, Javtokas 0.
Spain destroyed Lithuania to reach the semi-finals of the
FIBA World Championship for the first time in 24 years.
The Spaniards, one of the most talented sides in
international basketball, forced the Baltic giants into 15 first-half
turnovers and Juan Carlos Carlos Navarro and
Pau Gasol (214-F-80) each poured in 15 points before the
break as they rolled to an 89-67 victory.
Spain began with a brilliant start 28-11 in the first
quarter, Navarro scored 10 point of the 28.
Spain got at least 20 scores' lead after the third quarter.
The two teams contest their fourth quarter games without any suspense.
Spanish aggressive defense made Lithuania 28 turnovers of
the game. The 17 steals broke the rhythm of game completely.
Gasol played 28 minutes and was eight of 16 from the floor.
He was magnficent on defense as well, blocking three shots and coming up
with one of Spain's 17 steals.
83-58 (25-16, 18-7, 32-17, 8-18)
Argentina: Nocioni 21+6reb, Delfino 14+8reb, Scola 13+6reb, Oberto 10,
Herrmann 8, Ginobili 7, Sanchez 5+6reb, Fernandez 3, Wolkowisky 2, Prigioni
0, Gutierrez 0, Farabello 0.
Turkey: Akyol 11, Erdogan 10, Peker 8+6reb, Ilyasova 5, Kurtoglu 5, erden
4+5reb, Demirel 4, Gonlum 3, Atsur 3, Arslan 2, Kutluay 2, Solak 1.
Argentina - the champion of Athens Olympic Games, prevailed
the biggest dark horse Turkey 83-58 with ease.
Argentina long for prove their powerful strength in this
World Championship. Under the lead of Ginobili, Argentina kept the 100%
winning record in the preliminary round and swept to New Zealand in the 1/8
In the beginning of the first quarter, the
Turkey players seemed to be a little nervous. With Ginobili's two points
from the foul line, Argentina led 7-0 start.
The Argentina's defense was
full of energy, it caused Turkey's FG percentage so low in the first half.
Turkey players became more and more fussy. They missed a lot of simple ways
shooting. So Argentina led the score 75-40 after the third quarter.
35 points advantage made Argentina have more chance to practice their bench
players. Argentina only scored 8 points in the last quarter.
Argentina will contest with Spain for the final ticket.
USA crushes Australia, Germany edges Nigeria - Aug 27, 2006
1/8 Final Games:
113-73 (27-23, 32-6, 29-20, 25-24)
USA: Anthony 20, Johnson 18, Wade 15, Bosh 12+9reb, Battier
12, Howard 8, Miller 8, Brand 8, James 5, Jamison 3, Hinrich
2+5ast, Paul 2
Australia: Bogut 20+6reb, Newley 15, Mackinnon 8+7reb, Bruce
6, Barlow 5, Bruton 5, Worthington 5, Helliwell 4, Kendall
3, Smith 2, Hinder 0, Kickert 0
THE United States Dream Team barely got out of second gear
in a 113-73 victory over Australia at the men's basketball
world championships at Saitama Super Arena today.
The Boomers stuck with the gold medal favourite for one
quarter, but after that it was a one-way procession as the
Americans geared up for the business end of the tournament.
Australia was outclassed today in the round of 16 clash and
will soon be on its way home, but a highly inexperienced
team decimated by injuries and withdrawals could be proud of
its effort over the past fortnight.
Andrew Bogut and Brad Newley, who will steer the team's
fortunes for the next decade, showed flashes of brilliance,
but the Americans dominated proceedings after the first
A 32-6 second term, including a blanketing 15-0 stretch,
blew the game open and the young Australians couldn't
Before the game, bookmakers gave Australia no chance of
causing a massive upset.
Centrebet had the US at the rare odds of an even $1.00,
while the Boomers were $39 in an extraordinary discrepancy
for a two-horse race.
SportsTAB was slightly more forgiving, listing the Dream
Team at $1.01 and Australia $21.
The US jumped to an 11-5 lead courtesy of some hot outside
shooting, but the Boomers settled quickly and Bogut seemed
determined to prove a point about his ability at the highest
A dunk, two free-throws and a three-pointer from the
Milwaukee Bucks star gave Australia a 15-14 lead five
minutes into the quarter.
The Americans were in cruise control and showed the young
Aussies little respect as they wasted possession and turned
the ball over attempting spectacular plays.
It didn't bother the Boomers who hit their open shots and
trailed just 27-23 after a surprisingly competitive opening
But the Americans pulled away in the second quarter.
The US led 59-29 at half-time and coasted the rest of the
way in a warm-up for its quarter-final showdown with
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78-77 (25-22, 23-22, 14-14, 16-19)
Germany: Nowitzki 23+9reb+5ast, Okulaja 19+8reb, Greene 9,
Demirel 7, Herber 7, Schultze 6, Femerling 4+5reb, Hamann 3,
Nigeria: Ibekwe 22+10reb, Muoneke 16+5reb, Awojobi 15, Udoka
8, Ere 6+5reb, Nwosu 5, Anagonye 3, Oguchi 2, Varem 0,
Dirk Nowitzki led Germany with 23 points and nine rebounds
in a dramatic 78-77 victory over Nigeria that put them into
the World Basketball Championship quarter-finals.
The win sets up a expected last-eight showdown with the
United States team of National Basketball Association stars,
who play Australia later Sunday.
Few have figured out how to stop Nowitzki, the superstar
forward of the NBA's
Dallas Mavericks, but a highly motivated and energetic
Nigeria gave it a decent shot with tight defense.
They pulled to within one point of Germany with 35 seconds
remaining but Tunji Awojobi missed a free throw to equal the
scores and Germany hung on.
"This is a very great accomplishment for the German team.
Nigeria played outstanding defense and they are a very
hard-nosed side," said German coach Dirk Bauderman.
Power forward Sven Schultze added: "It was a very, very
tough game but we were leading for the whole match so in the
end we deserved to win and that's all that matters."
The Germans ended the first quarter 25-22 in front but the
Nigerians held their own, restricting Nowitzki to six points
and three boards.
A three-pointer from captain Ademola Okulaja stretched their
lead to six points early in the second period but the
Nigerians stayed in the race, going into half time 48-44
Okulaja is Nigerian by birth and was facing his homeland for
the first time in his life. The 31-year-old was born Lagos
but moved to Berlin when he was three.
The Nigerian team, packed with US college stars, never gave
up and a Gabe Muoneke jump shot outside the paint drew them
level at 58-58 with 1:29 on the clock in the third quarter.
Four late free throws from Nowitzki restored Germany's lead
at 62-58 going into the final stretch.
Nine straight points from Okulaja put the Germans 73-64 up
with 5:39 left to play but Nigeria closed to within four
points with 1:30 left to set up the dramatic finale.
"It was a different feeling. It was very exciting," Okulaja
said of playing his home country, and praised them for doing
"a great job".
Nigeria, who were bidding to become the first African team
to make the final eight since Egypt finished fifth in 1950,
was led by Ekene Ibekwe with 22 points and 10 rebounds and
Muoneke with 16 points.
Their American coach, Sam Vincent, paid tribute to his team
who he said had a bright future.
"A lot of credit must go to Germany. Every time we rallied
they answered with a big three-pointer or strong defensive
play," he said.
"But our team fought hard. I think the future is very bright
as long as we continue to work hard and imporve."
Germany, who were playing Nigeria for the first time ever,
now have a 5-1 record in Japan with their only loss to Spain
in the group stages.
68-62 (17-6, 17-18, 15-11, 19-27)
France: Jeanneau 16+5ast, Gelabale 14+6reb, Diaw 14+5reb, F.
Pietrus 8+7reb, Diarra 6, Weis 4+6reb, M. Pietrus 4+6reb,
Turiaf 2, Gomis 0, Foirest 0, Bokolo 0, Petro 0.
Angola: Almeida 13, Cipriano 12+6reb+7ast,
Morais 12, Gomes 11+7reb, Mingas 7, A. Costa 3, Moussa 2,
Lutonda 2, Barros 0, L. Costa 0, Carvalho 0, Neto 0.
Aymeric Jeanneau hit six free throws in the final 36
seconds to lead France to a 68-62 victory over Angola and a
quarter-final spot at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
France controlled the first three quarterâ€™s rhythm. But
Angola did not give up the games, they took a 27-19 run in
the fourth quarter. The 14 points gap led Angola to lose.
The low percentage of FG made Angola only got 6 points in
the first quarter. The unstable performance prevented the
African Champion to the semi-finals.
95-64 (11-18, 30-18,
Greece: Papaloukas 19, Spanoulis 15,
Kakiouzis 11+7reb, schortsianitis 10, Vassilopoulos 8,
Fotsis 8, Diamantidis 7, Papadopoulos 6+5reb, Dikoudis 5,
Tsartsaris 4, Hatzivrettas 2, Zisis 0.
China: S. Wang 16+6reb, Yao 10+8reb, Zhu 10,
Yi 9+5reb, Chen 8, Sun 4, liu 3, Zhang 3, Z. Wang 1, S.
Zhang 0, Du 0.
Too many turnovers limited China to oppose to
European Champion Greece.
Compared with two teams strength, Greece obviously stronger
than China. But Chinese coach was very familiar with Greece
team. So he said:"Although Greece is a powerful team,
nothing is impossible in this game."
This is also the first time Yao contest with his new team
China led a marvelous beginning 12-2 in the first quarter.
But China have 12 turnovers in the second quarter and lost
the score advantage.
Greece's aggressive defense in the third quarter let China
only got 6 points.
So the fourth quarter had not any suspense.
Greece have 13 steals in this game, but China have no steal.
Lithuania and Argentina advance to the quarterfinals - Aug 26, 2006
1/8 Finals games:
79-62 (21-16, 16-13, 22-15, 20-18)
Argentina: Ginobili 28, Oberto 23+10reb, Scola 10+8reb,
Sanchez 4+5ast, Prigioni 4, Wolkowisky 4, Nocioni 2+8reb, Herrmann
2, Delfino 2
N.Zealand: Dickel 15, Penney 11, Jones 9, Bradshaw 9+5reb,
Cameron 6, Henare 5, Frank 5+5reb, Rampton 2, Boucher 0, Vukona 0
Argentina was the first team, which qualified to the
quarterfinals after they defeated New Zealand 79-62. Argentina
controled entire game. The took early lead in the first quarter and
carried it till the end. Argentina was lead by trio
Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency:
Interperformances) (28), Fabricio
Oberto (207-C-75, agency:
Interperformances) (23+10 rebounds) and
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) (10+8 rebounds).
Mark Dickel (187-G-76) (15) and
Kirk Penney (195-G-80) (11) were top players for
defeated New Zealand.
Lithuania 68-71 (20-17,
15-19, 14-14, 19-21)
Italy: Rocca 15+8reb, Di Bella 15+9reb, Gigli 9+6reb,
Belinelli 9, Mordente 8, Soragna 5, Marconato 4, Pecile 3, Michelori
0, Garri 0, Basile 0
Lithuania: Macijauskas 15, D.Lavrinovic 12+6reb, Songaila
12+6reb, Kleiza 7+6reb, Kalnietis 7, K.Lavrinovic 6, Javtokas
6+8reb, Gustas 6, Delininkaitis 0, Zukauskas 0
The game of the day was for sure the one between Italy and
Lithuania. Italy despite sending not too experienced team, surprised
many experts by their unexpectedly good game. Coach Carlo Recalcati
managed to put together a mixture of very good players and the
system seem to work fine till they faced Lithuanians. Lithuania sent
very experienced roster, but so far disappointed barely making it to
the 1/8 finals with 2 games lost in their group. The game was very
toughand the lead was changing every few minutes. Italian team get
small lead at the end of 1st euarted and kept it in first few
minutes of 2nd quarter. Then Lithuanians catch up and the lead was
flipping again between two teams. It was the last quarter, which
prevailed about the final result. More experienced Lithuanians
managed to get few points advantage over Italy and despite constant
attacks of ambitious Italians, managed to kept small lead winning
the game in the last thrilling seconds by 3 points. The best players
for Lithuania were
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) (15 points),
Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) (12+6 rebounds) and
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency:
Priority Sports, college:
Wake Forest) (12+6 rebounds), while Italy was lead by
Mason Rocca (204-F-77) and
Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78), who had 15 points each.
(21-19, 24-17, 16-24, 30-24)
Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency:
Interperformances) 24, Gonlum 11+8reb, Akyol 11,
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) 10, Kurtoglu 8, Atsur 6, Arslan
6, Kutluay 6, Solak 4, Demirel 4, Ilyasova 0, Erden 0.
Slovenia: Udrih 18, Nesterovic 14+5reb,
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency:
Interperformances) 14+8reb, Becirovic 13+5reb+5ast,
Brezec 11+7reb, Milic 6, Lakovic 3, Zagorac 3, Ozbolt 0, Dragic 0,
Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency:
Interperformances)'s 8 points in the last two minutes
helped Turkey fightback Slovenia 90-84.
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80)'s important 3Pts lead the score
in the last period of time. With the miss of
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency:
Interperformances)'s shooting, Slovenia adopted the foul
tactics. Both sides' FG percentage are pretty good ?Turkey 58% and
Slovenia 50%. Unfortunately, Slovenia FT's percentage is only 60%.
Turkey will meet with Argentina for the semi-finals.
Serbia and Montenegro 87-75
(20-10, 23-21, 23-21, 21-23)
Pau Gasol (214-F-80) 19+15reb, Fernandez 18, Calderon
13, M. Gasol 9, Mumbru 8, Navarro 7, Garbajosa 6, Cabezas 3, Jimenez
2+6reb, S. Rodriguez 2, B. Rodriguez 0, Reyes 0.
Serbia and Montenegro: Milicia 18+15reb, Marinovic 15,
Popovic 10+5reb, Rakocevic 11, Raicevic 9, Jorovic 5, Tripkovic 3,
Ilic 2, Avdalovic 0, Askrabic 0, Perovic 0.
Pau Gasol (214-F-80) led Spain to Victory five champions
of World championship SRB 87-75.
Pau Gasol (214-F-80) and Calderon's fabulous performance
help Spain take a 20-10 run in the first quarter. Serbia and
Montenegro rebounded from second quarter. In the last three
quarters, the two team's score difference within 2 points.
Day 6 - Aug 24, 2006
Carlos Delfino led a fourth quarter rally by Argentina as
they recovered from a seven point deficit early at the end
of the third period to take a 83-79 win over Serbia &
Montenegro. Dirk Nowitzki scored 47 points and grabbed 16
rebounds to lead Germany to a historic 108-103 triple
overtime victory over Angola - the first time a FIBA World
Championship match went to three extra sessions. Shipeng
Wang's buzzer-beating three-pointer gave China a 78-77
triumph over Slovenia in a thriller on Thursday to place the
Asian Champions in the last 16 of the FIBA World
Championship. Australia hammered Qatar 93-46 to bring a halt
to a three-game losing streak and keep their hopes alive for
a place in the last 16 of the FIBA World Championship. After
losing their first three games of the 2006 FIBA World
Championship, New Zealand advanced to the Final 16 with an
86-75 victory over Panama - their second straight win. Larry
Ayuso poured in 25 points but it wasn't enough to carry
Puerto Rico past Italy in Thursday's Group D clash in
Group A in Sendai
Serbia & Montenegro - Argentina
Serbia & Montenegro: Rakocevic 25, Milicic
24+12reb, Avdalovic 8, Popovic 6, Jorovic 6, Nikolic 6+8reb,
Perovic 4, Raicevic 0, Ilic 0, Tripkovic 0, Marinovic 0,
Argentina: Scola 22+13reb+5ast, Delfino 14, Ginobili 13,
Nocioni 12, Sanchez 9+5reb+10ast, Herrmann 7, Wolkowisky
4+5reb, Oberto 2, Fernandez 0, Farabello 0.
Lebanon - Nigeria
Lebanon: Fahed 25+6ast, Vogel 16+7reb,
Beshara-Feghali 10+8reb, El Khatib 8, Abdel-Nour 6, Mahmoud
3, Tawbe 2+6reb, El Turk 0, Fakhreddine 0, Khoury 0, Balaa
Nigeria: Ere 19, Ibekwe 12+8reb, Nwosu 11+6reb, Awojobi
11+7reb+5ast, Muoneke 11, Udoka 10+7reb+9ast, Oguchi 8,
Varem 8, Anagonye 3+6reb, Akognon 2, Obasohan 0, Nwankwo 0.
France - Venezuela
F. Pietrus 19+8reb, Diaw 11, Weis 10, Fortest 8, M. Pietrus
7, Petro 7+6reb, Gelabale 6, Jeanneau 4+5reb, Turiaf 4+6reb,
Diarra 3, Gomis 2, Bokolo 0.
Venezuela: Barrios 15+6reb, Torres 9, Lugo 8+7reb, Aguilera
7+5reb, Cedeno 6, Diaz 5, Morris 3, Machado 2, Mijares 2,
Vallenilla 2, Marriaga 1+5reb, Bayona 1.
Group B in Hiroshima
Angola - Germany
Angola: Cipriano 33+5reb, Mingas 22+5reb, Gomes
21+11reb, Barros 15+6st, Morais 10+5reb, Almeida 2, A. Costa
0, L. Costa 0, Carvalho 0, Neto 0, Moussa 0, Lutonda 0.
Germany: Nowitzki 47+16reb, Okulaja 14+5reb, Greene 14,
Femerling 12+5reb, Schultze 10+8reb, Demirel 7, Garrett 2,
Herber 0, Roller 0, Grunheid 0, Jagla 0.
New Zealand - Panama
86-75 (31-25, 17-13, 17-16, 21-21)
New Zealand: Bradshaw 17+8reb, Penney 16, Cameron 14, Frank
8, Dickel 7, Henare 5+5ast, Jones 5, Boucher 5, Rampton 5,
Winitana 2, Vukona 2, Olson 0.
Panama: Hicks 20+6reb, Douglas 15, Garces 13+5reb, Lloreda
7+8reb, Daley 6, Peralta 2, Garcia 2+6reb, Gomez 0, Levy 0,
Cota 0, Cardenas 0.
Japan - Spain
Orimo 13, Yamada 12, Amino 11, Takeuchi 6+5reb, Igarashi 5,
Sakurai 4, Kashiwagi 3, Furuta 1, Kawamura 0, Takeuchi 0,
Setsumasa 0, Ito 0.
Spain: Gasol 21+16reb, Navarro 18, Mumbru 13, Garbajosa
12+7reb, M.Gasol 12+7reb, Jimenez 6, S. Rodriguez 6+5ast, B.
Rodriguez 5, Reyes 5, Fernandez 4, Calderon 2+7ast, Cabezas
Group C in Hamamatsu
Australia - Qatar
Australia: Worthington 17+5reb, Smith 16, Bogut 10+7reb,
Machinnon 10+5st, Kendall 9, Barlow 7, Kickert 7, Bruce 5,
Bruton 4, Helliwell 4, Newley 2+6reb, Hinder 2.
Qatar: Ali 16, A. Ali 12+9reb, Abdi 5, Salem 4+7reb, Saleem
Abdullah 3, Sabed 2, Saleem Abdullah 2, Zaidan 2, Al Nasr 0,
Daoud 0, Mohammed 0, Ismail 0.
Lithuania - Brazil
Lithuania: Macijauskas 21+7reb, gustas 19, Lavrinovic 12,
Songaila 9+6reb, Aleiza 8, Zukauskas 4, Javtokas 4, K.
Lavrinovic 2, Delininkaitis 0, Kalnietis 0, Jasaitis 0,
Brazil: Splitter 17+7reb, Barbosa 12, Varejao 9+6reb,
Giovannoni 9, Machado 8, Garcia 8, Dos santos 7, Becker 4,
Ferreira 0, Huertas 0, Torres 0, Quitino 0.
Greece - Turkey
Papadopoulos 17, Kakiouzis 17, Schortsianitis 14, Spanoulis
11, Fotsis 11+6reb, Diamantidis 4, Papaloukas 2, Zisis 0,
Vassilopoulos 0, Hatzivrettas 0, Dikoudis 0, Tsartsaris 0.
Erdogan 30, Gonlum 9, Peker 9+8reb, Atsur 6, Kutluay 6,
Arslan 5, Kurtoglu 4, Akyol 0, Ilyasova 0, Solak 0, Erden 0,
Group D in Sapporo
Slovenia - China
Slovenia: Becirovic 20, Slokar 15+6reb, Brezec 14+8reb,
Nesterovic 11+10reb, Lakovic 9, Udrih 6, Milic 2, Jurak 0,
Ozbolt 0, Nachbar 0, Zagorac 0, Dragic 0.
China: Yao 36+10reb, Du 11, Z. Wang 10, Liu 9+7reb+9ast, Zhu
5, S. Wang 3, Sun 2, Yi 2, Chen 0, Zhang 0, S. Zhang 0, Mo
Italy - Puerto Rico
Italy: Marconato 10+8reb, Rocca 10, Soragna 8,
Belinelli 7, Pecile 7, Garri 7, Gigli 7, Di Bella 6+5reb,
Mancinelli 4, Michelori 4, Basile 3, Mordente 0.
Puerto Rico: Ayuso 25, Apodaca 12+9reb, Santiago 12+5reb,
Reyes 10+7reb, Arroyo 8, Lee 3, Ramos 2, Hatton 0, Dalmau 0,
Latimer 0, Rivera 0, Narvaez 0.
USA - Senegal
USA: Bosh 20+10reb, James 17, Anthony 12, Johnson 11,
Jamison 9, Battier 9, Paul 7, Miller 5+8reb, Hinrich 5+5reb,
Howard 4+6reb, Brand 4, Wade 0.
Senegal: M. Ndoye 25, Savane 8, Badiane 6+5reb, M. Ndiaye
6+9reb, M. Ndiaye 3, Aw 3, Cisse 3+5ast, N. Ndiaye 2, Niang
2, Pene 0, Faye 0, Diouf 0.
Day 5 - USA squeak past Italy and Chinaâ€™s first win - Aug 23, 2006
For those who were concerned, Andres Nocioni showed his ankle was just fine as
he led Argentina to their third consecutive easy win, 98-64 over Nigeria. Gasol
scored 28 points as Spain survived a valliant effort by Angola, winning 93-83
and clinching first place in Group B of the 2006 FIBA World Championship. A
hard-working China kept their hopes of progressing to the eight-finals at the
FIBA World Championship alive after beating a disappointing Senegal 100-83.
Serbia & Montenegro took a page out of Argentina's playbook, putting together a
great first quarter to see off struggling Venezuela in a 90-65 win. Turkey will
go into the final day of Group C undefeated after a 76-69 triumph over Qatar but
the Asian team earned some respect after mounting a courageous comeback.
Group A in Sendai
64-98 (20-29, 10,12, 17-32, 17-25)
Nigeria: Muoneke 10, Udoka 9, Ere 8, Nwosu 8, awojobi 8, Anagonye 6+11reb,
Akognon 5, Ibekwe 3+7reb, Nwankwo 3+5reb, Oguchi 2, Varem 2, Obasohan 0.
Argentina: Nocioni 23, Ginobili 20, Scola 12+5reb, Herrmann 12, Sanchez 9+5ast,
Delfino 8+7reb, Wolkowisky 5, Oberto 4+8reb, Gutierrez 3, Fernandez 2, Farabello
0+5ast, Prigioni 0.
65-90 (13-27, 16-19, 14-25, 22-19)
Venezuela: Diaz 11, Lugo 10+13reb, Machado 10+8reb, Torres 10, Barrios 7,
Vallenilla 5, Cedeno 4, Mijares 2, Aguilera 2, Marriaga 2, Bayona 2, Morris 0.
Serbia & Montenegro: Rakocevic 26, Milicia 18+11reb, Avdalovic 12, Nikolic
10+6reb, Tripkovic 7, Askrabic 6, Jorovic 3, Marinovic 3, Popovic 2, Ilic 2,
Raicevic 1, Perovic 0.
Group B in Hiroshima
93-83 (25-12, 21-24, 19-21, 28-26)
Spain: Gasol 28+5reb, Fernandez 16, Farbajosa 15, Navarro 12, Mumbru 7, Cabezas
6, Jimenez 5+6reb, Calderon 2+6ast, M. Gasol 2, Reyes 0, Rodriguez Gomez 0,
Angola: Gomes 24+11reb, Lutonda 18, Carvalho 12, Mingas 9+8reb, Cipriano 6,
Morais 5, Barros 5+6reb, Boukar 2, Almeida 2, A. Costa 0, L. Costa 0, Neto 0.
63-81 (15-17, 23-20, 7-26, 18-18)
Panama: Peralta 9, Douglas 9, Daley 9, D. Gomez 9, Hicks 9, Garces 6, M. Gomez
6, Cota 2, Lloreda Ferron 2+5reb, Cardenas 2, Levy 0, Garcia Murillo 0.
Germany: Nowitzki 25+13reb, Greene 12, Schultze 10, Okulaja 8+5reb, Femerling 6,
Demirel 5, Herber 4, Jagla 4, Garrett 3, Hamann2, Grunheid 2, Soller 0.
Group C in Hamamatsu
57-78 (15-20, 13-15, 14-25, 15-18)
Australia: Newley 15, Bogut 12, Bruton 8, Smith 8, Machinnon 7+7reb, Barlow 4,
Bruce 3, Kendall 0, Worthington 0, Kickert 0, Hinder 0, Helliwell 0.
Lithuania: Macijauskas 20+7ast, Javtokas 16+12reb, Songaila 14, K. Lavrinovic
10, D. Lavrinovic 7, Kalnietis 4, Kleiza 3, Delininkaitis 3, Zukauskas 0,
Jasaitis 0, Jankunas 0.
69-76 (16-27, 19-22, 14-16, 20-11)
Qatar: Saeed 20+7reb, Ali 15, salem 11+13reb, A. Ali 9, Saleem Abdullah 6,
Abdullah 4, Abdi 2, Daoud 2, Al Nasr 0, Mohammed 0, Ismail 0, zaidan 0.
Turkey: Atsur 12, Akyol 10, Arslan 10, Ilysasova 9+6reb, Demirel 9, Erden 8,
Kurtoglu 6, Gonlum 6+8reb, Peker 4+5reb, Solak 2, Erdogan 0, Kutluay 0.
Group D in Sapporo
83-100 (27-24, 22-21, 19-26, 15-29)
Senegal: Aw 19+10reb, Ndoye 14+5reb, Cisse 12, Savane 10, Pene 9+7ast, Badiane
8, M. Ndiaye 6, N. Ndiaye 5, M. Ndiaye 0, Faye 0, Niang 0, Diouf 0.
China: Yao 26+9reb, Z. Wang 19+9reb, S. Wang 17, Liu 16+8ast, Du 12, Zhu 8,
Zhang 2, Chen 0, Sun 0, Zhang 0, Yi 0, Mo 0.
Puerto Rico -
82-90 (17-27, 16-25, 22-15, 27-23)
Puerto Rico: Arroyo 21, Ayuso 20, Ramos 10+5reb, Apodaca 10+7reb, santiago 8,
Latimer 8, Hatton 3, Rivera Isaac 2, Reyes 0, Dalmau 0, Narvaez 0, Lee 0.
Slovenia: Lakovic 24, Urdi 16, Brezec 14+7reb, Nesterovic 12+9reb, Nachbar
10+11reb, Slokar 5, Jurak 4, Ozbolt 3, Becirovic 2, Zagorac 0, Milic 0, Dragic
Day 4 - Lithuania's first win - Aug 22, 2006
Hot-shooting Larry Ayuso lifted Puerto Rico to a triumph
over China in overtime on Tuesday at the FIBA World Championship. Lithuania
thrashed Qatar in Group C for their first win at the FIBA World Championship.
Antonis Fotsis and Nikos Zisis buried three-pointers at the end as Greece
stunned Australia 72-69. Italy left it late but finally saw off a determined
Senegal to clinch their third win. - Team USA passed their first test with
flying colours when they beat Slovenia on Tuesday to maintain their unbeaten
Group C in Hamamatsu
(31-11, 29-17, 18-23, 28-14)
Lithuania: Lavrinovic 20+5reb, Kalnietis 14+5reb,
macijauskas 13, Lavrinovic 12+5reb, Kalnietis 10+5ast, Javtokas 9, Songaila 7,
Jankunas 6+6reb, Zukauskas 6+5ast, Delininkaitis 5, gustas 4, Jasaitis 0.
Qatar: S. Ali 20+5ast, A. Ali 11, Abdi 8, Saleem Abdullah
6+8reb, Abdullah 5, Daoud 4, Saeed 4, Mohammed 3, Zaidan 2, Salem 2, Ismail 0,
Al Nasr 0.
72-69 (17-17, 22-17, 16-22, 17-13)
Greece: Diamantidis 20+6reb, Papadopoulos 12, Papaloukas 11,
Spanoulis 10, Zisis 7, Fotsis 7, Chatzivrettas 2, Kakiouzis 2, Tsartsaris 1,
Schortsanitis 0, Vassilopoulos 0, Ntikoudis 0.
Australia: Bogut 18+7reb, Barlou 11+6reb, Bruton
11+5ast+5st, Smith 9, Mackinnon 9+8reb+7ast, Bruce 8, Hinder 1, Kendall 0,
Worthington 0, Kickert 0, Helliwell 0.
73-71 (25-23, 18-14, 13-21, 17-13)
Turkey: Erdogan 19, Kutluay 14, Gonlum 10+5reb, Kurtoglu 8,
Peker 7+5ast, Arslan 6, Atsur 4, Ilyasova 3, Solak 2+5reb, Akyol 0, Erden 0,
Brazil: Barbosa 26, Magalhaes Machado 13, Splitter Beims
13+8reb, Varejao 8+7reb, Ribeiro Garcia 5+5ast, Giovannoni 4+5reb, Dos Santos 2,
Becker Da Rosa 0, Ferreira Jr. 0, Tieppo Huertas 0, Silveira Torres 0, Quirino
Group D in Sapporo
87-90 (24-16, 14-23, 22-15, 16-22, 11-14)
China: Yao 29+8reb, Zhu 18, S. Wang 13, Liu 10+7reb+5ast, Z.
Wang 7+5reb, Du 6, Yi 4+11reb, Chen 0, Zhang 0, Sun 0, Mo 0.
Puerto Rico: Ayuso 27, Arroyo 25+8reb+10ast, Santiago
14+7reb, Latimer 13+6reb, Lee 5, Apodaca 4, Reyes 2, Ramos 0, Hatton 0, Dalmau
0, Rivera Isaac 0, Narvaez 0.
64-56 (16-16, 12-15, 14-14, 22-11)
Italy: Soragna 15, Mordente 14, Michelori 9+5reb, Belinelli
8, Mancinelli 6, Rocca 4+7reb, Di Bella 3, Gigli 3, Pecile 2, Basile 0,
Marconato 0, Garri 0.
Senegal: Ndoye 18+7reb, Savane 12+5reb, Pene 10, Diouf 8, Aw
4, Badiane 4+6reb, M. Ndiaye 5reb, M. Ndiaye 0, Cisse 0, Nang 0, N. Ndiaye 0,
114-95 (30-27, 36-22, 25-21, 23-25)
Slovenia: Becirovic 18, Nachbar 15+7reb, Brezec 15+12reb,
Nesterovic 14+7reb, Lakovic 14, Urdih 8, Milic 5, Jurak 2, Ozbolt 2, Slokar 2,
Zagorac 0, Dragic 0.
USA: Wade 20, James 19, Brand 16, Anthony 14, Battier 9,
Jamison 8, Paul 9, Millar 8, Hinrich 5+7reb, Jonson 3, Howard 3, Bosh 0.
Day 3 - Japan wins their first game and Serbia/Mont. Rebounds - Aug 21, 2006
For the second straight game, Argentina were able to rest their star players
after taking control of this game early on and rolled to another easy win,
defeating Venezuela 96-54. Eduardo Mingas scored 27 points and grabbed 12
rebounds as Angola beat New Zealand 95-73 to advance to the Final 16 of the 2006
FIBA World Championship. Serbia & Montenegro had their best showing of the FIBA
World Championship so far in a 104-57 destruction of Lebanon that puts them back
in contention to reach the second round and keep their title defense alive a
little longer. France got a major contribution down the stretch from the latest
member of the team to hold off a second half rally from Nigeria and win 64-53.
Four players scored in double figures as Japan captured their first victory at
the 2006 FIBA World Championship by beating Panama 78-61 in Group B.
Group A in Sendai
96-54 (18-10, 21-11, 35-17, 22-16)
Argentina: Herrmann 25+9reb, Scola 17, Wolkowisky 11, Oberto 10, Delfino 9+6ast.
Venezuela: Lugo 15+10reb, Barrios 9, Torres 8, Ballenilla 6, Diaz 6.
& Montenegro -
104-57 (30-18, 25-15, 24-10, 25-14)
Serbia & Montenegro: Milicia 18, Askrabic 16+8reb, Raicevic 12, Marinovic 12,
Popovic 11, Avdalovic 11.
Lebanon: El khatib 12, Feghali 11, Vogel 8, Samaha 7, Fahed 7.
64-53 (17-7, 16-8,14-21, 17-17)
France: Gelabale 14, Diarra 9, Weis 8, Petro 6, Diaw 5+9reb.
Nigeria: Udoka 17, Muoneke 14, Ibekwe 8+9reb, Ere 6, Nwosu 4.
Group B in Hiroshima
- New Zealand
95-73 (21-12, 28-20, 20-23, 26,18)
Angola: Mingas 27+12reb, Gomes 20+7reb, Carvalho 12, Morais 8, Cipriano 7,
New Zealand: Cameron 17+8reb, Penney 15, Jones 11, Bradshaw 9, Henare 8.
71-92 (22-26, 19-22, 19-24, 11-20)
Germany: Nowitzki 14+6reb+5ast, Greene 14, Herber 10, Femerling 9, Garrett 7.
Spain: Calderon 20+6ast, Navarro 19, Gasol 16, Garbajosa 12, Fernandez 7, Mumbru
78-61 (14-22, 22-11, 21-12, 21-16)
Japan: Igarashi 18, Orimo 13, Sakurai 12, Takeuchi 11+8reb, Amino 8.
Panama: Douglas 16, Daley Hewitt 9, Garces 8, Cota 6, Gar
Day 2 - USA clearly best team so far and Serbia/Mont. loses
Day 1 - Nigeria beats World Champions - Aug 19, 2006
The biggest upset of Day Two is another loss of defending
World Champions - Serbia and Montenegro, who were defeated
this time by France 65-61. Argentina is the only undefeated
team in Group A after they crushed Lebanon 107-72 and thanks
to Venezuela, which upset biggest suprise of the opening day
- Nigeria - 84-77. In Group B we can see clear division on
top teams (Spain, Germany and Angola) and bottom teams like
Japan, New Zealand and Panama. In Group C Turkey and Greece
are the only undefeated teams. Turks managed to defeat
strong Australia 76-68, while Greece beat Lithuanian 81-76
in overtime, which was the most exciting game of Day Two. In
Group D clear leader is a team from the U.S.A., which this
time had no problems against China, outscoring them by 31
points. The only challenger in the group could be Italy,
which just got their second win edging Slovenia 80-76. In
the last game in the group Puerto Rico beat Senegal 88-79,
while Puerto Rican was lead by the best scorer of the day
Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college:
Florida Intern.), who had 29 points.
>Group A in Sendai
77-84 (17-16, 10-26, 22-22, 28-20)
Nigeria: Udoka 23+5reb, Ere 13, Muoneke 10, Anagonye 8,
Varem 6+5reb, Oguchi 5, Ibekwe 4+5ast, Nwosu 4, Akognon 2,
Awojobi 2, Nwankwo
Venezuela: Diaz 24, Torres 14+7reb, Marriaga 14, Aguilera 9,
Morris 7, Mijares 3, Cedeno 0, Vallenilla 0, Machado 0
72-107 (9-29, 23-21, 19-30, 21-27)
Lebanon: Fahed 18, El Khatib 10, Tawbe 9+5reb, Abdel-Nour 9,
Feghali 8, Vogel 5, Fakhreddine 5, Khoury 5, Samaha 1,
Mahmoud 0, Balaa 0
Argentina: Herrmann 23, Scola 18+7reb, Delfino 14+7reb,
Oberto 12+7reb, Nocioni 7+8reb, Ginobili 7, Wolkowisky 7,
Sanchez 6, Fernandez 5, Prigioni 4, Gutierrez 2, Farabello 2
Serbia & Montenegro
65-61 (21-19, 9-11, 18-14, 17-17)
France: Diaw 20+8reb, Weis 11+7reb, Petro 8, M.Pietrus 6,
F.Pietrus 6, Gomis 4, Gelabale 3, Bokolo 3, Jeanneau 2,
Foirest 2, Turiaf 0
SRB: Rakocevic 22, Milicic 14+9reb, Askrabic 7+5reb, Popovic
6+6reb, Tripkovic 5, Avdalovic 3, Raicevic 2, Nikolic 2,
Marinovic 0, Perovic 0
>Group B in Hiroshima
62-87 (21-16, 11-28, 11-22, 19-21)
Japan: Takeuchi 13, Orimo 11, Kashiwagi 9, Amino 8+6reb,
Igarashi 5, Sakurai 5, Kawamura 3, Furuta 0, Ito 0, Yamada 0
Angola: Almeida 19, Boukar 16+14reb, Morais 13, Mingas
11+7reb, Cipriano 8, Lutonda 7, Gomes 6+10reb, Barros
5+7reb, Carvalho 2, Neto 0, Costa 0
New Zealand -
56-80 (11-21, 6-17, 24-26, 15-16)
New Zealand: Penney 12+5reb, Rampton 10, Jones 8+8reb,
Cameron 8, Bradshaw 7, Henare 7, Frank 4, Olson 0, Boucher
0, Vukona 0
Germany: Greene 18, Garrett 14+5reb, Nowitzki 11+8reb,
Roller 9, Herber 6, Schultze 5, Hemann 5, Okulaja 4, Jagla
4, Femerling 2+5reb, Demirel 2, Gruenheid 0
57-101 (11-23, 16-24, 15-23)
Panama: Douglas 9+9reb, Lloreda 9+5reb, Gomez 9, Hicks 7,
Garces 6, Daley 5, Garcia 3, Peralta 3, Cota 2, Cardenas 2,
Levy 2, Gomez 0
Spain: P.Gasol 26+10reb, Fernandez 21, B.Rodriguez 15,
Garbajosa 10+5reb, Navarro 8, Mumbru 7, Jimenez 5, Calderon
5+5reb, S.Rodriguez 2, M.Gasol 1, Cabezas 1
>Group C in Hamamatsu
66-97 (13-27, 16-24, 19-24, 18-22)
Qatar: Daoun 16, Erfan 11+8reb, Ali 9, Abdullah 8+5reb, Omar
8, Abdullah 6, Saad 4, Khalid 2, Zaidan 0, Hammam 0, Al Nasr
Brazil: Splitter 18, Giovannoni 14, Varejao 13+7reb,
Magalhaes 13, Huertas 8, Garcia 8, Barbosa 6, Ferreira 6,
Becker 6, dos Santos 3, Pereira 2, Silveira 0
68-76 (12-16, 28-10, 15-23, 13-27)
Australia: Bruton 24+5ast, Smith 9+5reb+5ast, Bogut 8,
Barlow 7, Newley 7, Worthington 6, Bruce 3, Hinder 2,
Helliwell 2, Mackinnon 0, Kendall 0
Turkey: Ilyasova 17, Kutluay 15, Peker 12+8reb, Gonlum
11+10reb, Solak 8+6reb, Kurtoglu 6, Arslan 4, Demirel 0,
76-81, OT (18-22, 26-15, 14-20, 11-12, 7-12)
Lithuania: Songaila 18+9reb, Kleiza 14+5reb, Jasaitis
13+6reb, Macijauskas 10, D.Lavrinovic 6+6reb, Kalnietis 5,
Gustas 4+5reb, Jankunas 4, K.Lavrinovic 2, Zukauskas 0,
Greece: Spanoulis 15, Fotsis 11, Kakiouzis 10, Papaloukas 8,
Papadopoulos 8, Chatzivrettas 7, Dikoudis 6, Schortsanitis
5, Zisis 4, Tsartsaris 4, Diamantidis 3
>Group D in Sapporo
79-88 (16-26, 21-18, 23-22, 19-22)
Senegal: M.N'Diaye 14+7reb, Cisse 14, NDoye 13, Diouf
10+8reb, Pene 9+5ast, Badiane 8+9reb, N.N'Diaye 7, Aw 2,
Savane 2, M.N'Diaye 0, Niang 0
Puerto Rico: Arroyo 29+6reb, Ayuso 20, Santiago 12+6reb,
Dalmau 11, Apodaca 5, Reyes 4+9reb, Ramos 4, Latimer 2, Lee
1, Hatton 5
80-76 (14-22, 22-21, 23-13, 21-20)
Italy: Belinelli 26, Marconato 9+11reb, Soragna 9, Di Bella
9, Garri 7+6reb, Mordente 7, Basile 5, Rocca 4, Michelori 2,
Mancinelli 2, Pecile 0
Slovenia: Nesterovic 17+8reb, Lakovic 14, Becirovic 9,
Nachbar 8, Brezec 8, Jurak 6+6reb, Udrih 5, Slokar 4, Ozbolt
3, Milic 2
121-90 (32-17, 31-21, 32-24, 26-28)
USA: Wade 26, Howard 16+11reb, Anthony 16+5reb, Paul
13+8ast, Johnson 11, James 11+7reb, Brand 11, Hinrich
6+6reb, Battier 5, Jamison 3, Bosh 3, Miller 0
China: Yao 21+10reb, S.Wang 17, Yi 13+7reb, Zhu 9, Liu 8, Du
7, Chen 6, Mo 3, Sun 2+5reb, Z.Wang 2, S.Zhang 2, Q.Zhang 0
to be one of the biggest World Championships ever. There are
24 teams in Japan instead of usual 16.
The biggest hit of the Day 1 was definitely loss of
defending World Champions (Serbia and Montenegro) to way
lower ranked Nigeria 75-82.
On the first games of the opening day of the tournament
Lebanon beat Venezuela 82-72, Germany upset host Japan
81-70, Australia defeated Brazil 83-77, USA got high
scoring game against Puerto Rico 111-100. In other
interesting games Italy had no problems against best Asian
team China, beating them by 15 points. Greece beat Qatar
even more, by 20 points margin. But the most tough game of
the day was probably between Turkey and Lithuania, where
Turks edged Lithuanians 76-74.
Group A in Sendai
France 80-70 (25-23,
19-10, 12-17, 24-20)
Argentina: Sanchez, Ginobili, Nocioni, Scola, Oberto
(starters) Wolkowisky, Prigioni, Delfino, Herrmann,
France: Jeanneau 3, Gelabale 11, F. Pietrus 15, Diaw 13,
Weis 4 (starters) Gomis 2, Foirest, Petro 2, Bokolo 10, M.
Pietrus 7, Turiaf 3
Tough game between two teams. Despite Argentina won and they
were the ones leading almost entire game, French were never
too far behind.
72-82 (20-23, 20-13, 17-20, 15-26)
Venezuela: Aguilera 18+10reb, Lugo 16+13reb, Torres 12, Diaz
9, Morris 5, Mijares 5, Cedeno 4, Barrios 2, Marriaga 1,
Machado 0, Bayona 0
Lebanon: El Khatib 35+8reb, Vogel 26+6reb, Beshara 9, Samaha
6+6reb, Mahmoud 3+8reb, Tawbe 2, Fahed 1, Abdel-Nour 0
The games between Lebanon and Venezuela was the real show of
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency:
Pro Management Agency), who lead Lebanon with amazing 35
points. Lebanese controlled the game from first minutes. But
Venezuelan team came closer in 2nd and 3rd quarters. However
they were not able to stop El Khatib, who had great help of
experienced Joe Vogel (26 points and 6 rebounds). The
leading figures in Venezuelan team was trio of Aguilera (18
points and 10 rebounds), Lugo (16 points + 13 boards) and
Torres (12 points).
Serbia / Montenegro -
75-82 (19-25, 19-17, 18-17, 19-23)
Serbia: Rakocevic 20, Raicevic 9+11reb, Nikolic 9, Askrabic
9, Avdalovic 6, Popovic 5, Milicic 5, Perovic 4, Marinovic 2
Nigeria: Udoka 18+7reb, Ere 15, Muoneke 9, Oguchi 8, Awojobi
7, Anagonye 6, Varem 4, Akognon 3, Ibekwe 3, Nwankwo 0
Serbia and Montenegro lost against Nigeria 82:75 in the
first game on World Championship. First quarter started like
it is expected and S&M had 11:8 but that was their last
advantage on the game. Nigeria than made 11:0 series and
except when score was 56:56 Nigeria had plus whole game. At
the end Uros Tripkovic made pair of threes but Nigerian
players was concentrated from free throw line and made
historical win. S&M played very bad defense with only two
steals and in offense they made 17 turnovers. Only
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78)
was on his level with 20 points and was the only one with
double digits while player of New York Knicks
Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency:
Edge Sports, college:
Nigeria to the win scoring 18 points with 7 rebounds and 5
Group B in Hiroshima
81-70 (34-20, 16-17, 16-19, 15-14)
Germany: Nowitzki 27+10reb, Okulaja 11+12reb, Hamann 9,
Demirel 8, Femerling 7, Gruenheid 6, Schultze 6, Greene 3,
Roller 2, Garrett 2, Herber 0, Jagla 0
Japan: Igarashi 13, Orimo 10, Yamada 9, Sakurai 9, Amino 6,
Kashiwagi 6, Setsumasa 3, Furuta 2, Takeuchi 2, Kawamura 2,
In the second game of the day Gemany did not have too much
trouble in the opening game against host Japan. Germans
easily controlled entire game (especially boards) and Japan
managed to stay close to much taller and better trained
Germans only in the very first few minutes. German coach
gave a chance to play for all of his players. The top player
of the game was definitely Dirk Nowitzki, who had great help
of Okulaja and practically all other teammates. Japan gave
up too easily. So they also allowed all players to get some
minutes as they already knew that they were not able to
challenge Germans anyway.
83-70 (27-15, 10-18, 30-17, 16-20)
Angola: Almeida 22, Lutonda 17+7ast, Cipriano 17+6reb,
Mingas 10+6reb+5ast, Gomes 9, Boukar 8, Barros 0, Morais 0,
Panama: Douglas 17, Garces 16+9reb, Hicks 14+5reb, Cota 7,
Lloreda 6, Garcia 4+6reb, Levy 4, Daley 2, Peralta 0, Gomez
Angola managed to win the game against Panama with
comfortable margin of 13 points. But not the whole game was
according to Angolans scenario. Despite early lead in 1st
and 2nd quarter, Panama managed to take a lead in the second
quarter and then stayed head-to-head with African champions.
It was the end of 3rd quarter when Angola speed up and took
larger lead, which they kept for the rest of the game.
However after losing eaily the first lead to Panama, this
time Angolan coach tried to keep on the court only top
players. Thy were Carlos Almeida (22 points and 6 rebounds),
who had great help from duo Miguel Lutonda (17 points + 7
assists) and Olimpo Cipriano (17+6reb). The top players for
Panama were Ruben Douglas (17), Ruben Garces (16) and Hicks
86-70 (25-21, 23-15, 20-12, 18-22)
Spain: Garbajosa 16+7reb, P.Gasol 16+6reb, Navarro 16,
M.Gasol 8, Jimenez 6, Calderon 5, B.Rodriguez 3, S.Rodriguez
2, Fernandez 2, Cabezas 0
New Zealand: Penney 15, Bradshaw 12+8reb, Henare 11, Frank
10, Cameron 7+5ast, Jones 6+5reb+5ast, Rampton 4, Olson 3,
Winitana 2, Boucher 0
Group C in Hamamatsu
77-83 (21-21, 17-19, 19-16, 20-27)
Brazil: Barbosa 18, Splitter 16+7reb, Varejao 15+13reb,
Giovannoni 10, Garcia 6, Huertas 4, Machado 3, Becker 3,
Ferreira 2, Dos Santos 0
Australia: Worthington 23+7reb, Bruton 16, Mackinnon 15,
Bogut 10+10reb, Kendall 8, Newley 6, Helliwell 3, Kickert 2,
Barlow 0, Bruce 0, Hinder 0
One of the toughest games of the day was definitely the one
between Australia and Brazil. Australians managed to secure
a victory in the 4th quarter. However Brazilians stayed
close for almost entire game and the lead was changing very
often. Australian show very team-oriented game with
brightest actions of Worthington, Bruton, Mackinnon and
Bogut. Brazil was lead by Barbosa, Splitter, Varejao and
Giovannoni. However contrary to Australia, Brazil did not
have too deep bench, at least not strong enough for much
more leveled Australians.
84-64 (7-18, 31-13, 18-14, 28-19)
Greece: Dikoudis 26, Spanoulis 17, Fotsis 16, Papaloukas 8,
Tsartsaris 6, Kakiouzis 5, Diamantidis 4+5reb, Zisis 2,
Vassilopoulos 0, Papadopoulos 0
Qatar: Ali 17+5reb, Erfan 13, Abdullah 10+7reb, Saad 9+5ast,
Mohammed 7, Daoud 4, Omar 2, Khalid 2, Zaidan 0
The final result does not reflect the game. Not too many
people could believe that European Champion was such easily
beat n the first minutes by ambitious Qatar. Asian players
seems to have full control till the center of the second
quarter. But then Greeks significantly speed up and after
taking the lead, never gave it back, constantly increasing
76-74 (19-17, 25-23, 12-19, 20-15)
Turkey: Demirel 0, Arslan 9, Erdogan 10, Akyol 0, Kutluay
16, Ilyasova 11, Peker 9, Erden 2, Gonlum 15, Kurtoglu 6,
Lithuania: Gustas 0, Kalnietis 4, Delininkaitis 0,
Macijauskas 24, Jasaitis 5, Zukauskas 1, Kleiza 6, Songalia
4, Lavrinovic 10, Lavrinovic 2, Javtokas 8
In the opening day of the World Championship Turkey managed
to defeat Lithuania for the first time in an official game
and made a great start in Japan. Turkish team was on the
court with a different line up again. U20 members Hakan
Demirel and Ersan Ilyasova started the game with Serkan
Erdogan, Kaya Peker and Fatih Solak. Lithuania got off to a
good start and opened the game with a 5-0 serie but Kaya
Peker and Serkan Erdogan who will both play for Tau Ceramica
next year rallied Turkey and the red&white jersey led the
first quarter by 2. In the second quarter both sides went to
the line many times and the offensive boards by Lithuania
changed the score but Ibrahim Kutluay stepped up and Ender
Arslan triple made it 44-40 at the half. In the third
quarter Lithuania took advantage of Turkey's foul trouble
and on the defensive end they successfully applied zone
defence. Arvydas Macijauskas was on the fire as he nailed 10
points down the stretch in the third and his effort created
a 3 point deficit. In the last quarter despite foul trouble
of it's front court players Turkey toughened up and played
pressure defense to increase the tempo.
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77)'s big off the bench effort and
Ender Arslan's free throws 17 seconds to go led Turkey to
victory over Lithuania. Turkey got outrebounded but bounced
back with tough defence and led most of the game. Ibrahim
Kutluay hit a team high 16 points for Turkey as
Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) added all off the bench 15
points and 4 boards. Youngster Ersan Ilyasova also nailed 11
points in his first Fiba game as a senior NT member. Turkey
now takes the third place in Group C and will face Australia
tomorrow in Hamamatsu.
Group D in Sapporo
Puerto Rico -
100-111 (24-23, 27-34, 23-30, 26-24)
P.Rico: Arroyo 23+5ast, Ayuso 14, Dalmau 13, Santiago 9,
Reyes 8+7reb, Rivera 8, Apodaca 8, Lee 6, Ramos 5, Hatton 4,
Narvaez 2, Latimer 0
USA: Anthony 21, Hinrich 15, James 15+6ast+6reb, Wade 13,
Paul 11+9ast, Howard 10+7reb, Johnson 9, Brand 6, Battier
6+6reb, Bosh 5, Jamison 0
USA had some troubles against Puerto Rico in the first half
of the game. Puerto Ricans always play "with heart" and
managed to upset previously one of the latest versions of
"Dream Team". U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski changed many
players from the first minutes. Americans seem to have
advantage in all aspects of the games except, could not get
any significant lead at all. But it did not last too long
when U.S. team lead by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and
Kirk Hinrich, took bigger lead at the end of 2nd quarter and
kept it easily for th erest of the game.
Senegal 96-79 (32-15,
16-22, 31-19, 17-23)
Slovenia: Nachbar 17, Becirovic 16, Udrih 14+5ast, Ozbolt
11, Jurak 10, Brezec 9, Lakovic 6, Milic 6, Nesterovic 4,
Zagorac 2, Slokar 1, Dragic 0
Senegal: Aw 18+5reb, Mam.N'Diaye 15+6reb, Savane 11+6reb,
Diouf 10, Pene 9, Badiane 6+5reb, Niang 4, Mak.N'Diaye 3,
Cisse 2, N'Doye 1, Faye 0
Slovenia dominated entire game. They control the result from
the first minutes. Slovenian coach used all of his players
as he saw there was no risk to lose the game. Senegalese
coach was also changing his players very often. African team
was very athletic. But Senegalese players were way behind
Slovenians in technical skills. It was like crossing two
completely different basketball schools.
69-84 (17-16, 18-23, 21-28, 13-17)
China: Yao 30+9reb, Z.Wang 10, Du 10, Yi 9+9reb, Zhu 4,
S.Wang 3, Liu 3, Sun 0, S.Zhang 0, Chen 0
Italy: Basile 27, Soragna 14, Garri 10+5ast, Gigli 10,
Mordente 7+5reb, Belinelli 6, Rocca 5+6reb, Michelori 3, Di
Bella 2, Marconato 0, Pecile 0
China lost to Italy today 84-69 despite 30 points and 9
rebounds from Yao Ming. China led 17-16 after one quarter
but trailed 43-35 at the half. Italy led 71-58 after three
quarters. Yao added nine rebounds and Yi Jianlian also had
nine. China outrebounded Italy 30-26. So China is now
capable of rebounding on the international level, albeit it
still has trouble in other areas. Wang Zhizhi, with a 1-10
shooting performance and only one rebound showed why he did
not make it in the NBA. Chen Jianghua with no points or
rebounds in 11 minutes showed why he is not yet ready for
the NBA. Yi Jianlian with 9 rebounds and 9 points showed why
he is likely to be a high lottery pick in the 2007 NBA
draft. While Italy got into this tournament as a wild card
because of a poor performance in the European Championship,
I still consider it to be the second-best team in China's
group. Only the USA is stronger.