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Play-Off bracket4
Final Standings 2010
 1. USA
 2. Turkey
 3. Lithuania
 4. Serbia
 5. Argentina
 6. Spain
 7. Russia
 8. Slovenia
 9-13. Brazil
 9-13. Australia
 9-13. Greece
 9-13. N.Zealand
 9-13. France
 14-15. Angola
 14-15. Croatia
 16. China
 17. Germany
 18. Ivory Coast
 19-22. P.Rico
 19-22. Iran
 19-22. Lebanon
 19-22. Ivory C.
 23-24. Jordan
 23-24. Canada


USA won World Championships 2010 (Photo: FIBA)
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Serbia 4-1 
 2. Argentina 4-1 
 3. Australia 3-2 
 4. Angola 2-3 
 5. Germany 2-3 
 6. Jordan 0-5 
Group B
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. Slovenia 4-1 
 3. Brazil 3-2 
 4. Croatia 2-3 
 5. Iran 1-4 
 6. Tunisia 0-5 
Group C
 1. Turkey 5-0 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Greece 3-2 
 4. China 1-4 
 5. P.Rico 1-4 
 6. Ivory Coast 1-4 
Group D
 1. Lithuania 5-0 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. N.Zealand 3-2 
 4. France 3-2 
 5. Lebanon 1-4 
 6. Canada 0-5 


Durant, Turkoglu and Kleiza get the awards (Photo: FIBA)
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Scola, ARG27.1 
 2. Penney, NZL24.7 
 3. Durant, USA22.8 
 4. Delfino, ARG20.6 
 5. Yi, CHN20.2 
 6. Haddadi, IRI20.0 
 7. Kleiza, LTU19.0 
 8. Navarro, ESP16.9 
 9. Barea, PUR16.8 
 10. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  CHN
  (212-C/F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI8.6 
 3. Abbaas, JOR8.4 
 4. Scola, ARG7.9 
 5. Odom, USA7.7 
 6. Ilyasova, TUR7.6 
 7. Kendall, CAN7.6 
 8. Krstic, SRB7.5 
 9. Kazemi, IRI7.4 
 10. Andersen, AUS7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.4 
 2. Huertas, BRA5.8 
 3. Daghles, JOR5.6 
 4. Teodosic, SRB5.6 
 5. Barea, PUR5.4 
 6. Ponkrashov, RUS5.1 
 7. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 8. Diabate, IVO4.4 
 9. Mills, AUS4.2 
 10. Dragic, SLO4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  IRI
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kazemi, IRI2.8 
 2. Mahmoud, LEB2.6 
 3. Diabate, IVO2.4 
 4. Guler, TUR2.1 
 5. Sun, CHN2.0 
 6. Delfino, ARG2.0 
 7. Ben Romdhane, TUN2.0 
 8. Cipriano, ANG2.0 
 9. Barbosa, BRA2.0 
 10. Prigioni, ARG2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  IVO
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lamizana, IVO3.2 
 2. Haddadi, IRI2.6 
 3. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 4. Anthony, CAN2.2 
 5. Mejri, TUN2.2 
 6. Vazquez, ESP1.6 
 7. Monya, RUS1.3 
 8. Asik, TUR1.2 
 9. Nielsen, AUS1.0 
 10. Pleiss, GER1.0 


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American Kevin Durant voted World Championships MVP (Photo: FIBA


USA National Team 2010

Starting Five
#s#
Chauncey Billups
Billups
Kevin Durant
Durant
Derrick Rose
Rose
Rudy Gay
Gay
Eric Gordon
Gordon
#e#5
4 Chauncey Billups 6'3''-G-76 Denver Nuggets
5 Kevin Durant 6'9''-G/F-88 Oklahoma City Thunder
6 Derrick Rose 6'4''-G-88 Chicago Bulls
7 Russell Westbrook 6'3''-G-88 Oklahoma City Thunder
8 Rudy Gay 6'9''-F/G-86 Memphis Grizzlies
9 Andre Iguodala 6'6''-G-84 Philadelphia 76ers
10 Danny Granger 6'8''-F-83 Indiana Pacers
11 Stephen Curry 6'3''-G-88 Golden State Warriors
12 Eric Gordon 6'4''-G-88 Los Angeles Clippers
13 Kevin Love 6'10''-C-88 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Lamar Odom 6'10''-F-79 Los Angeles Lakers
15 Tyson Chandler 7'1''-C-82 Dallas Mavericks


Mike Krzyzewski Coach Duke University USA
Jim Boeheim Coach Syracuse University USA
Nate McMillan Coach Portland Trail Blazers USA
Jay Triano Coach Toronto Raptors USA

Eurobasket.com All-World Championships Awards 2010 - Sep 13, 2010

Simply impressive. Kevin Durant in the two most important games of his young career showed to the world that he is not only an NBA star but even in FIBA Basketball he is unstoppable. With him, his teammate in Oklahoma, Russell Westbrook, named best guard of the tournament because of his abilities and skills, showed when the game counted. Milos Teodosic from Serbia is the second guard of the tournament. After his terrific season with Olympiacos, even in the tournament in Turkey proved that in Europe now, he is the number one in the guard position. The two big men to complete the 1st team are Linas Kleiza, again impressive scorer and Luis Scola from Argentina.
1st Team
#s#
Kevin Durant
Durant
Russell Westbrook
Westbrook
Milos Teodosic
Teodosic
Linas Kleiza
Kleiza
Luis Scola
Scola
#e#5

MVP: Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88) USA
Best Guard: Russell Westbrook (191-G-88) USA
Best Forward: Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88) USA
Best Center: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80)
Best Defensive Player: Andre Iguodala (198-G-84) USA
Best Coach: Mike Krzyzewski USA

1st Team
G: Russell Westbrook (191-88) USA
G: Milos Teodosic (195-87)
G/F: Kevin Durant (206-88) USA
F: Linas Kleiza (203-85)
F/C: Luis Scola (206-80)

2nd Team
G: Rudy Fernandez (197-85) Spain
G: Carlos Delfino (198-82)
F: Ersan Ilyasova (207-87)
F: Hedo Turkoglu (206-79)
C: Nenad Krstic (214-83)

3rd Team
G: Pablo Prigioni (191-77) Spain
G: Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82)
F: Lamar Odom (208-79) USA
C/F: Jianlian Yi (212-87)
C: Marc Gasol (212-85) Spain

Honorable Mention
Kirk Penney (196-G-80)
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) Spain
Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) France
Marko Popovic (185-G-82)
Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81)
Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83)


USA are new World Champions! - Sep. 13, 2010 

Final
USA - Turkey 81-64
Team USA clinched the title at the World Championship in Turkey! They finished the tournament undefeated outscoring hosting Turkey in the championship game tonight. The USA were well in control throughout the whole encounter and celebrated a well-deserved success at the end. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) lived up to his MVP status tallying 28 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored the first points in the game. Kevin Durant then knocked down quick eight points to keep the USA in front. But Hedo Turkoglu stepped up with back-to-back three-pointers for the hosts as Turkey gained their first lead of the game 15:14. Asik stretched the margin to three points but Kevin Durant hit a timely triple to draw things level. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) capped the first term with five points as the USA earned a 22:17 lead. Russell Westbrook converted a three-point play to tip off the second quarter. Kevin Durant notched four points to give Team USA a 10-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Turkey tried to get closer but the visitors found the answer for any bucket from the Turkish team. Russell Westbrook capped the half with two freebies as the USA posted a 42:32 lead. Kevin Durant opened the second half with consecutive trebles and then Lamar Odom followed with a lay-up as the margin grew at 18-point mark 50:32. However Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Arslan did not allow the USA to run away. They dragged Turkey within 11 points midway through the third quarter. Team USA however stopped the bleeding and stayed in front to enter the fourth stanza up by 13 points 61:48. Derrick Rose began the final period four points in a row to silence the hosts. Then Lamar Odom fired five consecutive points as the margin grew at 20-point mark. Turkey had nothing to answer and the teams cruised to the final buzzer from that point. Lamar Odom provided 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Russell Westbrook added 13 points and 6 boards for the USA. Hedo Turkoglu replied with 16 points for Turkey. Semih Erden (211-C-87) nailed 9 points in the loss.

Bronze
Lithuania - Serbia 99-88
Lithuania took the World Championships Bronze. They outscored Serbia in the consolation final tonight. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) stepped up with impressive 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the charge. Aleksandar Rasic opened the scoring a three-pointer and Serbia maintained the lead throughout the first frame. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) gave the Balkan team an 18:9 advantage midway through the period. However Lithuania capped the quarter with seven consecutive points and grabbed a 23:22 advantage. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) triggered a 9:2 run from Lithuania midway through the second quarter as they cleared off to a 32:26 advantage. The Baltic side boosted the margin to 13 points late in the half before Aleksandar Rasic hit from downtown and Lithuania trailed by 10 points at the interval. Simas Jasaitis and Kleiza kept on pushing the lead up. Lithuania enjoyed a 19-point cushion midway through the third stanza. The Baltic team entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points 72:54. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the final period but Lithuania remained well in control as they marched to the victory at the end. Paulius Jankunas produced 15 points for the winners. Mantas Kalnietis and Simas Jasaitis added 14 points each for Lithuania. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Marko Keselj accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Place 5th
Spain - Argentina 81-86
Argentina finished their World Championship campaign in the fifth position. They knocked down Spain on the final day of the tournament. Carlos Delfino unloaded 27 points to pace the effort. Argentina got to a quick start. They led throughout the opening frame. Oberto scored 6 points in ten minutes helping the Latin American team to a 23:16 advantage after ten minutes. Jasen and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) opened a double-digit lead for Argentina midway through the second period. Soon Argentina stretched the margin to as many as 13 points 34:21. Delfino and Pablo Prigioni extended the margin to 20 points 49:29. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) capped the half with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by 17 points 32:49. Argentina tipped off the second half with a 10:2 rally to boost the margin. But Spain did not surrender as they went on a massive 26:2 run to narrow the deficit to just one point 60:61. Luis Scola and Oberto answered for Argentina as they ensured a 65:62 lead with ten minutes to go. Luis Scola began the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Argentina cleared off once again. Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within two points 73:75 and later knocked down four points to level things up at 80. However Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni stepped up with key points late in regulation to seal the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Pablo Prigioni added 17 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Argentina. Rudy Fernandez responded with 31 points and 8 caroms for Spain. Marc Gasol contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.



Turkey and USA to fight for the Gold - Sep. 11, 2010 

Places 5-8
Spain - Slovenia 97-80
Spain survived a tough physical battle against Slovenia to claim the victory at the end. They will now play for the fifth overall position at the World Championship in Turkey. Slovenia will try to earn the seventh position in tomorrows game. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) opened the scoring a three-pointer. Slovenia used a 7:0 run midway through the frame to establish a 12:5 advantage. Spain did not pick up the slack as they trailed 16:23 at the first intermission. The teams traded baskets early in the second quarter. Jaka Lakovic and Samo Udrih drained triples to give Slovenia a 41:32 advantage. But Alex Mumbru notched four points in a row and Marc Gasol added two more as Spain cut the deficit at 3 points 38:41 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. The period saw several lead changes and ties. But Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) proved the difference as he ensured a 64:62 lead for Spain heading into the fourth quarter. The teams continued to exchange the blows early in the fourth period. But a couple of three-pointers from Sergio Llull gave Spain an 81:73 advantage. The Spaniards went on a 9:0 spree to take a 93:75 lead just moments later and the game simply slipped away from the Slovenian team. Spain cruised to the win in the dying seconds. Juan Carlos Navarro provided 26 points and 7 assists for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) added 16 points apiece in the win. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic produced 19 points each for Slovenia. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13 points in the loss.

Russia - Argentina 61-73
Argentina reached the game for the fifth place at the World Championships in Turkey. They fired past Russia to set up the clash against Spain on the final day of the tournament. Russia will try to gain the seventh place when they face Slovenia tomorrow. Argentina got to a quick start. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated the paint. He notched 8 points in the first ten minutes and Argentina grabbed a 15:11 advantage. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) and Hernan Jasen opened the second term with seven points in a row to increase the lead. However Sergey Monya (204-F-83) answered with three triples in a row as Russia narrowed the margin. Carlos Delfino, Fabricio Oberto and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team back a 7-point advantage. Bykov and Khvostov narrowed the deficit at just one point late in the half. Luis Scola capped the half with a lay-up as Argentina posted a 36:33 lead. Carlos Delfino unloaded five straight points at the start of the third quarter. But Russia tried to stay close. Sergey Monya scored five points in a row and then Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) added two more as David Blatt team drew things level at 50. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) put Russia in front but Gutierrez crowned the period with a three-pointer as Argentina entered the fourth stanza up by two 54:52. Luis Scola knocked down 6 points early in the final period as the Latin American team cleared off to a 7-point advantage. Russia tried to deny the deficit but a couple of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino iced the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola was back to his usual form as he knocked down 27 points and collected 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino added 26 points in the victory. Sergey Monya answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov netted 10 points each in the loss.

Places 7-8
Slovenia - Russia 78-83
Russia clinched the 7th place at the World Championship in Turkey. The team overcame Slovenia in the first game of Saturday. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) brought his side the first points and Sergey Monya responded with a three-pointer. Bykov later tied the game at 5:5 and Dragic made the same for 8:8. Zhukanenko scored for 17:14, while Slovenia produced a 6-0 run to take 20:17 advantage. Dragic later closed the opening quarter at 23:21 making a three-pointer. The teams remained scoreless in the first three minutes of the second period and only Fridzon broke the silence for 24:23 lead. Moreover Slovenia could not score for 6 minutes and only Becirovic tied the game later at 26:26. Mozgov tied it again at 30:30, whilst Slovenia managed to win the rest of the quarter with 7-0 run. Brezec sent the teams to the lockers for 37:30 halftime advantage. Mozgov opened the third frame with a lay-up and then Sokar increased to 41:34. Udrih brought the biggest lead for his team at 50:36, but Russia was too far to give up. They responded with 7-0 run as Zhukanenko reduced to 50:43. Ponkrashov and Voronov made the free throws for 57:52, while Becirovic closed the period at 59:52. Zupan was the first to score in the last frame as he gave Slovenia 62:52. Later it was the decisive moment in the game as Russia bounced back with 12-0 run to grab 64:62 deficit. Slovenia could take the lead for some minutes but could not win. Fridzon tied it all at 74:74 and Mozgov closed a 5-0 run for 79:74. He also made the last free throws in the game to seal the victory with Russia. Mozgov stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Fridzon nailed 18. Sergey Monya ended up with 13 points in the winning effort. Bostjan Nachbar replied with 20 points for Slovenia and Dragic scored 15. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) and Becirovic finished the game with 12 points each in defeat.

Semis
Serbia - Turkey 82-83
Turkey survived heart-stopping dying seconds to nip Serbia in the second semifinal of the World Championship tonight. The hosts will now take on the undefeated Team USA in the championship game tomorrow. Serbia will play against Lithuania for the Bronze. Ilyasova was the first one to put his name on the scoreboard but Serbia quickly responded. Tepic triggered a 12:4 run from the visitors as they accumulated the lead midway through the opening frame. Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored five points in a row to level things up at 15. Milos Teodosic knocked down five points late in the period and Serbia ensured a 20:17 advantage. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) tipped off the second term with a lay-up as Serbia pulled in front. Guler pulled Turkey within just one point midway through the period. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) this time came up for the Serbian team as he restored an 8-point advantage. Omer Onan (194-G-78), Ilyasova and Asik narrowed the gap back to 3 points but Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) and Marko Keselj secured a 42:35 lead for Serbia at halftime. Erden opened the second half converting a three-point play. Hedo Turkoglu, Ilyasova and Omer Onan all scored in an 8:2 run from the home team as they drew things level at 46. But Milos Teodosic immediately sparked an 8:0 reply from the Serbian team as they cleared off to a safe distance once again. Omer Onan and Erden tried to keep Turkey within striking distance. Ender Arslan and Gonlum helped Turkey as close as two points before Dusko Savanovic sent the teams into the fourth quarter with Serbia up by three 63:60. Nenad Krstic and Marko Keselj boosted the lead back to 5 points midway through the fourth term. Milos Teodosic made it an 8-point game however Kerem Tunceri sparked a 14:3 run from the hosts as they posted a 78:75 advantage with just over three minutes remaining. Dusko Savanovic hit two free throws, while Ender Arslan answered with just one as Serbia trailed by two with 78 seconds to go. Nenad Krstic and Marko Keselj followed with three freebies to put the visitors back in front 80:79. Erden and Velickovic exchanged baskets as Serbia stayed up with four seconds remaining. Kerem Tunceri penetrated into the paint and converted an easy lay-up to put the hosts on top with just a second to go. Velickovic tried to win the game for Serbia but got blocked by Erden and Turkey celebrated an incredible victory at the end. Hedo Turkoglu produced 16 points to lead the effort. Omer Onan added 14 points in the victory. Marko Keselj answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia. Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic came up with 15 points each in the loss.

USA - Lithuania 89-74
Team USA entered the title game at the World Championship in Turkey. They stopped the winning streak of the surprising Lithuania in the semis tonight. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable for the USA with 38 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuania opened the game with four points in a row. Kevin Durant opened the scoring for the USA but Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) kept Lithuania in charge. The Baltic team maintained the lead till Kevin Durant sparked a 12:0 run from the USA as they posted a 21:11 advantage. Kevin Love capped the period with a lay-up as Team USA went up by 11 points 23:12. Robertas Javtokas and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) dragged Lithuania within 8 midway through the second period but it was Kevin Durant who stepped up for the North American team once again. He notched five points late in the half to boost his tally to impressive 24 points and gave his team a 42:27 halftime advantage. Maciulis opened the second half wit a three-pointer but Odom equally answered on the other end. Mantas Kalnietis dragged Lithuania within ten points but the USA answered with a 9:0 run to open a 19-point advantage. The Baltic team did not surrender as they came up with eight points in a row to narrow the deficit. The teams traded baskets late in the quarter and Kevin Love uttered the last word giving Team USA a 65:53 cushion before the fourth stanza. Maciulis cut the margin to 10 points at the start of the final term but the USA quickly boosted the gap back to 14 points. Kevin Durant hit a pair of jumpers to keep Lithuania at bay and the United States coasted to the victory at the end. Lamar Odom (208-F-79, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds for the USA. Robertas Javtokas answered with 15 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius had 13 points in the loss.


USA and Lithuania are through into the semifinals - Sep. 9, 2010 

Turkey - Slovenia 95-68

Turkey eased into the semifinal stage of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament knocked down Slovenia in the second quarterfinal today. Turkey will face Serbia for the ticket into the championship game. The lead changed hands for several times early in the encounter. But soon Turkey went on an 11:1 run to take a 17:11 advantage. The hosts simply refused to miss shots as the margin grew at 27:14 at the break. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) opened the second term with a dunk but Sina Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) came up with two triples to keep Turkey rolling. Arslan and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) added two more trebles to give the home team a 41:21 lead midway through the second term. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) tried to keep Slovenia in the game but Turkey found the answer for any bucket from Mehmet Becirovic team. Turkey established a 50:31 advantage at the interval. Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Tunceri ensured a quick start for Turkey in the second half. The hosts kept a firm control over the game. Turkey did not allow their opponents closer than 18 points and entered the fourth quarter up by 28 points 71:43. Turkey easily kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Ersan Ilyasova provided 19 points to pace the hosts. Sinan Guler added 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Omer Onan added 10 points each in the win. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16 points each for Slovenia. Uros Slokar and Primoz Brezec finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

USA - Russia 89-79
Team USA have made it into the World Championship semifinals. They outlasted Russia today to earn the spot in the next round. Russia will now have to fight for the fifth spot in the qualifying round. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) opened the game with a three-pointer to set the tone. Lamar Odom and Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) quickly put the USA in front 6:3 but Russia stayed close. Sergey Bykov returned the lead to David Blatt team and the lead changed for several times throughout the period. Timofey Mozgov capped the opening frame with a lay-up to draw things level at 25. Khvostov and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) gave Russia a 4-point lead for Russia early in the second term. Sergey Bykov ensured a 35:30 advantage for Russia midway through the period. The USA went on a 12:0 run to take a 42:35 advantage with just over a minute to go in the half. Andrey Vorontsevich finally stopped the bleeding for Russia with a jumpe. Kevin Durant converted a lay-up but Kaun crowned the first half with a bucket as the USA led by just five points at halftime 44:39. The USA quickly cleared off to an 8-point lead early in the third stanza. Five straight points put the North Americans ahead by 11 points midway through the quarter. Soon Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) and Lamar Odom ensured a 15-point buffer for the team. Russia could not get too close and faced a 14-point deficit with ten minutes remaining. Russia narrowed the deficit at 13-point mark early in the final stanza but the USA kept it cool and quickly boosted the gap at an 18-point mark. Russia were able to narrow the distance in the dying moments but never seriously threatened the margin as the USA rallied to the victory. Kevin Durant was unstoppable for the USA with 33 points and 5 boards. Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) added 15 points and 5 assists, while Russell Westbrook finished with 12 points in the victory. Sergey Bykov answered with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds before getting injured late in the game.

Lithuania - Argentina 104-85
Lithuania posted the seventh straight win at the World Championships in Turkey. They rallied past Argentina at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. The Baltic team stepped up with almost perfect performance against the Latin American powerhouse to set up an exciting clash with the USA in the semis. The lead changed hands for numerous times early in the encounter. But then Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) hit back-to-back three-pointers to trigger an 8:0 run from the Lithuanian team as they posted a 17:10 lead. Lithuania gradually piled up a 10-point lead 28:18. The Baltic team went on a 6:0 run to open a 35:20 lead midway through the second quarter. Argentina got within 11 but Lithuania continued to dominate. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), Jonas Maciulis and Simas Jasaitis all connected from beyond the arc to ensure a 44:28 lead for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis capped the half with a tip-in and the Baltic team secured a 50:30 halftime advantage. Lithuania opened the second half with six points in a row to silence Argentina. Simas Jasaitis soon opened a 30-point advantage for Lithuania. Argentine finally had the shots dropping from beyond the arc as they narrowed the gap to 21 points. But Lithuania struck right back and posted a 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter 85:53. The Baltic team were well in control of their fate in the fourth stanza. Argentina looked disorganized and stunned as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Seven Lithuanian players scored in double figures. Simas Jasaitis led the charge with 19 points. Linas Kleiza added 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Martynas Pocius had 16 in the win. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) answered with game-high 25 points for Argentina. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had just 13 points in the losing effort.

Serbia - Spain 92-89
We will have the new World Champions. Serbia have ended Spanish title defense hopes with a heart-stopping victory in the first quarterfinal today. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) hit a long three-pointer with less then four seconds to go in regulation to propel Serbia to a dramatic victory. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) set things rolling with a three-pointer. The teams eagerly traded baskets early in the game. Bjelica and Novica Velickovic triggered a 10:0 run for the Serbian team as they gained a 23:13 lead. But quick eight points from Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) helped Spain to trim a deficit at just four points 23:27 at the first break. Nenad Krstic opened the scoring in the second period but Alex Mumbru and Sergio Llull knocked down five consecutive points as Spain cut the distance at just one point 28:29. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) boosted the margin back to 7 points as Serbia stayed in control. Marc Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) narrowed the distance back to four points but Spain could not get any closer. Krstic and Marko Keselj ensured a 49:41 lead for Serbia at halftime. Spain stormed into the second half. They scored ten points in a row to take a 51:49 lead. Marko Keselj finally stopped the rot hitting a trey for Serbia. The teams exchanged the baskets then with neither side able to take a comfortable lead. Novica Velickovic and Dusko Savanovic gave the Serbian side a 65:62 lead. Fran Vazquez and Nenad Krstic traded baskets late in the period as Serbia entered the fourth period up by three points 67:64. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj tipped off the fourth quarter with five points in a row as Serbia cleared off again. Fran Vazquez and Ricky Rubio tried to keep Spain within striking distance but Dusko Savanovic was unstoppable as he gave Dusan Ivkovic team a 77:69 advantage. Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez dragged Spain within three points but Nenad Krstic and Dusko Savanovic replied almost immediately to put Serbia up by 8 points 86:78. Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez triggered a 6:0 run from the Spaniards as they narrowed the deficit to just two points with just over two minutes remaining. Marko Keselj drained an unbelievable three-pointer to put Serbia up by five but Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with five consecutive points to draw things level at 89 with 25 seconds remaining. Milos Teodosic handled the ball in the dying seconds and then exploded from way downtown to put Serbia in front. Jorge Garbajosa committed a turnover in the next possession and Serbia celebrated a tough win at the end. Marko Keselj and Novica Velickovic knocked down 17 points each to lead Serbia. Dusko Savanovic added 15 points in the winning case. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 27 points for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa notched 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.



Argentina and Lithuania complete Quarterfinal picture - Sep. 7, 2010 

Serbia - Croatia 73-72

The Balkan battle opened the Eight Finals of the World Championship. Serbia became the first Quarter finalist beating Croatia 73:72 in a thriller. Serbia started with 5-0 run, but could not kept the lead in the opening quarter. Bogdanovic Bojan tied it at 5:5, while Ukic Roko-Leni brought his side 12:9. Bogdanovic Bojan increased to 20:13, while Loncar Kresimir made it 27:19 at the end of the period. Perovic Kosta opened the second period with a dunk and Tepic Milenko reduced to 27:23. Moreover Perovic Kosta pulled Serbia to 29:29 making another dunk. Keselj Marko with a three gave them 34:32 and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) made 36:34. Actually that was the end of the first half, however the Battle continued in the court. Rasic Aleksandar started the third frame with a three-pointer for 37:36 and Nenad Krstic made two free-throws for 39:36. Ukic Roko-Leni tied it all at 40:40 and Bogdanovic Bojan brought Croatia 42:41. The squads exchanged the leads several times until the end of the quarter and Macvan Milan scored for 54:50 for Serbia. The last frame became the most interesting in the game. Tomas Marko reduced it to 54:52 and Tomas Marko scored for 56:54. Serbia created a 5-0 run for 61:54, but the game was not over. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed three in reply for 64:60, while Banic Marko n a row for 67:65. Marko Popovic reduced to 68:67 with 24 seconds in the game and he also scored for 70:69. Tomas Marko an unbelievable steal and passed again to Marko Popovic that made one free throw for 70:70. Rasic Aleksandar drove a lay-up for 72:70, while again Marko Popovic reduced to 72:72 with 5 seconds in the game. Rasic Aleksandar was however fouled and made one free throw for the final success. Nenad Krstic paced all the winners with 16 points and Rasic Aleksandar added 15. Perovic Kosta netted 10 and Macvan Milan scored 8. Marko Popovic had a great night in defeat finishing with 21 points for Croatia. Ukic Roko-Leni posted 11 and Banic Marko poured in 10.

Spain - Greece 80-72
Spain and Greece closed the first day of the Eighth Final Round and knew that the winner would face Serbia later in the stage. Spain grabbed valuable 80:72 win in Istanbul. Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) opened the game with a jump shot and Diamantidis Dimitrios increased the lead to 4:0. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) tied the game at 6:6 and Garbajosa Jorge made the same at 11:11. Greece however replied with 6-0 run as Nikolaos Zisis closed it at 17:11, while Nikolaos Zisis also scored for 18:14. Llull Sergio and Lopez Raul meanwhile put Spain in front at 20:19 and Reyes Felipe closed the period at 22:19. Bourousis, Ioannis opened the second period and Vazquez Fran made it 24:21. Spain scored another four points in a row as Rubio Ricky brought 28:21. Greece answered with 6-0 run and Schortsanitis Sofoklis cut it to 28:27. Spain later responded with 7-0 run and grabbed 37:29 with less than two minutes in the first half. Spanoulis was the last to score in the second frame to reduce the gap to 37:31. The third quarter belonged to Greece that produced a good long-range shots. They opened the game with 8-0 run as Fotsis Antonios nailed three for 38:37. Diamantidis Dimitrios posted another three for 41:41 and Nikolaos Zisis scored for 49:45. Fernandez Rudy replied with a three for 51:48, while Spain scored the last four points in the frame to take 52:51 advantage. Diamantidis Dimitrios scored from the perimeter to open the last quarter and Vazquez Fran tied the game at 54:54. Reyes Felipe and Llull Sergio gave Spain 58:54 and then Schortsanitis Sofoklis drove a lay-up for 58:56. Fernandez Rudy nailed three for 61:57 and Greece needed Timeout with 4 minutes to go. Reyes Felipe closed a 6-0 run for 67:57 and Juan Carlos Navarro nailed three for 70:60. Schortsanitis reduced to 70:63 and Schortsanitis Sofoklis cut it to 72:66 with a minute in the quarter. Spanoulis brought 72:68, but Rubio Ricky made two free throws for 74:68. Juan Carlos Navarro was also perfect from the line to give Spain 76:68, while Calathes could make only one. Llull Sergio and Fotsis Antonios exchanged the baskets at the end as Spain qualified to 1/4 Finals. Juan Carlos Navarro paced all the winners with 22 points, Fernandez Rudy netted 14 and Llull Sergio added 9. Nikolaos Zisis and Diamantidis Dimitrios replied with 16 points each, whilst Schortsanitis Sofoklis posted 13.

Turkey - France 95-77
Turkey have reached the quarterfinal stage at the home World Championship. They knocked down France to make it into the next stage of the tournament. Turkey will next face Slovenia for the ticket into the semis. Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hedo Turkoglu ensured a quick start for Turkey. France found the way to answer as Les Bleus surged ahead 10:9 midway through the first frame. However Ilyasova and Arslan ensured a 19:14 lead for the hosts at the first break. Things got much better for Turkey in the second period. Arslan hit a three-pointer to give the home team a double-digit lead. Nando De Colo and Pietrus dragged France within 6 points but Sinan Guler and Savas secured a 35:24 lead for Turkey. Ilyasova and Savas made it 43:28 at halftime. Hedo Turkoglu opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers. Omer Asik and Onan followed with four points in a row as Turkey went on a run. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) drained a trey to stop bleeding for France. Turkey answered with five straight points as they increased a cushion to as many as 27 points. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw struck from downtown as France got closer. Bokolo executed two free throws and Les Bleus narrowed the deficit at 21-point mark. The hosts immediately replied with five consecutive points and Turkey rallied to a 71:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Nicolas Batum began the final term with four points in a row. Koffi and Gelabale narrowed the distance back to 21 points. Turkey calmly replied with 7 straight points and never looked back en route to the victory. Hedo Turkoglu knocked down 20 points to lead Turkey. Sinan Guler accounted for 17 points in the victory. Boris Diaw replied with 21 points for France. Nando De Colo canned 15 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia - Australia 87-58
Slovenia showed the highest level of concentration and determination as they shocked Australia at the World Championship eighth-finals. The European side dominated from start to finish to book their spot at the quarterfinals. Jaka Lakovic knocked down 19 points to pace the effort. Australia got to an awful start to the game. Slovenia kept their opponents scoreless for more than six minutes building a 12:0 lead. Joe Ingles finally broke the draught for the Boomers but Slovenia stayed in control. Sani Becirovic capped the half with two free throws to give the European team a 16:8 lead. Sani Becirovic and Jaka Lakovic opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the lead. As Australia struggled to hit shots from the field Slovenia kept gradually enlarging the lead. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Jaka Lakovic gave Slovenia a 42:21 advantage at halftime. David Andersen tipped off the third quarter with three points in a row and it seemed the Boomers gained the momentum. But Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Nachbar teamed up for several cooling shots as Slovenia quickly built a 26-point advantage. Vidmar, Jaka Lakovic and Miha Zupan made it a 28-point game for Slovenia late in the period. Australia entered the fourth quarter down by 26 points 45:71. Jaka Lakovic and Goran Jagodnik connected from beyond the arc in the first part of the fourth quarter as Slovenia easily kept their opponents at bay. No miracle arrived for Australia at the dying stages as Slovenia coasted to the win at the end. Primoz Brezec scored 12 points for Slovenia. Goran Dragic accounted for 10 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. Patrick Mills and Joe Ingles netted 13 points each for Australia. Matt Nielsen finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

USA - Angola 121-66
U.S. of America easily reached the Quarterfinals as they smashed the African side. USA won 121:66 and advanced to the next stage at the World Championship in Turkey. Billups and Durant opened the game for the winners and Lutonda was the first to score for Angola. Moreover Gomes Joaquim reduced to 5:4, while USA exploded with 7-0 run for a bigger lead. Durant nailed three for 22:7 and Love netted three in a row for 29:9. USA continued to play offensive and reached 33:13 as Westbrook made two free throws. Gay Rudy opened the second period with a lay-up and Love Kevin netted three for 38:13. Fortes Roberto responded with a three for Angola, while Gomes Joaquim reduced to 42:18. Angola also managed to score five points later in a row and cut it to 44:23. Durant brought back 51:25, whilst Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) scored from the perimeter for 55:28. Chandler Tyson was perfect from the free throw line, while Angola again scored five consecutive points to cut it to 57:35. USA replied with the same run as Chauncey Billups brought 62:35. Durant closed the period at 65:38 making another three-pointer. Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) followed him with two threes in the start of the third period and gave USA 71:38. Chauncey Billups scored another one for 71:40, while Odom Lamar posted for 76:42. Iguodala Andre made a dunk for 83:49 and Gordon Eric nailed three for 89:52. Lutonda Miguel bounced back with 4 points in a row to give 89:54, while Curry Stephen closed the quarter at 91:56. Morais Carlos scored for 94:58 and Almeida Carlos netted three for 96:61. Westbrook gave USA three digit number at 101:61. Gordon Eric nailed another three-pointer for 106:63 and Mingas Eduardo reduced to 106:65. Morais Carlos gave Angola their last points with more than 4 minutes in the game. USA finished the game with 11-0 run to seal the victory. Chauncey Billups paced all the winners with 19 points, while Gay Rudy, Durant and Gordon Eric posted 17 each. Gomes Joaquim ended up with 21 points in the losing effort. Ambrosio Felizardo nailed 12, while Fortes Roberto scored 11.

Russia - New Zealand 78-56
Russia executed brilliantly defensively and overcame New Zealand in the eighth-final round of the World Championship. They will now face the USA in what should be exciting quarterfinal clash in Turkey. Thomas Abercrombie opened the scoring count in this one. Vitaly Fridzon quickly answered but the Kiwis accounted for next seven points and surged in front. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) and Vitaly Fridzon erased the deficit and drew things level at 11 late in the opening frame. But Penney helped the Tall Blacks to a 15:13 lead at the first break. Phill Jones opened the second term with a three-pointer but Russia were ready for the Kiwi challenge. They tightened their defense and paid off. Russia went on a 13:0 run to take a 29:21 lead midway through the period. Thomas Abercrombie finally scored for New Zealand and then Phill Jones followed to narrow the gap. Pero Cameron and Thomas Abercrombie dragged New Zealand within four points at halftime 27:31. New Zealand got within two points early in the third term but Russia quickly grabbed some room to breathe. Vorentsevich had a great term for David Blatt team as he helped Russia earn a 48:35 advantage. Timofey Mozgov and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) allowed Russia to establish a 51:35 lead with under two minutes to go in the period. But New Zealand bridged the quarters with an 8:0 rally to get within 8 points. Vorontevich drained a jumper to keep Russia in charge. Voronsevich and Timofey Mozgov just tore up the Kiwis defense in the paint to keep their team well in charge. And though Kirk Penney kept scoring for the Tall Blacks in the dying moments Russia kept on finding proper answers every time as they rolled to the victory at the end. Vorontsecivh tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Russia. Timofey Mozgov added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kirk Penney answered with 21 points for the Tall Blacks. Thomas Abercrombie netted 13 points in the loss.

Lithuania - China 78-67
Lithuania used all of their experience and class to outlast China at the eighth-final stage of the World Championship. The Baltic team will now take on the winners of Brazil vs. Argentina clash. China opened the game on an 11:3 run. Yue Sun gave the Asian powerhouse a 16:5 lead midway through the frame. Lithuania managed to narrow the deficit at just 2-point margin late in the starting quarter. Liu Wei drained a three-pointer giving China a 22:17 advantage at the break. Jianlian Yi and Yue Sun ensured a 29:20 lead for China early in the second term. Lithuania went on a 16:2 rally to surge ahead 36:31. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the reminder of the half as the Baltic team secured a 43:40 lead at halftime. Shipeng Wang and Jianlian Yi tied things up at 45 early in the second half. But Martynas Gecevicius hit a pair of three-pointers to spark a 10:0 run from Lithuania as they restored a 59:48 advantage. The Baltic side entered the fourth quarter up by 13 points 64:51. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) opened the fourth stanza with a layup as Lithuania gained a 15-point advantage. Liu Wei sparked intrigue in this one as he dragged the Chinese team within 6 points. However Linas Kleiza knocked down four points to keep Lithuania at a comfortable distance. The forward notched 13 points in the final stanza to give no chance for China in this one. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Gecevicius added 14 points in the winning effort. Liu Wei replied with 21 points for China. Jianlian Yi and Wang ZhiZhi had 11 points each in the loss.

Argentina - Brazil 93-89
Argentina survived a heart-stopping drama at the eighth-final stage of the World Championship in Turkey. They held off their archrivals Brazil in a thrilling battle in Istanbul to advance into the quarterfinals. Argentina will next face Lithuania. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with an amazing performance tallying 37 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. The teams opened the game in a wild tempo. The baskets just kept on dropping in the first quarter. The lead changed hands for numerous times before Marcelinho Huertas leveled things up at 25. Prigioni and Luis Scola gave Argentina a 34:30 lead midway through the second quarter. But Brazil stayed close. Marcelinho Machado scored 8 points as the South American champions stayed within striking distance. Marcelinho Huertas capped the first half with 6 points in a row as Brazil surged ahead 48:46. Brazil opened the second half with five points in a row to establish a 53:46 advantage. Luis Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino helped Argentina struck right back as they narrowed the deficit to just two points. Luis Scola knocked down five points late in the third term and Carlos Delfino added two more as the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 66. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) notched back-to-back three-pointers to open the fourth quarter but Hernan Jasen replied with his own two triples to level things up. Gutierrez and Hernan Jasen put Argentina in front 79:75 midway through the period. Luis Luis Scola stretched the gap to 6 points 85:79 with just over two minutes remaning. But Marcelinho Huertas and Marcelinho Machado teamed up for quick five points as Brazil cut the distance at one point 84:85. Luis Luis Scola stepped up with next four points and Argentina posted an 89:84 lead with 24 seconds to go. Splitter converted a lay-up but Carlos Delfino responded with two free throws to keep the distance between the teams. Marcelinho Huertas kept the hope alive for Brazil with a wild trey but Luis Luis Scola calmly hit both free throws and iced the dramatic win for Argentina. Carlos Delfino notched 20 points for the winners. Hernan Jasen added 15 points in the victory. Marcelinho Huertas netted 32 points for Brazil. Leandrinho Barbosa accounted for 20 points in the losing effort.


The End of the Preliminary Round - Sep. 3, 2010 

Group A

Angola - Australia 55-76

Australia recorded the third win at the World Championship preliminary round. They shot down Angola to improve at 3-2 record in Group A. Angola slipped at 2-3 record and set up an eighth-final clash against the USA. It was Angola who looked better in the opening frame. The African powerhouse kept the Aussies at bay. Angola established an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Felizardo Ambrosio and Paulo helped Angola to a 7-point advantage at the start of the second quarter. But then Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) sparked an 11:0 run from the Boomers as they spurred in front. Australia looked dominant at the moments as Martin ensured a 39:27 advantage for the Aussies late in the half. Miguel Lutonda and Felizardo Ambrosio bridged the quarters with four points as Angola tried to stay within striking distance. Vladimir Jeronimo (193-F-78) dragged Angola even closer but Australia responded with a 9:0 run as they accumulated a 48:33 lead. Angola could not adjust their defense as they entered the fourth frame trailing by as many as 22 points 38:60. The African never came near close to Australia in the final quarter as the Boomers coasted to the victory at the end. Patrick Mills knocked down 11 points to lead balanced offensive effort from Australia. Matt Nielsen added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Vladimir Jeronimo and Miguel Lutonda had 9 points apiece for Angola. Joaquim Gomes had 8 points in the loss.

Argentina - Serbia 82-84
Serbia narrowly defeated Argentina in the final game of the preliminary round at the World Championship tonight. Serbia overcame another stellar performance from Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) to tame previously undefeated Argentina. The victory allowed Serbia to win Group A. It was a close game from start to finish. Argentina got to the better start as they were up 16:4 midway through the first frame. Pablo Prigioni and Luis Scola gave the Latin American team a 20:7 advantage but Serbia scored next seven points to get closer. They managed to narrow the deficit at just two-point mark at the break 20:22. Luis Scola opened the second term with six points in a row as Argentina were back in the drivers seat. Milos Teodosic nailed 7 points in a 9:0 run from Serbia as they surged in front 31:30. The lead changed hands for several times before Markovic sealed the first half outcome at 40:39 for Serbia. Jasen tipped off the second half with a triple as Argentina once again returned the lead. Serbia bounced back as they drove at 58:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Nenad Krstic notched four consecutive points at the beginning of the fourth stanza and Serbia accumulated a 62:54 lead. Nenad Krstic gave the European team a 9-point cushion midway through the fourth term 67:58. But Priogioni, Gutierrez and Luis Scola trimmed the deficit at just three points 72:75 with just over two minutes to go. Quinteros drained a three-pointer as the teams appeared tied at 75. Nenad Krstic and Luis Scola exchanged points but then Dusko Savanovic hit a trey to ensure an 80:77 lead for Serbia with 18 seconds remaining. Rasic then knocked down four free throws in the dying seconds to ice the victory for Serbia. Dusko Savanovic provided 19 points for Serbia. Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic had 16 points in the win. Luis Scola tallied game-high 32 points and 7 rebounds for Argentina. Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni finished with 13 points apiece in the losing effort.

Jordan - Germany 73-91
Germany beat Jordan, both are out of 1/8 Finals of the World Championship in Turkey. The European side won 91:73 in the last game for both teams this year. Germany was the favorite of the game and needed the win to somehow forget the loss from Angola last night. They started with 7:3 as Pleiss scored all the points for them. Benzing Robin brought 12:6 and Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) again scored for 16:9. Daghles Osama nailed three to close the opening quarter at 28:17. Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) opened the second quarter from the perimeter and Abbas Zaid reduced to 32:22. Moreover Alkhas, Zaid nailed three for 34:33 midway through the quarter. Germany needed 7-0 run as Jagla was the last to score in the half for 40:33. Tibor Pleiss and Alkhas Zaid exchanged the shots for 42:36 and Jagla increased to 50:41. Staiger Lucca made it 56:43, while McNaughton Christopher scored for 65:48. Daghles Osama brought the last points in the third period as the board showed 67:50 for the European team. Schwethelm Philipp and Enver Soobzokov nailed threes for the teams in the start of the fourth period and Ohlbrecht Tim gave the winners 74:58. Staiger Lucca was the last player in his team to score in the game for 91, while Hussein Mohammad made the last shot in the game. Tibor Pleiss top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Staiger Lucca netted 16. Jagla posted 14 and McNaughton Christopher added 12. Daghles Osama delivered 22 points in the losing case and Wright Rasheim notched 14. Enver Soobzokov and Alkhas Zaid poured in 12 apiece as Jordan lost all five games.


Group B

USA - Tunisia 92-57

USA celebrated the fifth straight win at the World Championship in Turkey. They cruised past Tunisia today to finish the preliminary round on top of Group B. Tunisia finished the tournament winless. Eric Gordon (193-G-88, college: Indiana) unloaded 21 points to lead the winners. USA will now face Angola in the eighth-finals on Monday. Rzig ensured a memorable start for Tunisia as he scored four points in a row. Kevin Durant needed to score five straight points for the USA to take the lead at 11:8. The North American team cleared off to a 19:13 advantage at the first intermission. Stephen Curry (191-G-88, college: Davidson) opened a double-digit lead for the USA midway through the second quarter. Marouana Kechrid and Hadidane hit a bunch of three-pointers as Tunisia pulled within two 31:33 late in the half. Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook capped the half with four consecutive points as the North Americans ensured a 39:33 halftime advantage. The USA used a 10:2 run midway through the third term to accumulate a 55:41 advantage. Eric Gordon and Stephen Curry unloaded back-to-back trebles as the margin grew at 19-point mark. Tunisia came up with only 11 points in the final stanza as the USA coasted to the victory. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook notched 14 points each for the USA. Stephen Curry knocked down 13 points in the victory. Marouana Kechrid replied with 15 points for Tunisia. Makram Ben Romdhane added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovenia - Iran 65-60
Slovenia withheld a late rally from Iran to record the fourth win at the World Championship. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 18 points as Slovenia clinched the second position in preliminary Group B. They will now face Australia at the eighth-final stage. Iran wrapped up their campaign at 1-4 record in the fifth position in the ladder. Slovenia opened the game with seven quick points. They stayed in control and won the opening period 19:6. Iran looked much more aggressive in the second quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to draw things level at 23. Goran Dragic replied with five consecutive points as Slovenia accumulated a 28:23 lead at halftime. Miha Zupan and Bostjan Nachbar stretched the gap to 10 points early in the third term. Slovenia dictated the tempo in the third stanza as they boosted the gap to as many as 17 points. Slovenia posted a 52:34 lead at the third intermission. But Iran were not about to surrender that easily. A pair of three-pointers from Hamed Haddadi and Davarpanah gave a needed boost for the Asian team. Arsalan Kazemi fired from beyond the arc and Iran went on a 14:2 run to get within five. And it was only the buzzer that stopped Iran from catching up with Slovenia. Miha Zupan netted 15 points for the winners. Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nachbar produced 10 points each in the victory. Hamed Haddadi replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi finished with 13 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Brazil - Croatia 92-74
Brazil wrapped up the preliminary round at the World championship with victory. They held off Croatia to occupy the third position in Group B. Brazil will now take on Argentina in the South American classico at the eighth-final stage of the tournament. Croatia occupied the fourth place and set up a Balkan derby against Serbia in the playoffs. Brazil opened the game with seven points in a row. Croatia got closer but Brazil did not allow their opponents to pull in charge. The Latin American team dominated as they posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Marcelinho Machado knocked down two three-pointers during an 8:0 run from Brazil as they earned a 36:24 lead midway through the second quarter. Brazil rallied to a comfortable 48:35 halftime advantage. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) nailed 6 points to spark a 9:0 run from the Latin American team at the start of the third quarter. They cruised throughout the frame and entered the final stanza up by as many as 22 points 72:50. Croatia got within 15 in the fourth quarter but it was as close as they could get as Brazil drove to a confident victory. Marcelinho Machado delivered 18 points for Brazil. Leandrinho Barbosa notched 17 points, while Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 15 in the win. Marko Popovic replied with 15 points for Croatia. Kresimir Loncar netted 12 points in the loss.


Group C

Puerto Rico - Ivory Coast 79-88

Cote d'Ivoire posted the first win at the World Championship. They defeated Puerto Rico on the final day of preliminary action but to no avail. The victory proved insufficient for the African team to reach the playoffs. The loss also meant the end of the tournament for Puerto Rico as China occupied the fourth position in Group C. Cote d'Ivoire started the game brilliantly. They quickly opened a 5:0 lead and maintained the advantage throughout the starting frame. Konate opened an 11-point lead late in the first term. Guilermo Diaz and David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) capped the frame with four points in a row as Puerto Rico cut the margin to 5 points 14:19. Cote dIvoire tipped off the second half with seven consecutive points to clear off to a 12-point distance. Brice Assie hit a trey and Cote dIvoire accumulated a 13-point lead. But Puerto Rico managed to come back to life. Balkman, Vassallo and Santiago pulled the Latin American team within 3 points with 24 seconds to go in the half. Konate crowned the half with a three-pointer as Cote d'Ivoire posted a 39:33 advantage. Konate picked up from where he left in the first half and opened the third term with another long three. But Puerto Rico gradually came closer. Nathan Peavy hit a three-pointer to pull his team within 5 midway through the quarter. Jose Juan Barea and Nathan Peavy teamed up for five quick points as Puerto Rico trailed by 2 points 53:55. Cote d'Ivoire hung on to lead by 5 points 64:59 heading into the fourth stanza. David Huertas fired two triples early in the fourth quarter as Puerto Rico finally surged in front 67:66. Cote d'Ivoire replied with six consecutive points to return the lead. Jose Juan Barea and Balkman kept Puerto Rico within needed distance not before Charles Abouo (196-G/F-89) and Diabate gave Cote d'Ivoire a 12-point lead with 30 seconds to go. Peavy and Mohamed Koneexchanged the baskets as the African team kept the difference they needed to stay hopeful. But David Huertas drained a last seconds triple and sent both teams home. Herve Lamizana and Mohamed Kone provided 17 points each for Cote d'Ivoire. Charles Abouo top-scored with 19 points for the winners. Jose Juan Barea replied with 19 points for Puerto Rico. David Huertas had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Greece - Russia 69-73
Russia posted the fourth win at the World Championship as they knocked down Greece in Ankara today. The victory allowed David Blatt's team to clinch the second place in Group C. Greece slipped at 3-2 record and finished in the third position. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) top-scored with 18 points for Russia. It was Russia who took the lead and they did not surrender it in the first term. Andrey Vorontsevich hit a three-pointer to make it 12:2 midway through the opening frame. Greece never picked up the slack as they trailed by 10 at the first break 10:20. Kaimakoglou drained a triple to pull the Hellenes within 5 in the middle of the second frame. Nicholas Calathes (198-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis made it a 2-point game. Greece managed to erase the deficit and knotted things up at 30:30 at halftime. Bourousis put Greece in front 37:36 midway through the third quarter. But Russia quickly responded with 13 points in a row to surge in front. They posted a comfortable 59:43 lead at the final intermission. Ponkrashov and Monya tipped off the fourth term with four points in a row as Russia seemed to cruise to the victory. But Greece were not ready to give just yet. Sofoklis Schortsanitis organized an 11:0 run that cut the deficit 8-point mark. Fridzon kept Russia in charge with five points but Diamantidis and Spanoulis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers as Greece cut the deficit to only 4 points with seven seconds to go. Ponkrashov just throw the ball out of bounds giving the Hellenes a chance to save the game. However Spanoulis got blocked and Russia came away with a tough win at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich nailed 10 points for Russia. Eugeny Voronov added 9 points in the win. Sofoklis Schortsanitis replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Greece. Nikolaos Zisis had 11 points in the loss.

Turkey - China 87-40
Turkey won Group C to remain the only team in it undefeated. The hosts of the World Championship rolled over China 87:40 as the latter finished fourth with 1-4 record. China needed the win more the hosts in order to advance however even with the enormous loss managed to advance. Zhang Zhaoxu gave the points for the Asian team and unfortunately for them China never stayed in front anymore. Turkey replied with 12-0 run and Su Wei closed the period at 15:6. Omer Asik (213-C-86) made the first two points in the second period, while Erden Semih posted for 23:13. Turkey exploded with 16-0 run to close the half as Savas Oguz made it 39:13. Zhou Peng and Savas Oguz exchanged the baskets early in the third period and again Savas Oguz made three for 52:19. Omer Asik delivered for 57:22, while Erden Semih brought the hosts 64:25. Omer Asik made a dunk to close the third period as it was clear Turkey would benefit from the game. Yu Shulong nailed three to open the last period and Guler Sinan responded from the perimeter for 71:30. Erden Semih scored for 76:33 and Savas Oguz made the final score at 87:40. Savas Oguz paced all the winners with 20 points and Erden Semih added 18. Omer Asik nailed 17, while Ermis Baris and Guler Sinan scored 9 each. Sun Yue ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Yu Shulong posted 9.


Group D

Spain - Canada 89-67

Spain wrapped up their World Championship preliminary round campaign with victory. They shot down Canada in Group D to finish at 3-2 record. Canada remained winless at 0-5. Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull drained two triples to put Spain in front early in the game. Soon the defending champions accumulated a 10:2 lead. Spain stayed in charge in the quarter. They arrived at the first intermission up by 11 points 28:17. Jermaine Bucknor opened the second term with a three-pointer as Canada started to look more active. Kelly Kelly Olynyk (211-F-91) scored six points as Canada pulled within 5 points 29:34. Jermaine Anderson followed with a triple as the North American side trailed by two 32:34. However Rudy Fernandez knocked down five points late in the half as Spain eked out a 42:37 advantage at halftime. Spain controlled the tempo in the third term. Canada could not get closer than four points. Mumbru capped the term with a lay-up as the reigning champions posted a 63:48 advantage. Sacre opened the final term with a jumper but Spain responded with eight points in a row to boost the margin to 21 points. The defending champions never slowed down and romped past Canada in the final minutes. Rudy Fernandez and Fran Vazquez scored 19 points each for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points in the victory. Kelly Olynyk replied with 14 points for Canada. Jevohn Shepherd added 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon - Lithuania 66-84
Lithuania posted the fifth straight win at the World Championship in Turkey. They knocked down Lebanon to win preliminary round Group D. Lebanon finished the tournament with one win in five games played. Lithuania opened the game with four points in a row to jump in front. They maintained the lead for some time before Ali Fakhreddine notched four points to level things up at 16 at the first break. Abdelnour put Lebanon in charge early in the second quarter. Martynas Gecevicius drained a triple triggering a 6:0 run from the Baltic team as they retained the lead. Renaldas Seibutis and Martynas Gecevicius capped the half with four points in a row as Lithuania accumulated a 39:32 advantage. Lithuania used a 10:0 run early in the third term to clear off to an 11-point distance. Ali Fakhreddine refused to give up as four points from him made it a 5-point game. Lithuania scored next four points to restore a safe cushion and they rallied to a 64:51 advantage before the final term. Lebanon opened the fourth period with four points in a row but a 6:0 spurt from the Lithuanian team followed and it killed any hopes for the Asian team. Renaldas Seibutis came up with 17 points to lead Lithuania. Martynas Gecevicius added 16 points, while Tomas Delininkaitis finished with 11 points in the victory. Rony Fahed replied with 19 points for Lebanon. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

New Zealand - France 82-70
New Zealand came up with an outstanding victory over France to make it three in a row at the World Championship in Turkey. The victory ensured the third place finish for the Tall Blacks in Group D. New Zealand will now face Russia in the eighth-finals. France all of a sudden slipped at the fourth position and would take on Turkey in the playoffs. New Zealand started the game strongly. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and Lindsay Tait hit from beyond the arc as the Tall Blacks grabbed an 11:3 lead. But Les Bleus capped the opening frame with seven points in a row and picked up a 20:17 advantage. Phill Jones triggered a 10:0 run early in the second period for New Zealand as they returned the lead. Mika Vukona soon opened a double-digit advantage for the Kiwis. New Zealand established a comfortable 39:25 advantage at halftime. France began the second half with seven straight points to cut the deficit. Mika Vukona and Kirk Penney replied with four points as New Zealand maintained the pressure. Lindsay Tait gave the Kiwis a 15-point buffer late in the third term. They won the period 58:43 but France cut the distance with four opening points in the final quarter. The Tall Blacks stayed in charge before Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum dragged the French team within 7 points with under three minutes to go. Pero Cameron drained a triple but Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum cut the margin to 7 points once again, while Alain Koffi narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark with 67 seconds remaining. Pero Cameron and Thomas Abercrombie teamed up for three points, while Alain Koffi went perfect from the stripe to make it 68:75 with 21 seconds to go. Kirk Penney followed with a triple and a foul completing a four-point play. Yannick Bokolo notched two free throws just to watch Thomas Abercrombie hitting a three-pointer and sealing a 12-points win for New Zealand. Kirk Penney unloaded 25 points to lead the charge. Mika Vukona added 15 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Yannick Bokolo replied with 13 points for France. Mickael Gelabale finished with 12 points in the loss.


Day: 4 (Preliminary Round) - Sep. 2, 2010 

Group A

Serbia - Australia 94-79

Serbia ensured the third win at the World Championship in Turkey. They prevailed against Australia for 3-1 record in Group A. The Boomers slipped at 2-2 record after the defeat. Adam Gibson set things going with a three-pointer. But Serbia quickly erased the deficit and pulled in charge. A 7:0 run gave the Serbian team a 14:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. The European side accumulated a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets before Savanovic and Marko Keselj hit back-to-back three-pointers and Serbia went up by ten points 36:26. Marko Keselj soon stretched the lead to 11 points but the Boomers returned into the game cutting the deficit at 6-point mark at halftime 37:43. Bjelica and Rasic gave Serbia a 48:37 lead at the start of the second half. Serbia maintained the lead well throughout the third term. They entered the fourth quarter up by 8 points 69:61. Brad Newley and Maric helped the Aussie team to get within 5 points early in the final frame. But Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), Novica Velickovic and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) kept Serbia on top. Matt Nielsen dragged Australia within three 78:81 with just over two minutes to go. But Milos Teodosic accounted for next five points and Serbia easily escaped to the win at the end. Milos Teodosic celebrated his comeback after disqualification with 19 points to lead Serbia. Novica Velickovic added 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic had 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Brad Newley replied with 13 points for Australia. Patrick Mills had 12 points, 6 assists and 4 caroms in the loss.

Germany - Angola 88-92 OT
Angola eliminate Germany as they won 82:78 in overtime at the World Championship. Germany will not be in the first four places from the group as they allowed Angola to take their place. Unbelievable overtime thriller sent Angola to 2-2 record and tomorrow they will play for the third place in the group versus Australia. That was probably the most important game for both teams at the World Championship as the winner grabbed the Quarterfinal ticket. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) gave Angola the first points and Jagla Jan-Hendrik scored for 8:6 later in the period. The teams looked equal in the first frame and Ohlbrecht Tim tied the game at 19:19. Angola started with 5-0 run the second period, but then Schwethelm Philipp brought Europeam side 25:24. Angola created an 8-0 run to enjoy 32:25, while Joaquim Gomes scored for 40:35 at the halftime. Lutonda Miguel increased to 10-point deficit, whilst Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) added for 48:38. Mingas Eduardo drove a lay-up for 54:45 and Morais Carlos closed the period at 58:54. Germany looked awesome in the start of the fourth quarter and after some important baskets reached 74:64 when Jagla Jan-Hendrik made a three-pointer. Joaquim Gomes reduced to 77:71 and then Angola showed their desire to win. Ambrosio Felizardo cut it to 77:76 and Olimpio Cipriano made two free throws for 78:78 after the fourth period. In overtime Angola led from the beginning until the end and scored the majority of the points from the free throw line. Olimpio Cipriano erupted with 30 points for the winners and Joaquim Gomes netted 16. Lutonda Miguel notched 13 and Mingas Eduardo posted 10. Jagla Jan-Hendrik ended up with 23 points in the losing effort as Germany fell at 1-3. Schaffartzik Heiko poured in 18 and Ohlbrecht Tim had 17.

Argentina - Jordan 88-79
Argentina recorded the fourth straight win at the World Championship. The Latin American side held off Jordan for 4-0 record on top of Group A. Jordan suffered the fourth straight defeat and lost their chances to stay in the title race. But the Asian team gave all Argentina could handle before losing at the end. It was a good start for Argentina. They quickly established a 15:4 lead. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) hit a three-pointer as Argentina accumulated an 18:6 advantage midway through the term. Argentina scored eagerly as they posted a 35:19 advantage at the first intermission. Gutierrez and Paolo Quinteros hit from beyond the arc early in the second quarter as the margin grew at 17-point mark 41:24. Soon Paolo Quinteros drained another triple as Argentina accumulated a 20-point lead 46:26. But Jordan capped the half on an 11:3 rally to trim the distance at 12-point mark 37:49. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) and Idais began the second half with three trifectas in a row as Jordan got as close as three points 46:49. Luis Scola calmed things down with four points. Argentina quickly retained a 10-point advantage but Idais and Rasheim Wright came up for Jordan again and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark with one quarter to go. Back-to-back triples from Carlos Delfino and Gutierrez restored a 10-point buffer for the Latin American team early in the final frame. However Rasheim Wright and Zaid Abbaas pulled Jordan within four once again. Jordan trailed by just five points with 50 seconds remaining when Pablo Prigioni converted four free throws and sealed the winning outcome for Argentina. Luis Scola stepped up with 30 points and 13 boards in the win. Carlos Delfino finished with 18 points, while Paolo Quinteros had 11 for Argentina. Rasheim Wright replied with 22 points for Jordan. Zaid Abbaas had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.


Group B

Iran - USA 51-88

It is the fourth straight win for the USA at the World Championship. They rolled past Iran to stay undefeated in Group B. Iran suffered the third loss in Turkey. Hamed Haddadi and Kamrani ensured a 5:3 start to the game for Iran. But the USA soon took off. They grabbed a 19:1o lead and posted a 19:13 advantage after ten minutes. Kevin Love (208-C-88, college: UCLA) scored 9 points in the second quarter as the USA kept control. They arrived at halftime up by 14 points 42:28. The North American team opened the second half with eight points in a row to clear off. They maintained the lead and moreover stretched the gap to as many as 62:39 advantage at the final intermission. Iran tipped off the fourth stanza on a 6:2 run to sweeten the pill but Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon (193-G-88, college: Indiana) quickly teamed up for 6 points in a row as the USA did not look back en route to the victory. Kevin Love finished with 13 points to lead the winners. Kevin Durant added 12 points, while Derrick Rose accounted for 11 points in the victory. Hamed Haddadi replied with game-high 19 points for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi notched 14 points in the loss.

Brazil - Slovenia 77-80
Slovenia edged Brazil in the last game of Wednesday at the World Championship in Turkey. Having 17 points lead, Slovenia could hold only 2 with 4 minutes to go, but three-pointers by Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) ensured 80:77 win. Both teams played equal in the first period and only 2-point lead was held by Slovenia. They started to play better in the second quarter and reached 44:30 at the halftime. The European team continued to dominate the court and Becirovic Sani scored for 67:51 after 30 minutes. Barbosa opened the fourth period with a jump shot to reduce the gap in the court. Brazil created a massive 15-0 run to reduce to 2 points. Moreover Slovenia could not score for 6 minutes and only Jaka Lakovic broke the silence to keep 73:68 lead. Jaka Lakovic became the hero of the game to hit another three for 76:68 with two minutes in the game. Huertas Marcelo made two free throws for 76:70 and Becirovic Sani received the fifth foul to be sent away. Splitter Tiago only one free throw, but Slovenian Bostjan Nachbar scored for 79:71. Machado Marcelo immediately replied from the perimeter for 79:74, while Dragic Goran scored one free throw for 80:74. Machado Marcelo made three free throws in the last seconds for the final result. Jaka Lakovic poured in 20 points for the winners and Brezec Primoz netted 16. Bostjan Nachbar followed them with 15, while Dragic Goran chipped in 10. Machado Marcelo answered with 20 points in the losing effort as Brazil fell at 2-2. Splitter Tiago notched 19 and Barbosa added 12.

Croatia - Tunisia 84-64
Croatia grabbed 2-2 record in Group B of the World Championship. The European team sent Tunisia to 0-4 record after 84:64 win in Istanbul. Croatia opened the game with 10 consecutive points and of course never looked behind in the game. Tunisia however replied with 8-0 run, while Popovic Marko closed another 8-0 run from Croatia. He nailed another three for 23:10 and closed the period at 23:12. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) scored from the perimeter for 31:14 and another three from the player showed 34:18 on the board. Loncar Kresimir made the shot from the arc to sent the squads to the lockers for 43:23 advantage. Ben Romdhane Macram opened the third frame in the game and Slimane Radhouane reduced to 43:27. Bojan Bogdanovic fired another three for 50:30 and Planinic Zoran drove a lay-up for 54:33. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored four points out of six at the end of the period to give Croatia 65:40 deficit. Tunisia meanwhile managed to win the last period. At first Ben Romdhane Macram three to start the quarter and then he cut it to 74:56. Tomic Ante and Ben Romdhane Macram exchanged for 78:60, while Bojan Bogdanovic made a dunk for 82:60. The latter also was the last to score in the game to bring the victory for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic paced all the winners with 19 points and Popovic Marko netted 16. Tomic Ante poured in 15, while Luksa Andric scored 10. Ben Romdhane Macram replied with 23 points in the losing case and Dhifallah Mohamed Naim added 8.


Group C

Turkey - Puerto Rico 79-77

Turkey overcame some tense moments in the dying seconds to eventually come away with a tough win over Puerto Rico. The victory helped Turkey improve at 4-0 record on top of Group C of the World Championship. Puerto Rico fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Puerto Rico surged in front quickly. They gained a 5:1 advantage but Turkey denied soon. The teams stayed very close in the starting quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Hedo Turkoglu hit a three-pointer and tied it all at 19. Puerto Rico opened the second term with a 10:2 run to clear off. But Arslan and Akyol did not allow the visitors to run away for good. Turkey stayed within striking distance at they trailed by seven 30:37 at halftime. Carmelo Lee opened the second half with a three-pointer but Hedo Turkoglu immediately answered with his own treble to ignite a 7:0 run from the hosts. Carmelo Lee hit another trey and Peter John Ramos helped the Latin American side to a 53:44 advantage. Turkey came up with the next seven points to cut the deficit. They got as close as one point 56:57 with one quarter remaining. The home side tipped off the fourth stanza with ten points in a row and all of a sudden Turkey took over. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) stopped the bleeding for Puerto Rico from the stripe however Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) quickly matched him with a jumper. Hedo Turkoglu hit a triple to give the Turkish team a 10-point buffer but Nathan Peavy quickly delivered his own three-pointer to keep the intrigue alive. Erden knocked down five points in a row as the hosts established a 12-point lead with just over three minutes left in regulation. But Puerto Rico refused to give up. Angel Angel D. Vassallo fired back-to-back treys to drag the team within 6 points 72:78. He followed with another triple and then Balkman put the visitors as close as one point with 7 seconds on the clock 77:78. Tunceri hit one free throw and Adonis Vassalos could not convert his three-pointer as Turkey escaped with a narrow win at the end. Hedo Turkoglu knocked down 16 points for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Angel D. Vassallo replied with 19 points for Puerto Rico. Peter John Ramos accounted for 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.

China - Russia 80-89
Russia posted their third win at the World Championship. They held off China for 3-1 record in Group C. The Asian team in the meantime suffered the third loss and slipped at 1-3 record. Sergey Monya (204-F-83) led well-balanced offence with 17 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds. China managed to pull ahead 10:6 midway through the opening frame. Russia used a 6:0 run to pull in front late in the quarter. China answered with 7 points to earn a 21:15 lead at the break. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stretched the margin to 8 points at the start of the second term. But Anton Ponkrashov and Sergey Monya hit back-to-back three-pointers as Russia started to trim the deficit. Russia went on a 13:2 rally to take a 36:29 advantage midway through the period. China went back in charge as the seesaw action continued. Wang Zhizhi capped the half with a jumper as China led by three 43:40. China earned a 5-point lead early in the third term but Russia were ready to answer. They unloaded a 9:2 rally to ensure a 51:49 lead. The lead changed hands for several times as Russia entered the fourth term ahead by one 63:62. David Blatt's team tipped off the final stanza with five points in a row to boost the lead. Wang ShiPeng and Jianlian Yi dragged China back within one and soon Yue Sun drained a treble to level things up at 73. Wang ShiPeng knocked down two free throws to put China in front 75:73. Russia immediately responded with 12 points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) finished with 16 points and 14 boards for Russia. Anton Ponkrashov provided 15 points in the win. Yue Sun accounted for 19 points for China. Wang ShiPeng netted 16 points in the loss.

Ivory Coast - Greece 67-90
Greece took 3-1 record in Group C of the World Championship. They edged Ivory Coast 90:67 to send them to 0-4 record. Ivory Coast surprised the favorites with 7-0 run in the start, while Greece needed 9-0 run for 9:7 lead. Schortsanitis Sofoklis scored for 13:10, while Spanoulis Vasileios posted for 18:14. It was him also to close the first period at 20:14 making two free throws. The second quarter brought only the bigger lead for Greece that dominated the court. The European team opened it with 8-0 run as Tsartsaris Konstantinos scored for 28:14. Another 16-0 run gave more confidence for Greece and Bourousis Ioannis delivered for 44:16. Lamizana Mamadou sent the squads to the lockers for 47:19 as African managed to score only 5 in the quarter. Lamizana Mamadou opened the third frame with a three and Lamizana Mamadou also reduced to 49:23. Fotsis Antonios however replied from the arc and Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) brought 56:25. Georgios Printezis made another shot from the long range to give Greece 61:30, whilst another three points from the player saw 64:30 on the board. Calathes Nick later brought 75:31 and Vougioukas, Ianclosed the third period at 81:38. Ivory Coast could not score for the first two minutes in the last period as Greece increased to 83:38. Assie Brice and Kale Jonathan however reduced to 86:46. Perperoglou Efstratios gave Greece 90:52 and Kale Jonathan was the last to score for the African team at 60. Georgios Printezis gave Greece the final points to bring 97. Calathes Nick top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgios Printezis and Tsartsaris Konstantinos posted 12 each. Spanoulis Vasileios and Schortsanitis Sofoklis followed them with 10 apiece. Assie Brice ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, whilst Lamizana Mamadou and Edi Guy added 9 each.


Group D

Canada - New Zealand 61-71

New Zealand tied their record at 2-2 after the victory over Canada on Wednesday at the World Championship. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) again led his way for 71:61 win as Canada suffered their fourth loss. Canada took 4-0 in the start and then Vukona Mika tied it at 4:4. Tait Lindsay brought New Zealand 7:6 and Cameron Pero scored for 11:8. New Zealand remained in front in the second period and had mostly 3-5 points deficit. Canada however grabbed 23:21 in the end of it as Anthony Joel free throw. New Zealand needed 5-0 run to close the half at 35:28. Tait Lindsay opened the third period for 37:28, while Kirk Penney nailed three for 42:29. Shepherd Jevohn brought Canada back to 44:38 and he also closed the third quarter at 47:41. Vukona, Mika scored for promising 54:45 lead with 6 minutes in the game. Kirk Penney and Anthony Joel exchanged the baskets for 58:49 and Tait Lindsay increased to 62:52. New Zealand kept the double-digit lead and Kirk Penneygame at 71:61. Kirk Penney stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Frank Casey nailed 14 and Jones Phill delivered 11. Shepherd Jevohn ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Anthony Joel netted 13, whilst Brown Denham posted 12.

Lebanon - Spain 57-91
Spain found the second victory at the World Championship. They proved too good for Lebanon improving at 2-2 record in Group D. The Asian side fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Rudy Fernandez and Garbajosa opened the game with four points in a row. Soon Reyes gave the Spanish team a 13:6 advantage. But Lebanon would not go away as they pulled in front 18:16 with under two minutes to go in the frame. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) gave Lebanon a 20:16 advantage. Alex Mumbru capped the quarter with a three-pointer as Spain trailed by one 21:22. The defending champions opened the second frame on a 9:2 run to surge ahead. Rony Fahed tried to keep Lebanon close but Jackson Vroman and Freije got the fourth and third fouls respectively and had to step off the court. Lebanon struggled offensively as Spain capitalized taking a 43:32 advantage at halftime. Lebanon got within ten points early in the third term but Spain immediately responded with a 21:2 rally to take a 68:39 advantage with under two minutes remaining. Spain entered the fourth quarter up by 25 points 72:47. The teams traded baskets throughout sloppy fourth quarter as Spain remained well in control of their fate. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds to pace Spain. Fran Vazquez added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Jackson Vroman accounted for 22 points and 9 caroms for Lebanon. Fadi El Khatib added 10 points in the loss.

Lithuania - France 69-55
Lithuania and France battled for the top place in Group D and for the only team in it to remain undefeated. The Baltic representative ensured 69:55 for 4-0 record on top. Maciulis Jonas gave Lithuania the first points and then Kalnietis Mantas scored for 7:5. Maciulis Jonas gave the Baltic side 9:8, while then France dominated the court until the end of the period. France finished the period with 11-0 run to take massive 24:11 lead after the first period. Batum Nicolas scored for 26:12 and Diaw Boris his side 29:14. Lithuania however created a 8-0 run as Maciulis Jonas pulled his side back to 29:24. Batum Nicolas made a free throw for 30:24 at the halftime. Pocius Martynas opened the third frame with a three and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) brought another three to tie the game at 30:30. De Colo Nando and Linas Kleiza hanged the baskets, while Pocius Martynas gave the Baltic representative 35:33. Javtokas Robertas increased to 39:35 and Lithuania continued to push the tempo. Linas Kleiza finished the run at 44:35 and Maciulis Jonas posted two for 50:37. France responded with four points and Lithuania immediately took timeout. Linas Kleiza made two free throws for 52:41 and it became the score after three quarters. Delininkaitis Tomas opened the last period with three and Seibutis Renaldas scored another for 58:41. Traore Ali cut it to 58:43 and Jankunas Paulius increased to 60:43. Klimavicius Tadas and Traore Ali exchanged the baskets for 62:47 and after two minutes of silence Linas Kleiza added one more points for the winners. Gelabale Mickael later reduced to 65:52 with 2 minutes until the end of the game. Albicy Andrew followed his teammate with another three for 65:55 and Maciulis Jonas made two free throws for 67:55. Kalnietis Mantas also was perfect from the line for 69:55 to bring the final points for the winners. Maciulis Jonas led the way with 19 points for 4-0 record. Linas Kleiza nailed 15 and Kalnietis Mantas scored 9. Batum Nicolas ended up with 13 points as France suffered their first loss. Gelabale Mickael posted 10, while De Colo Nando and Diaw Boris added 9 each.



Day: 3 Preliminary Round. Monday and Tuesday games - Sep. 1, 2010 

Group A

Australia - Germany 78-43

Australia did not have any difficulties reaching the second win at the World Championship in Greece. The team smashed Germany 78:43 on Monday. Benzing gave the European lead but as it became clear later it was their last one. Australia responded with 12-0 run and took 12:2 advantage. Barlow David nailed three for 17:5 and McNaughton Christopher closed the opening quarter at 19:7. Andersen David drove a lay-up for 21:7, while Patrick Mills (183-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed three for 24:12. Ingles Joseph followed him from the long range for 27:12 and Patrick Mills scored another three for 34:14. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) sent the teams to the lockers at 38:20 making a three-pointer. Patrick Mills started the third frame with another long shot and Ingles Joseph increased to 45:20. Ingles Joseph later scored fro 50:25, while Patrick Mills continued the artillery for 53:30. Worthington, Mark and Barlow, David also scored threes for 59:30 advantage. Martin Damian closed the third period at 62:31 when it became clear Australia would benefit from the game. McNaughton Christopher gave Germany 62:32 early in the fourt and Benzing, Robin scored three to reduce to 62:35 and Newley Brad gave his side 67:37. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) Aleksandar made a dunk for 69:37, while his lay-up brought 74:40. Aleks Maric Aleksandar again scored for 78:40 and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) reduced to 78:43. Those points were the last in the game as Australia reached a valuable victory. Patrick Mills paced all the winners with 16 points for 2-1 record. Aleks Maric followed him with 15 and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) scored 10. Robin Benzing replied with 11 points in the losing effort as Germany dropped to 1-2. Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) netted 10 and Heiko Schaffartzik chipped in 7.

Angola - Argentina 70-91
Argentina beat Angola in the end of Day 3 however the game was not easy for them. The African team struggled a lot in the first three quarters, but fell with 0-18 in the fourth. Argentina grabbed 3-0 record after 91:70 win. Although Argentina started with 6-0 run, Angola responded with 8-0. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) later tied the game at 11:11, while another seven points from the player saw 19:16 on the board. He also made a jump shot at the end of the first period for 23:20. Ambrosio Felizardo reduced to 25:22 and Almeida Carlos nailed three for 30:28. Luis Scola increased to 37:30 and Quinteros Alfredo posted tow for 42:32. Gutierrez, Juan was the last to score at the half for 45:32 Latin American squad deficit. Cipriano, Olimpio pulled his side back to 45:34, while Carlos Morais (190-G-85) cut it to 51:43. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) managed to give his side 58:43, but Argentina could not keep that lead. Carlos Morais nailed three for 62:55 and Mingas Eduardo netted two for 62:59 after three quarters. Argentina erupted with 18-0 run to seal the third victory. Jasen Hernan scored for 82:59 when it became clear about the winner. Jeronimo Vladimir reduced to 82:61 and Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) scored for 87:69. Cequeira, Luis closed the game with a jump shot for 3-0 record. Luis Scola erupted with 32 points for the winners to remain undefeated. Carlos Delfino followed him with 22 and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) netted 9. Joaquim Gomes ended up with 16 points in the losing effort as Angola fell at 1-2. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) notched 15 and Carlos Morais added 11.

Jordan - Serbia 69-112
Serbia opens Day 3 with an easy win over Jordan at the World Championship. The European team smashed the Asian representative 112:69 and improved to 2-1 record in the group. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) was the first to score in the game and Teodosic Milos nailed three for 10:6. Tepic Milenko later closed a 9-0 run for 19:7 lead, while Abbas Zaid reduced to 33:20 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Serbia continued to dominate the court and Teodosic Milos opened the second period for 35:20. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) increased to 43:24, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) scored for 45:29. Marko Keselj nailed three to close the half at 57:37 for Serbia. Alawadi Mousa drove a lay-up to start the third frame and Abbas Zaid cut it to 60:41. Dusko Savanovic drove a lay-up for 74:42 and Kosta Perovicmade the same for 78:45. Markovic Stefan closed the third period for 83:48 from the free throw line. Rasic Aleksandar later gave Serbia their three-digit number scoring for 101:64. He was also the last one to score in the game for the final success. Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj paced all the winners with 21 points each for the second win. Kosta Perovic netted 20, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) netted 12. Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) brought 15 and Enver Soobzokov (198-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) added 9.


Group B

Tunisia - Iran 58-71

Iran enjoyed the first win at the World Championship in Turkey. They shot down Tunisia in Group B action tonight. Iran had to overcome a slow start. Tunisia jumped into a 5:0 lead but Iran went on an 18:2 run to cap the period taking a 23:11 lead at the first break. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second quarter. Iran managed to stay in front in a low-scoring term as they posted a 33:23 advantage at halftime. Iran opened the second half with eight points in a row to stretch the lead. They soon boosted the gap to as many as 24 points 52:28. Tunisia struggled to pick up the tempo as they trailed by 19 points at the final intermission 36:55. Tunisia went on a desperate 16:1 run early in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit at just 4 points. Then Salah Mejri (214-C-86) dragged the African team within just three points 54:57 before Iran answered. The Asian side exploded with a 12:2 rally to clear off. Iran stayed in charge in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) scored 23 points and grabbed 13 boards for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) added 15 points for the winners. Makram Ben Romdhane (198-F-89) and Salah Mejri accounted for 10 points each in the loss.

USA - Brazil 70-68
Brazil stepped up to be the first team to show how to play with the US team that actually is not the favorite anymore of the tournament. Poor performance allowed USA to escape Brazil, 70:68 and actually Brazil looked much better in the court. Huertas Marcelo surprised the favorites with 4 consecutive points for the first lead. USA bounced back with 7-0 run as Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) closed the run. Vieira Marcus however scored five consecutive points for Brazil to increase to 13:10. Then it became the time of Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) . At first the Brazilian player made a lay-up to reduce to 18:17 and then he nailed three for 26:22. Vieira Marcus followed him with a three for 33:25 and Machado Marcelo brought 35:30. Huertas Marcelo and Westbrook Russel exchanged the free throws for 37:32 Brazilian lead. Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) reduced to 37:36, while Giovannoni Guilherme nailed three for 43:38. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored a dunk to send the teams to the lockers at 46:43. The experts were mistaken if they predict an easy run fro USA after the halftime. Vieira Marcus made a dunk for 48:45, while Tiago Splitter drove a lay-up for 50:47. Only Kevin Durant tied it all at 50:50 with 5 minutes in the third and Iguodala Andre scored for 53:50. Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) made two free throws for 55:50 and Machado Marcelo scored three for 55:53. Machado Marcelo cut it to 57:53 and Leandrinho Barbosa Leandro closed it to 61:58. He also made one free throw for 61:59 after three quarters. Vieira Marcus tied the game at 62:62 as the last quarter became the defensive one. Huertas Marcelo kept Brazil alive at 70:68 and then he was fouled for two shots. He missed the first one and missed the second on purpose, Brazil made a rebound and Leandrinho Barbosa missed a chance to send the game to overtime. Kevin Durant top-scored for the winners with 27 points as USA is with 3-0 record on top. Chauncey Billups netted 15 and Derrick Rose posted 11. Vieira Marcus ended up with 16 points in the losing effort as Brazil suffered the pity loss. Leandrinho Barbosa netted 14 and Tiago Splitter scored 13.

Slovenia - Croatia 91-84
Slovenia wins a long-range battle over Croatia 91:84 to take the second win at the World Championship. Slovenia improved to 2-1 record after eleven three-pointers mostly in the second half over Croatia. The latter also scored eleven and even showed better (55%) percentage. Both teams won one game and lost to the USA in the first two days. Brezec brought the first points for Slovenia and Zoric gave Croatia first points. Kus scored for 8:5 and Udrih reduced to 10:9. Croatia remained in front until the end of the opening quarter, while Slokar closed it with a lay-up for 18:16. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) opened another quarter from the arc and Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) increased to 26:19. Banic upset Slovenia for 28:22, while Andric brought 32:24. Dragic reduced to 33:30, whilst Vidmar pulled Slovenia back to 39:37. Marko Tomas however gave Croatia 44:39 halftime advantage making a three-pointer. The third quarter was the quarter of threes. The players from each team showed a great percentage from the long range. Lakovic first tied the game at 44:44 and Roko-Leni Ukic brought the lead back to Croatia from the perimeter. Roko-Leni Ukic scored another one for 52:50, while Dragic gave Slovenia 55:52. Nachbar and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) exchanged the threes and then Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) and Zupan Miha scored another two for the biggest lead at 64:55. Roko-Leni Ukic closed the third period at 65:56. In the fourth period the teams continued to shoot from the long range and Croatia managed to come closer. Marko Popovic, Roko-Leni Ukic and again Marko Popovic reduced to 68:67 making threes. Marko Tomas and Zupan Miha again scored threes each for 72:71, while Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) gave Slovenia 77:71 with another three. Dragic closed an 11-0 run as Slovenia enjoyed 80:71, while Marko Popovic and Roko-Leni Ukic cut it to 80:76. Udrih increased to 82:76 and Nachbar and again Udrih made one free throw each for 84:76. Lakovic scored two free throws for 86:79 and Dragic made two for 88:80. Zupan Miha made a dunk for the final 91:84 success. Uros Slokar and Jaka Lakovic top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 11. Roko-Leni Ukic responded with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Marko Popovic and Marko Tomas netted 17 apiece.


Group C

Russia - Ivory Coast 72-66

Russia and Ivory Coast opened Day 4, their third games of the World Championship in Turkey. Russia could not reach an easy win and almost lost the game at the end, however survived a 72:66 thriller. Bykov Sergey brought the first points for the European team and Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) gave Ivory Coast 4:2. Vorontsevich Andrey later nailed three for 10:8 and Vorontsevich Andrey tied it all at 12:12. Russia needed a 5-0 run for 17:12 after the first 10 minutes. The run continued until 22:12 when Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) increased to 10 points. Herve Lamizana cut it to 24:16, while Monya Sergey nailed three for 32:18. Guy Edi (196-G-88) replied from the perimeter for 34:24 and remained Russia scoreless until the end of the half. Ivory Coast scored another 6 points to trail 34:30 at the halftime. It seemed Russia should push the tempo at least in the third period, but the African team stayed tough in the court. Diabate, Mouloukou brought them back to 37:36 and Assie Brice tied it at 40:40. Russia needed a 6-0 run to take the bigger lead and Timofey Mozgov posted two for 49:42. Voronov Evgeny made two free throws at the end of thirty minutes for 53:44. Herve Lamizana and Konate Kinidinnin opened the last period as Ivory Coast cut it to 53:48. Vorontsevich Andrey and Ponkrashov Anton pulled Russia back to 10 and Khvostov Dmitriy gave Russia the biggest lead at 63:48. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) reduced to 63:50 with a phenomenon shot and another shot from the player showed 63:52 on the board. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) broke Russian silence at 66:54 with 3 minutes to go. Edi, Guy then went to shoot five free throws after unsportsmanlike foul. He made 4 and then Diabate Mouloukou reduced to 68:66. Fridzon Vitaliy made however four free throws at the end for the final success. Timofey Mozgov paced all the winners with 19 points for 2-1 record. Sasha Kaun nailed 13 and Fridzon Vitaliy posted 9. Mohamed Kone replied with 16 points in the losing effort, while Guy Edi and Herve Lamizana added 14 apiece.

Puerto Rico - China 84-76
Puerto Rico celebrated the first win at the World Championship in Turkey. They held off China to improve at 1-2 record in Group C, while China suffered the second loss at the tournament. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) ensured a 5:0 start to China. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) gave China a 15:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Jianlian Yi followed with a jumper as China grabbed a 10-point lead. However Puerto Rico capped the period on a 13:4 run to narrow the deficit at just a single point 20:21. Huertas opened the second quarter with a three-pointer as Puerto Rico surged in front. The teams traded baskets for some time. Vassalo and Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) helped the Latin American team to a 42:35 lead with just over a minute to go. Liu Wei cut the deficit but Vassalo dropped two free throws and Puerto Rico won the first half 44:37. Back-to-back Sun Yue were the part of an 8:0 start to the third frame from China as they cut the deficit. But Puerto Rico managed to get in control with six points in a row late in the frame. The Latin American team rallied to a 63:57 lead at the final intermission. China tried to keep it close in the early moments of the fourth quarter. But Puerto Rico persisted as they Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) gave them a 75:66 advantage. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) and Balkman helped Puerto Rico to an 80:69 lead with under five minutes to go. Puerto Rico controlled the game from now on as China never seriously threatened the margin. Angel D. Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) knocked down 22 points to pace Puerto Rico. Jose Juan Barea, Nathan Peavy and Carmelo Lee added 13 points each for the winners. Jianlian Yi replied with game-high 24 points and 7 rebounds for China. Wang ZhiZhi had 17 points in the loss.

Greece - Turkey 65-76
Turkey cheered up their fans with a confident win over Greece in the third round of the World Championship. The hosts of the tournament posted the third straight win in Group C. Greece suffered the first loss as they fell at 2-1 record. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) unloaded 26 points in the victory. Greece and Turkey stayed close in the opening minutes. Ersan Ilyasova helped the hosts to an 18:12 lead late in the starting frame. Ersan Ilyasova kept Turkey in charge as they won the opening frame 22:15. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) and Perperoglou teamed up for Greece and the Hellenes cut the margin to just two points 25:27. Back-to-back three-pointers from Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) brought Greece within just one. Ender Arslan and Turkoglu scored next six points and Turkey regained an 8-point advantage. But Kaimakoglou and Spanoulis drained consecutive trebles and Greece trailed by only two points at halftime 39:41. Turkey went on a 7:0 run midway through the third quarter to gain a 9-point lead. Greece cut it back to five but Ilyasova hit a three-pointer and triggered a 10:1 run that gave the home team a 65:51 lead at the final break. Turkey put the fans on their feet scoring with a 7:0 run early in the fourth quarter. The Hellenes answered with an 11:1 rally to get back within 8 points. Hidayet Turkoglu stopped the bleeding for Turkey with a three-pointer and the teams went scoreless for more than three minutes at the end of the clash. Omer Asik (213-C-86) provided 12 points for the winners. Semih Erden (211-C-87) added 10 points for Turkey. Ioannis Bourousis replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Greece. Sofoklis Schortsanitis finished with 9 points in the losing effort.


Group D

New Zealand - Lebanon 108-76

New Zealand registered the vital win at the World Championship in Turkey. They bruised Lebanon to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Lebanon slipped at 1-2 record in the ladder. It was the first frame that set the tone in this one. The Tall Blacks dominated the court. They scored eagerly accounting for as many as 30 points. New Zealand built a 30:13 lead at the first break. The teams traded baskets early in the second frame before New Zealand capped the first half with five consecutive points and grabbed 51:32 lead. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) unloaded 14 points in the third term to keep the Tall Blacks rolling. They posted an 81:56 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Kiwis tipped off the fourth quarter with an 11:3 run to boost the lead. Lebanon never returned the intrigue in this one as the Tall Blacks cruised to the win at the end. Kirk Penney was a usual top-scorer for New Zealand with 26 points. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) added 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Phill Jones (196-G-74) had 13 points in the win. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Lebanon. Rony Fahed (186-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Jean Abdelnour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 12 points each in the loss.

France - Canada 68-63
France grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group D after a thriller versus Canadian team. It is even difficult to say for how many times the score was tied in the court. Only due to the last seconds the European team managed to remain undefeated producing 68:63 victory. It was a slow start and the game continues to remain in the defensive style. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) put Canada in front, while Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) was the first to score for the European team. Levon Kendall made it 5:2 and Brown Denham increased to 10:5. Bokolo Yannick managed to tie the game at 15:15 after the first 10 minutes. Kelly Olynyk (211-F-91) again put Canada in front at 17:15 and he made two free throws later for 22:16. France created a 6-0 run as Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) tied the game at 22:22. The score was also tied three more times until the end of the half and Kelly Olynyk kept it knotted at 28:28 after two quarters. Nicolas Batum and Levon Kendall exchanged the baskets in the start of the third period and Koffi Alain gave France 36:32. Canada needed a 7-0 run for 39:36, while again Nicolas Batum tied it at 39:39. Brown Denham later made the same for 41:41 and Kelly Olynyk replied with a three for 44:42 for Canada. Levon Kendall brought 48:45 and Bokolo Yannick closed the third period as Canada kept 48:46 lead. Kelly Olynyk opened the fourth quarter for 50:46 making two free throws and Bell Ryan increased to 6-point lead. Traore Ali tied it again at 54:54 and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) made the same at 57:57. Brown Denham gave Canada 50:49 and Anthony Joel brought France 62:61. Mickael Gelabale scored for 64:61 and Jermaine Anderson reduced to 64:63 with 20 seconds in the game. Later Mickael Gelabale made two free throws for 66:63 and Canada still had time for the last long-range shot. Brown Denham however decided to come closer to the basket and was blocked by Koffi Alain. Nicolas Batum made another two free throws for the emotional victory. Nicolas Batum top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) and Mickael Gelabale netted 8 apiece. Levon Kendall responded with 15 points in the losing effort. Kelly Olynyk notched 13 and Jermaine Anderson scored 11.

Spain - Lithuania 73-76
Lithuania survived a heart-stopping final seconds to eke out a thrilling victory against Spain at the World Championship in Turkey. The victory propelled the Baltic team to a 3-0 record on top of Group D. Spain slipped at 1-2 record and endangered their title defense. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain and Lithuania looked well-matched early in the game. They traded baskets before the defending champions unleashed a 13:2 run to take a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. Alex Mumbru scored four points in a row to stretch the lead for Sergio Scariolos team at the start of the second quarter. But back-to-back three-pointers from Jasaitis and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) started an 11:2 run from Lithuania as they cut the deficit. The Baltic team narrowed the deficit at just 6-point mark late in the period. Garbajosa and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for Spain as they restored a safe cushion. Spain established a 43:35 lead at the interval. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) stretched the lead to 10 points at the start of the third quarter. Soon Gasol made it a 13-point buffer for the Spanish team. The margin kept on growing and reached an 18-point mark as Spain seemed to roll. But Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored five points in a 7:3 run from Lithuania as they cut the deficit at 11-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. Linas Kleiza, Jonas Maciulis and Martynas Pocius organized a 10:0 rally at the start of the fourth quarter as the deficit almost evaporated. Gasol scored two free throws but Martynas Pocius immediately replied with a treble to knot things up at 69. Marc Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) gave the lead back to Spain but not for long. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Linas Kleiza and Martynas Pocius teamed up for seven points in a row as Lithuania gained a 74:71 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro dragged Spain within one but Linas Kleiza went deadly from the stripe and iced the win for Lithuania. Jonas Maciulis and Martynas Pocius provided 13 points each for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis had 12 points in the win. Juan Carlos Navarro and Marc Gasol replied with 18 points each for Spain. Rudy Fernandez finished with 13 points in the loss.



Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Aug. 30, 2010 

Group A

Argentina - Australia 74-72

Argentina and Australia closed Day 2 at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. It was another battle in the court and only due to the last period the Latin American grabbed 74:72 victory. Gibson had a chance to bring the victory for Australia with the buzzer but missed a three-pointer. Although Argentina was the favorite of the game, they could not take the lead. Gibson scored from the perimeter for Australia and his lay-up brought 8:3. Andersen David scored for 12:5, while Newley Brad gave his side 15:8. Mills Patrick nailed another shot from the arc to taste 25:20 after the first 10 minutes. Argentina won the opening tip of the second period 5-0 as Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) tied the game at 25:25. Gutierrez Leonardo gave them 34:33 and Mills Patrick increased to 39:33. It was the last shot in the half and both squads disappeared in the lockers. Australia went on a bigger lead in the third period as Ingles brought the double digits at 53:43. Nielsen Matthew kept the difference at 56:49, but Argentine cut it to 4 after 30 minutes. The beginning of the last period belonged to the Latin American side but then Mills Patrick tied it at 65:65 and 69:69. Prigioni immediately responded from the perimeter for 72:69 and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) gave 74:70 from the free throw line with 8 seconds to go. Australia however did not give up and could win the game. At first Ingles reduced to 74:72 with 3 seconds and then Gibson had a chance to bring the victory for Australia with the buzzer but missed a three-pointer. Luis Scola erupted with 31 points and Gutierrez followed him with 17. Prigioni netted 9, while Carlos Delfino scored 7. Ingles produced 22 points in the losing effort. Mills Patrick chipped in 21, while Nielsen Matthew poured in 10.

Jordan - Angola 65-79
A late rally secured the first win for Angola at the World Championship. The African powerhouse held off Jordan for 1-1 record in Group A. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record and would look desperately for the win when they take on Serbia tomorrow. Angola opened the game aggressively. They quickly posted a 13:6 lead. But Jordan responded with six points in a row to take a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to give the lead back to Angola but Jordan reacted immediately. Rasheim Wright hit two trebles sparking an 8:0 run from the Asian team. Jordan maintained the advantage and posted a 35:29 buffer at the big break. Daghles, Zaid Abbaas and Rasheim Wright kept Jordan in control in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by one 47:46. Angola kept their opponents scoreless for more than three minutes at the beginning of the third term and pulled in front for a 56:47 lead. Adais stopped the bleeding for Jordan however Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) stretched the lead at 10-point mark for Angola. Jordan clawed their way back within four points however back-to-back treys from Miguel Lutonda and Almeida silenced Jordan. Angola did not loosen the grasp in the final seconds and celebrated the initial win at the tournament. Miguel Lutonda stepped up with 16 points for Angola. Carlos Morais provided 14 points, while Joaquim Gomes had 13 points in the win. Rasheim Wright replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Jordan. Zaid Abbaas accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Germany 81-82 2OT
If France-Spain was one of the top games last night, the game between Serbia and Germany became the most interesting in Day 2. Two European sides needed two overtimes to find out the winner. Germany led from the end of the fourth period until the final whistle, while Serbia managed to tie the game twice. Only in the second overtime Germany grabbed valuable 82:81 win for 1-1 record. The start of the game already showed that it would be tough in the court. Serbia took 17:14 despite Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) 's dunk at the end of the frame. The latter also tied the game at 17:17 and Jagla brought 20:18. Rasic Aleksandar managed to tie the game from the perimeter at 25:25, whilst Schaffartzik Heiko gave Germany 37:35 lead at the halftime. Nothing had changed in the third quarter as the teams exchanged the lead several times. Christopher McNaughton scored for 46:41 and then Markovic Stefan already gave Serbia 49:48. Schaffartzik Heiko closed the period from the arc for 56:54 advantage after 30 minutes. When at the end of the fourth period Greene Demond nailed two for 69:63 it seemed the game would be over, but a 6-0 run brought Serbia to 69:69 after 4 quarters. Germany again took the lead in the start of the firt overtime and enjoyed 73:69 with 3 minutes until the end of it, but Serbia tied it at 73:73. Jagla gave the winners 82:77 with 1 minute in the second overtime but again Serbia had a chance to win. Rasic Aleksandar reduced to 82:81 but then his teammates missed two shots. Jagla top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Greene Demond followed him with 15. Schaffartzik Heiko netted 14 and Christopher McNaughton brought 12. Perovic Kosta responded with 20 points in the losing effort as Serbia is also with 1-1 record. Rasic Aleksandar posted 15, Tepic Milenko notched 14 and Velickovic Novica added 11.


Group B

Brazil - Tunisia 80-65

Brazil recorded the second straight win at the start of the World Championship. They knocked down Tunisia to stay undefeated in Group B. Leandrinho Barbosa scored 21 points to pace the South American champions. Tunisia jumped ahead early in the game but Brazil quickly denied the deficit and surged ahead. Leandrinho Barbosa knocked down 12 points late in the opening frame as Brazil earned a 26:16 lead after ten minutes. The Latin American side tipped off the second quarter with seven points in a row to boost the lead. Brazil maintained the advantage and entered the second half up by 13 points 43:30. Mohamed Hadidane (205-F-86) and Radhouane Slimane put Tunisia within 8 points midway through the third stanza. Braa hit a trey a bit later as Tunisia clawed their way within 7 points 40:47. But Brazil recovered and finished the quarter ahead by 11 points 59:48. Tiago Splitter and Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) gave Brazil a 66:53 lead midway through the final term. Marcelinho Machado hit another treble as the Latin American team cleared off to a 17-point advantage. Tunisia could not recover in the reminder of the contest as Brazil cruised to the victory. Tiago Splitter provided 16 points for Brazil. Marcelinho Machado netted 13 points in the win. Marouana Kechrid nailed 15 points for Tunisia. Radhouane Slimane had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Slovenia - USA 77-99
The USA posted the second straight win at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. This time Slovenia fell victim of Mike Krzyzewski's team. The USA team did not lose a single quarter in this one and celebrated a confident win at the end. Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) knocked down 22 points to lead the winner. The USA opened the game on a 12:2 run. They easily maintained the lead throughout the quarter and recorded a 23:11 advantage at the first break. Slovenia used a 10:2 run midway through the second term to cut the deficit. However the North American side quickly unloaded eight points in a row to restore a safe distance. They rallied to a 42:28 lead at halftime. The USA unleashed a 17:2 run in the third quarter to secure a massive 59:32 advantage. Slovenia struggled to find a proper answer as they trailed by 21 points at the final break. The USA kept on cruising in the final stanza. They did not allow their opponents to get any closer and celebrated yet another comfortable win at the end. Rudy Gay notched 16 points for the winners. Russell Westbrook (191-G-88, college: UCLA) and Andre Iguodala added 11 points each for the USA. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 13 points for Slovenia. Gasper Vidmar finished with 10 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Iran 75-54
Croatia posted the initial win at the World Championship in Turkey. They overcame Iran for 1-1 record in Group B. Iran slipped at 0-2 record. Croatia entered the game eager to leave the stunning loss to the USA behind. But Iran seemed ready for the challenge and stayed close. But the European team managed to pull away late in the quarter. They posted a 22:13 advantage at the first break. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89), Kus and Kresimir Loncar all connected from beyond the arc to give Croatia a 31:15 lead. Before Iran managed to come back to life Croatia gained a 20-point lead at 42:22. The Europeans established a 44:24 advantage at the interval. Arsalan Kazemi and Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) got Iran rolling at the beginning of the second half. Iran got within 10 points late in the quarter but Tomas hit a three-pointer to ensure a 43:30 advantage for Croatia into the fourth stanza. Croatia quickly restored a 20-point lead in the final stanza. Iran could not pick up the slack and had to surrender at the end. Roko-Leni Ukic and Bojan Bogdanovic accounted for 13 points each for Croatia. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Hamed Haddadi replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi notched 10 points in the loss.


Group C

Puerto Rico - Greece 80-83

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) led Greece to the second win at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. The European team handed Puerto Rico their second loss at 83:80. Zisis opened the game for Greece, while Barea brought 8:6 for his side. The teams exchanged the leads several times and then Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) made a three-pointer to close the first period. The squads stayed again within few points exchanging the lead several times. Barea tied it at 28:28 and Tsartsaris made the same at 30:30. Puerto Rico made the last push in the end of the half for 41:35 halftime advantage. Moreover Sanchez, Ricardo nailed three in the start of the second for the biggest lead at 47:38. Vassilis Spanoulis however reduced to 49:47, whilst Diamantidis brought Greece 52:51. Bourousis scored three at the end of 30 minutes as Greece tasted 59:56 advantage. Nathan Peavy opened the last frame with a dunk and Nathan Peavy gave Latin American lead at 63:62. Vassilis Spanoulis responded from the perimeter for 65:65 with 6 minutes to go. Vassilis Spanoulis later made a free throw to tie the game again at 75:75 and Greece continued the run until 82:75. Sanchez Ricardo scored the last 5 points for his team but it was enough just to reduce to three points. Vassilis Spanoulis Vasileios paced all the winners with 28 points and Tsartsaris Konstantinos nailed 14. Diamantidis Dimitrios and Bourousis Ioannis brought 12 points each. Barea ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Ramos netted 16, while Sanchez Ricardo added 13.

China - Ivory Coast 83-73
China celebrated the first win at the World Championship in Turkey. They knocked down Cote d'Ivoire in Group C. China thus improved at 1-1 record in the ladder. The African powerhouse slipped at 0-2 record. The first term turned into a determined battle of two well-matched teams. China managed to pull ahead but they led by just four points at the first break 21:17. Cote dIvoire opened the second quarter with five points in a row to surge in front. However China stopped the bleeding and back-to-back three-pointers from Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) and Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) allowed the Asian team to establish a 37:28 advantage. China ensured a 41:33 lead at the interval. Wang ShiPeng opened the second half with five straight points to boost the lead. China kept their opponents at bay and soon Jianlian Yi and Wei Lui helped China to a 66:50 advantage late in the third term. Cote d'Ivoire threw all they had to erase the deficit. They narrowed the margin to 7 points after a bucket from Mouloukou Diabate (180-G-87). However Ding Jinhui and Wang ShiPeng sank three free throws in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome for China. Jianlian Yi came up with 26 points and 9 rebounds for China. Wang ShiPeng added 25 points and 7 boards in the victory. Mouloukou Diabate responded with 20 points for Cote d'Ivoire. Kinidinnin Konate accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Turkey - Russia 65-56
Turkey improved to 2-0 record in Group C after the win over Russia. The hosts produced 65:56 at the Preliminary Round of the World Championship. The team celebrated the wins in the opener of the tournament yesterday and desired to remain undefeated. After two minutes of silence in the opening tip, Sergey Monya (204-F-83) nailed three for the first lead. Onan later tied it at 6:6 and Ilyasova made the same at 14:14. Voronov was the last to score in the quarter as the hosts took 16:15 advantage. The second period however belonged to the Turkish side. They started with 7-1 run as Arslan nailed three for 25:16. Gonlum brought 30:20, while Kaun sent the teams to the lockers for 33:22. Turkey did not even think of slowing down and kept the necessary advantage. Although Russia reduced to 5 points in the start of the third period, Omer Asik (213-C-86) gave the hosts 37:29. Sergey Monya made two free throws for 39:31, whilst Sergey Monya scored for 43:31. Tunceri closed the third period with a lay-up as Turkey had 48:37 after 30 minutes. Khvostov erupted from the arc for 50:43 and Sergey Monya made the same for 54:46. The teams continued to score from the long distance and Arslan and Fridzon exchanged the baskets for 57:49. Turkoglu however nailed another three to bring the victory with 2 minutes to go. he nailed another one for 65:51, while Sergey Monya brought the last five points for the Russian side. Turkoglu paced all the winners with 14 points, while Ilyasova and Omer Asik added 10 apiece. Arslan and Erden ended up with 9 points each in a win. Sergey Monya and Kaun replied with 13 points each in the losing effort. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) finished the game with 10 points as Russia is tied at 1-1.


Group D

Lithuania - Canada 70-68

Lithuania stayed on the winning track at the World Championship in Turkey. They nipped Canada to improve at 2-0 record in preliminary Group D. Canada found themselves in an uncomfortable position after the second straight defeat at the tournament. Canada ensured almost a perfect start to the game. They posted a 20:7 lead after seven minutes of action. However Jonas Maciulis and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) capped the opening quarter with five points in a row to narrow the gap at 8-point mark. Pocious put Lithuania within five at the start of the second period. But Canada remained in charge as Joel Anthony and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) boosted the gap to 11 points 40:29 with just over two minutes to go. Linas Kleiza and Klimavicius narrowed the gap at 10-point mark at halftime 33:43. Levon Kendall stretched the lead to as many as 15 points in the third quarter but the Baltic team found the way to return into the contest. They capped the frame with a 16:1 rally to trim the distance at just two points 55:57. Tomas Delininkaitis tipped off the fourth term with a three-pointer to put Lithuania in charge. The lead changed hands for several times before Jankunas gave Lithuania a 70:66 advantage with under three minutes remaining. Denham Brown cut the deficit at just two points but the teams could not score in the final 90 seconds and Lithuania escaped with a narrow win at the end. Linas Kleiza delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius and Tomas Delininkaitis provided 11 points apiece in the victory. Jermaine Anderson knocked down 15 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 4 boards. Joel Anthony had 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon - France 59-86
France recorded the second straight win at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. They fired past Lebanon in Group D tonight. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) top-scored for France once again unloading 18 points. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening frame. France eked out a narrow 22:20 advantage after ten minutes. Bokolo and Mickael Gelabale tipped off the second quarter with back-to-back three-pointer to organize a 16:2 run that put France up by 16 points 38:22. Les Bleus arrived at halftime leading by 14 points 42:28. Lebanon used a 7:0 run midway through the third term to get closer. But France quickly replied and marched to a 63:47 advantage at the final break. Mickael Gelabale and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) began the fourth quarter with four points in a row and never looked back en route to a confident win at the end. Alain Koffi finished with 17 points for France. Ian Mahinmi and Nando De Colo delivered 14 points each for the winners. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with 19 points for Lebanon. Fadi El Khatib had 12 points in the losing effort.

Spain - New Zealand 101-84
Spain had to sweat to earn their first win at the World Championship. They faced New Zealand in the second round of action and worked hard to come out winners at the end. It all went well for Spain at the start of the game. They quickly built an 18:5 lead. But Kirk Penney and Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) helped the Tall Blacks get within 8 points late in the quarter. Spain eked out a 28:19 lead after ten minutes. Michael Fitchett and Kirk Penney dragged the Kiwis within 6 points midway through the second quarter 31:37. Rudy Fernandez and Fernando San Emeterio gave an 11-point lead for Spain but the Tall Blacks would not go away. Thomas Abercrombie knocked down 8 points and New Zealand got within only 4 points at halftime 44:48. Spain opened the third term with nine points in a row to set the tone. They kept New Zealand at safe distance and established a 77:63 advantage at the final break. Casey Frank and Phill Jones sparked hope for the Tall Blacks opening the fourth quarter with five straight points. However the Spaniards replied with a 16:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Marc Gasol finished with 22 points for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro added 18 points, while Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 in the win. Kirk Penney replied with 21 points for New Zealand. Thomas Abercrombie finished with 19 points and 6 boards in the loss.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Aug. 29, 2010 

Group A

Germany - Argentina 74-78

Argentina posted the opening win at the World Championship. They held off pesky Germany in opener in Group A. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) accounted for 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close first quarter. Quinteros capped the frame with five points to give Argentina a 23:18 lead. The Latin American side quickly stretched the lead to 8 points. However soon Germany erased the distance and leveled things up at 36. Fabricio Oberto returned the lead to Argentina but not for long though. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) and Demond Greene exploded with three-pointers as Germany accumulated a 42:39 lead at halftime. Carlos Delfino triggered an 8:0 run from Argentina early in the third quarter as they grabbed a 49:46 lead. The Latin American side gained control and cleared off to an 11-point distance late in the third quarter. Carlos Delfino hit a trey to give his team a 63:49 advantage. But Heiko Schaffartzik crowned the stanza with a triple of his own and Germany trailed by 11 points. Germany used a 12:1 run midway through the final stanza to narrow the gap at just two points 66:68. Tim Olbrecht drew things level from the stripe at 71 apiece. Fabricio Oberto notched three points in a row to give the lead back to Argentina. Hamann and Olbrecht once again knotted things up. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino followed with three more points as Argentina returned into the drivers seat. Hamann then missed two free throws and Carlos Delfino sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Luis Scola finished with 20 points for Argentina. Fabricio Oberto added 11 points and 6 caroms in the win. Demond Greene answered with 20 points for Germany. Tibor Pleiss canned 12 points in the loss.

Australia - Jordan 76-75
Australia came from behind to snatch a narrow win against Jordan at the World Championship opener for both teams. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) came up with 23 points to give the Boomers the first win in preliminary Group A. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) ensured a 10:3 lead for Jordan early in the encounter. Jordan kept their opponents at bay as they piled up an 18:12 lead at the first intermission. David Andersen and Mark Worthington knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to level things up at the start of the second quarter. But Jordan did not allow their opponents to surge ahead. Osama Daghles capped the half with a layup and the Asian side built a 39:32 advantage. Rasheim Wright and Osama Daghles helped Jordan to a 47:36 lead midway through the third stanza. The Boomers knocked down seven points in a row to boost the lead. Matt Nielsen, Aleks Maric and Brad Newley leveled things up at 52 late in the frame. Ayman Idais hit a three-pointer to give the lead back to Jordan. But Matt Nielsen and Aleks Maric helped Australia to take a 56:55 lead into the fourth quarter. Aleks Maric stretched the gap to three points at the beginning of the fourth term. The teams traded baskets for some time before Osama Daghles and Al-Khas secured a 69:64 lead for the Jordanian side. Rasheim Wright immediately stretched the advantage to as many as 7 points with under three minutes to go. However David Andersen, Aleks Maric and Patrick Mills triggered a 6:3 run from the Aussies as they narrowed the gap to four points. Mills and Matt Nielsen dragged Australia within just one point with 34 seconds left. David Anderson followed the miss from Osama Daghles with two free throws to put the Boomers in front 76:75 with 13 seconds to go. Jordan went on a desperate rally under the basket in the dying seconds but both Rasheim Wright and Zaid Abbaas missed their attempts and Australia celebrated a tough win at the end. David Andersen produced 22 points for Australia. Patrick Mills added 10 points in the victory. Zaid Abbaas notched 20 points for Jordan. Rasheim Wright had 16 points in the losing effort.

Angola - Serbia 44-94
Serbia produced the biggest lead so far at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. The European team smashed Angola 94:44 even without some key players. Rasic opened the game from the arc and Perovic scored for 5:2. Cipriano reduced with Angola to 7:6, while Serbia created a 13-0 run for a bigger lead. Rasic scored two threes in a row for 23:9 and later he closed the period at 25:9. Mbunga opened the second period for the African team, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored four consecutive points for Serbia. Paunic nailed three for 35:13 and Dusko Savanovic increased to 39:15. Morais sent the squads to the lockers for 43:18 as Serbia looked dominant in the court. The tempo did not fall in the third period as Serbia continued to dominate the game. Bjelica started the period with a jump shot and Gomes replied from the perimeter for 47:23. Velickovic scored for 54:27, while Milan Macvan (205-F-89) made 4 in a row for 65:29. Dusko Savanovic closed the frame at 77:32 as he made a jump shot. Mbunga was the first to score in the last period, while Cipriano reduced to 83:38. Perovic scored two from the free throw line to give the European side 86:38, while Bonifacio posted tow in reply. Mingas was the last player of Angola to deliver in the game, while Serbia closed the opener with 6-0 run. Perovic brought the final victory in the game. Rasic stepped up with 22 points for the winners for 1-0 record. Dusko Savanovic netted 13, while Milan Macvan posted 11. Cipriano delivered 10 points in the losing effort and Morais Carlos nailed 8.


Group B

Tunisia - Slovenia 56-80

The game between Slovenia and Tunisia became the first one in Group B of the World Championship in Turkey. The European side was the favorite in the game and proved it with 80:56 win. Slovenia easily opened the game with 7-0 run and never looked behind after. Brezec Primoz made it 9:2 and Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) brought 11:6. The first quarter belonged to Slovenia that grabbed 22:14 after the 10 minutes. Zupan Miha scored fro 26:17, while Hadidane reduced to 31:24. Kechrid kept the African team alive at 34:28 and Dragic Goran closed the half at 39:28. Slovenia had a better break and started the third frame with 9-0 run. Dragic Goran later scored for 50:29 and Brezec Primoz gave his side 61:38. Dragic, Goran was the last to score in the period as Slovenia enjoyed 63:40 deficit after 30 minutes of the game. Slimane Radhouane opened the last period with a lay-up and Brezec Primoz responded for the European side. Udrih Samo gave Slovenia 67:43, while Gasper Vidmar (209-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances) brought 69:45. Lakovic Jaka hit from the perimeter to ensure 74:47, whilst Tunisia answered with 4 consecutive points. Klobucar Jaka nailed another three-pointer for the winners as his shot became the last one for the winners. Braa Hamdi closed the game from the free throw line to make the final score. Dragic Goran stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Gasper Vidmar netted 15. Bostjan Nachbar followed them with 14, while Brezec Primoz added 9.

USA - Croatia 106-78
The USA victoriously opened their World Championship campaign. They rolled over Croatia in Group B. The USA dominated this one. They opened the game with seven quick points but Croatia found the way to rebound. The European team surged ahead 19:18 late in the first quarter. The North American team surged back in front and won the opening frame 22:20. The USA went on a 12:0 run midway through the second quarter to clear off. Soon Eric Gordon (193-G-88, college: Indiana) hit two three-pointers and Rudy Gay added another one as the USA opened a 21-point advantage. Croatia could not get any closer in the third quarter. Mike Krzyzewski's team piled up a 30-point lead heading into the fourth term 78:48. Croatia got within 23 points midway through the fourth stanza. But the USA quickly restored a 30-point lead and cruised to the victory at the end. Eric Gordon top-scored with 16 points to lead the winners. Kevin Durant added 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups (191-G-76, college: Colorado) provided 12 points for the USA. Bojan Bodganovic replied with 17 points for Croatia. Marko Popovic had 16 points in the loss.

Iran - Brazil 65-81
Brazil celebrated the first victory at the World Championship in Turkey beating Iran. The Latin American team ensured 81:65 in the opener. Brazil opened the game with five consecutive points, but Iran responded with 6-0 run. Splitter later scored four in a row for 17:11. Becker drove a lay-up to close the period at 22:12. Batista started the second period from the free throw line and Kamranyd to 24:15. Machado answered with the three-pointer and Kazemi cut it to 27:17. The difference remained of 8-10 points in the frame and Splitter was the last to score in the half for 39:29 halftime advantage. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) opened the third quarter with a lay-up and his another shot ensured a bigger lead at 46:29. Barbosa added two free throws for 48:31 and Garcia posted two for 53:35. Kardoust and Davari pulled Iran back to 57:42, while Davoudichegani remained them alive at 61:46 after three quarters. Moreover Veisi nailed three to open the last period and Hassanzadeh scored for 63:50. Brazil meanwhile bounced back with 9-0 run and took 74:52 with 4 minutes in the game. Guilherme Giovannoni increased to 76:59, while Machado netted three for 79:63. Vieira brough the final score on the board making a jump shot. Guilherme Giovannoni paced all the winners with 17 points. Barbosa and Splitter followed him with 13 each, while Huertas added 10. Ehadadi finished the night with 16 points in the losing case. Kamrany netted 13 and Sahakian posted 10.


Group C

Greece - China 89-81

Greece recorded the first win at the World Championship in Turkey. They knocked down China in Group C opener. Ioannis Bourousis and Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Ioannis Bourousis helped the Hellenes to a strong start. Greece quickly grabbed a 9:2 lead. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stretched the lead to 8 points 20:12. Greece maintained the advantage and enjoyed a 25:18 buffer at the first intermission. Tsartsaris and Perperoglou gave the Hellenes a 31:20 lead early in the second stanza. Wang ShiPeng and Yi Jianlian dragged China within 7 points and later Wang ShiPeng narrowed the deficit at 6 points. But Nikolaos Zisis and Vassilis Spanoulis ensured a 47:37 lead for Greece at halftime. Nikolaos Zisis and Diamantidis drained two triples early in the third term to keep the distance at 10-point mark. Diamantidis connected from beyond the arc once again as the Hellenes stretched the margin to 13 points. But China struck right back. They went on a 12:2 run to get within just three points 55:58. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) helped China trail by only three points at the final intermission 62:65. Yue Sun and Yi Jianlian opened the fourth quarter with two free throws as China continued to claw their way back into this one. Jialian Yi put China in charge 66:65. But Greece took over from there scoring next 9 points to retain the lead. Yi Jianlian stopped the draught with two free throws but Nikolaos Zisis responded a three-pointer as Greece gained a 77:68 lead midway through the quarter. Greece enlarged the margin to 8 points before Wang ZhiZhi and Yue Sun came up with back-to-back trebles to spark back the intrigue. Vassilis Spanoulis calm things down with a layup and Ioannis Bourousis hit a jumper to return a 6-point lead for the Greek side 85:79. Vassilis Spanoulis went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the win for Greece in this one. Vassilis Spanoulis notched 19 points for the winners. Yi Jianlian replied with game-high 26 points for China. Wang ZhiZhi and Yue Sun accounted for 15 points apiece in the losing effort.

Russia - Puerto Rico 75-66
One of the most unpredictable games had just finished in Group C of the World Championship in Turkey. Russia did not mind a slow start and used a productive last period to win the game at 75:66. Barea opened the scoring account for the Latin American team, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) brought the first points for Russia. The teams were tied twice in the period, while Russia grabbed 14:8 as Vorontsevich made a dunk at the end. Vassallo with a three opened the second period and Barea reduced to 18:17. Sasha Kaun made two free throws for 24:21, but Barea tied it at 27:27. Russia remained in front until the end of the period and Ponkrashov sent the teams to the lockers for 36:34. In the third period however Puerto Rico started to play much better. Ramos at first tied the game at 36:36 and then Barea brought the necessary lead from the free throw line. Barea and again Ramos brought 42:36, while Sergey Monya (204-F-83) reduced to 42:39. Ramos increased to 45:39 and another three points from the player showed 48:41 on the board. Russia however used a 9-0 run to take 49:48 advantage. Mozgov scored for 52:51 and Sergey Monya delivered for 54:53. Ramos however closed the period for a minimum lead at 55:54. Sergey Monya brought the lead back at 56:55 opening the final period. Barea scored four points in a row for his side to take 59:58 with them. Sasha Kaun scored for 63:61 and Ponkrashov delivered two for 65:61. Mozgov increased to 68:61 and Puerto Rico needed timeout with 2.30 in the game. Ponkrashov stepped up on the free throw line for 70:61 after a hard foul from Ramos and Fridzon posted two for 72:62. Ponkrashov and Diaz exchanged the baskets for 74:64, while Barea made the final score. Sergey Monya stepped up with 16 points for the winners bringing the first victory. Sasha Kaun and Mozgov delivered 13 each, while Ponkrashov added 10. Barea responded with 25 points in the losing effort. Ramos notched 15, while Vassallo scored 13.

Ivory Coast - Turkey 47-86
The hosts of the World Championship started their campaign with the easy win over Ivory Coast. Turkey destroyed the team from Africa 86:47 for the first victory. Turkey exploded with 14-0 run in the opening tip and Tunceri later brought 19:4. Edi reduced to 20:7, while Kale closed the first period at 23:11. Tape opened the second frame the guests and Kale reduced to 25:16. Diabate nailed three to cut it to 25:19, whilst Gonluum closed Turkish 5-0 run. Edi made one free throw for 30:22 as the hosts later exploded with 10-0 run to finish the first half at 40:22. Gulered three in the start of the third period and Kone was the first to score for Ivory Coast. Kone later cut it to 45:30 and Erden increased to 51:31. Edi pulled his side to 51:34, whilst Turkoglu was perfect from the free-throw line for 53:34. Edi made a steal at the very end and made a dunk to close the third period. It was a bit silent in the start of the fourth period as only Turkoglu broke it for 54:36. Kale and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) exchanged the threes for 59:39. Turkey created another 5-0 run and then Kale scored for 64:41. Omer Onan (194-G-78)nailed another three for 67:41 with 5 minutes in the game. Omer Onan shined in the next few minutes bringing a three and a lay-up for 73:41. Ersan Ilyasova nailed three for 80:43 and he also scored the last two free throws for the final success. Omer Onan paced all the winners with 18 points for 1-0 record. Ersan Ilyasova followed him with 17 and Tunceri netted 9. Kale ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Edi added 9.


Group D

Canada - Lebanon 71-81

Lebanon celebrated the victory at the start of the World Championship in Turkey. They held off Canada in a thrilling contest in Group D. Fadi El Khatib unloaded 31 points to pace the winners. Lebanon opened the game with six points in a row. But Canada gradually found the right rhythm and surged ahead after a three-pointer from Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) 11:9. Canada went on a 9:0 run to take a 20:12 lead. Lebanon answered with eight points of their own to level things up at 20. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Canada cleared off to a 5-point lead 30:25 but Lebanon cut the deficit at just one point 34:35. Andy Rautins capped the half with a jumper to give the North American side a 37:34 advanatge. Canada opened the second half with five consecutive points to stretch the lead. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) and Fadi El Khatib kept Lebanon in the game. The forward dragged the Asian powerhouse within just one. Canada entered the fourth quarter up by one however Fadi El Khatib quickly gave Lebanon a 60:59 lead. Lebanon grabbed the initiative and gradually piled up an 8-point lead with under three minutes to go. Bucknor drained a triple to cut the deficit but Lebanon answered with quickly restored a comfortable distance. Denham Brown gave Canada another chance as he hit a three-pointer to trim the deficit at 8-point mark. Fadi El Khatib got fouled and sank two free throws to give Lebanon a 10-point lead. Canada had no time to answer and surrendered at the end. Rony Fahed scored 17 points for Lebanon. Matt Freije accounted for 12 points in the win. Joel Anthony notched 17 points for Canada. Denham Brown accounted for 13 points and 6 assists in defeat.

France - Spain 72-66
France came up with the loudest sensation of the opening day at the World Championship. They knocked down the defending champions Spain in Group D. Mickael Gelabale scored 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the winner. Spain opened the game with five points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the opening frame. Spain built an 18:9 lead at the first break. Alex Mumbru stretched the gap to 12 points early in the second quarter 23:11. Les Bleus responded with a 14:2 run to draw things level at 25. Mickael Gelabale put France in front 27:26 but Rudy Fernandez capped the half with two free throws as Spain regained the advantage 28:27. Spain kept France scoreless for almost five minutes at the start of the third quarter opening an 8-point lead. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) finally broke the offensive draught for France with a three-pointer. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez helped Spain to an 8-point lead but France recovered. Alain Koffi and Nicolas Batum organized a 7:0 run as Les Bleus cut the deficit at just one point 43:44 heading into the fourth quarter. Fran Vazquez and Rudy Fernandez gave the Spanish team a 50:46 lead but Mickael Gelabale kept the temperature high hitting a three-pointer. The French guard followed with a jumper to put Les Bleus in charge at 51:50. Ali Troare stretched the lead just to watch Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) hit a treble and level things up at 53. Nicolas Batum came up with five straight points as France jumped to a 5-point lead with just over two minutes to go. Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reyes hit just one of four free throws attempts and France punished their opponents grabbing an 11-point lead with just over a minute to go. Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro teamed up for five straight points to cut the deficit at 6 points 59:65. Boris Diaw ensured a 67:59 lead for France and then Andrew Albicy hit four free throws in the dying seconds to ice the win for Les Bleus. Nicolas Batum accounted for 14 points, while Andrew Albicy finished with 13 points in the victory. Juan Carlos Navarro replied with 17 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez produced 13 points in a surprising loss.

New Zealand - Lithuania 79-92
Lithuania won the opener of the World Championship in Turkey over New Zealand 92:79. Two squads opened Group D of the World Championship in Turkey. It was a tough start for both squads and both of them exchanges the lead several times. Penny and Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) scored the first points for their teams and then Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) scored three for 8:5. Maciulis later tied the game at 15:15 and Gecevicius brought 23:18. Delininkaitis closed the opening quarter at 25:24 for the Lithuanian team. The second frame fully belonged to the Baltic side. They opened it with 8-0 run and completely dominated the court. Linas Kleiza drove a lay-up for 35:26 and he made a dunk for 41:26 midway through the period. New Zealand managed to score only 10 points in the frame and trailed 16 points at the halftime. Linas Kleiza nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 50:34 advantage. Kirk Penney scored the first two points for his team from the free-throw line to open the third period. New Zealand looked better in the court and again Kirk Penney reduced the gap to 53:41 after a minute and a half in the third frame. Pledger cut it to 55:44 and Jasaitis made a jump shot for 57:44. Vukona nailed three for 59:49 and Tait brought his side within 59:51. Linas Kleiza however found an answer from the perimeter and gave Lithuania 62:51. Pledger kept New Zealand within 10 at 63:53, while Kirk Penney reduced it 64:55. Linas Kleiza made just one from the line for 65:55 and Kirk Penney brought 67:59. Klimavicius went on a free throw line for 69:59, but Vukona again reduced to 8. Maciulis needed three for 72:61 and Klimavicius made a dunk for 74:61 to close the third period. Kirk Penney opened the last frame from the free throw line and Linas Kleiza scored for 76:62. Kirk Penney and Vukona brought the game again to 10-point difference at 66:56. Kirk Penney made one free throw for 76:67, while Linas Kleiza scored fro 78:67 and then he added another two for 80:67. Gecevicius and Kirk Penney exchanges the baskets for 82:72, while Vukona reduced to minus 9. Jankunas scored fro 84:75 and Jankunas made one free throw for 84:76. Kalnietis was perfect from the line to bring 10-point lead back into the game. Kalnietis and Maciulis made another free throws at the very end for the final success. Linas Kleiza top-scored for the winners with 27 points for the first victory. Jankunas nailed 15, while Maciulis posted 14. Kirk Penney erupted with 37 points in the losing effort. Vukona followed him with 19 and Abercrombie notched 7.


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