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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
World Cup Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Brazil 4-1 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Serbia 2-3 
 5. Iran 1-4 
 6. Egypt 0-5 
Group B
 1. Greece 5-0 
 2. Croatia 3-2 
 3. Argentina 3-2 
 4. Senegal 2-3 
 5. P.Rico 1-4 
 6. Philippines 1-4 
Group C
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. Turkey 3-2 
 3. Dominican R. 2-3 
 4. N.Zealand 2-3 
 5. Ukraine 2-3 
 6. Finland 1-4 
Group D
 1. Lithuania 4-1 
 2. Slovenia 4-1 
 3. Australia 3-2 
 4. Mexico 2-3 
 5. Angola 2-3 
 6. S.Korea 0-5 
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 

USA win against Serbia for their 5th gold (Photo: FIBA)

Starting five
#s#
Stephen Curry
Curry
Kenneth Faried
Faried
Kyrie Irving
Irving
James Harden
Harden
Anthony Davis
Davis
#e#5
4Stephen Curry 6'3''-PG-88 Golden St.W. USA
5Klay Thompson 6'7''-G-90 Golden St.W. USA
6Derrick Rose 6'3''-G-88 Chicago B. USA
7Kenneth Faried 6'8''-F-89 Denver N. USA
8Rudy Gay 6'8''-F/G-86 Sacramento K. USA
9Demar DeRozan 6'7''-F/G-89 Toronto R. USA
10Kyrie Irving 6'3''-G-92 Cleveland C. USA
11Mason Plumlee 6'11''-F-90 Brooklyn N. USA
12DeMarcus Cousins 6'11''-C/F-90 Sacramento K. USA
13James Harden 6'5''-SG-89 Houston R. USA
14Anthony Davis 6'10''-C-93 N.Orleans P. USA
15Andre Drummond 6'10''-C-93 Detroit P. USA


Mike Krzyzewski Head Coach Duke USA

Jim Boeheim Assistant Syracuse USA

Tom Thibodeau Assistant Chicago B. USA

Monty Williams Assistant N.Orleans P. USA

2014 World Cup: USA win against Serbia for their 5th gold - Sep 14, 2014

Serbia - USA 92:129
Result by quarters: 21:35, 20:32, 26:38, 25:24

World Cup 2014 in Spain is over and we have a winner, National Team of United States of America was best in entire tournament and they finish perfectly with 8-0 records.
In big final they bit Serbia with 129:92 in their best match on entire tournament. This will be their fifth Gold medal at World Championship in history so now they are tied with Serbia who also have 5 gold medals (Gold medals from Yugoslavia are transferred to Serbia).
Serbia opened match really well with dunk of Nikola Kalinic (6'8''-F-91) and Teodosic scoring 2 points.
USA National Team didn't know how to defend Serbian offense so in one attack they make 3 fouls on Serbian players.
After Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) made his dunk and Raduljica also, Serbia was leading 15:7 and that is their biggest lead at that time. But from that point, USA is starting to play insanly good in offense. They hit didn't miss the shot from 3p line (4/4) in first quarter. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) was having his role as he scored 15 points only in first quarter. He turned this game in USA way so from his good play all other players starting play really good. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) was following him with 9 points.
USA make 15:0 series and Serbia cannot hit anything.
First quarter was finished with lead of USA with 35:21. They played really good in offense and with 20 attempts from the field they hit 13 (5/5 for 3p), while Serbia was shooting 9/14 for 2p and without score from 3p line (0/3). That was the main reason of USA lead.
USA continues to hit 3p whatever they want. Klay Thompson is scoring their six three point for 38:21.
Teodosic is then scoring first triple for Serbia in 11 minutes of the game for 38:24, and first miss from 3p line for USA is done by Derrick Rose.
But then USA start to attack Serbia from the paint via Faried who made a amazing dunk over Bircevic who also make personal foul (44:26 for USA).
USA is back on track with job they did great in first quarter and that attempts from 3p, and again did a great job. First Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) was scored 3pts and after him James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored his 12 points in the game and make the result on scoreboard 56:30.
USA scored 9 3pts for only 17 minutes of the game.
Nikola Kalinic (6'8''-F-91) scored 3pts in last seconds of the second quarter for halftime score of 67:41 for USA.
Best player in Serbia, Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) open third period of the game with powerful dunk. Serbia was not having any key to stop offensive from USA. They scored to easy points and Serbia was also having problems in offense to score any points.
USA already collect 100 points in 28 minutes of the game so this is was maybe their best game in entire World Cup in Spain.
At the end of the third quarter result was 105:67 and USA was remain at insane percentage from the field with great rebounds in both direction, offense and defense.
After 30 minutes of the game, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) have 26 points and James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) 23. In Serbia most efficient was Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) with 18 points for 26 minutes in the game and Nikola Kalinic (6'8''-F-91) with 12 points.
Fouth quarter was just formality for everyone. Serbia played nice quarter but they lose game in the first half when USA go on high difference point which Serbia didn't have power and calmest to catch up.
In this last period of the game we seen some nice offensive attacks from Serbia, 2 alley-op from Teodosic and Nikola Kalinic (6'8''-F-91) and Jovic and Stimac, and few powerful dunks from USA players.
Final results was 129:92 for USA and they won their 5th gold medal on World Championships.

Serbia: Nemanja Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) 18pts, 3rbd, 4ast, Nikola Nikola Kalinic (6'8''-F-91) 18pts, 3rbd, 1ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic (6'6''-SG-92) 15pts, 2rbd,
USA: Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) 26pts, 4ast, James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) 23pts, 3rbd, 2ast, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) 12pts, DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) 11pts, 9rbd

Team statistic:
Serbia: 2PT: 62%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 71.4%, Rebounds: 32 (20/12), Assists: 20, Steals 3
USA: 2PT: 62.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 82.8%, Rebounds: 44 (28/16), Assists: 16, Steals: 4


Eurobasket.com All-World Cup Awards 2014 - Sep 14, 2014

Eurobasket.com All-World Cup 1st Team 2014
Milos Teodosic
Teodosic
Kyrie Irving
Irving
Nicolas Batum
Batum
Kenneth Faried
Faried
Pau Gasol
Gasol

MVP: Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92) of USA
Best Guard: Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92) of
USA
Best Forward: Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) of France
Best Center: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of Spain

1st Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of Serbia
G: Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92) of
USA
SF: Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) of France
F: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89) of
USA
F/C: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of Spain

2nd Team
G: Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) of Spain
PG: Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) of Slovenia
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) of Croatia
PF: Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) of France
C: Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93) of
USA

3rd Team
PG: Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) of France
SG: James Harden (6'5''-SG-89) of
USA
F: Dario Saric (204-F-94) of Croatia
C: Jonas Valanciunas (6'11''-C-92) of Lithuania
C: Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) of Greece

Honorable Mention
Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90) of USA
Leandro Barbosa (6'3''-PG-82) of Brazil
Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) of Argentina
Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87) of Turkey
Aron Baynes (6'10''-C-86) of Australia
Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85) of Mexico
Francisco Garcia (6'7''-F/G-81) of Dom. Rep.
Corey Webster (188-G-88) of New Zealand
Yanick Moreira (6'11''-C-91) of Angola
Eugene Jeter (180-PG-83) of Ukraine
Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88) of Serbia
Gorgui Dieng (6'11''-C-90) of Senegal
Jose Juan Barea (6'0''-PG-84) of Puerto Rico
Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) of Philippines
Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) of Finalnd
Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Iran



2014 World Cup: France won Bronze medal game - Sep 13, 2014

France - Lithuania 95:93
Results by quarters: 22:19, 21:23, 22:21, 31:22

Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) has excellent open this game with 7 points and 5 rebounds in only 5 minutes of the game. He controlled defensive rebounds for his team and played smart in offense where he took smart shoots.
On other side, Lithuania after few missing attacks succeed to go back in the game and start control offensiv attacks from France and with good defense stop them from making easy points which they did in first half of first quarter of this Bronze medal match. They also started to play with confidence in offense and they make some points with easy via Jankunas, Valanciunas and Maciulis. At that point, 3:40 to the end of first quarter, Lithuania had a lead 9:7 and that was their first lead of the game.
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) continue to play amazing and after yesterday unbelievable game against Serbia in semifinals he start to play really well and this game.
He scored his first points after 7 minutes in the game when he make layup with awarded free throw. Diot joined him with 3 points and led France to 13:9.
In last 3 minutes of first quarter both teams finished they attacks pretty easy and quarter was finished with 3 points by Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) for 22:19 at the end of this period of the game.
Batum continue to shine for France. 14 minutes was passed and he already was having 13 points alongside his name and he was the key player with Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and main reason because France was leading the game. In Lithuanian National Team, all players was having equal performance. Valanciunas was only having 6 points.
In half of second quarter result was 34:29 for French team.
Lithuanian team was dominating in this period with rebounds. They collect 19 rebounds (10 in offense!) and France only have 10, and bench players from Lithuania was doing great for their National Team because they scored more then half points in this period of the game (18 from 32) on 4:23 until the halftime.
In last three minutes of second period tempo of the game was a little slow but both teams are close.
Lithuania won this quarter by 2 points (23:21) and that was 43:42 for France at halftime.
In start of third part of the game Lithuania started to shoot great from range and scored three times for 3 points while France scored one (Heurtel). 7:41 to the end of 3/4, Lithuania was having their biggest lead in that moment (50:46). France Head Coach,
Vincent Collet was called timeout.
Lithuania started controlling the game. They played great in this third quarter so in 4 minutes until the end of this period of the game they was having +8 lead, and that is all because they are shooting great from 3pt line. They scored five 3 points in only 8 minutes of the quarter.
Third quarter of this game was finished with Lithuanian lead by 29:21 and 71:64 in total. They turned game around with great shooting percentage and they did go into last quarter of this tournament with nice result.
France make 2:6 series in start of last quarter and Lithuanian coach needed to call timeout 7:49 to the end while result on scoreboard was 73:70 for his team.
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) hit again three point and Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) make the game tied at 6:00 minutes until the end (75:75).
France is again in the lead, this time Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) scored layup for 75:77. But Valanciunas dunk the ball on Seibutis assist and it's tied again. Great game for both teams, great basketball battle in Madrid.
Pietrus from free throw line is tied the game but he missed second and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) made a offensive jump. After that Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) is scoring amazing layup and France is again in the lead, this time with 82:80 (last quarter at that point was 18:9 for France).
There is only 1 minute and 27 second left to end of this amazing game.
Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) make again layup for +4 for France and Lithuania was about to lose the game because they missed layup by Valanciunas and then they are not able to took offensive rebound.
Thomas
Heurtel was on free throw line where he scored both times for 86:80 and at that point France fans was already celebrating Bronze medal.
But the pinnacle of excitement yet to come. Heurtel was missed two free throws and Juskevicius made 2+1 and it's only one possession game.
Lithuania is making again foul on
Heurtel, he scored both times. It's +3 for France (88:85) and only 15.2 seconds to the end.
Batum make personal foul and send Seibutis on free throw line where he scored safely both times. Again only +1 for France and we have 13.0 seconds to the end.
It was free throw line battle in last 10 seconds of the game. On French side
Heurtel was calm and scored two times for 90:87 but Seibutis was also safe from FT line and again, game was only on 1 point difference (90:89).
In last free throw at this game Valanciuas scored one time and missed second in purpose with believing that someone will catch offensive rebound and tied the game but ball went to far and France won this game with 95:93 and after winning Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia they won another medal, this time in Madrid in World Cup.
Tomorrow in program is final game between USA and Serbia at 21:00 CET.

France: Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) 27pts, 1ast, 3rbd, Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) 13pts, 9rbd, Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) 15pts, 2rbd, 4ast, Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) 13pts, 3rbd
Lithuania: Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) 25pts, 9rbd, Adas Juskevicius (194-SG-89) 14pts, Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85) 13pts, 2rbd, 4ast, Martynas Pocius (196-SG-86, college: Duke) 11pts, 4rbd, 3ast

Team statistic:
France: 25/37 for 2P, 7/20 for 3PT, 24/33 from FT, Rebounds: 31 (21/10), Assists: 12
Lithuania: 24/50 for 2P, 7/17 for 3PT, 24/28 from FT:, Rebounds: 36 (21/15), Assists: 12


2014 World Cup: Serbia beat France in close game and reach Final - Sep 12, 2014

Serbia - France 90:85
Results by quarters: 21:15, 25:17, 15:14, 29:39

First quarter of second Semifinal of World Cup 2014 in Spain, Serbia was winning with 21:15.
Very fast and clean game from both teams. Serbia was better open the match with great roll of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) who played great in scoring and controlling the game and opponent defense.
First timeout and first foul was happened in eight minute of the game when Serbia is leading 18:10. After time out France scored 5 points and Serbia 3. First quarter was finished with 21:15 for Serbia in lead.
Best at the end of first quarter was definitively Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) who played perfectly and he scored 8 points with 2ast. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) was also great with 7 points. On French side Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 6 points (two times for three points).
Second quarter is again Cinderella story for Serbia. In this quarter they scored 25 points against 17 for France.
Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) continue to play magnificent as he open second quarter with his 5 points, at that time Serbia was leading with +11.
Alongside Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87), Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) joined him with great play with his 7 points in total.
In middle of second quarter Serbia make 9:0 series. France respond to Serbian series with 6:0 over Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket), Mickael Gelabale (215-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) who all scored by 2 points (30:21 for Serbia).
Djordjevic was called his first time out in the game. Series of France is terminated by Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) great layup with foul over him but he didn't scored extra free throw.
Kalinc was having great roll in second quarter as he scored 6 points and have 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Serbia played second part of second quarter great, they have big series when they make biggest lead in the game +16 (41:25).
Second quarter was over with 45:32 result.
Best in Serbia is Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) with 18p and 3 assists, he is followed by Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) with 7 points and 2 rebound, Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) with 9 points, 3 assists and 1 steal.
In French team Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) have 10 points and B. Diaw 7 with 6 rebounds.
Third quarter was also wined by Serbia with 15:14. Krstic played great third quarter. At the end of third period of the game of second Semifinal of World Cup 2014, Serbia was leading with 61:46.
Strong start of last quarter for France, they make 5:0 series after Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) hit nothing but the net for 3 and great dunk of Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) after Bogdan Bogdanovic loses the ball in Serbian attack.
Bjelica missed 3 points from 8 meters 8:40 to the end. Result was still 61:51 for Serbia.
Big pressure and support from tribunes who mostly cheer up for Serbia.
First points for Serbia in last quarter scored by Markovic on great assist from Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Interperformances). After almost 3 minutes Serbia was scored points.
As we expected France started playing really aggressive and strong in defense and confident in offense. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored two times 3p and bring France close to Serbia, it was 63:57 then Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) scored circus shot for 65:57 when crowd go wild.
Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) was on free throw line and he scored only one but they catch the ball and they scored 3 points by Evan Fournier (198-SG-92). It is 65:61. Open game after a long time. France was winning 15:4 in last quarter 5 minutes at the end of the game. Aleksandar Djordjevic was called the time out.
Bogdanovic scored 3 points for 68:61 but that was not near the over. After that France started playing insanly in offense with great percentage of shooting and end is becoming more and more dramatic.
Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) played great in this game, shooting for all range and missing almost nothing. He was the key player of French return from -16 points to close game at the end of last quarter.
In last 3 minutes team was playing point-for-point. Bogdanovic was scoring some important points for Serbia but Nicolas Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88), Diaw and Heurtel was handling France in the game.
In 1:30 at the end Krstic was made a smooth layup with Bjelica assist but Hertel scored 3 points in next attack. It was 82:79 for Serbia.
Serbia was going on expiriance from Krstic so he scored 2 points for 84:79 only 44 seconds to the end. Serbia was making foul and Huertel is not missing from free throw line, 84:81 for Serbia, ball for Serbia but Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) is missing 2p and France was having last possession but Serbia decided to make foul and let Huertel shoot from free throw line again.
This time he scored only one and France was needed to make fast foul. Kalinic is secure from free throw line and after he scored two FT Serbia was leading +4.
France wanted to finish attack fast but Huertel missing jump shot, Bjelica was making his another defansive rebound and after that he got fouled.
He scored 2 FT and Serbia was leading 88:82 only 7.3 seconds to the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) took the ball and goes alone to shot the three points and he made it. France is only one possession away but not much time is left. 88:85 only 2.1 seconds, Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) was making foul on Simonovic and he was enough calm to score both free throws.
Serbia win this tough and very interesting game with 90:85.
They will face USA in the big Final on 14th September, while France will play against Lithuania for Bronze medal on 13th September.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) 24pts, 3ast, 3rbd, Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92) 13pts, 4ast, Bjelica 10pts, 7rbd, 5ast, Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) 11pts, 3rbd, 5ast, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) 11pts, 4rbd, Nenad Krstic (212-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) 11pts, 3rbd
France: Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) 35pts, 2rbd, 3ast (8/12 for 3p), Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) 13pts, 10rbd, 5ast, Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) 12pts, 2rbd, 6ast


Team USA reach Final in Spain - Sep 11, 2014

USA - Lithuania 96-68
Team USA will play in the championship game of the 2014 World Cup. They breezed past Lithuania in todays semifinal clash in Barcelona. James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) and Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) provided 16 points each to pace Team USA. It was quite a well-matched battle in the first half. Lithuania trailed by just five points after an ugly first period. The teams played aggressively defensively. The USA eked out a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Team USA maintained the advantage throughout the second term but could not clear off. They secured a 43:35 halftime advantage. However it was all over in few opening minutes of the second half. Team USA exploded with an 18:2 run to leave Lithuania behind. James Harden unloaded all of his 16 points in the period helping Team USA to a 76:49 advantage at the final intermission. They protected the lead well throughout the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke) topscored with 18 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) replied with 15 points each for Lithuania.


Serbia and France reach semifinals in Spain - Sep 10, 2014

Serbia - Brazil 84-56
Serbia showed a near-perfect basketball on the way to a convincing victory over Brazil in the quarterfinal clash in Madrid today. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) was pivotal with 23 points as Serbia advanced into the semifinal stage. Serbia gained a 21:17 lead after the opening quarter. They kept Brazil at distance throughout the second term. Serbia ensured a 37:32 halftime advantage. The Balkan team cleared off in the third term. Serbia opened the stanza on a 12:2 run to take a 50:34 lead. They followed with a 9:1 run late in the period to ensure a comfortable 62:39 advantage. Serbia entered the fourth quarter up by 22 points 66:44. They held Brazil to just 12 points in the final period and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92) scored 12 points, while Nenad Krstic (212-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) added 10 points each for Serbia. Anderson Varejao (211-C-82) and Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) responded with 12 points each for Brazil.

France - Spain 65-52
France will play in the World Cup semifinals. The European champions shocked hosting Spain in Madrid tonight to set up the clash versus Serbia. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) tallied 15 points to pace Les Bleus. It was a classic battle between two outstanding teams. France opened the game on an 11:2 run. But Spain quickly denied the deficit and Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) gave the hosts a 15:13 lead. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) tied things at 15 after ten minutes. France extended their lead in the second term. A perfect defensive effort saw France limit Spain to just 13 points as Les Bleus built a 35:28 halftime lead. Spain opened the second half with back-to-back baskets to pull closer. The hosts held France to just 7 points in the third term to ensure a 43:42 lead. Evan Fournier scored four points to spark a 7:0 run from France midway through the fourth term. They gained a 51:45 advantage. Spain would get within three points few times before Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) scores six points in a row and gave France a 62:52 lead with 46 second remaining. Spain could not score in the reminder of the contest as France marched to a remarkable victory. Thomas Heurtel produced 13 points, while Nicolas Batum and Mickael Gelabale (215-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 9 points each for the winners. Pau Gasol responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 10 points in the loss.


Turkey, Brazil, Lithuania and Serbia complete quarterfinal picture - Sep 7, 2014

Turkey - Australia 65-64
Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a three-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation to propel Turkey past Australia in the eighth-final clash in Spain tonight. Turkey trailed throughout the bigger part of the game but relied on a late jumper from Preldzic to upset the Boomers. Australia posted an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey did not allow the Boomers to clear off in the next period. They pulled within a single point at the interval 34:35. But Australia held their opponents to just 12 points in the third term and ensured a 4-point lead before the final stanza. Matthew Dellavedova (193-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) made it a 5-point game 64:59 with 62 seconds remaining in regulation. But Emir Preldzic hit a three-pointer and then followed with a huge another one to give Turkey a 65:64 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Joe Ingles followed with a turnover and Turkey got away with a dramatic victory. Emir Preldzic and Sinan Guler finished with 16 points each for the winners. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) added 11 points for Turkey. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova had 13 points in the loss.

Brazil - Argentina 85-65
Brazil completed the World Cup quarterfinal picture. They edged Argentina in the final game of the eighth-final stage in Madrid tonight. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) missed just one shot en route to game-high 21 points for Brazil. Argentina dominated at the start of the game. They earned a 21:13 lead after the opening quarter. Brazil cut the deficit in the second period. They trailed by just three points 33:36 at halftime. Brazil opened the second half on a 15:3 run to pull ahead. Brazil secured a 57:49 lead after three quarters of action. The margin quickly grew at 15-point mark early in the fourth frame. Brazil kept Argentina at bay throughout the rest of the way marching to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) had 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Barbosa and Splitter had 10 points each for the winners. Pablo Prigioni (190-PG-77) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Facundo Campazzo (180-PG-91) netted 11 points in the defeat.

New Zealand - Lithuania 71-76
Baltic side advanced to the Quarterfinals of the World Cup 2014. Lithuania overcame New Zealand 76-71 in the first game of Sunday actions. Lithuania opened the game with a 23-9 lead in the opening period and had 36-26 halftime advantage. New Zealand managed to catch up with the opponents later in the game and posted a 24-22 rally in the third quarter. Moreover Mika Vukona tied the game at 65-65 with 2 minutes to go, but then Lithuania replied with an 8-0 run and sealed a 73-65 advantage. Mika Vukona again reduced to 73-67, while Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95) cut it to 4 with less than 30 seconds to go. Maciulis added one from the free throw line, while Martynas Pocius (196-SG-86, college: Duke) scored two for 76-71. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Martynas Pocius posted 11. Tai Jack Webster replied with 26 points in defeat and Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) scored 11.

Serbia - Greece 90-72
Serbia punched the World Cup quarterfinal ticket today. They edged previously undefeated Greece in the eighth-final clash. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92) nailed 21 points to pace Serbia to a well-deserved victory in Madrid. Serbia poured in 23 points in the first frame that gave them a 3-point lead after ten minutes. The Serbs maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. High-percentage shooting kept them in charge as they ended the first half up by 4 points 46:42. Greece started to lag behind in the third term. The Hellenes managed just 13 points in the quarter to trail by 9 points at the final break. Serbia unleashed 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) had 16 points, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) contributed 13 points for Serbia. Nick Calathes (197-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Greece. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Georgios Printezis (202-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 12 points each in the loss.


Spain 2014 FIBA World Cup: Unlucky Angola, 7 others exit Spain - Sep 5, 2014

Eleven-time Africa champion Angola Friday painfully exited the FIBA Basketball World Cup currently on in Spain alongside seven other countries.

The painful aspect of the African giant came with a 91-83 points win in its last group-D game against Oceania giant Australia until the cherished victory over Australia turned into nightmare when Mexico handed Korea a 87-71 points defeat to finish fourth in the group.

Though Angola finished the preliminary round on the same note with Mexico but the South American went through on a head-head note as the Mexican had the better of the long standing African champion (79-55) when both sides meet early in the week.

The other countries that are headed for home include another Africa representative Egypt who finished the World Cup without a win in Group-A just as Korea also did not record any victory in Group-D.

Ukraine is another country going home with a splendid performance of a 2-3 record which was not enough to save it from being eliminated from Spain.

The Ukrainian finished their World Cup campaign as the fifth best side from Group-C as Dominican Republic snatched a fourth slot to make it into the Round of Sixteen.

The other countries whose efforts were not enough to guarantee them a place at the knock-out stages includes, Iran, Philippines, Finland and Puerto Rico.

Yanick Moreira (211-C-91)


The End of Group Phase in Spain - Sep 4, 2014

Group A
Serbia - Spain 73-89
Spain secured the fifth consecutive victory in Granada. They overwhelmed Serbia to win Group A. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) was once again unstoppable with 20 points for Spain. The hosts unleashed 34 points in the starting quarter to open a 14-point lead. They stretched the margin at 19-point mark at the interval. Spain never looked back after the long break and cruised to the victory. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) delivered 15 points, while Ricky Rubio (193-G-90) added 12 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for the home team. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia as they fell at 2-3 record.

Iran - France 76-81
France overcame an early deficit to tame Iran in Group A. Thomas Heurtel (188-PG-89) scored 15 points to pace Les Bleus at 3-2 record. Iran ensured a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. But France responded with a 24:10 run in the second term to pull ahead. France followed with a strong 26:16 rally in the third term to ensure a 14-point lead at the final break. Iran dropped 27 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Evan Fournier (198-SG-92) delivered 13 points for the winning side. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) responded with 23 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) netted 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss.

Brazil - Egypt 128-65
Brazil coasted past Egypt en route to the fourth victory in Group A. Six players scored in double digits for the Latin American team. Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82) scored 22 points to pace the winners. Brazil stunned their opponents with a 37:10 run in the first period. They added 30 points in the second term to take a massive 67:23 halftime lead. Brazil erupted for 37 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Marcelo Magalhaes (201-SG-75, agency: Interperformances) finished with 16 points for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) responded with 16 points for Egypt.

Group B
Argentina - Greece 71-79
Greece will enter the knockout stage undefeated. They overcame Argentina to earn the top position in Group B. Nick Calathes (197-PG-89, college: Florida) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Hellenes to the fifth straight victory. Greece fired 28 points in the first quarter to open a 12-point lead. Argentina cut the distance at 11-point mark at the interval. But Greece restored a 14-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Argentina narrowed the distance in the final stanza but Greece hung on for the victory at the end. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) provided 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Georgios Printezis (202-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 15 points in the win. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) responded with 17 points for Argentina.

Croatia - Puerto Rico 103-82
Croatia fired past Puerto Rico to seal their eighthfinal appearance. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) unloaded 23 points to pace the winners. Croatia ensured a 28:16 lead after the opening quarter. They dropped 25 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime lead. Croatia came up with 31 points in the third term to record a comfortable 27-point advantage at the final intermission. Puerto Rico cut the distance in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points in the win. Jose Juan Barea (183-PG-84, college: Northeastern) responded with 20 points for Puerto Rico.

Senegal - Philippines 79-81 OT
Philippines snatched an overtime victory over Senegal to celebrate the first victory at the World Cup. Philippines trailed by six points after the first period. But they went on a 24:5 run in the second term to surge ahead. Senegal managed to erase the deficit in the second half and forced overtime. But Philippines quickly pulled in front in the extra period and held on to win the battle. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) delivered 18 points and 14 rebounds for Philippines. Jimmy Alapag (180-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.) added 18 points in the winning effort. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) answered with 20 points for Senegal.

Group C
Turkey - Dominican Republic 77-64
Turkey outgunned Dominican Republic to claim the second position in Group C. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) stepped up with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the Turkish team. It was a close battle in the first period. Turkey eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. But they used a 27:10 run in the second frame to pile up an 18-point halftime advantage. Turkey kept Dominican Republic at distance throughout the second half marching to the victory. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) chipped in 10 points, while Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points each in the win. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) responded with 18 points for Dominican Republic. Victor Liz (188-SG-88, agency: Duran International) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine - USA 71-95
Team USA clinched the fifth straight victory at the World Cup. They edged Ukraine to win Group C. James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) posted 17 points to lead the charge. Ukraine fell at 2-3 record. Ukraine led by five points after the first period. But Team USA shifted to the top gear in the next quarters. They went for 81 points in the next three periods and sealed a comfortable victory. Stephen Curry (190-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 14 points, while Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points for Ukraine. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Finland - New Zealand 65-67
New Zealand advanced into the Round of 16 after they nipped Finland in the crucial battle in Group C. Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Tall Blacks. New Zealand recorded a 12-point halftime lead. The margin grew at 20-point mark in the third term. But Finland performed an amazing comeback narrowing the deficit to a single point. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) had a chance to win the game for Finland but missed a buzzer-beater. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin) produced 11 points for the Kiwis. Gerald Lee responded with 17 points for Finland.

Group D
Lithuania - Slovenia 67-64
Lithuania won Group D following a gutsy victory over previously undefeated Slovenia. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) scored 12 points for the Baltic team. It was all going Slovenia way in the first half. They built a 44:38 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the distance at 5-point mark in the third term. But then Slovenia stumbled in offence. They could not find a basket for almost ten minutes finishing eventually with just 2 points in the fourth frame and losing the game. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) connected for 13 points in the defeat.

South Korea - Mexico 71-87
Mexico defeated South Korea to earn the key victory in the quest for the World Cup playoffs ticket. Mexico therefore clinched the fourth position in Group D and would face the mighty USA in the eighthfinals. Hector Hernandez (206-PF-85, college: Fresno St.) delivered 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Mexico opened a 40:31 halftime lead. They quickly stretched the gap to double digits in the third term and coasted to the victory afterwards. Marco Ramos (198-F-87, college: Grand Canyon) accounted for 14 points for Mexico. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 16 points for South Korea.

Australia - Angola 83-91
Angola defeated Australia in the final game in Group D to improve at 2-3 record. Australia fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) was massive for Angola with 38 points and 15 rebounds. The Boomers dominated in the first half. Australia grabbed a 22:17 lead after the first period. They held Angola to just 12 points in the second period to take a comfortable 42:29 halftime lead. But Angola erupted for 62 points in the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the African team. Chris Goulding (192-G-88) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Boomers.


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Spain - Sep 3, 2014

Group A
Spain - France 88-64
Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace Spain past France in Granada today. Spain registered the fourth consecutive victory at the home championship. Spain earned a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. The hosts extended the lead to 10 points at the interval 44:34. Spain stayed in charge throughout the third term. They extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and cruised to the victory at the end. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) posted 15 points for the winners. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) and Antoine Diot (192-PG-89) responded with 11 points apiece for France.

Serbia - Brazil 73-81
Brazil wasted a massive 16-point halftime lead in the third term but managed to pull themselves together in the fourth quarter and snatched a tough victory over Serbia in the fourth round of Group A action at the World Cup. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Brazil led by 16 points at the interval. They lost all of their lead and trailed by four heading into the fourth stanza. But they went on a 21:9 run in the fourth period and secured a tough victory at the end. Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82) had 16 points, while Splitter added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Serbia. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) had 11 points in the loss.

Egypt - Iran 73-88
Iran opened the win count at the World Cup. The Asian team defeated Egypt to snap three-game losing skid in Spain. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) stepped up with 24 points and 6 assists to lead the winners. Iran opened a comfortable 12-point lead after the first period. Egypt cut the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval. But Iran unleashed 40 points in the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the winners. Youssef Shousha (192-G/F-93) responded with 15 points for Egypt.

Group B
Greece - Croatia 76-65
Greece remained perfect at the 2014 World Cup. They knocked down Croatia to improve at 4-0 record in Group B. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) delivered 14 points to pace the winners. Greece eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. But they went on a 20:9 run in the second term to take a 36:23 halftime lead. Croatia tried hard to return into the contest in the second half but Greece kept a firm grip on their lead as they marched to yet another victory in Seville. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) provided 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 20 points for Croatia. Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 10 points in the loss.

Senegal - Argentina 46-81
Argentina routed Senegal en route to the third victory in Group B. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) orchestrated the victory scoring 22 points and pulling down 14 rebounds for the winners. Argentina opened a 41:24 halftime lead. Senegal pulled within 15 points at the final intermission. But the Latin American team followed with a 28:8 run in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Walter Herrmann (203-F-79) knocked down 11 points for Argentina. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Senegal.

Philippines - Puerto Rico 73-77
Jose Juan Barea (183-PG-84, college: Northeastern) dropped 30 points to pace Puerto Rico to the first victory at the World Cup. They outlasted Philippines for 1-3 record. Philippines ensured a comfortable 25:13 lead after the first period. But Puerto Rico triggered a 48:32 run in the next two periods to pull ahead. They limited Philippines to just 16 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory at the end. David Huertas and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) accounted for 13 points each for Puerto Rico. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Philippines. Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) had 18 points in the defeat.

Group C
Dominican Republic - USA 71-106
Team USA registered the fourth consecutive victory at the World Cup in Spain. They trounced Dominican Republic in Bilbao tonight. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Team USA led by just three points after the opening quarter. But they used a 31:19 run in the second period to open a 56:41 halftime lead. The USA followed with a 50-point effort in the second half to seal the victory. DeMarcus Cousins delivered 13 points, while Demar DeRozan (201-F/G-89, college: USC) added 11 points for the winners. Victor Liz (188-SG-88, agency: Duran International) responded with 15 points for Dominican Republic. Edward Santana (203-F-80) had 11 points in the loss.

New Zealand - Ukraine 73-61
New Zealand injected life in their World Cup campaign with a crucial victory over Ukraine. Kirk Penney stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Tall Blacks. New Zealand overcame a one-point deficit after the starting quarter to gain a 36:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 8-point mark at the final intermission. New Zealand went on a 20:16 rally in the fourth term and ensured a comfortable victory at the end. Everard Bartlett accounted for 14 points, while Corey Webster (188-G-88, agency: Beo Basket, college: Lambuth) added 11 points for the Tall Blacks. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points for Ukraine. Eugene Jeter had 14 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the defeat.

Turkey - Finland 77-73 OT
Turkey recorded the second victory at the World Cup. They outlasted Finland in an overtime thriller to improve at 2-2 record. Omer Asik (213-C-86) stepped up with 22 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Turkish team. Akyol drained a triple with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) teamed up for 9 points for Turkey in the extra period and sealed the victory. Emir Preldzic had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) added 12 points for the winners. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 17 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (192-G-91) had 15 points in the loss.

Group D
Lithuania - South Korea 79-49
Lithuania recovered well after the loss to Australia and defeated South Korea for the third victory in Group D today. Adas Juskevicius (194-SG-89) came up with 20 points to pace the Baltic team. South Korea gave the Lithuanian team an early scare taking a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Europeans responded with a 22:10 run in the second quarter. Lithuania went on an 18:4 run in the third term to clear off for good. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) responded with 15 points for South Korea. Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) netted 12 points in the defeat.

Mexico - Australia 62-70
Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) scored 21 points to pace Australia past Mexico in the fourth round of action in Group D. Australia therefore improved at 3-1 record in the standings. The teams traded baskets throughout close first half. Australia led by a single point at the interval 33:32. But the Boomers went off the dressing room with a mission. They went on a 26:13 run in the third term and cleared off. Mexico slowed their opponents in the fourth period and cut the deficit but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Valparaiso) had 12 points for the Boomers. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) had 10 points each in the loss.

Slovenia - Angola 93-87
Slovenia handled pesky Angola for the fourth consecutive victory at the World Cup in Spain. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) nailed 17 points as Slovenia remained on top of Group D. Slovenia unloaded 44 points in the first half but led by just one point at the interval. Angola answered with a 23:21 run in the third term to pull in front. But Slovenia came back strong in the fourth frame. They dropped 28 points and sealed the winning outcome. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) recorded 14 points for Slovenia. Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) banked 21 points for Angola. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) had 20 points in the defeat.


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Spain - Sep 2, 2014

Group C
Finland - Dominican Republic 68-74
Dominican Republic celebrated the second straight win in Group C of the World Cup. They outgunned Finland for 2-1 record. Eloy Vargas (210-F-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky) finished with 18 points and 13 boards to pace the Latin American team. Finland fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Dominican Republic secured a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. They dropped 25 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Dominican Republic took a 41:32 halftime advantage. They kept Finland at bay throughout the third term. Orlando Antigua team entered the final stanza up by 10 points. Finland pulled within three late in the game but Dominican Republic stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 16 points in the win. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 23 points and 9 assists for Finland. Mikko Koivisto (194-SG-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Lee had 8 points each in the loss.

Ukraine - Turkey 64-58
Ukraine prove high ambitions with win over Turkey at the 2014 World Cup. In Day 3 Ukraine gained a 64-58 victory and improved to 2-1 record in Group C. Both teams nailed 13 points each in the first period and then Turkey pated the same amount of points in the second frame to take a 26-25 half-time advantage. Ukraine meanwhile looked better at the second half. The latter won the third period 16-13 and then due to a great percentage of the three-pointers added a final 23-19 rally in the last quarter. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Zaytsev added 12. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) followed them with 10 points, while Oleksandr Lypovyy notched 7. Omer Asik (213-C-86) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) had 14. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev

USA - New Zealand 98-71
Team USA celebrated the third straight victory at the World Cup. Mike Krzyzewski team rolled past New Zealand to stay perfect in Group C. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) delivered 21 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. New Zealand suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Team USA dropped 27 points in the first frame and opened a 7-point lead. They added 30 points in the second term to secure a 22-point halftime advantage. The Tall Blacks lived up to the challenge in the third quarter. They outscored Team USA 19:18 to cut the deficit. But the North American team did not allow the Tall Blacks any closer in the fourth frame posting 23 points and sealing the victory. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden added 13 points in the victory. BJ Anthony (198-F-88) responded with 11 points for New Zealand. Everard Bartlett had 9 points in the loss.

Group D
Angola - Mexico 55-79
Mexico opened win count at the World Cup. They outgunned Angola for 1-2 record in Group D. Hector Hernandez (206-PF-85, college: Fresno St.) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Angola slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Things were going Angolan way in the first period. The African powerhouse gained a 20:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Mexico tuned in pretty quickly. They held Angola to 15 points in the second period and pulled ahead for a 36:35 halftime advantage. Mexico made a decisive run in the third term. They went on a 21:10 rally in the period to secure a 12-point lead at the final break. Angola could not recover conceding a 10:22 blow in the fourth term. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Francisco Cruz added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Vander Joaquim (208-C-90, agency: Beo Basket, college: Hawaii) and Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) responded with 13 points each for Angola.

South Korea - Slovenia 72-89
Slovenia stayed on the winning track in Spain. They outgunned South Korea for 3-0 record in Group D. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) accounted for 22 points in the victory. South Korea got to an energetic start. They eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Slovenia denied the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans ensured a 40:39 halftime lead. Slovenia unloaded 30 points in the third term. They grabbed a 70:56 advantage before the final stanza. South Korea scored just 16 points in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) netted 14 points, while Zoran Dragic and Alen Omic added 13 points each for the winning side. Lee Jong-Hyun (206-C-94) responded with 12 points for South Korea. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) delivered 8 points each in the loss.

Australia - Lithuania 82-75
Australia clinched the second victory in Group D. They defeated Lithuania to catch up with the Baltic team in the ladder. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Boomers. Australia got to a perfect start. They silenced the Lithuanian supporters in the first half. Australia unloaded 30 points in the opening quarter to open a 10-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Australia ensured a 47:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania finally found their rhythm in the third quarter. They dropped 28 points and pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Maciulius opened the final term with a three-pointer to put Lithuania within three. But Australia held a firm grip on the lead and raced to the victory at the end. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) produced 14 points, while Matthew Dellavedova had 13 points for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85) responded with 21 points for Lithuania. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) had 14 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Spain - Aug 31, 2014

Group A
Spain - Egypt 91-54
Spain cruised to their second straight victory in Group A. They knocked down Egypt for 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) came back into the Spanish lineup and tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Spain set the tone early taking a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin at 18-point mark at the interval. Spain dominated throughout the second half coasting to the victory. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) had 14 points, while Pau Gasol added 12 points for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) responded with 16 points for Egypt.

Brazil - Iran 79-50
Brazil eased past Iran for the second consecutive victory in Granada. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points to pace well-balanced effort from Brazil. Iran eked out an 18:17 lead after the opening frame. But Brazil quickly shook off sloppiness in the second quarter and pulled ahead for a 40:24 halftime lead. The gap grew at 25-point mark at the end of the third term and cruised to the victory in the final period. Leandro Barbosa (190-PG-82) delivered 11 points for Brazil. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) responded with 13 points for Iran as they dropped the second in a row.

Serbia - France 73-74
France came from behind in the second half to eventually edge Serbia fro the first victory in Spain. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points to pace the winners. France and Serbia are now tied at 1-1 record in Group A. Serbia ensured a 42:34 halftime lead. But Les Bleus cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the final break. Serbia were still up by two with just over a minute left in regulation. But Boris Diaw and Joffrey Lauvergne came up with three points in the reminder of the contest to seal the victory for France. Antoine Diot (192-PG-89) had 15 points for the winners. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Serbia.

Group B
Philippines - Greece 70-82
Greece celebrated the second straight victory at the World Championship. They outgunned Philippines to remain perfect in Group B. Georgios Printezis (202-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Greece opened a 37:27 halftime lead. They boosted the gap at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Philippines picked up the tempo in the final frame scoring 25 points. But it was not enough to erase the deficit. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Hellenes. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Philippines.

Senegal - Puerto Rico 82-75
Senegal shocked Puerto Rico for the first victory at the tournament. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Puerto Rico earned a 29:20 lead after the first period. But the Latin American team lost Carlos Arroyo to the ankle injury and it was a downfall from that moment on. Senegal pulled ahead for a 41:40 halftime lead. They protected their lead to take a 5-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Senegal held on to their lead in the final stanza and sealed a historic victory. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) came up with 20 points for Senegal. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Puerto Rico.

Argentina - Croatia 85-90
Croatia hung on tough to beat Argentina for the second straight victory at the World Cup. The Croats sank 28 points in the first term to take an 8-point lead. Argentina got within 2 points at the interval. But Croatia responded with a 29:19 run in the third term to clear off. Argentina maintained the pressure throughout the final frame via a terrific game from Luis Scola (206-F/C-80). But Croatia held on to win the battle at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points each for the winners. Luis Scola responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds for Argentina.

Group C
Turkey - USA 77-98
Team USA struggled against ambitious Turkey in the first half but got things rolling in the second to post the second straight win in Bilbao. Kenneth Faried (203-F-89, college: Morehead St.) stepped up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The Ataman team gained a 40:35 halftime advantage. They boosted the gap at 6-point mark early in the third term. But Team USA finally picked up the tempo and dropped 31 points to take a 6-point lead at the final break. Team USA unloaded 32 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) had 19 points, while James Harden (196-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) provided 14 points for the winners. Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points for Turkey. Guler and Savas had 9 points each in the loss.

Finland - Ukraine 81-76
Finland left a woeful loss to the USA behind and came back with a convincing victory over Ukraine in Group C today. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Finnish team at 1-1 record. Ukraine ensured a 22:20 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine arrived at halftime up by two points 37:35. But Finland took over in the third term. They pulled ahead for a double-digit lead. Ukraine stopped the rot to trail by five heading into the final frame. Finland opened a comfortable lead early in the fourth quarter. But Ukraine cut it back to just four before losing the clash at the end. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) nailed 14 points and issued 9 assists for the winners. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) responded with 24 points and 9 assists in the defeat.

Dominican Republic - New Zealand 76-63
Dominican Republic opened win count in Spain. They held off New Zealand to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) delivered 29 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Latin American team. The Tall Blacks secured a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Dominican Republic rebounded with a 20:11 run in the second term. The Tall Blacks pulled within a single point at the final intermission. But Dominican Republic triggered a 25:13 run in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) had 12 points for the winners. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) responded with 22 points for the Tall Blacks. Kirk Penney had 16 points in the defeat.

Group D
Lithuania - Angola 75-62
Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) leads Baltic side past Angola in Day 2 of the 2014 World Cup. He nailed 11 points and collected 13 rebounds in a 75-62 win. Lithuania improved to 2-0 record, while Angola fell at 1-1 record. Both teams entered the game undefeated as they posted victories in the openers. Lithuania grabbed a 23-22 lead in the first period and then added narrow 15-13 before the half-time. The third period was decisive in the game as the favorites needed a 25-14 surge to seal the victory. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) scored 12 points, while three other teammates added 9 each. Eduardo Mingas (200-F/C-79) replied with 14 points in a loss and Olimpio Cipriano added 13. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev

Slovenia - Mexico 89-68
Slovenia went 2-0 in Group D following a comfortable win over Mexico. Dragic brothers were pivotal for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) topscored with 22 points, while Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) added 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Slovenia piled up a 46:37 halftime lead. The European team held Mexico to just 13 points in the third term to establish a 15-point lead at the final break. Slovenia dropped 24 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Gustavo Ayon (208-C/F-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) responded with 23 points for Mexico.

South Korea - Australia 55-89
Australia thumped South Korea for the first victory at the tournament. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points to pace the Boomers. South Korea in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Australia led from start to finish in this one. They grabbed a 26:17 lead after ten minutes. Australia held their Asian opponents to just 12 points in the second term to take a 44:29 halftime lead. The Boomers eased to the victory in the second half. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90, college: N.Mexico) delivered 13 points each for the winners. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) responded with 13 points for South Korea.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Spain - Aug 30, 2014

Group A
Iran - Spain 60-90
Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) had 33 points and 8 rebounds as Spain cruised past Iran in the first game at the home World Cup. Spain unloaded 27 points in the first frame to grab a 9-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 48:33 halftime advantage. The hosts kept Iran at distance throughout the third quarter. Spain entered the fourth period up by 20 points. They sparked with a 20:10 run in the final stanza to seal a comfortable victory. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 10 boards, while Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) netted 12 points in the victory. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) responded with 18 points for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat.

France - Brazil 63-65
Brazil overcame France in Granada in Day 1 of the 2014 World Cup. Brazil came behind after a slow start and finished with a narrow 65-63 win. France started better and posted an 18-11 lead at the start of the game. Brazil however dominated the rest of the game and managed to open their winning account. Brazil responded with a 17-8 run in the second frame and added an 18-15 rally in the third quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83) scored for 60:53 lead with less than two minutes to go to secure the victory for his side. Antoine Diot however reduced to the minimum at the end of the game, while Marquinhos Vieira brought the final result in the game from the free throw line. Marcelinho Huertas led the way with 16 points and Marquinhos Vieira scored 10. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) netted 15 points for the European side and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) ended up with 13. Courtesy of: Vasiliy Perliev

Egypt - Serbia 64-85
Serbia got to the winning start of their World Cup campaign. They toppled Egypt in the opener in Granada. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 15 points to pace the European team. Serbia went on a 21:13 run in the first period. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. Serbia piled up a 43:31 halftime lead. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. Egypt stopped the bleeding in the fourth period. They outgunned Serbia but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) finished with 13 points, while Kalinic and Bircevic had 11 points each for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (190-SG-88) responded with 12 points for Egypt. Amr Abdelhalim netted 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Senegal 87-64
Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Greece past Senegal in the opening game at the World Cup. It was rather a one-way traffic throughout the encounter. The Hellenes dominated right from the start. They ensured an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. The gap grew at 28-point mark at the interval 45:17. Senegal slowed their opponents a bit in the third term. However Greece still led by 28 points at the final intermission. Senegal dropped 28 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) netted 13 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had 11 points for Greece. Gorgui Dieng (211-C-90, college: Louisville) responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Senegal. Badji provided 14 points in the defeat.

Puerto Rico - Argentina 75-98
Argentina experienced little problems en route to the opening victory at the World Cup in Spain. They outmuscled Puerto Rico in the first game in Group B. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) posted 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Argentina unloaded 27 points in the first period to take an 8-point lead. Puerto Rico slowed their opponents down in the second term. They pulled within 7 points at the interval 38:45. But Argentina responded with a 24:11 run in the third term to clear off. Argentina dropped 29 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Andres Nocioni (201-SF-79) and Safar had 18 points apiece for Argentina. Jose Juan Barea (183-PG-84, college: Northeastern) responded with 24 points for Puerto Rico. Balkman had 10 points in the loss.

Croatia - Philippines 81-78 OT
Croatia and Philippines went an extra distance before deciding on the winner in the exciting clash in Sevilla today. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) unloaded 26 points to pace the European team. Croatia got to a comfortable start. They ensured a 23:9 lead after the first period. But Philippines picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Asian team responded with a 22:14 run to cut the deficit. Croatia maintained the advantage throughout the second term. They entered the third period up by 8 points. But Philippines denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a three-point lead late in regulation. However Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) drained a crucial three-pointer to level things up. Saric put Croatia back in front but Jayson Castro answered with a jumper to force overtime. Croatia used all of their experience in the extra period to snatch a tough three-point win at the end. Krunoslav Simon delivered 12 points, while Dario Saric added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) responded with 28 points and 12 rebounds for Philippines. Chan had 17 points in the loss.

Group C
USA - Finland 114-55
Team USA got to a perfect start of their World Cup campaign. They thumped Finland in Bilbao. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 18 points to pace the winners. Team USA tossed in 31 points in the opening frame to take 15-point lead. Finland struggled offensively throughout the second quarter. They scored just 2 points to trail by as many as 42 points at halftime 18:60. Team USA dropped 29 points in the third term to record a 50-point lead before the fourth frame. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) finished with 17 points, while Derrick Rose added 12 points in the win. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) and Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) responded with 12 points each for Finland.

New Zealand - Turkey 73-76
Turkey opened win count at the World Cup in Spain. They overcame New Zealand in the opening game for both teams in Group C. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) stepped up with 16 points to pace the Turkish team. It was never an easy one for Turkey. The Tall Blacks grabbed 17:8 lead after the first period. They stayed in charge throughout the second term. The Tall Blacks established a 38:28 halftime advantage. But Turkey picked up the tempo coming off the long break. They dropped 24 points in the third term to pull within 4 points. Oguz Savas scored four points in a row to trigger a 9:0 run from Turkey in the final four minutes of regulation and they got away with the victory. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14 points, while Hersek added 11 points in the win. Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) responded with 22 points for New Zealand. Loe had 11 points in the defeat.

Ukraine - Dominican Republic 72-62
Ukraine recorded the first victory at the 2014 World Cup. They debuted with a tough victory over Dominican Republic in Bilbao. Jeter Eugene (180-PG-83, college: Portland) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. It was a nervous start for both teams in the first period. Ukraine opened a 6:0 lead early in the encounter but Dominican Republic bounced back to take a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine erased the deficit in the second quarter. They tied things up at 27 after twenty minutes. Ukraine got to a 14:0 start in the second half. Dominican Republic stopped the rot with a pair of triples from Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville). Dominican Republic finished the quarter trailing by 8 points. Ukraine kept Dominican Republic at distance throughout the fourth frame. Mishula and Zaytsev gave Ukraine a double-digit lead late in regulation as they rolled to the victory. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Gladyr added 12 points for the winners. Francisco Garcia responded with 18 points for Dominican Republic. Sosa had 11 points in the loss.

Group D
Mexico - Lithuania 74-87
Lithuania earned the first victory at the World Cup in Spain. They outscored Mexico in Group D in Gran Canaria today. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) provided 19 points to pace the Baltic team. Mexico got to a brisk start. They shot accurately to account for 27 points in the first period. Mexico posted a 5-point lead. Lithuania slowed their opponents in the second quarter. They pulled ahead for a 45:41 halftime lead. Lithuania shifted the gear in the third term. They opened a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Mexico tried to put up a comeback rally in the final stanza but Lithuania protected the lead well and secured the winning outcome. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) had 17 points, while Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) added 15 points for the winners. Cruz answered with 21 points for Mexico. Gutierrez had 13 points in the loss.

Australia - Slovenia 80-90
Slovenia celebrated the opening victory at the World Cup. They toppled Australia in the opening game in Spain. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) came up with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the winners. Slovenia built a 27:19 lead after the opening frame. The Boomers cut the distance in the second frame. Australia pulled within 6 points at halftime 43:49. But Slovenia stayed strong throughout the third term. They maintained the lead to enter the final stanza up by 9 points. Slovenia dropped 21 points in the final period and secured the winning outcome. Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) had 13 points, while Balazic and Zoran Dragic delivered 10 points each in the victory. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Aussies. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 14 points in the loss.

Angola - South Korea 80-69
Angola clinched the first victory at the 2014 World Cup. They outgunned South Korea in the opener. Yanick Moreira (211-C-91) and Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) stepped up with 16 points each for the African powerhouse. Angola set the tone early in the game. They held South Korea to just 6 points in the first period and jumped at 10-point lead. Angola kept South Korea at bay throughout the second term. The African team ensured a 36:18 halftime advantage. The Koreans improved offensively in the third term. They unloaded 30 points in the period and pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But it was not enough. Angola dropped 28 point in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Mingas had 14 points for Angola. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) answered with 15 points for South Korea. Dong-Geun Yang netted 11 points in the defeat.



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