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

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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.  

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World Cup Standings
Group A - EU Pre-QF
 1. Sweden 4-2 
 2. Bosnia 4-2 
 3. Armenia 3-3 
 4. Slovakia 1-5 
Group B - EU Pre-QF
 1. Holland 3-1 
 2. Austria 3-1 
 3. Albania 0-4 
Group C - EU Pre-QF
 1. Estonia 3-1 
 2. Kosovo 2-2 
 3. FYR Macedon. 1-3 
Group D - EU Pre-QF
 1. Bulgaria 4-0 
 2. Belarus 1-3 
 3. Portugal 1-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Boatright, ARM24.2 
 2. Musa, BIH22.8 
 3. Poeltl, AUT20.0 
 4. Theodore, MKD19.5 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD18.8 
 6. Berisha, KOS18.8 
 7. Liutych, BLR17.8 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT17.0 
 9. Vezenkov, BUL16.8 
 10. Veideman, EST15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksander VEZENKOV
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vezenkov, BUL10.8 
 2. Parakhouski, BLR8.8 
 3. Rancik, SVK8.2 
 4. Fischer, ARM7.8 
 5. Spires, SWE6.8 
 6. Ihring, SVK6.7 
 7. Paliashchuk, BLR6.5 
 8. Mahalbasic, AUT6.5 
 9. Kangur, EST6.5 
 10. Norel, NED6.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boatright, ARM5.8 
 2. Berisha, KOS5.3 
 3. Kloof, NED5.0 
 4. Marinov, BUL5.0 
 5. Massamba, SWE4.8 
 6. Bost, BUL4.8 
 7. Theodore, MKD4.8 
 8. Lanegger, AUT4.5 
 9. Williams, NED4.5 
 10. Klepeisz, AUT4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Worthy DE JONG
  Avg: 2.5
 1. de-Jong, NED2.5 
 2. Hallman, POR2.3 
 3. Gaddefors, SWE2.3 
 4. Bost, BUL2.0 
 5. Stojanovski, MKD2.0 
 6. Voorn, NED1.8 
 7. Vezenkov, BUL1.8 
 8. Renfroe, BIH1.8 
 9. Boatright, ARM1.7 
 10. Musa, BIH1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicholas SPIRES
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Spires, SWE2.3 
 2. Fusek, SVK1.2 
 3. Talts, EST1.0 
 4. Parakhouski, BLR1.0 
 5. Guerreiro, POR1.0 
 6. Shima, ALB0.8 
 7. Poeltl, AUT0.8 
 8. Shoshi, KOS0.8 
 9. Mahalbasic, AUT0.8 
 10. Chrabascz, ARM0.8 
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