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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
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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
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 
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