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

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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.   

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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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