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

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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.  

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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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