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


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Pau Gasol
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.   



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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
  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 
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