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Turkey, Brazil, Lithuania and Serbia complete quarterfinal picture - Sep 7, 2014


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Emir
Preldzic
Turkey - Australia 65-64
Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) drained a three-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation to propel Turkey past Australia in the eighth-final clash in Spain tonight. Turkey trailed throughout the bigger part of the game but relied on a late jumper from Preldzic to upset the Boomers. Australia posted an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Turkey did not allow the Boomers to clear off in the next period. They pulled within a single point at the interval 34:35. But Australia held their opponents to just 12 points in the third term and ensured a 4-point lead before the final stanza. Matthew Dellavedova (193-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) made it a 5-point game 64:59 with 62 seconds remaining in regulation. But Emir Preldzic hit a three-pointer and then followed with a huge another one to give Turkey a 65:64 lead with 5 seconds remaining. Joe Ingles followed with a turnover and Turkey got away with a dramatic victory. Emir Preldzic and Sinan Guler finished with 16 points each for the winners. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) added 11 points for Turkey. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova had 13 points in the loss.

Brazil - Argentina 85-65
Brazil completed the World Cup quarterfinal picture. They edged Argentina in the final game of the eighth-final stage in Madrid tonight. Raul Neto (186-PG-92) missed just one shot en route to game-high 21 points for Brazil. Argentina dominated at the start of the game. They earned a 21:13 lead after the opening quarter. Brazil cut the deficit in the second period. They trailed by just three points 33:36 at halftime. Brazil opened the second half on a 15:3 run to pull ahead. Brazil secured a 57:49 lead after three quarters of action. The margin quickly grew at 15-point mark early in the fourth frame. Brazil kept Argentina at bay throughout the rest of the way marching to the victory. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) had 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Barbosa and Splitter had 10 points each for the winners. Pablo Prigioni (190-PG-77) answered with 18 points for Argentina. Facundo Campazzo (180-PG-91) netted 11 points in the defeat.

New Zealand - Lithuania 71-76
Baltic side advanced to the Quarterfinals of the World Cup 2014. Lithuania overcame New Zealand 76-71 in the first game of Sunday actions. Lithuania opened the game with a 23-9 lead in the opening period and had 36-26 halftime advantage. New Zealand managed to catch up with the opponents later in the game and posted a 24-22 rally in the third quarter. Moreover Mika Vukona tied the game at 65-65 with 2 minutes to go, but then Lithuania replied with an 8-0 run and sealed a 73-65 advantage. Mika Vukona again reduced to 73-67, while Tai Jack Webster (193-G-95) cut it to 4 with less than 30 seconds to go. Maciulis added one from the free throw line, while Martynas Pocius (196-SG-86, college: Duke) scored two for 76-71. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Martynas Pocius posted 11. Tai Jack Webster replied with 26 points in defeat and Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) scored 11.

Serbia - Greece 90-72
Serbia punched the World Cup quarterfinal ticket today. They edged previously undefeated Greece in the eighth-final clash. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92) nailed 21 points to pace Serbia to a well-deserved victory in Madrid. Serbia poured in 23 points in the first frame that gave them a 3-point lead after ten minutes. The Serbs maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. High-percentage shooting kept them in charge as they ended the first half up by 4 points 46:42. Greece started to lag behind in the third term. The Hellenes managed just 13 points in the quarter to trail by 9 points at the final break. Serbia unleashed 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) had 16 points, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) contributed 13 points for Serbia. Nick Calathes (197-PG-89, college: Florida) answered with 14 points for Greece. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) and Georgios Printezis (202-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 12 points each in the loss.   



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Stephen
Curry
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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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