- Serbia 83 Iran 70
- France 94 Egypt 55
- Spain 82 Brazil 63
- Senegal 77 Croatia 75
- Argentina 85 Philippines 81
- Greece 90 Puerto Rico 79
1) After defeating Puerto Rico yesterday, Senegal registered their biggest win in FIBA history, defeating Croatia 77-75.
We may have branded this tournament the #SummerOfBlatche… But Senegalese & Seinfeld fans probably want us to take note of the #SummerOfGorgui as Gorgui Dieng played all 40 minutes & registered 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 awesome dance move & 3 side-bumps in celebration.
Outside shooting is normally one of the strengths of this Croatian team, but it was their downfall in this game as they finished 7/26 from outside.
Bojan Bogdanoivc came off the bench for Croatia, finishing with 15 points & was 1-7 from beyond the arc in a game that he couldn’t find his stroke & looked to be forcing the issue too much. Over the last few games, the only constant in the Croatian line-up has been Dario Saric. He also nabbed 15 points & shot a nice 6-9 from the field.
Senegal were very patient in offense. Often playing out the shot-clock, looking for their looks & trying to find Dieng in the post. But, also had a few great transition baskets & looked dangerous when running.
Krunoslav Simon tried to tie the game up with 10 seconds remaining… He was double teamed & decided to go for a really long three… Only to airball the hells outta it & basically hand Senegal the game.
After the game, Senegal’s coach Cheikh Sarr said, “Our tournament started in the second half against Greece. The first half was really crazy. We didn’t know the competition would be like that,”
“Other teams come here to win the tournament. We are here to learn.”
Here’s some highlights:
2) Pau Gasol leads Spain to a monster 82-63 victory over Brazil.
Spain are looking ever so dangerous & in this game, it was clearly an on fire Pau Gasol who was the difference between the two teams. Pau went through a stretch in the 3rd period where he scored 11 consecutive points, hitting 3 threes & a nice mid-range jumper. A lot of his points were coming off picks, with Nene incorrectly rotating, leaving Pau with open looks which he was knocking down.
Spain’s interior defense was once again on-fire. Pau, Marc Gasol & Serge Ibaka were giving Brazil limited space when getting to the basket & they ended up having to rely on mid range jumpers.
Brazil looked their best when Leandro Barbosa & Anderson Varejao were on the floor together.
Nothing was easy in the post for Brazil… Check out this block that Pau had on Nene…
Spain definitely look like a complete team & it seems like we’re destined for a USA/Spain Final.
3) Greece remained undefeated in the tournament, defeating Puerto Rico 90-79.
Back-to-back losses have put Puerto Rico against the wall in terms of qualifying for the Knock out rounds… But Greece, on the other hand, have looked great so far this tournament. Their defense was tight, not allowing Puerto Rico to get any good looks & holding them to 38% shooting.
Nick Calathes has been one of the form point guards of the tournement. Utilising the pick & roll really well.
It also helps when you’ve got Giannis Antetokounmpo coming off your bench. Giannis finished with 15 points, however was 0/3 from outside. He is a FIBA scoring machine who’s been leathel in transition.
Check out this play from today.
Random notes of the night:
1) Boris Diaw wants you to know… Cryotherapy is more fun with friends.
2) Dario Saric’s steal, behind the back dribble, bounce pass between the legs play in the 3rd Quarter vs Senegal was all of the Christmases.
3) Brock Motum sat down with RSN Radio in Australia for a chat about the Boomers tournament so far & more. Check it out!