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Please note, today’s wrap will be quite quick, due to the fact i’m about to jump on a flight… We released a podcast today with Sam Meyerkopf from Euroleague Adventures that covers most of the below & more!
- Brazil 128 Egypt 66
- France 81 Iran 76
- Spain 87 Serbia 67
- Philippines 81 Senegal 79
- Croatia 103 Puerto Rico 82
- Greece 79 Argentina 71
- New Zealand 67 Finland 65
- United States 95 Ukraine 71
- Turkey 77 Dominican Republic 64
- Angola 91 Australia 83
- Mexico 87 Korea 71
- Lithuania 67 Slovenia 64
The final 16 is set… Here’s how the knock out stage looks
1) I guess the biggest talking point from today was Angola’s win* over Australia & the implication that had on the rest of the tournament for Australia, Lithuania & Slovenia.
We covered most of this off with Sam Meyerkopf from EuroleagueAdventures.com in today’s podcast.
Australia rested Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles & played only four minutes of Matthew Dellavedova. Which is fine. They are playing five games in six days, so it’s all good to strategically rest your players in a two-week tournament full of back-to-back basketball.
However, towards the end of the second quarter… Australia were settling for some suspect defensive sets & poor shot selection.
In Australia’s defense… That was still a better defensive effort than James Harden… ba doom tish! I’m here all week… Try the veal.
The loss by Australia meant that If Lithuania beat Slovenia, they’d win the group, Slovenia would finish second & Australia third… Meaning that Australia would avoid the United States until at least the semi-finals.
Goran Dragic had this to say about the situation.
Lithuania would go on to beat Slovenia, setting them up with a Round of 16 clash against New Zealand, Australia vs Turkey & Slovenia in a match-up with Dominican Republic with the USA looming in the quarter finals.
Australian coach Andrej Lemanis had this to say post-game:
“That game proves that everyone at the World Cup is a good basketball team… and Angola is a good team with lots of international experience,”
“We shoot the ball pretty well (51% FG and 56% 3FG), our offense wasn’t too bad, but in defensive transition we were found lacking tonight.
“Certainly we got outrebounded and we had 18 turnovers, and that’s frustrating for how we want to play as a group.
“Obviously we rested some players tonight, knowing that we were going to go to Barcelona (for the knockout rounds), but still that second half performance was disappointing.”
2) New Zealand knocked off Finland 67-65 to qualify for the knockout round.
Massive props to New Zealand. After losing their first three games of the tournament, they’ve crawled back into the knockout stages.
Big-man Isaac Fotu top scored off the bench with 18 points, shot 7/9 from the field including a big three!
Here’s the highlights:
3) Team USA disposed of the Ukraine 95-71, rounding out their group stage at a perfect 5-0.
In a game that was a lot closer than it should have been for stretches, the USA eventually found their mojo to rack up a 24 -point win.
Good news for the USA, James Harden had his best game of the tournament with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
A slight scare for Kyrie Irving who fell hard on his right hip going to the rim in the fourth quarter, but he was quick to re-assure everyone he would be ok.
Here’s the highlights:
….and for a bit of fun, here’s Kenneth Faried with his usual beast play of the game.
Random Notes of the night
1) DANTE EXUM TO NATHAN JAWAI IS ALL OF THE JAY-Z BEYONCE CONCERTS!!!
2) Andray Blatche guaranteed everyone that Philippines would beat Senegal… & they did. I’m going to miss Andray Blatche & Gilas Philipinas. They were so much fun to watch.
3) This child couldn’t quite understand what he was seeing in the Angola vs Australia game…