Argentina will have a chance to repeat its 2004 glory after defeating Greece 80:78 (22:23, 17:17, 17:15, 24:23). The game was close as expected right from the start and it could have gone either way in the end.
United States national team continued their march towards Olympic gold with a big win against Australia. Although Aussies managed to keep the game close in the first quarter and wasted many chances to take the lead.
Eight teams are left in the fight for three medals. Tomorrow only half of them will have a chance to win them. The hosts will take on Group A winners Lithuania, World Champions Spain will seek revenge against Croatia, Australia will try to upset United States and defending champions Argentina will look to repeat their glory against Greece.
Three teams remain unbeaten after a day 3 in Beijing Olympic Games. World Champions, Spain opened the day with a 72:59 (12:15, 27:21, 20:12, 13:11) win against Germany. Jose Manuel Calderon was the top scorer for the Spanish with 15 points in 22 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki had only 11 for Germany.
Darko Milicic has pulled out of the Serbia national team preperations for the Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Memphis Grizzlies center has been struggling with the Achille tendon injury since late july and didn`t play in the FIBA Diamond ball in Nanjing and Mechel cup in Moscow.
Lithuania will miss one more key player in Beijing. Darius Songaila will not be playing in Olympics Games. It would have been already 3rd Olympics for the 30-year-old power forward. Songaila felt the pain in his back during tournament in Spain. After the medical testing spine hernia was suspected.
One of the favourites to win medals in Beijing, Lithuania national team finished series of friendly games in Europe with a home wn against Finland. Guests from Scandinavia gave a good fight for European bronze medalists in the first half. Although there was an objective reason for a slow play of Lithuania.
National team of Serbia won the Mechel cup in Moscow, thanks to the victory over European champions Russia on the final day - 75:74 (24:18, 22:24, 14:12, 15:20). Zoran Erceg scored eight points in the final three minutes (5-5 FT), including final two points that sealed the victory for the team of Dusan Ivkovic. Russia had the final possesion, but J.R. Holden and Nikita Morgunov missed their shots.