FIBA World Cup updates 31/8/14

The 2014 FIBA World Cup enters day two and for the teams that won their opening games, it’s a chance for them to build on good start and build a platform to qualify for round two in Barcelona and Madrid. The teams that lost their opening games have a chance to make amends and get back on track.

Group A

Serbia 73-74 France

France got off the mark at the second attempt after a single Joffrey Lauvergne free throw with a second left ensured a 74-73 win over Serbia in Grenada.

Lauvergne ended with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the French as they rebounded from their loss to Brazil with a win against a strong Serbian outfit.

Brazil 70-59 Iran

Brazil are now 2-0 in Group A after a comfortable 70-59 over Iran, who fall to 0-2.

Iran led 18-17 after the first quarter but were then held to just 6 points as Brazil ran riot and settled in the second half for the win. Alex Garcia had 12 for the South Americans.

Spain 91-54 Egypt

Hosts Spain had little trouble in dismantling Egypt 91-54 in the final game of the day.

Leading 26-10 after the first quarter set the tone of what was to come as Spain ease their way to 2-0, while the Egyptians drop to 0-2.

Group B

Argentina 85-90 Croatia

Despite an impressive 30 points from Luis Scola, Croatia withstood the onslaught to remain unbeaten in Group B, beating Argentina 90-85.

After coming back from a double-digit deficit, Argentina pulled the game to five points with just over a minute left. Roko Leni-Ukic though hit a dagger three-pointer to give the Croats an 88-80 lead, and from there, the game was over.

Krunoslav Simon hit 18 points to lead Croatia.

Senegal 82-75 Puerto Rico

Senegal celebrated a famous 82-75 win over a poor Puerto Rico side in the second game in Seville.

The African side got off to a poor start though as they trailed 29-20 after the first period, but they responded brilliantly in the second to lead 41-30 at half-time and build on the advantage from there.

Gorgui Dieng had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds for Senegal.

Philippines 70-82 Greece

Greece made hard work of their 82-70 win over a stubborn Philippines side who unfortunately drop to 0-2.

Greece move to 2-0. Georgios Printezis led the Greeks with 25 points.

Group C

Dominican Republic 76-63 New Zealand

Dominican Republic gained their first win of the World Cup in Bilbao by beating New Zealand 76-63 as they now drop to 0-2. The Dominicans went up a gear in the second quarter after a closely contested first ten minutes and the Tall Blacks never recovered.

A game-high haul of 29 points from Francisco Garcia was enough to hand the Dominicans the win.

Finland 81-76 Ukraine

Finland recovered from their nightmare against the USA by beating Ukraine 81-76 and handing them their first loss of the tournament.

In-front of 8,000 Finland fans, the Nordic nation now move to 1-1 with this win.

Turkey 77-98 USA

The USA fought back from being 40-35 down at half-time to beat Turkey 98-77 in a rematch of the 2010 world championship final.

Kenneth Faried led the USA with 22 points as the U.S. move to 2-0, but make no mistake, the Turks gave them a real challenge.

Group D

Korea 55-89 Australia

Australia scored their first win as they eased past Korea 89-55 in game number one in Gran Canaria. The Asian side are now 0-2 and look destined to be eliminated at the first round stage.

Joe Ingles led the Boomers with 17 points in a well-balenced scoring attack.

Slovenia 89-68 Mexico

Slovenia got off to a hot start and never back, as they beat Mexico 89-68 in the second game of the day.

Zoran Dragic led Slovenia with 22 points in what was a routine win.

Lithuania 75-62 Angola

Lithuania were less than convincing but overcame Angola 75-62 in the final game of the day in Group D.

Donatas Montejunas led Lithuania with 12 points. Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.