Men’s Olympic basketball round-up (day 6)

A round-up of day six and round three of the men’s basketball tournament.

France defeat Lithuania

France improved to 2-1 after they defeated Lithuania 82-74 in the first game of the day.

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was unstoppable for the French as he poured in 27 points, shooting 64 percent from the field. Nicolas Batum added 21 points and pulled down six rebounds.

Lithaunia were led by Real Madrid’s Martynas Pocius’ 18 points.

A 9-0 run for the French mid-way through the fourth sealed Lithuania’s fate as France’s lead peaked at 70-54. The Baltic side attempted to fight back, countering with a 7-0 run to pull it to 70-61, but Les Bleus hung on for victory.

Australia beat winless China

Australia eased past China 81-61 to claim their first win of the Olympic Games.

China, meanwhile fall to 0-3 as they face an uphill struggle to advance to the quarter-finals.

Patty Mills led Australia with 20 points as the Boomers went on a 9-0 run towards the end of the second quarter to lead 44-30 and maintain a double-digit lead throughout the contest.

Shipeng Wang led China with 21 points. Yi Jianlian had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Argentina defeat Tunisia

Argentina, as expected defeated winless Tunisia 92-69 as the Afrobasket winner falls to 0-3.

The South Americans though improve to 2-1 as they came back from a terrible start to ease to victory.

Manu Ginobili single-handedly brought Argentina back from a double-digit deficit to lead 29-28 in the quarter as Tunisia were on the back of a 15-0 run which ended the game.

Ginobili hit 24 points with Luis Scola getting a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Salah Mejri got 19 points and seven blocks for Tunisia.

Fridzon wins it on the buzzer for Russia

A three deep in the corner from Vitaliy Fridzon on the buzzer gave Russia a 75-74 victory over Brazil in a thrilling contest.

Marcelinho Huertas hit with nearly three seconds left on the clock, but he was to be denied by a clutch three at the death.

Andrei Kirilenko led a balanced line-up with 19 points with Timofey Mozgov grabbing 18 points.

Leandro Barbosa led Brazil with 16 points with Larry Taylor supporting with 12.

Spain sneak by GB in game of the day.

Spain were unconvincing against Great Britain, squeaking by 79-78 in the penultimate game of the day.

The Olympic hosts though deserved so much more than what the scoreline reads. A 30-19 GB fourth quarter put them on the brink of an extraordinary upset.

Spain led by Jose Calderon’s 19 points improve to 3-0 and advance to the quarter-finals. Pau Gasol got 17.

Luol Deng led all scorers for 0-3 GB with 26 points. Joel Freeland showed his NBA credentials with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Records smashed as USA crush Nigeria

Scoring and three-pointers were two of the many records smashed as USA defeated Nigeria 156-73.

Carmelo Anthony broke the U.S. Olympic scoring record with 37 points and he was one point off the scoring title set by Kevin Durant in 2010. Anthony hit 10 of Team USA’s 29 triples.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points as USA advance on a 3-0 record.

Nigeria were led by 27 points from Ike Diogu.