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September 12, 2010 - Day 15 - Final Day


USA cruise past Turkey to end 16-year wait for World Championship crown


usa wins fiba world 2010 turkeyThe United States of America beat Turkey 81-64 to win the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The result ended a 16-year wait for the USA, who had not won this tournament since 1994. In the first official game ever between the two teams, Mike Kryzewski’s team gradually pulled away as Turkey looked to be suffering the after effects of their hard-fought win over Lithuania in Saturday’s semi-final. Read more here.


Lithuania speed past Serbia to collect bronze


The speed and shooting of Lithuania has powered it to the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, defeating Serbia 99-88 with an unstoppable performance. While Lithuania were far from favourites at the start of the tournament, they finished with an 8-1 record including victories over Spain, France, New Zealand, Argentina and Serbia. Read more here.


Argentina finishes in fifth place


Argentina finished in fifth place of the 2010 FIBA World Championship after winning over Spain 86-81 to open the last day of competition at the Sinan Erdem Dome. In the first quarter the Argentinean attack was more fluid, led from the perimeter by Carlos Delfino and Pablo Prigioni while Luis Scola and Fabricio Oberto controlled the paint area. Read more here.


September 11, 2010 - Day 14 - Semifinals


Tunceri’s lay-up sends Turkey through to final


Kerem Tunceri scored a game-winning lay-up as Turkey edged out Serbia 83-82 to set up a showdown with the USA in Sunday’s final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Hosts Turkey make it through to the tournament’s decider for the first time and are assured of taking their first ever medal in the event. Read more here.


Durant powers USA past Lithuania and into final


The United States of America beat Lithuania 89-74 to book their place in the final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The Americans return to the Gold Medal game in the biggest international basketball competition for the first time in 16 years. They last made it to that stage of the competition in 1994 and went on to win on that occasion. Read more here.


September 10, 2010 - Day 13


Argentina outlast Russia to set up clash with Spain


Argentina overcame some free-throw shooting woes to beat Russia 73-61 and will face Spain in Sunday’s 5th place game at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Sergio Hernandez’s team made just 10 of 20 attempts from the foul line but overcame that thanks to the scoring punch provided down the stretch by Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino – who combined for 53 points on the night. Read more here.


Navarro leads Spain past Slovenia


Spain used a near perfect fourth quarter to see off Slovenia 97-80 and book their place in the 5th place game at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. They will take on Russia or Argentina in Sunday’s last classification game. Entering the final frame up 64-62, Sergio Scariolo’s side hit five of seven three-pointers as they outscored their opponents 33-18. Read more here.


September 9. 2010 - Day 12 - Quarterfinals Day 2


Lithuania plays by the book to stun Argentina in Quarterfinals


Lithuania stunned Argentina 104-85 to close the Quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship at the Sinar Erdem Dome. Now Lithuania plays the USA in the semifinals on Saturday, September 11. Lithuania was head to head with Argentina in the first couple of minutes but their sticky man to man defense, focused on Scola and that didn’t allow any passes inside nor any comfortable shots, gave them all the confidence to start their run. Read more here.


USA turn it on after break to see off Russia and reach semis


The USA pulled away in the second half to see off Russia 89-79 and book their place in the semi-finals at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Up 44-39 at the break, the Americans came out strong in the third quarter to take their first double-digit lead of the night, 58-47, on Russell Westbrook’s breakaway dunk. They then kept their foot on the pedal and the Russians were unable to keep up with them the rest of the way. Read more here.


September 8, 2010 - Day 11 - Quarterfinals Day 1


An inspired Turkish team brings down Slovenia


Turkey continues to make history in front of their fans as they dominated Slovenia 95-68 to make it into the semifinals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship at a packed Sinan Erdem Dome. This is the third time that Turkey has played in this tournament, and they first time that they will have a chance to play for a medal as they extended their winning streak to seven games, including five in the Preliminary Round. Read more here.


Teodosic clutch three propels Serbia into semi-finals


Serbia beat Spain 92-89 to book their place in the semi-finals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Milos Teodosic buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds left to break an 89-89 tie and Spain could not get off on the next possession. Read more here.


September 7, 2010 - Day 10 - Eighthfinals Day 4


Argentina wins the South American giants clash


It was time for the South American giants, Argentina and Brazil, to meet in Turkey, and it was probably the most exciting game of the tournament so far as the Argentinians won 93-89. Both teams have met many times at regional and continental competitions, but not at a FIBA World Championship where they have played 5 times, Argentina winning the series 4-1. Now they showed the world the quality of games that they always play. Read more here.


Lithuania brush aside China to reach quarter-finals


Lithuania used big runs in the middle quarters and held off a late rally by China to beat them 78-67 and book their place in the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Kestutis Kemzura’s team will face the winner of the last Eight-Final between Brazil and Argentina. Read more here.


September 6, 2010 - Day 9 - Eighthfinals Day 3


Russians overpower gallant New Zealand


Russia’s size has worn down New Zealand, 78-56, in a tense Eight Final encounter at the FIBA World Championship, setting up an encounter with old rival the USA in the Quarter Finals. Russia broke clear of the Oceania champions in the third quarter with Tall Blacks stars Kirk Penney (21 points) and Mika Vukona on the bench with four fouls. Read more here.


USA rout Angola to reach last final eight


The United States dusted off the cobwebs and rolled to another decisive victory over Angola in a major international competition. Bringing back memories of the 1992 Olympics and even the Beijing Games from two years ago when the Americans claimed big wins against the African championship, Mike Krzyzewski's USA played for the first time since their big Group B win over Tunisia on Thursday and claimed a 121-66 victory to stay unbeaten in the FIBA World Championship. Read more here.


September 5, 2010 - Day 8 - Eighthfinals Day 2


Unstoppable Turkey


Turkey and their vaunted zone defense paved the way for another dominating win at the FIBA World Championship on Sunday night against France. Bogdan Tanjevic's team scored 13 points off 11 first-half turnovers to take command and then lowered the boom in the third quarter before pulling away for a 95-77 triumph. Read more here.


Slovenia walk into the Quarter Finals


Slovenia have barely raised a sweat in disposing of Australia 87-58 in the Eight Finals at the FIBA World Championship. It was an ominous performance by the fourth placed team from last year’s Eurobasket, and they did it thanks to a full board of contributors highlighted by Jaka Lakovic, who had 11 first half points on his way to 19 for the game. Primoz Brezec (12 points) and Goran Dragic (10 points). Read more here.


September 4, 2010 - Day 7 - Eighthfinals Day 1


Defending champions Spain oust Greece to reach Quarter-Finals


Defending champions Spain broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and continued their mastery over Greece by winning their Eight-Final showdown at the FIBA World Championship on Saturday. Read more here.


Serbia hangs tough, moves into quarter finals


An Aleksandar Rasic free throw with one second remaining has delivered Serbia an incredible 73-72 victory over rivals Croatia to claim the first place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship quarter finals. Read more here.


Eighthfinals, September 4-5-6-7, 2010


Saturday, September 4:
Serbia (1A) vs. Croatia (4B), Spain (2D) vs. Greece (3C)

Sunday, September 5:
Turkey (1C) vs. France (4D), Slovenia (2B) vs. Australia (3A)

Monday, September 6:
USA (1B) vs. Angola (4A), Russia(2C) vs. New Zealand(3D)

Tuesday, September 7:
Lithuania (1D) vs. China (4C), Argentina (2A) vs. Brazil (3B)



September 2, 2010 - Day 6


Russia hold off Greece to finish second in Group C


Russia pulled away in the third quarter to build a substantial lead and held on in the end to beat Greece 73-69 and secure second place in Group C. David Blatt’s men will face either Spain or France in the Eighth-Final Round in Istanbul. Read more here.


Serbia wins Group A by winning over Argentina


A young but intense Serbian team won Group A of the FIBA World Championship by beating Argentina 84-82. The Serbians finished with a 4-1 record while Argentina has the same mark to finish second. Serbia will now wait for the loser between Brazil and Croatia to play them on Saturday while Argentina plays the winners on Tuesday. Read more here.


Spain builds momentum as knockouts approach


Spain have recorded their second straight win, 89-67 over Canada, to take some momentum into their Eight Final clash with Greece or Russia. Rudy Fernandez was dynamic for Spain with 19 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes, while Fran Vazquez  (19 points, 5 rebounds) enjoyed his most extensive court time for the tournament. Read more here.


Australia comes from down under to win over Angola


Australia came back early in the game and defeated Angola 76-55 to finish third in Group A of the FIBA World Championship. Now the Australian team, by finishing third in Group A, will face Slovenia on Sunday in the Eighth Final Round while Angola plays the United States on Monday. Read more here.


September 1, 2010 - Day 5


Lakovic leads Slovenia home


Slovenia captain Jaka Lakovic came to the rescue and fired his side to a vital Group B win over Brazil at the Abdi Ipekci on Wednesday night. With Brazil having shaved a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to 70-68 Lakovic, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the win, buried back-to-back three-pointers that helped the Slovenians keep their noses in front and record an 80-77 triumph. Read more here.


Green army rolls on


A withering 33-12 run over 11:37 minutes has split open the previously impenetrable French defence, and delivered a 69-55 win and first place in Group D for Lithuania and their army of green fans. Read more here.


Angola makes history by beating Germany for the first time


Angola made history by beating Germany for the first time 92-88 in overtime as part of Group A action of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The Germans dominated the beginning of the first quarter, with a 15-8 lead after a 7-0 run, but Angola reacted with an 8-0 run to get up 16-15 and the first ten minutes finished tied at 19. Olimpio Cipriano led Angola with 8 points. Read more here.


Spain keep title defence alive


Spain have finally secured passage to the Eight Finals in Istanbul with a comprehensive 91-57 victory over Lebanon. They now face Canada in their final pool game. Marc Gasol was dominant for Spain with 25 points and 8 rebounds. While for the Asian wildcards, centre Jackson Vroman was excellent with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Read more here.


Serbia holds on to beat Australia


Serbia finally had their roster complete and held on to beat Australia 94-79 in day four of Group A in the FIBA World Championship. The addition of center Nenad Kristic, who came from the bench, gave more options offensively to coach Dusan Ivkovic who used him right in the first quarter. Read more here.


August 31, 2010 - Day 4


Ilyasova powers Turkey past Greece in derby


Turkey gradually pulled away to take a convincing 76-65 win over neighbours and rivals Greece in front of a sell-out crowd at Ankara Arena. The win meant the Turks remained undefeated (3-0) with Greece suffering their first defeat (2-1). Turkey’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Ahmet Davutoglu and his Greek counterpart Mr Dimitris Droutsas were in attendance. Read more here.


Lithuania blow the roof off in Izmir


Lithuania have produced the comeback of the FIBA World Championship so far, storming back from an 18-point third quarter deficit to dramatically overrun Spain, 76-73, and keep their hopes of first place in Group D alive. Spain’s loss sees them now likely to meet Greece in a thrilling Eight Final match that highlights the depth of quality teams in this tournament. Read more here.


Puerto Rico notch first win


Puerto Rico registered their first win at the 2010 FIBA World Championship by getting the better of China 84-76 in a fast pace game.
Angel Vassallo had 22 points and JJ Barea added 13 to go along with nine assists. Read more here.



Russia barely hold off Ivory Coast


Russia just about survived a furious late rally by Ivory Coast to register a 72-66 win.
The Russians led 68-55 with 1:40 left to play, but Randoald Dessarzin’s side charged back to get within 68-66 as Mouloukou Diabate stole the ball from Sergei Bykov at midcourt and went in for a lay-up with 21 seconds to go. Read more here.



August 30, 2010 - Day 3


Brazil upset bid falls just short against United States


They came, they saw, they survived. The United States got their first real test of the FIBA World Championship on Monday night and edged Brazil 70-68 as Leandro Barbosa’s potential game-tying lay-up at the buzzer stayed out. In probably the most thrilling encounter between the two countries since the famous Oscar-inspired upset of the USA at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis 23 years ago, the Brazilians and USA gave international basketball a game to treasure. Read more here.


Australia finally finds offensive rhythm to beat Germany


After three days of offensive struggle, Australia finally found the rim in order to dominate Germany 78-43 in day three of the FIBA World Championship. On day one the Australians struggled against Jordan and had an offensive burst early in the second game against Argentina, but this time after falling down 2-0, they made a 12-0 run to be up 12-2 to start their dominance. Read more here.


Irrepressible Slovenia edge Croatia


Croatia hit Slovenia with everything they had and more but there was no stopping the Green Machine from Ljubljana on Monday.In the frenetic atmosphere of Istanbul’s Abdi Ipekci Arena with the Slovenia fans once again creating a spectacle in Turkey at the FIBA World Championship, Memi Becirovic’s men battled to an 91-84 Group B victory. The Croatians led by as many as eight points in the second quarter and took a 44-39 advantage to half-time but the Slovenians kept the pressure on. Read more here.


Serbia dominates Jordan as Teodosic makes his comeback


Serbia dominated Jordan 112-69 as their guard and captain Milos Teodosic returned to action to open day 3 in Group A of the FIBA World Championship. Teodosic quickly went to work as the Serbians dominated from the start and took off with a 9-0 run to be up 19-7 after a basket by Milenko Tepic with 5:40 left. The first quarter ended 33-20 as Teodosic accumulated 5 points and 4 assists. Read more here.


August 29, 2010 - Day 2


Turkey brush aside Russia to remain undefeated


Turkey saw off Russia 65-56 in front of more than 10,000 fans at Ankara Arena to stay undefeated in Group C of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Both teams had the hot hand early as the game looked more like a three-point shootout. The score was tied at nine with all points coming from behind the arc. Read more here.


Germany wins double overtime thriller against Serbia


Germany needed two overtimes to beat Serbia 82-81 in the second day of competition in Group A of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
The game was well contested from the start, where the Serbaisn started the game by going strong in the paint and had a balanced attack. The first quarter ended 17-14 in favor of Serbia as Kosta Perovic, Novica Velickovic and Milan Macvan scored 12 of those points. Read more here.


Croatia hold off never-say-die Iran


Croatia bounced back from their opening-day mauling by the United States and defeated a resilient Iran 75-54. In Sunday's second Group B encounter at the Abdi Ipekci in Istanbul, the Croatians only led 12-11 when their impressive young center Ante Tomic buried a jump shot and Marko Tomas followed with a three-pointer. Read more here.


Durant dazzles and it’s another Love affair as USA down Slovenia


Team USA passed another test with flying colors on Sunday at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey with a 99-77 triumph over Slovenia. In front of a raucous, festive Abdi Ipekci crowd - the majority of them Slovenians - the Americans prevailed  in Group B after getting excellent performances from several players. Read more here.


Angola gets hard earned win over Jordan


Angola got their first win in the 2010 FIBA World Championship over Jordan 79-65 in the first game of day two as part of Group A in Kayseri. Angola started the game with a 7-2 run and dominated most of the first quarter, but Jordan came back thanks to their effort getting second chance opportunities. A basket by Mousa Alawadi gave them a 17-16 lead to finish the first quarter. Ayman Idais had 7 of the 17 points by Jordan. Read more here.


Lithuania lock down Canada


Lithuania has secured a controversial and dramatic 70-68 win over Canada. Jermaine Anderson had a chance to win the game for Canada on the final buzzer but his three pointer lipped off the rim.
Canada appeared to have the game secured midway through the third quarter when they led by 17, but the physicality of Lithuania at both ends of the court literally locked the Canadians down and set up the dramatic run that brought the 2000 travelling Lithuanian fans to fever pitch. Read more here.



August 28, 2010 - Day 1


Argentina holds down a tough German team


Argentina closed the first day of competition in Group A of the 2010 FIBA World Championship by winning over Germany 78-74 at Kadir Has Arena. The Argentinian team felt right at home, despite being very far from their country as over 1,000 fans showed up to support them from start to finish. Read more here.


Gelabale, Albicy spark famous victory


France has shown that practice match form counts for little with an amazing 72-66 upset victory over defending champion Spain in Izmir.
The Spanish defence had France in handcuffs for much of the first half, but a late second quarter rally led by Mickael Gelabale and 20 year old debutante Andrew Albicy (13 points) set up Les Bleus for a most improbable victory. Read more here.


Americans rout Croatia in opener


The United States broke open a close game in the second quarter and stormed to a 106-78 victory over Croatia in the second Group B game of the day in the Abdi Ipecki. The Croatians, on the back of excellent efforts from the youngsters Ante Tomic, Bojan Bogdanovic and Luksa Andric in the first quarter, out-rebounded the USA 12-9 in the first quarter and only trailed 22-20. Read more here.


Serbia blows out Angola 94-44


Despite losing two of their main weapons to a suspension, Serbia dominated Angola 94-44 in the second game of Group A action in Kayseri. An impressive shooting performance by Serbia early on, led by Aleksandar Rasic, gave them a 20-6 lead after a 13-0 run. Rasic scored 14 points and shot 4-5 from three point range in the quarter. Read more here.


Emotional Lebanon storm home


A disciplined 24-13 final quarter and the brilliance of stalwart Fadi El Khatib have delivered an emotional 81-71 victory over Canada in Izmir, which they celebrated with their vocal fans. For much of the game Canada looked the better team, but a stunning second half display by El Khatib (31 points, 8 rebounds) and strong support from point guard Rony Fahed (17 points) and Matt Freije (12 points, 4/7 three pointers) allowed Lebanon to record their come-from-behind victory. Read more here.


Australia makes a late run to avoid upset against Jordan


Australia avoided an early upset in the 2010 FIBA World Championship by beating Jordan 76-75 in the opening of Group A action at Kadir Has Arena in Kayseri. Jordan dominated most of the game led by the fine touch from outside from Zaid Abbas, who took control of the offense right at the start as his team dominated 18-12. Abbas had 9 of the 18 points scored by his team. Read more here.


Greece survive China’s second half rally


Greece used a three-point shooting barrage to take a comfortable lead early on but were made to fight hard in the second half to edge out China 89-81. Ioannis Bourousis hit two attempts from beyond the arc for a 14-5 advantage and the Greeks had their first double-digit lead, 23-12, on Nikos Zisis’ three-point play with three minutes left in the first quarter. Read more here.


Slovenia blow out Tunisia


Slovenia got their noses in front of tournament debutants Tunisia in the first half and tore them apart in the second in the opening game of Group B at the FIBA World Championship. Roared on by an estimated 3,000 of their own fans at the Abdi Ipecki, Slovenia pulled away for a 80-56 triumph. Mehmed Becirovic's men encountered stiff resistance in the early going with Tunisia clawing back a double-digit deficit to just six points late the second quarter. Read more here.


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