Greece bag spot in FIBA KO rounds

Greece is headed to the second round of the World Cup after beating New Zealand 103-97 yesterday.

Greece was the last team to make the 16-team field for the second round, while New Zealand has to settle for the consolation bracket and will be one of the strongest teams in that 16-team pairing.

Greece jumped out to a nine-point lead in Nanjing after the first quarter, which was basically the winning edge in the Group F game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks led Greece with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Webster led New Zealand with 31 points.

In Shanghai, the Czech Republic ran out comfortable 91-76 winners over Turkey to go into the second stage of the competition.

Vojtech Hruban scored 18 points and Ondrej Balvin finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to take the second and final second-round spot from Group E. Patrick Auda also scored 16 points for the Czechs. Cedi Osman scored 24 points and Furkan Korkmaz added 16 for Turkey.

The United States overpowered Japan to finish 98-45 in Group E, just two days after edging Turkey by one-point in overtime.

Jaylen Brown led with Americans with 22 points. Kemba Walker chipped in 15 and Harrison Barnes added 14. Japan was led by Yudai Baba with 18.

France and the Dominican Republic were both assured of making the second round. The French team’s emphatic 90-56 victory in Shenzhen left no doubt that it was the best team in Group G.

Nando De Colo led France (3-0) with 15 points and Rudy Gobert added 13. Victor Liz had 12 to lead the Dominican Republic.

Australia’s 87-82 victory allowed it to top Group H with Lithuania. They both go to the second round. Australia was led by Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs with 23 points, while Aron Baynes of the Phoenix Suns added 21. Baynes also pulled down 13 rebounds.

Marius Grigonis was Lithuania’s top scorer with 19. Lukas Lekavicius added 15.

Canada beat Senegal 82-60 to pick up its first victory in its final Group H game. Senegal remained winless in three games but both teams moved into the consolation round.

Cory Joseph of the Sacramento Kings led with 24 points and Kevin Pangos added 13 with five rebounds and five assists. Mouhammad Faye had 14 as Senegal’s top scorer.

Brazil beat Montenegro 84-73 to top Group F and moved into the second round. Montenegro lost all three and is headed to consolation round. Brazil had three players in double figures: Marcelinho Huertas with 16 points, Marquinhos Sousa with 13, and Alex Garcia with 11. Derek Needham led Montenegro with 16 points and 10 assists.

At Shenzhen, Germany salvaged a 96-62 triumph in its last Group G match over Jordan. Both move into the consolation round. Max Kleber led the Germans with 18 points and Danilo Barthel had 13. Ahmad Al Dwairi had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Jordan. Dar Tucker added 14.

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