|10||D. BARLOW||Did not play|
|12||A. BAYNES||Did not play|
|8||M. HADRAB||Did not play|
|14||M. HUSSEIN||Did not play|
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KAYSERI (2010 FIBA World Championship) – 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.
Despite an early run by Australia to tie the game at 18, the Jordanian team had a more aggressive approach defensively and that opened up the score again. The first half of the game ended 39-32 in favor of Jordan who makes their first appearance in this tournament.
In the third quarter Australia looked inside to get most of their points and tied the game late with a dunk by Brad Newley and later a basket as the buzzer sounded by Aleksandar Maric gave Australia their first lead, 56-55, to close the first 30 minutes of action.
Just when Australia thought that they had the game under control, Jordan came back and a three pointer by captain Zaid Alkhas and 5 straight points by Rasheim Wright gave them a 74-68 lead with 1:23. A late burst led by Maric, Matthew Nielsen and finally two free throws by David Andersen with 13 seconds gave them the win. Maric, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the win, had 23 points and Andersen 22 to lead the Aussies.
Brett Brown (Australia, coach): We really clawed our way back in to the game tonight and found a way to win,” Brown continued. “I thought that showed tremendous guts and character. That game was going south and we needed our bigs to step up and they did just that. Andersen, Nielsen and Maric were really good for us down the stretch. The way Maric played in particular showed the reason we were aggressive recruiting him. He is a legitimate interior five man, and a huge presence who compliments our other bigs. We got him the ball and he delivered. We were not winning that game without Maric.
Rasheim Wright (Guard, Jordan): I'm sorry, we started the match well but could not concentrate until the last moment that brought us the minus points. Was a tough fight ahead in the match until the last moment to take if we were unable to complete the victory.
Zaid Abbas (Forward, Jordan): It was difficult for us to match. We could not play well the last minute, so we made a bad start to the tournament.
IZMIR (FIBA World Championship) - 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.
For Canada, Joel Anthony was a force inside with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and received support from Andy Rautins (10 points), Denham Brown (13 points) and Levon Kendall (11 rebounds).
Crucially, Lebanon restricted Anthony and Rautins, who were dominant in the first half, to just two field goal attempts in the final quarter.
Both teams promised to play quick and in the first quarter they delivered, thrilling the large crowd in Izmir. Rautins nailed two big three pointers early, which were answered in kind by Lebanon big man Matt Freije.
Canada broke free after quarter time and consecutive Anthony baskets gave them a 30-25 lead. But Lebanon answered to draw even to set the trend for the next two quarters.
Canada started the third term with a 7-1 run, but Lebanon answered immediately through back-to-back threes from El Khatib and Fahed, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the game.
Canada then responded with two of their own to take a 52-44 lead with 4:45 to play, but El Khatib would not let his team lie down, scoring at will near the basket on his way to 16 points for the quarter to bring Lebanon within one.
The last quarter was all Lebanon, who executed in the half court and coolly converted important free throws, leaving Canada coach Leo Rautins to lament his team shooting 2/9 from the perimeter in the final term and a 26-11 foul count.
Lebanon faces France tomorrow at 6:30pm, while Canada will regroup to take on Lithuania at 4pm.
Ali Mamoud (Player) : We had prepared very well physically and psychologically. We concentrated on the game. All victories are important for us, there has been four years since our last good performance but every victory has a different importance for us.
Tab Baldwin (Coach): We are happy. People don’t expect anything from teams like Lebanon. Basketball is universal sport and there are important players all over the world. Canada was a hard team. Fadi El Khatib played very well in the World and Asia Championships, he believes in himself and he is playing very well.
We defeated France four years ago. There are so many injured players but they are one of the best teams in the world. We will play our best against France.
Leo Rautins (Coach): It was a hard game for us. There were differences between two teams. We made so many turnovers. Lebanon scored so many points from free-throws. But now we will focus on tomorrow’s game. Lithuania is a good team. We need to be more aggressive.