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KAYSERI (2010 FIBA World Championship) – 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.
Angola could not recover offensively, having a poor shooting performance from long range and also in the free throw line. Serbia dominated the first half 43-18 with a balanced offensive attack where nine of ten players scored.
Serbia maintained their lead thanks to their suffocating defense and used their bench players to close out their first win of the tournament.
Rasic finished the game with 22 points for Serbia and in the loss Olimpio Cipriano was the only double digit scorer with 10.
Kosta Perovic (Serbia, Center): We take every competitor seriously. In this game we also understand the importance of winning. Winning this game by 50 points confirms a good start for our team.
DusanIvkovic (Serbia, Coach): Angola has a young team to respect it. Today after our game last week, I believe we are well prepared and go into the field. A key stat was 26 assists. How do you see how much of that here and there had been a one-to-one advantage for us that we got a huge win. Our unity was good for us. We had to put a different game defensively nd offensively and we suceeded. My team played well, but a team of Angola is also important in Africa, I admit.
Luis Magalhães (Angola, Coach): This was the first match. Serbia was really strong team. As can be seen from these statistics that, nothing much to say. They were a great team and they won.
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.