|9||A. ZHUKANENKO||Did not play|
|10||V. KHRYAPA||Did not play|
|5||J. BAREA MORA*||33||9/17||52.9||7/10||70||2/7||28.6||5/6||83.3||0||4||4||4||2||2||0||0||25|
|6||F. RIVERA||Did not play|
|8||A. VASSALLO COLON||25||3/10||30||1/3||33.3||2/7||28.6||5/6||83.3||0||2||2||4||4||1||1||0||13|
|9||G. DIAZ GONZALEZ||10||1/4||25||1/2||50||0/2||0||0/0||0||0||2||2||0||1||0||1||1||2|
|11||R. SANCHEZ ROSA||Did not play|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||*||Starters|
ANKARA (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Russia overcame the absence of Viktor Khryapa to see off Puerto Rico
75-66 in the second game of Group C action at Ankara Arena.
David Blatt’s men led 14-8 at the end of a gritty and low-scoring first quarter. The game picked up in the second period with Puerto Rico getting within three, 18-15, on Angel Vassallo’s long bomb.
But Manolo Cintron’s team could not stop Russia’s pick and roll with Timofey Mozgov the beneficiary, getting wide open dunks.
Vassello tied the game at 27 before Sergey Bykov and Voronov put Russia up 32-27. JJ Barea then hit two three-pointers as Puerto Rico tied it at 34.
Anton Ponkrashov made two foul shots for a 36-34 halftime lead.
Puerto Rico scored the first eight points of the second half to pull away 42-36. The Russians fought back and tied the game at 48 on Mozgov’s lay-up.
Peter John Ramos scored in the final seconds of the period to put Puerto Rico up 55-54 heading into the final frame.
Sasha Kaun, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the win, tied the game at 59 early in the fourth quarter before Barea weaved his way to the basket for a tough lay-up that gave Puerto Rico their last lead, 61-59.
Cintron’s charges fouled often the rest of the way and Kaun and Ponkrashov made good on most of their attempts to seal the deal.
David Blatt (Russia head coach): “This was a very good game in a great environment. The first game in a group is always a high-pressure one, physically and psychologically. Both teams played well. Puerto Rico were very active. We found ways to win in the trenches. We have to keep fighting this way. Sergey Monya and Anton Ponkrashov had good performances. We did well without our best player (Viktor Khryapa).”
Anton Ponkrashov (Russia guard): “Coach told us there is nothing complicated in winning. You have to rebound the ball, take care of the ball and move it around. We did those things. You can see it in the stat sheet. We won because we played as a real team, united. If we play together, we can win.”
Manolo Cintron (Puerto Rico head coach): “We played well defensively but our offense was not good. We fell behind by 12 late on and we couldn’t come back. Russia shot well.”
Peter John Ramos (Puerto Rico centre): “We were not good offensively and that’s a problem for a team known for its offence.”
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.