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KAYSERI (2010 FIBA World Championship) – 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.
In the first quarter Argentina relied on their two towers, Fabricio Oberto and Luis Scola, who combined for 12 points as they won the first 10 minutes 23-18.
Germany stayed in the game thanks to the aggressive and efficient play from guard Demond Greene, who visited with FIBATV.Com after the loss. He was responsible for tying the game at 36 and then making a three pointer with 1.8 seconds in order to give his team a 42-39 halftime lead. Greene had 12 points at halftime.
Argentina took off in the third quarter despite not having their starting point guard Pablo Prigioni who was resting. His replacement, Luis Cequeira, hustled on the court and made pinpoint passes to spark a 14-0 run that finished with a three pointer by Carlos Delfino to be up 63-49 with 1:54 to play. The third quarter ended 65-54 in favor of Argentina and Delfino scored 11 points in that period.
In the final ten minutes the strong guard play from Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene brought the Germans into life, but the experience and strong team play from Argentina gave them the win in the final seconds.
Sergio Hernandez (Coach, Argentina): Today was the first game. Namely the second and fourth quarters the Germans were playing a better game under a lot of pressure. We played better in the crucial moments, especially after a good team like Germany. Each match is like a finals game for us.
Luis Scola (Forward, Argentina): Germany was a strong opponent. They exhibited a more variable game as time progressed, we have a strong team. The first match is difficult for every team. But in the end we won.
Jan Jagla (Center, Germany): We were the better side in the game. I do not understand how we lost, but I we were concentrating on defense rather than points. The next match will make us forget this game for our morale. We have just begun 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.