World Cup recap: Turkey's Mahmutoglu, Lithuania's Kalnietis star in wins

Sep 01, 2019 by Print

Several stars of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup shined bright on the second day of the FIBA World Cup in China. After half the teams opened the action on Saturday, an additional 16 teams made their first appearance on Sunday.

Group E

Melih Mahmutoglu and Dogus Balbay - Turkey World Cup 19 (Photo FIBA)

Turkey got its campaign off to a roaring start with an 86-67 rout of Japan in Shanghai. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul guard Melih Mahmutoglu scored 7 points in a 13-3 tear to open the game. Turkey extended the lead to 28-12 by the end of the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Ersan Ilyasova led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Mahmutoglu finished with 17 points, Cedi Osman added 12 and Anadolu Efes Istanbul playmaker Dogus Balbay delivered 8 assists. Rui Hachimura and Nick Fazekas led Japan with 15 points apiece. Team USA got the best of the Czech Republic 67-88. Donavan Mitchel scored 16 and Harrison Barnes 14 for the Americans, who made their move in the second quarter to lead 29-43 at halftime. Tomas Satoransky led the stood out for the Czechs with 17 points.

Group F

Greece flexed its muscle in overwhelming Montenegro 85-60 in Sunday's nightcap in Nanjing. After leading 17-9 after 10 minutes, Greece blew the game open with a 25-7 second quarter. The lead reached 30 in the second half as Greece marched to victory. Olympiacos Piraeus forward Georgio Printezis led all scorers with 16 points, center Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens went for 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting plus 8 rebounds and former EuroLeague champ Ioannis Bourousis added 12 points. Nikola Vucevic paced Montenegro with 12 points. Brazil used a big third quarter to blow open its opening game against New Zealand en route to a 94-102 victory. The score was knotted 50-50 at the break and the Kiwis scored the first 6 points of the second half before Brazil took charge with a 6-28 tear and never looked back. New Zealand closed the gap late, but Brazil was able to hold on. Leandro Barbosa paced Brazil with 22 points, Rafa Luz scored 15 and dished 6 assists and Alex Garcia added 14 points. Corey Webster led New Zealand with 19 points and Isaac Fotu scored 17.

Group G

France held off a late Germany run to claim a 78-74 victory in Shenzhen. The French squad pieced together 16 unanswered points led by Evan Fournier bridging the second and third quarter to take a commanding 40-20 lead. Germany did not throw in the towel and rallied late to get within 71-68 with 2 minutes remaining. Germany kept the pressure on until the final seconds, but a pair of free throws by Fournier with 4 seconds remaining sealed the outcome. Fournier finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Amath M’Baye added 21 for the winners. CSKA Moscow big man Johannes Voigtmann led Germany with 25 points. The Dominican Republic led by as many as 16 before holding on for an 80-76 victory over Jordan. Victor Luz tallied 15 points and Eloy Vargas posted 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Fenerbahce center Ahmet Duverioglu (Ahmad Al Dwairi) dominated the paint for Jordan with 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting and 10 rebounds. His scoring output was the most in the competition thus far.

Group H

Marius Grigonis - Lithuania World Cup 19 (Photo FIBA)

Lithuania made quick work of Senegal 47-101 in the late game in Dongguan. The Lithuanians outscored Senegal by double figures in all four quarters, including by 17 in the first and third to emphasize the rout. Mantas Kalnieits of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Domas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points each to lead seven Lithuanian scorers in double figures. Zalgiris Kaunas swingman Marius Grigonis added 12 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas of Olympiacos had 11 for the winners. Australia bested Canada 92-108 in the Group H opener thanks to a big fourth quarter. The Aussies used a 0-9 run late in the second quarter to grab a 40-52 halftime advantage. Canada stormed back to lead 77-76 on a Thomas Scrubb triple at the end of the third quarter. Matthew Dellavedova played a big role in a 2-16 romp to begin the fourth quarter and the Boomers were never threatened again. Dellavedova led six Australian scorers in double figures with 24 points and Chris Goulding added 16. Khem Birch led Canada with 18 points and FC Barcelona guard Kevin Pangos compiled 14 points and 8 assists in defeat.