|14||M. SHAHER||Did not play|
|5||R. FORTES||Did not play|
|11||D. MBUNGA||Did not play|
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KAYSERI (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Angola got their first win in the 2010 FIBA World Championship over Jordan 79-65 in the first game of day two as part of Group A in Kayseri.
Angola started the game with a 7-2 run and dominated most of the first quarter, but Jordan came back thanks to their effort getting second chance opportunities. A basket by Mousa Alawadi gave them a 17-16 lead to finish the first quarter. Ayman Idais had 7 of the 17 points by Jordan.
Then in the second quarter, Angola recovered the lead early on but Jordan made a 7-0 run that finished with a layup by Mousa Alawadi to be up 27-21 and they finished the first half up 35-29. Angola stayed in the game by taking advantage of the points made from turnovers.
Jordan stayed on top for most of the third quarter but suffered as Angola started to pressure the ball and forced turnovers to stay close. Then a spectacular dunk from an offensive rebound by Felizardo Ambrosio gave Angola a 46-45 lead with 39 seconds left. The third quarter ended 48-47 in favor of Jordan as Zaid Abbas made a two pointer as the buzzer sounded.
In the final ten minutes Angola continued with the same recipe, pressuring the ball, playing hard defense and offensively they attacked the basket and went inside with their big men. A 10-0 run that finished with a basket by Felizardo Ambrosio gave them a 56-47 lead and they never looked back.
Joaquim Gomes scored 13 points and grabber six rebounds. He visited with FIBATV.Com after game.
Paulo Jorge Macedio (Assistant Coach, Angola): Although both teams performed well, only one team can win. We had to win today and worked very hard for this. I think we deserved to win today. What happened yesterday was very bad for us, so we had to win this one to be able to continue. That’s why we were more passionate.
Roberto Fortes (Guard, Angola): Congratulations to both teams. We were more enthusiastic about winning. Both the players on the court and on the bench were really enthusiastic. We deserved to win”
Joaquim Gomes (Foward, Angola): I think it was a good game and it was tough. Both teams had to win but we were more passionate to win this game.”
ANKARA (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Greece prevailed 83-80 in a hard fought and exciting game at Ankara Arena.
Vasileios Spanoulis won his duel against JJ Barea, scoring half of his personal Greek National Team record 28 points in the final frame, including hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts in the last quarter.
There was little to separate both sides in a game that saw 22 lead changes and nine ties. It came down to Greece getting Puerto Rico over the foul limit and hitting from the charity stripe.
Barea and Carmelo Lee buried early three-pointers to put Puerto Rico – who were without injured star guard Carlos Arroyo – up 11-6 before Konstantinos Tsartsaris and Vasileios Spanoulis replied with long bombs of their own to edge Greece in front 14-13.
The teams went back and forth until Nathan Peavy connected from long range in the dying seconds of the period to put Puerto Rico up 23-21.
Tsartaris converted two three-point plays to put the Greeks up 28-24.
Barea then took over, scoring 12 of his 15 first-half points in the second quarter to give Manolo Cintron’s team a 41-35 lead at the break.
Ricardo Sanchez buried back-to-back three-pointers to put Puerto Rico up 47-38 early in the third quarter.
Greece answered with a 14-4 run, capped off by a Dimitris Diamantidis lay-up to lead 52-51 midway through the period. Ioannis Bourousis hit from beyond the arc to put the Greeks in front 59-56 heading into the final frame.
Barea got his team within 62-60 and then found Angel Vassallo for a wing three-pointer that had Puerto Rico in front 63-62. Ramos pushed it to 65-62 but Spanoulis then hit from long range and Bourousis had a spectacular putback that made it 67-65 for Greece with six minutes remaining.
Carmelo Lee broke a 70 all deadlock with a wing three. However, Puerto Rico got over the foul limit and Spanoulis was clutch at the free-throw line, giving his side an 81-75 cushion with 32 seconds to go and they held on.
Jonas Kazlauskas (Greece head coach): “I’m happy with this team. We had some problems. One was the atmosphere and the other was facing bigger players. We changed everything in the second half.”
Ioannis Bourousis (Greece centre): “This was a tough game for us because Puerto Rico played very well. We shot well inside and out and they did too. It was a very good game.”
Manolo Cintron (Puerto Rico head coach): “This was a great game. There is no free-throw shooting (team) like Greece. They were great.”
JJ Barea (Puerto Rico guard): “It was a great game to watch until the fourth quarter. Greece are a great team. We couldn’t keep them off the foul line and they made their free-throws.”