|8||L. JIN||Did not play|
|10||Z. ZHANG||Did not play|
|6||I. SOUMAHORO||Did not play|
|7||P. AMAGOU||Did not play|
|8||K. KONATE *||29||5/9||55.6||4/6||66.7||1/3||33.3||0/0||0||1||4||5||2||3||1||3||0||11|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||*||Starters|
ANKARA (2010 FIBA World Championship) – China pulled away in the second half to beat the Ivory Coast
83-73 and register their first win at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Yi Jianlian and Wang Shipeng combined for 51 points as Bob Donewald’s charges scored timely baskets to end a number of big runs by Ivory Coast.
Yi, Wang Zhizhi and Wang scored all the points as China led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Ivory Coast scored five straight points to start the second period and edged in front 22-21, before Wang connected from downtown. Konate tied the score at 24 on a jumper.
Yi then made good on trips to the foul line and China found their range from beyond the arc to go up 40-30 and headed into the locker room up 41-33 at the break.
The Chinese extending their advantage to 50-37 on a Yi lefty hook midwawy through the third quarter.
Ivory Coast used a three-point barrage to get back within seven, 55-48 but the Chinese answered with timely baskets by Shipeng and Liu Wei. Yi drove the lane for a thunderous dunk with 1:50 left and China took a 66-51 lead into the final quarter.
They held on to a double-digit lead until the closing minutes when their opponents got within seven, but that is as close as they got.
Randoald Dessarzin’s side was without two important backcourt players as star guard Pape-Philippe Amagou missed his second game in his efforts to recover from a sprained big toe in his left foot, while Issife Soumahoro was unavailable after spraining his right ankle against Turkey on Saturday.
Bob Donewald Jr (China head coach): “We were focused after an emotional loss yesterday. This young team likes to fight and make their country proud. We are making progress. Recovering from yesterday's loss emotionally is how we won this game.”
Yi Jianlian (China forward): “It was a very good game. We fought hard. We need to do what we did in this game in all games.”
Randoald Dessarzin (Ivory Coast head coach): “To compete against a good team like China is hard. There is a saying, I can open my umbrella and protect myself. In our case we didn’t want to protect ourselves. We fought hard and strong. We were not able to find solutions to a strong team like China. We couldn’t find the energy for the key moments. We needed to build a team against their towers.”
Mouloukou Diabate (Ivory Coast guard): “I think we lost the game because we couldn’t control the ball. We were not consistent. We had some good moments for two or three minutes, playing good defense and then for five minutes we had nothing. Chinese players are good in offence and also in defence. That is why we lost.”
ANKARA (2010 FIBA World Championship) – Turkey
Russia 65-56 in front of more than 10,000 fans at Ankara Arena to stay undefeated in Group C of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Both teams had the hot hand early as the game looked more like a three-point shootout. The score was tied at nine with all points coming from behind the arc.
Both teams eventually cooled off, particularly David Blatt’s men who made only three of 16 attempts from two-point range in the first half and didn’t find their range until late in the game with Turkey holding a double-digit lead.
Andrey Vorontsevich hit a tough shot in the lane to put Russia up 14-11 but the hosts got in front by accounting for the last five of the first quarter.
Ender Arslan connected twice from downtown as Turkey extended their advantage to 25-16.
Sinan Guler buried a three-pointer from the corner as Bogdan Tanjevic’s men took a 33-22 lead at the break.
The Russians went on a 6-0 spurt – capped off by Sasha Kaun’s thunderous dunk – to get within 33-28 early in the third quarter.
The Turks though pulled away once more with Omer Asik and Hidayet Turkoglu knocking down timely baskets.
Semih Erden then flipped up a shot with his back to the basket and completed a three-point play as the hosts went into the final frame with a 48-37 advantage.
Russia’s struggles were best illustrated by Sergey Monya blowing a straightforward looking dunk and Sergey Bykov missing a lay-up from point blank range.
Monya made up for his miss by hitting a three-pointer and Vitaliy Fridzon added one of his own to cut the deficit to 57-49, before Turkoglu re-established a double-digit lead for his team to put the game beyond reach.
Bogdan Tanjevic (Turkey head coach): “This game was similar to the one against the Ivory Coast. We played this game like a surgeon: operating slowly and carefully. I think we spread our energy well throughout the game and got a good result.”
Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey forward): “Our target was set from the beginning: take it game game by game. We worked hard. Coach said that every ball, every score and every second is important. We played hard until the last second. I know I made a couple of stupid mistakes all around. It was a good game for us and I am happy to win. Tomorrow we are going to relax but also keep on training. The day after (Tuesday) we will be competing in order to top the group. All in all, I am happy with tonight’s game.”
David Blatt (Russia head coach): “This was a hard-fought game and I think from our perspective we had a bad second quarter and could not come back. My guys played hard and played good defense but it’s hard against the Turkish team and their crowd. We faced a really strong Turkish team and we made bad decisions at the key points of the game.”
Sasha Kaun (Russia centre): “We played hard, good and smart but our second quarter was bad and it was hard to come back from that. We put pressure on ourselves, we tried to come back but couldn’t do it. We hope to come back strong in the next game.”