plato-ny Posted August 21, 2006 Author Share Posted August 21, 2006 As many as eight teams - Germany, Italy, the United States, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Argentina and Angola - stay unbeaten in the 2006 World Championship after 2 games played in the preliminary round, as a good number of Euroleague stars keep showing their skills along the way. In Group A, Argentina is the uncontested leader by beating the Lebanon 72-107 in Hiroshima on Tuesday behind 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from All-Euroleague first team selection Luis Scola. Meanwhile, France beat Serbia and Montenegro 65-61 to bounce back from its initial loss. Former Euroleague star Boris Diaw led the way with 20 points for the winners. Just as it was expected, Spain leads Group B by overwhelming Panama 57-101 in Hiroshima on Tuesday. Former Winterthur FCB forward Pau Gasol had 26 points while Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut added 21 on 7-for-8 shooting. Spain will face a tough test tomorrow, as Germany also improved to 2-0 by thrashing New Zealand 56-80 behind 18 points on 4 of 5 three-pointers from Alba Berlin forward Demond Greene. Greece needed overtime to edge Lithuania 76-81 and lead Group C with a 2-0 record. All-Euroleague second team selection Vassilis Spanoulis led the winners with 15 points, including 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute of the extra period. Meanwhile, Turkey stayed unbeaten by rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Australia 68-76. Ersan Ilyasova led the winners with 17 points, but Ibrahim Kutluay of Ulker Fenerbahce had most of his 15 points to complete the Turkish comeback in the final period. In Group D, Italy edged Slovenia 80-76 behind 26 points from Marco Belinelli. It all came down to the final seconds, in which Matteo Soragna of Benetton hit critical free throws to put the victory on ice. Groups A and B will keep the action alive tomorrow, so don't forget who check what is happening in the 2006 World Championships right here on Euroleague.net! Argentina lived up to the expectations by downing the Lebanon 72-107 in Hiroshima on Tuesday. Argentina leads Group A with a 2-0 record while the Lebanon dropped to 1-1. Walter Herrmann, who played for Unicaja last season, led the winners with 23 points on 6 of 8 triples. Scola added 18 on 8-for-10 shooting, Carlos Delfino had 14 and Fabricio Oberto 12 in an easy win for the current Olympic champs, who broke the game in the opening half and never looked back. Venezuela bounced back from its initial loss in this group by beating Nigeria 77-84 behind 24 points from Victor Diaz. Oscar Torres, who played for Khimki last season, had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Ide Udoka had 23 points for Nigeria. France bounced back from its initial last in Argentina by edging Serbia and Montenegro 65-61. France improved to 1-1 while Serbia and Montenegro is last at 0-2. Diaw had 20 points for France while Frederic Weis had 11. Igor Rakocevic of Tau Ceramica had 22 points for Serbia and Montenegro, while Darko Milicic added 15. It all came down to the final 7 seconds, in which Diaw hit 4 of 4 free throws to seal the outcome in crunch time. Spain keeps impressing everyone in Group B by thrashing Panama 57-101 in Hiroshima on Tuesday. Spain ties with Germany for the top spot, both with a 2-0 record. Both teams will face each other tomorrow. Pau Gasol led the winners with 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting, Fernandez added 21 on 7-for-8 shooting, Berni Rodriguez of Unicaja had 15 on 6-for-7 shooting while Jorge Garbajosa scored 10 points in an easy win for Spain, which lost Juan Carlos Navarro in the opening half. Navarro has been listed a day-to-day. Germany did not have a tough battle either, as it beat New Zealand 56-80. Greene led the way with 18 points on 4 of 5 three-pointers. Robert Garrett of Brose Baskets Bamberg added 14 while Dirk Nowitzki had 11 for Germany, which fired in 16 of 34 three-pointers. Angola got its second win in this group by downing Japan 62-87. Abdel Aziz Boukar led Angola with 16 points and 14 rebounds, as his team had five players in double digits. Turkey almost clinched a spot for the elimination rounds by beating Australia 68-76 in come-from-behind fashion in Hamamatsu. Turkey has a 2-0 record in Group C while Australia dropped to 1-1. Ilyasova led the winners with 17 points, but Kutluay had most of his 15 points to complete the Turkish comeback in the final period. Kaya Peker of Tau Ceramica added 12 points and 8 rebounds while his former teammate at Efes Pilsen Kerem Gonlum posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. C.J. Bruton led Australia with 22 points. The Boomers hit as many as 6 triples in the second quarter to get a 14-point lead, 40-26, at halftime. Turkey was not done however, as Fatih SOlak and Gonlum allowed their team to cut their deficit 55-49 after 30 minutes. Kutluay hit back-to-back triples and then made free throws to give Turkey a 63-65 edge, while Ilyasova made 5 of 5 free throws in the final 2 minutes to seal the win. Brazil had less troubles to thrash Qatar 66-97 and improve its Group C record to 1-1. Tiago Splitter of Tau led the way with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting while Guilherme Giovannoni added 14 for Brazil, which led 51-29 at halftime and get boosted its margin to 75-48 after 30 minutes to stay in the driver's seat until the final buzzer. Greece needed overtime to beat Lithuania 76-81 and lead Group C with a 2-0 record. Spanoulis led the winners with 15 points, Antonios Fotsis of Dynamo Moscow added 11 and Michalis Kakiouzis of Winterthur FCB 10 for Greece. Darius Songaila had 18 points for Lithuania, Linas Kleiza added 14, Simas Jasaitis of Panathinaikos 13 and Arvydas Macijauskas of Olympiacos 10. Lithuania led 48-38 early in the third quarter, but Spanoulis and Kakiouzis helped Greece to get back into the game. A three-pointer by Fotsis put Greece fully in charge, 69-65, but back-to-back baskets by Geidrus Gustas and Macijauskas sent the game to overtime, 69-69. Lazaros Papdopoulos of Dynamo Moscow and All-Euroleague first team selection Theodoros Paploukas of CSKA Moscow stepped up in the extra period, while Spanoulis made 4 free throws in crunch time to seal the win. The United States keep leading Group D due to a 121-90 win over China. The U.S. improved to 2-0 and shares the top spot with Italy, while China dropped to 0-2. Dwayne Wade led 7 U.S. players in double digits with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, while Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony each had 16 points for the United States, which led 63-38 at halftime and never looked back. Yao Ming had 21 points and 10 rebounds for China. Italy stays unbeaten in Group D by edging Slovenia 80-76. Belinelli had 26 points for Italy, while Matteo Soragna of Benetton Treviso, Denis Marconato of Winterthur FCB and Fabio Di Bella each added 9. Rasho Nesterovic had 17 points for Slovenia while Jaka Lakovic of Winterthur FCB added 14. Lakovic and Sani Becirovic of Panathinaikos helped Slovenia to get a 14-22 lead after 10 minutes. Even when Slovenia kept a 36-43 edge at halftime, while Belinelli and Denis Marconato of Barcelona allowed Italy to rally and get a 58-54 lead after 30 minutes. It all came down to the final minutes, in which back-to-back triples by Luca Garri of Lottomatica Roma and Soragna gave Italy a 74-71 edge. Lakovic missed a key free throw at 78-76 while Soragna made both attempts in the other end to seal the win with 14 seconds to go. In the other game of this group, Puerto Rico beat Senegal 79-88 behind 29 points from Carlos Arroyo and 20 from former Zalgiris shooter Larry Ayuso. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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