There was legitimate anticipation surrounding the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and the tournament has lived up to the lofty expectations through the first weekend of the event.
Most eyes were on Team USA and its talented roster, and the fans were not disappointed as the Americans started strong by beating Finland, 114-55, on Saturday. Other contenders such as Spain and Argentina also showed they will be serious threats to Team’s USA’s gold medal expectations.
Sunday’s schedule promises to be just as entertaining as Day 1’s.
Here are the results, scores and updated group standings from Day 2 of the FIBA World Cup.
Day 2 Results
Dominican Republic 76, New Zealand 63
Australia 89, Korea 55
Croatia 90, Argentina 85
France 74, Serbia 73
Finland 81, Ukraine 76
Slovenia 89, Mexico 68
Senegal 82, Puerto Rico 75
Brazil 79, Iran 50
Lithuania 75, Angola 62
Greece 82, Philippines 70
USA 98, Turkey 77
Spain 91, Egypt 54
Day 2 Recap and Highlights
Day 2 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup is just as packed with action as Saturday and that’s good news for basketball fans. 12 games are featured on the Sunday schedule, and the matchups are worthy of the international stage.
The second day kicked off with an entertaining game between the Dominican Republic and New Zealand. The show was stolen once again by Dominican star Francisco Garcia, who amassed an impressive stat line that included 29 points, six rebound and two assists. Thomas Abercrombie managed to score 22 points and add four rebounds in the loss for New Zealand.
Another quality matchup was the battle between Croatia and Argentina. Despite being led by Luis Scola’s 30 points and nine rebounds, the Argentineans were unable to hold off the Croatians and lost a heartbreaker, 90-85. Bojan Bogdanovic was once again the key for Croatia and he totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in his 37 minutes of action.
In one of the best games of the day, France eeked out a 74-73 win over Serbia. Joffrey Lauvergne led a balanced French attack with 19 points. A key turnover by Bogdan Bogdanovic with the game tied and four seconds remaining gave France the ball with a chance to win.
Lauvergne drove to the lane and was fouled. He made one of two free throws to give France the win.
This squad has a good complement of skills, athleticism, length and experience. It could be one of the more dangerous teams in the tournament.
The two juggernauts of the field continue to look like the teams to beat in Spain. Team USA struggled a bit with Turkey at times, but it pulled away late to earn a 98-77 victory.
Kenneth Faried had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Americans to lead the way.
Spain was even more impressive. It beat Egypt 91-54. Serge Ibaka, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds. Spain's size and skill were too much for Egypt on the inside. That could be the case against most of its opponents leading up to a potential battle with Team USA in the gold medal game.
While Sunday is typically a day of rest, the FIBA World Cup has many of the top stars in basketball going full throttle for the fans.
*Stats via FIBA.com.