What Day 4 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup lacked in thunderous highlights or shape-shifting upsets, it more than made up for with some stellar individual efforts.
Team USA once again took care of business, riding a breakout performance from Anthony Davis to its third straight win and holding steady atop the Group C Standings.
A couple of NBA staples helped Australia survive a second-half rally from the always formidable Lithuanians, while a double-double from Gustavo Ayon propelled Mexico to an easy win over Angola.
Led by backcourt brethren Goran and Zoran Dragic, Slovenia shook off a shaky first-half performance to dispatch a winless South Korea. Meanwhile, in arguably the day’s most exciting game, Ukraine scored a minor upset over No. 7-ranked Turkey.
In the day’s final tilt, the Dominican Republic—led by Anthony Davis’ former backup at Kentucky, Eloy Vargas—squeaked by Finland to jump to 2-1 in round-robin play.
With the field finally starting to take shape, the next few days will go a long way in determining who amongst the FIBA crop stands a real chance of upsetting heavy favorites Spain and the U.S.
First, let’s break down a bit of what we saw Tuesday afternoon.