Bulldog Trio Has Mixed Success On Second Day Of FIBA Tournament

Aug. 29, 2010

TURKEY - Germany slipped past Serbia 82-81 in double overtime and Canada fell 70-68 to Lithuania at the 2010 FIBA World Championships Sunday.

Gonzaga University sophomore Elias Harris contributed to Germany's win, while junior Robert Sacre saw limited time for Canada. Gonzaga sophomore Kelly Olynyk did not see action for Canada.

Germany, playing its games in Kayseri, evened its record at 1-1 in Group A. Argentina is 2-0, while Serbia, Angola and Australia are tied with the Germans. Jordan is 0-2. Canada fell to 0-2 with New Zealand in Group D while Lithuania improved to 2-0 to tie France for the lead. Spain and Lebanon are each 1-1.

Germany plays Australia Monday while Canada is idle until a Tuesday game with France.

Harris played 19 minutes For Germany, going 2-for-3 from the field for two points, grabbing a rebound and adding a steal. His basket at 2:03 of the third quarter put Germany up 53-50 and his final basket with 9:44 to play in the fourth quarter gave Germany a 58-54 advantage.

Sacre played eight minutes for Canada and missed his only field goal attempt. Fouls continue to plague him as he picked up two after being whistled for four in Saturday's opening-round loss. Canada's preliminary round games are being played in Izmir.

Serbia started the game strong in the paint and had a balanced attack, leading 17-14 after one quarter as Kosta Perovic, Novica Velickovic and Milan Macvan combined for 12 points.

In the second quarter the bench players came out for Germany and scored big as guard Heiko Schaffartzik made 11 points, 8 of them in the second quarter as Germany held a 37-34 halftime lead.

Demond Greene and Steffen Hamann took control of the game in the second half as Greene made some big shots to put Germany on top 56-54 after three quarters.

The Serbian shooters were held during the game but came out in the final quarter, as Aleksandar Radic made two straight three pointers in the final seconds to send the game into the first overtime tied at 69.

 

 

In the overtime period the veteran guards came into play again as Hamann, captain of the German team, made two key baskets at the beginning of the quarter to give the Germans an early lead. Serbia came back with a 3-pointer by Milenko Tepic and a free throw by Kosta Perovic tied the game at 73 with 1:06 left. The game stayed that way as both teams scored 4 points each to force a second overtime.

The German offense exploded in the second overtime led by Jan Jagla and Demond Greene while their defense pressured the ball to disrupt the Serbian offense. An impressive fade away trey by Jan Jagla with 1:04 left didn't put the Serbians away, but in the final possession the German defense avoided a loss.

Jermaine Anderson had a chance to win the game for Canada at the buzzer but his 3-pointer lipped off the rim.

Canada appeared to have the game secured midway through the third quarter, leading by as many as 17, but the physicality of Lithuania at both ends of the court literally locked the Canadians down and set up the dramatic run that brought the 2000 travelling Lithuanian fans to fever pitch.

The hero for Lithuania was Tomas Delininkaitis who spearheaded the half court offense and added 11 points. Linas Kleiza (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Martynas Pocius were also strong contributors.

Anderson had 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals, supported by Joel Anthony (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Denham Brown (11 points).

Canada led by 10 at halftime, securing their break with a fast start where they led 7-0 after less than 90 seconds.

The Canadians unpredictable trapping defense and transition offense was giving the structured Lithuanians trouble, shooters Andy Rautins and Brown with five points each to build a 20-12 first-quarter lead.

As with day one, Lithuania upped the physicality in the second quarter and created a half court affair. Behind Kleiza's seven points for the quarter they closed to 32-29 with 3:31 to play in the half. But three consecutive field goals from Anthony, including a strong tip in, triggered an 11-4 Canada run to finish the half.

When Canada peeled off a 13-6 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter behind six points from Anderson, the game seemed almost over at 56-39. But Delininkaitis sparked the Lithuanian surge that brought their fans to life, and Kleiza finished it, nailing a buzzer- beating three to pull Lithuania within two, 57-55 at the end of the third quarter.

While Canada hung tough in the final quarter, Lithuania's half court execution was superior, and they managed to hold on to take the narrow victory.

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