Canada, Germany Won't Advance In FIBA World Championship
Sept. 1, 2010
TURKEY - Canada and Germany, which feature three Gonzaga University Bulldogs between them, saw any chance they had of advancing in the 2010 FIBA World Championships vanish with losses Wednesday.
Canada, winless in four outings, fell to New Zealand 71-61 while Germany dropped to 1-3 with a 92-88 overtime loss to Angola, the first time Angola has defeated Germany in any basketball competition.
Gonzaga sophomore Kelly Olynyk, who had 13 points in Canada's last outing, scored 6 points Wednesday. The sophomore played 22 minutes, went 3-for-6 from the field, grabbed 4 rebounds, had an assist and a steal. Teammate Robert Sacre, a junior for the Bulldogs, played 7 minutes, went 1-2 from the field for 2 points and had three rebounds.
Sophomore Elias Harris played six minutes and had one rebound in Germany's loss.
New Zealand won its second straight game and assured itself of advancing into the second round for the third successive FIBA World Championship.
For New Zealand, Kirk Penney (18 points), Casey Frank (14 points) and Phill Jones (11 points) all reached double figures in a dour affair. Joel Anthony made the most of New Zealand's lack of interior size, racking up 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Jevohn Shepherd had his best game of the tournament with 15 points.
Both teams looked fatigued early in the game, and after two quick baskets each the score sat at 4-4 until four minutes to play. The first quarter saw the Tall Blacks take an 11-8 lead, Abercrombie dominating the boards to give Canada no second chances, while the Road Warriors zone took New Zealand's high scoring offence out of its rhythm.
Canada kept superstar Penney scoreless in the first quarter, but in the second a former superstar in Jones stepped up for the Tall Blacks, hitting six quick points off the bench to establish a break. When Penney finally found his range - seven points for the quarter - New Zealdn led 35-28 at the half.
New Zealand started the second half on a Lindsay Tait fast break and then went on a 7-1 tear, establishing a double-figure lead. But as foul trouble built on Penney, Abercrombie, Pero Cameron and Craig Bradshaw, Canada was able to eek their way back from the foul line and trailed 47-41 after three quarters.
Late fourth-quarter 3-pointers by Abercrombie and Penney secured the hard-fought victory.
Canada, 0-4 in Group D, will face 2-2 Spain in the final preliminary game Thursday.
Germany dominated the beginning of the first quarter, with a 15-8 lead after a 7-0 run, but Angola reacted with an 8-0 run to get up 16-15 and the quarter ended with the team tied at 19. Olimpio Cipriano led Angola with 8 points in the quarter.
In the second quarter veteran Miguel Lutonda led Angola with 8 points, including a 3-pointer to recover the lead and finished the first half up 40-35.
Angola controlled most of the third quarter but the Germany run started in the final three minutes as reserves Tim Ohlbrecht and Heiko Schffartzik led a 9-4 rally to pull within four at 58-54 after three quarters.
In the final quarter Germany made a 8-0 run in the first two minutes to take a 62-58 lead. Angola never gave up and after being down by four, Felizardo Ambrosio banked a trey and Schffartzik was fouled and made just one free throw. Then Olimpio Cipriano was fouled and made two free throws to tie it at 78 with 16 seconds left. Schffartzik missed the final shot of regulation.
The African team used their defense, which sparked their fast offense, and took control of the game early in the overtime period. Free throws by Olimpio Cipriano and Felizardo Ambrosio sealed the game for the Angolans.
Olimpio Cipriano netted 30 points, 22 of them in the second half, including 6 in the overtime period.
Angola is now closer to get into the next round for the first time with a 2-2 record as they will face Australia to finish the preliminary round on Thursday at 16:30. The Angolan team has never reached the next round of this tournament.
Germany, 1-3 in Group A, will face winless (0-4) Jordan Thursday.
In other action, former Bulldog J.P. Batistia did not see any action in Brazil's 80-77 loss to Slovenia Wednesday.
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