Olynyk Finishes Strong At FIBA World Championship

Sept. 2, 2010

TURKEY - Gonzaga University sophomore Kelly Olynyk continued is strong play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, but it wasn't enough as Canada finished 0-5 with an 89-67 loss to Spain Thursday.

Olynyk, who scored all 33 of his points over the final three games, played 22 minutes, went 3-for-7 from the field including 1-forf-3 from 3-point range, 7-for-9 from the free throw line, scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

For the four games he played - he didn't see any action in game two - he averaged 8.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, shot 55.6 percent from the field on 10-of-18 and went 11-for-13 from the free throw line for 84.6 percent.

Bulldog junior Robert Sacre played 14 minutes for Canada Thursday, went 3-for-6 from the field, 2-for-2 from the line, scored a tournament-high 8 points and pulled down three rebounds. He played in all five games, averaging 2.4 ppg and 2.0 rpg. He hit 5-of-12 shots from the field for 41.7 percent and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the line.

Germany, which features Gonzaga sophomore Elias Harris, finished 1-4 after a 91-73 victory over winless Jordan. Harris played 19 minutes, went a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 1-for-1 from the line, scored 7 points, grabbed a pair of rebounds and had an assist and a blocked shot. He averaged 3.4 ppg and 2.0 rpg, went 7-for-13 from the field for 53.8 percent and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

Elsewhere, former Bulldog J.P. Batista and Brazil advanced to the Eight Final with a 92-74 victory over Croatia. Batista played 10 minutes and went 3-for-4 from the field for 6 points. He also pulled down three rebounds and had an assist. Heading into the Eight Final he is averaging 4.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg while playing four of the five games in the preliminary round. Brazil will face Argentina next Tuesday in the Eight Final.



Spain recorded its second straight win to take some momentum into their Eight Final clash with Greece Saturday.

Rudy Fernandez was dynamic for Spain with 19 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes, while Fran Vazquez (19 points, 5 rebounds) enjoyed his most extensive court time for the tournament.

For the winless Canadians Olynyk was helped by the 12 points of Jevohn Sheperd and 11 points from Jermaine Anderson.

Both teams ran free early in the game in an open and fast affair, with 23 3-point shots taken in the first half. Canada hit 6-of-11 and used triples from Shepherd, Olynyk and Anderson to fight back from a double figure deficit to cut the deficit to 34-32 late in the second quarter.

Spain extended the lead to five by halftime and then to 11 on a Felipe Reyes layup with three minutes to play in the third. When Alex Mumbru scored on a fast break just before the third-quarter buzzer Spain was up 15 at 63-48.

Germany secured fifth place in Group A with a 2-3 record.

Tibor Pleiss scored the first 7 points for the Germans and finished with 12 points in the quarter as the Germans cruised to a 28-17 first quarter lead. An 8-0 run led by Pleiss, Jan Jagla and Steffen Hamann opened up the score to 11-3 with 7:47 remaining.

In the second quarter Germany enjoyed a comfortable lead until the Jordanians opened up their scoring from 3-point range to trail 34-33 with 2:43 left. Germany closed the half with a quick 6-0 run to lead 40-33. Pleiss had 14 points for Germany and for Jordan Osama Daghles had 15.

The German replacements kept their intensity on both sides of the court in the second half and even increased their lead as they finished the third quarter up 67-50. In the final 10 minutes they went back to Pleiss who sealed the game.

In the win Pleiss finished with 23 points and nine rebounds while Lucca Staiger had 16 and Jan Jagla 14.

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