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Without triple doubles, but with a defeat in the Canada-France match. Results of the first day of the 2023 World Cup

Date: July 19, 2024 Time: 02:04:58

Today, August 25, the FIBA ​​World Championship started, which this year will be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. In this article we will summarize the results of the first day of play and tell you about all the matches that took place in three different countries as part of the first group stage of the competition.

Finland – Australia

World Cup 2023 (m). Group E. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 11:00 Moscow time

Finland: Markkanen – 19, Salin – 13, Jantunen – 8, Madsen – 8, Valtonen – 7, Nkamhua – 6, Murphy – 4, Little – 3, Kantonen – 2, Majuni – 2, Grandison, Seppälä

Australia: Mills – 25, Giddy – 14, English – 13, Exam – 10, Cooks – 9, Reet – 8, White – 7, Green – 6, Kay – 4, Tibull – 2, Daniels, Goulding

As much as Lauri Markkanen from Utah tried, in the first match of the World Cup Finland lost to one of the favourites, the Australian team, with a devastating score of 72:98.

Patty Mills led the Australians with 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals, but all eyes were on Josh Giddy, who was able to post the first triple-double in World Championship history. Unfortunately, he was benched in the fourth quarter with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Josh Giddy

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In the first half, Finland’s lead reached “+8”, two minutes before the end of the second quarter, Joe Ingles hit a three-pointer with a step back and put Australia ahead. An 11:4 run early in the third quarter helped the Boomers to a double-digit lead, and a 28:18 win in the final ten minutes gave them their first tournament points.

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Mexico — Montenegro

World Cup 2023 (m). Group D. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 11:45 Moscow time

Mexico: Cruz – 8, Jaimes – 7, Stoll – 6, Gutierrez – 6, Giron – 4, Bonilla – 2, Gutierrez – 2, Camacho – 2, Ibarra – 2, Andriassy, ​​Mendez-Valdez, Amigo

Montenegro: Vucevic – 15, Ivanovic – 8, Dublevic – 7, Perry – 6, Radovic – 5, Simonovic – 3, Slavkovic – 2, Popovic – 2, Ilic, Mihajlovic, Radonci, Drobnjak

Montenegro, led by Nikola Vucevic, also defeated their first opponent, Mexico, with a crushing 20-point lead (91:71).

In the first half, the Chicago center scored 15 points and helped his team reach the big break with “+9”. The same difference in the score occurred a few minutes before the final siren sounded, but then the Montenegrins made an 11:0 lead and ended the game. Vucevic finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Kendrick Perry had 16 points and seven assists.

Francisco Cruz led Mexico with 16 points and six assists. Fabian Jaimes scored 12 points and eight rebounds.

Latvia – Lebanon

World Cup 2023 (m). Group H. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 12:15 Moscow time

Latvia: terrible. Bertans – 14, Schmits – 13, Zoriks – 8, Pigeon. Bertans – 6, Kuruc – 5, Strautins – 3, Shkele – 2, Grazhulis – 2, Žagar – 2, Chavars, Pasechniks, Kuruc

Lebanon: El-Darwish – 12, Haidar – 5, Arakji – 5, Spellman – 4, Mansour – 2, Mezher – 2, Al-Khoury, Saud, Khalil, Zeynun, Ezzedine, Gokchyan

Lebanon’s opening game of the tournament ended in a real thrashing. The victory by 109:70 and the status of the first team to score “one hundred” in the 2023 World Cup are for the Latvian team.

27:17 in the first quarter, 28:13 in the second, and now the Latvians already lead “+25” to a big break. In the second half, they continued to taunt the opponent, and in the last quarter the point difference reached 44 points. Not everything would be so sad if the Lebanese team hit more than 44% of their shots in the game.

The best of Latvia unexpectedly became Dairis Bertans (brother of Davis Bertans from Oklahoma), who spent only 15 minutes on the court, scoring 20 points (7 of 8 from the field) and four assists. Rolands Schmits added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Italy – Angola

World Cup 2023 (m). Group A. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 11:00 Moscow time

Angola: Dundau 19, Fernando 13, Gonçalves 7, Bangu 6, Monteiro 6, Gerson 4, De Souza 4, Francisco 3, Paulo 3, Coquila 2, Maconda, Fernandes

Italy: Fontecchio – 19, Tonut – 18, Ricci – 12, Melli – 7, Polonara – 7, Spissa – 5, Payola – 4, Datome – 4, Severini – 3, Procida – 2, Spagnolo, Diouf

The victory over Angola was not given to the Italian team as easily as it could have been. Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco admitted that he was nervous and that was reflected in his team’s play.

At the beginning of the first quarter, the Italians seemed weaker than their rivals, but they managed to turn the game around with a 14:0 run. However, Angola did not give up and 40 seconds before the end of the third quarter there was a draw between the teams by 57:57. The Italians managed to overcome the final stretch with a score of 20:10 and get their first victory in the tournament by 81:67.

Both teams struggled with the conversion from behind the arc, making 9 of 61 shots for two, although the Italians don’t usually have a problem with this. The best of them was Simone Fontecchio with 19 points and five assists, Stefano Tonut added another 18 points.

Childe Dandao, 170 cm tall, was the top scorer for Angola with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists. Atlanta’s Bruno Fernando scored 13 points and collected five rebounds.

Germany – Japan

World Cup 2023 (m). Group E. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 15:10 Moscow time

Germany: Wagner – 25, Schroeder – 14, Theis – 13, Wagner – 10, Voigtman – 6, Obst – 6, Bonga – 4, Timan – 3, Lo, Giffey, Hollatz, Kremer

Japan: Watanabe – 20, Baba – 15, Hawkinson – 9, Kawamura – 7, Tominaga – 5, Yoshii – 3, Hiejima – 2, Nishida – 2, Togashi, Hara, Inoue, Kawamata

In the match against the Japanese national team, Germany led the score for all 40 minutes (for the most part 15-25 points) and in the end won 81:63.

The Germans managed to make only 6 of 33 long-range attempts, the Japanese 6 of 35. This particularly affected Yuta Watanabe, who scored 20 points but made only 2 of 10 three-pointers. However, he still became the best on his team, also recording six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

In the German team the most productive was Moritz Wagner, who stopped one step away from the double-double. He has 25 points (10-of-14 from the field) and nine rebounds, as well as the highest utility ratio in the game: 31.

Dennis Schroeder has 14 points, five assists and five rebounds. Daniel Theis and Franz Wagner scored 13 and 10 points respectively, plus six rebounds each.

Dominican Republic – Philippines

World Cup 2023 (m). Group A. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 15:00 Moscow time

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic: Pueblos – 26, Liz – 18, Feliz – 12, Montero – 6, Delgado – 6, Peña – 5, Vargas – 5, Figueroa – 5, Mendoza – 2, Quiñones – 2, Solano, Suero

Philippines: Clarkson 28, Fajardo 16, Ramos 13, Edu 7, Pogoy 6, Thompson 5, Ravena 2, Abando 2, Aguilar 2, Sotto, Malonso, Pérez

This match set a World Cup attendance record: 38,115 spectators came to see the hosts of the tournament. Before that, the most popular match was the one between the United States and Russia at the 1994 World Cup: 32,616 people.

But today the Philippine team and its fans were disappointed. Utah’s Jordan Clarkson, who had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, received a fifth personal foul three minutes before the final siren and was forced to leave the court.

Thus, the victory in this fairly even match was for the Dominican team led by Karl-Anthony Towns from Minnesota. He has 26 points and 10 rebounds. Another 18 points and six rebounds were scored by Víctor Liz.

Jordan Clarkson

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Egypt — Lithuania

World Cup 2023 (m). Group D. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 15:30 Moscow time

Egypt: Marey – 14, Gendi – 13, Mahmud – 11, Amin – 10, Zaran – 8, Orabi – 4, Shusha – 3, Moussa – 2, Gardner – 2, Elgizawi, Abdelgavad, Hussein

Lithuania: Normantas – 18, Valanciunas – 15, Bendzyus – 10, Kuzminskas – 9, Brazdeikis – 8, Sedekerskis – 7, Dimsha – 6, Sirvydis – 6, Maldunas – 4, Motejunas – 4, Kariniuskas – 4, Jokubaitis – 2

Another landslide victory on the first day was won by the Lithuanian team, which defeated Egypt 93:67.

According to the results of the first quarter, Lithuania led with 26:12, and at the beginning of the second quarter they had a double lead – 38:19. And with that, the meeting could be considered over. After all, despite the fact that before the break the Egyptian team managed to close the gap, in the second half the Lithuanians’ advantage reached the “+30” level.

The best among the winners was Margiris Normantas with 18 points. Jonas Valanciunas, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, has a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Assem Marey stopped Egypt one step away from the double-double: he has 14 points and nine rebounds.

Canada – France

World Cup 2023 (m). Group H. 1st round

August 25, 2023, Friday. 16:30 Moscow time

Canada: Gilges-Alexander – 27, Olynyk – 18, Alexander-Walker – 12, Brooks – 12, Dort – 7, Powell – 6, Barrett – 5, Alexander – 5, Ajim – 3, Go, Scrubb, Bell-Hines

France: Fournier – 21, de Colo – 12, Lessor – 12, Gobert – 8, Francisco – 5, Yabusele – 4, Ouattara – 2, Okobo – 1, Batum, Tarpey, Cordinier, Fall

The match of the 2023 World Cup ended in favor of the Canadian team. They defeated another tournament favourite, the French team, by 95:65.

Late in the first half, it looked as if Shay Gilges-Alexander would try for the historic triple-double. But he, although he simply destroyed the opponent in the third quarter, finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, going to the bench beforehand. Poor me!

Shay Gilges-Alexander

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Kelly Olynyk scored 18 points, Dillon Brooks and Nikhil Alexander-Walker scored 12. RJ Barrett was 1 of 10 from the field but had six rebounds and five assists and was up or down by +24.

In France, Evan Fournier became the most productive. But in the first half alone he scored 19 points, and in the second, two, making just 3 of 13 from long range. At the end of the second quarter, the teams shared only three points. But in the third quarter, in which the Canadians won 25:8, Fournier got a proud “0” in the points column. After this, they do not return to the game.

Nando de Colo and Mathías Lessor each had 12 points, while Rudy Gobert had eight points and nine rebounds.

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