Monday, August 30, 2010
Serbia beats Jordan at worlds
ESPN.com news services
Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj scored 21 points each to help Serbia rebound from a double-overtime loss to beat Jordan 112-69 in group play Monday in Kayseri, Turkey at the FIBA World Championship.
After losing to Germany 82-81 less than 24 hours earlier, Serbia (2-1) used its height to dominate Jordan inside. Center Nenad Krstic sat out the last of his three-game suspension for a pre-tournament brawl in Greece, but backup center Kosta Perovic added 20 points for Serbia.
Guard Milos Teodosic returned to score seven points with seven assists.
Osama Daghles had 19 points for Jordan (0-3), which struggled defensively against its more athletic opponent. Serbia shot 71.7 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from the 3-point line.
Argentina 91, Angola 70
Luis Scola scored 32 points to help Argentina beat Angola 91-70 on Monday, essentially securing its place in the second round of the World Championships.
Scola scored 17 of Argentina's 23 points in the first quarter as the South Americans built a three-point lead. The Houston Rockets power forward finished the first half with 21 points as Argentina (3-0) took a 45-32 lead into the break.
It was still a five-point game in Argentina's favor at the end of the third, but Carlos Delfino and Scola then took over to secure the South Americans' win. Delfino, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, finished with 22 points.
Joaquim Gomes had 16 for Angola (1-2).
Slovenia 91, Croatia 84
Uros Slokar and Jaka Lakovic scored 15 points each, and Slovenia beat Croatia in Istanbul.
Slovenia (2-1) took the lead for good on Miha Zupan's 3-pointer with 6:33 remaining. Samo Udrih followed with a layup and Lakovic made a 3-pointer, making it 77-71 with 5:04 remaining.
The Slovenians never let Croatia (1-2) get closer than four from there, delighting their green-clad fans who chanted and danced throughout much of the second half.
Every game in the first two days of Group B action had been decided by double digits.
Phoenix guard Goran Dragic had 14 points and Bostjan Nachbar 11 for Slovenia, which bounced back from its loss to the United States on Sunday.
Roko Ukic scored 20 points, and Marko Popovic and Marko Tomas added 17 apiece for Croatia, which shot 55 percent from 3-point range but only 15 of 26 from the foul line.
Australia 78, Germany 43
Patty Mills scored 16 points and Australia cruised past cold-shooting Germany in Kayseri, Turkey, for its second victory.
One day after upsetting Serbia in double overtime, Germany scored the first basket before watching Australia go on a 12-0 run.
The lead reached 22 before Australia took a 38-20 lead into halftime. Germany shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 26 percent for the game.
After its dramatic 82-81 victory over Serbia, the young German team had nothing left for Australia. Jan Jagla, who had 22 points against Serbia and hit a decisive off-balance 3-pointer, finished with 2 points Monday and did not play in the second half.
Center Alex Maric added 15 points for Australia (2-1). Robin Benzing had 11 points for Germany (1-2).
Iran 71, Tunisia 58
Iran earned its first victory ever at a FIBA World championship, blowing most of a 24-point lead before holding on to beat Tunisia in Istanbul.
Hamed Haddadi of the Memphis Grizzlies had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Iranians (1-2), whose lead was down to three in the final minutes before they pulled away again.
Playing in the event for the first time, Iran lost to Brazil and Croatia in its opening two games before easily beating Tunisia, now the lone winless team in Group B at 0-3.
Iran played in the Olympic basketball tournament in 2008 for the first time in more than 60 years after winning the Asian championship the year before. The Iranians defended the Asian title last year to earn their spot in the worlds field.
They appeared headed for an easy victory after Haddadi scored the first five points of the second half, and the lead grew to 24 later in the period, before Tunisia's rally fell short.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.