LITHUANIA | USA
Lithuania deals USA its first loss in FIBA World Cup
Lithuania dealt USA its first loss in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, 110-104, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Sunday, September 3.
Tadas Sedekersis put up 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lithuanians, who started strong and held off the American’s comeback attempt in the fourth.
Anthony Edwards paced USA with 35 points.
Lithuania swept the first and second rounds with a 5-0 slate to finish atop Group J.
USA finished second with a 4-1 slate
ITALY | PUERTO RICO
Italy make Basketball World Cup quarterfinals for first time in 25 years
AP – For the first time in 25 years, Italy is going to the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup.
Stefano Tonut and Giampaolo Ricci each scored 15 points and Italy reached the World Cup quarterfinals with a 73-57 win over Puerto Rico yesterday in Manila, the final day of second-round play at FIBA’s biggest tournament.
Italy (4-1) will play either the United States (US) or Lithuania in tomorrow’s quarterfinals in Manila. The Italians are assured of their best World Cup finish since placing sixth in 1998. They were ninth in 2006, 10th in 2019 and didn’t qualify in 2002, 2010 and 2014.