FIBA WORLD CUP GAME DAY 5 REVIEW & GAME RECAPS
- Germany goes 3-0 for the first time in the FIBA World Cup group stage
- Dominican Republic, Lithuania and Canada all go 3-0 to start the tournament and advance into the Second Round, each winning their respective group
- Australia & Italy also advance in second position after both defeated their opponents in front of hometown fans
- Egypt leaves with their heads held high after securing their first FIBA World Cup win since 1994
Aug 29, 2023
The fifth day of competition at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 saw the final group stage matchups across Groups A, D, E and H. It was smooth sailing for Germany, Dominican Republic, Lithuania and Canada, all of whom won their respective groups with 3-0 records; while Italy and Australia also secured their places in the Second Round. Get caught up from an intense day at the FIBA World Cup with Courtside 1891 Daily Round Up show or highlights from each and every matchup.
Pivotal final group stage matchups across the board at the FIBA World Cup
Group A Recap
Angola vs Dominican Republic 67-75 Game Recap
Angola vs Dominican Republic ended as a comfortable win for the Caribbean nation, meaning they end the group stage with a 3-0 record. Karl-Anthony Towns was in foul trouble early on, so Andres Feliz stepped up once again. He ended the game with his second consecutive MVP performance, including 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. While Angola should be proud of their performance across the group stage, shooting 2-21 from behind the arc won’t sit well when they have time to reflect.
Philippines vs Italy 83-90 Game Recap
Philippines vs Italy saw the Azzurri shake off their loss to Dominican Republic and reach the Second Round of the FIBA World Cup. They did so in efficient fashion and in front of the host nation’s fans. Six Italians scored in double figures but it was Marco Spissu who took home the game’s MVP honours. He dominated with 13 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Gilas Pilipinas move into the Classification Games after today but will be proud of their efforts in front of their fans.
Group D Recap
Egypt vs Mexico 100-72 Game Recap
Egypt vs Mexico saw Egypt end pool play with a win over Mexico and their heads held high. The win marks their first win at the FIBA World Cup since 1994, plus means that all five African teams have at least one win at this year’s FIBA World Cup. After jumping out to 30 points in the first quarter, the game ended with Egypt winning in a blowout. Ehab Amin had the standout performance scoring 22 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds; securing the game’s MVP honour.
Montenegro vs Lithuania 71-91 Game Recap
Montenegro vs Lithuania was billed to be a close matchup with both teams already securing their place into the Second Round. Instead, Lithuania took this one by 20. Adding to the surprise, the main stars for each side, Nikola Vucevic and Jonas Valanciunas, didn’t dominate as expected. Instead, it was Lithuania’s Rokas Jokubaitis who stole the spotlight with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, giving him the game’s MVP honours.
Group E Recap
Australia vs Japan 109-89 Game Recap
Australia vs Japan saw the Boomers jump out to a lead as large as 27 points despite the packed crowd in Okinawa cheering on the Akatsuki. The lead can be credited largely to the game’s MVP Josh Giddey who ended up with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 11 assists, making this his best performance at the tournament. The win secures Australia’s place in the Second Round while Japan will be proud of what they accomplished as one of this year’s host nations but move into the Classification Games.
Germany vs Finland 101-75 Game Recap
Germany vs Finland was a history maker as Germany went 3-0 for the first time ever during the group stage of the FIBA World Cup. This also meant they won a tough Group E and move onto the Second Round. Die Mannschaft cruised to their third win while Finland’s group stage ended up without a victory. It was an unlikely hero for Germany in this one as Isaac Bonga took home the game’s MVP honours contributing 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Group H Recap
Lebanon vs France 79-85 Game Recap
Lebanon vs France saw France finally secure their first win of the FIBA World Cup. It took a 4th Quarter comeback for Les Bleus who won despite Wael Arakji’s game high 29 points. Guerschon Yabusele overcame foul trouble to be the difference maker. He ended up with 18 points, 3 blocks and 3 steals to earn the game’s MVP honours. It’s on the Classification Games for both these sides as Canada and Latvia will be moving on from Group H.
Canada vs Latvia 101-75 Game Recap
Canada vs Latvia started off with Latvia taking an early lead in the first quarter but similar to the game against France, Canada dominated the second half to secure a comfortable victory. Not surprising, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the game’s MVP. His performance for Canada included 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. He’s the first player to ever to record at least 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in each of his first three FIBA World Cup games since the data was recorded from 1994. The win means Canada secure top spot in Group H with a 3-0 record, while Latvia also moves on despite what some experts predicted pre-tournament.
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