FIBA World Cup Roundup: Italy, Latvia, Serbia clinch spots in quarterfinals

For the primary time in 25 years, Italy goes to the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup. And Latvia goes for the primary time ever.

The ultimate spots within the knockout spherical have been determined Sunday, with Italy, Latvia and Serbia grabbing their quarterfinal spots. Later Sunday, defending World Cup champion Spain was enjoying Canada to find out the final quarterfinal slot.

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Awaiting Sunday’s qualifiers are Slovenia, Germany, Lithuania and the U.S. All of them certified on Friday.


At Manila, Stefano Tonut and Giampaolo Ricci every scored 15 factors and Italy reached the World Cup quarterfinals with win over Puerto Rico on the ultimate day of second-round play at FIBA’s largest match.

Italy (4-1) will play both the U.S. or Lithuania in Tuesday’s quarterfinals in Manila. The Italians are assured of their finest World Cup end since inserting sixth in 1998. They have been ninth in 2006, tenth in 2019 and didn’t qualify in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Simone Fontecchio added 12 factors and 12 rebounds for Italy, and Luigi Datome scored 11. Italy used a 15-0 run within the first quarter to take some management, wound up dropping that lead within the third quarter, rallied to take a slight edge into the ultimate interval and pulled away from there.

Tremont Waters scored 13 factors and had 9 assists for Puerto Rico (3-2), and Jordan Howard scored 11. Puerto Rico was bidding for its first World Cup quarterfinal journey since 2002.


At Jakarta, Latvia — within the World Cup for the primary time — ran away from Brazil within the second half to show a detailed recreation right into a rout and made the quarterfinals.

Andrejs Grazulis scored 24 for Latvia (4-1) and Arturs Zagars added 17 for the winners, who will play Germany or Slovenia in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Latvia led by three on the half, then outscored Brazil 36-21 within the third quarter.

Davis Bertans scored 14 for Latvia, which outscored Brazil 48-21 from 3-point vary. Bruno Caboclo scored 20 for Brazil (3-2), which was in search of its third quarterfinal journey since 1990.


At Manila, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 factors and Serbia superior to the quarterfinals, a consequence that eradicated the Dominican Republic and clinched an Olympic berth for the U.S.

Servia (4-1) had six gamers in double figures, with Vanja Marinkovic and Nikola Milutinov scoring 16 and Filip Petrusev including 14.

The Dominican Republic (3-2) was led by Karl-Anthony Cities with 25 and Jean Montero with 15. Serbia shot 66% within the recreation.


At Okinawa, Dennis Schroder scored 24 factors and Germany (5-0) rolled previous Slovenia in a matchup of groups that knew they have been headed to the quarterfinals.

Daniel Theis added 14 factors and 7 rebounds for the winners.

Luka Doncic led Slovenia (4-1) with 23 factors and Klemen Prepelic had 12. Germany outscored Slovenia 45-21 on 3-pointers.


At Okinawa, Patty Mills scored 19 factors and Australia had 5 gamers attain double figures in a comparatively straightforward win over Georgia in a classification spherical recreation that ended the match run for each groups.

Dante Exum had 18, Duop Reath added 16, Josh Giddey scored 15 and Joe Ingles completed with 10 for the Boomers (3-2).

Each groups have been beforehand eradicated from advancing to the quarterfinals. Australia, the Olympic bronze medalist two summers in the past in Tokyo, noticed its hopes finish Friday with a 90-81 loss to Slovenia. However Australia achieved one aim at this World Cup, clinching a spot in subsequent summer time’s Paris Olympics.

Taking part in in its first World Cup, Georgia was led by Goga Bitadze with 20. Thaddus McFadden had 18 factors and 9 assists for Georgia (2-3).


At Manila, Nikola Vucevic scored 19 factors, Dino Radoncic added 12 and Montenegro (3-2) ended its World Cup by hanging on for a win in a classification spherical recreation.

Ioannis Papapetrou had 16 factors for Greece (2-3) in its finale, whereas Lefteris Bochoridis and Kostas Papanikolaou every scored 13.

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