Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Dominican Republic forward Francisco Garcia (9) shoots over United States forward Rudy Gay (8) during the second half of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

FIBA World Cup Roundup: Ukraine, DR Secure Huge Group Wins

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The United States had stolen nearly all of Group C’s headlines thus far during, and leading up to, FIBA World Cup competition. From blow out wins to a near blunder against Turkey, it had been all about the US.

That changed though, on Tuesday. It transitioned from hype around the US to the two key matchups that would be taking place between the Dominican Republic/Finland and Ukraine/Turkey.

Whichever two teams that managed to come away with the victories would likely take a huge step in qualifying for the tournament of 16. It would at least give them a step in the right direction.

And once the dust settled on Tuesday, it was Ukraine and Dominican Republic that came away with the wins. Neither were the most impressive of wins, but they didn’t have to be.

The Dominican rode past Finland with four players scoring in double-figures, led by Eloy Vargas (18 points) and Francisco Garcia (16 points). Ukraine edged out Turkey behind a 19-point game from Olexandr Mishula.

Here is the rest of the FIBA World Cup Roundup for Tuesday.

Mexico 79, Angola 55 — Group D

Key Players

Mexico: Gustavo Ayon — 17 points, 12 rebounds

Angola: Yanick MOREIRA — 13 points, 9 rebounds


Ukraine 64, Turkey 58, Group C

Key Players

Ukraine:  Olexandr Mishula — 19 points, 2 assists

Turkey: Omer Asik — 16 points, 20 rebounds


Australia 82, Lithuania 75, Group D

Key Players

Australia: Joe Ingles — 18 points, 4 assists, 3 steals 

Lithuania: Renaldas Seibutis — 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists  


USA 98, New Zealand 77, Group C

Key Players

USA: Anthony Davis — 21 points, 9 rebounds 

New Zealand: BJ Anthony — 11 points, 3 rebounds


Slovenia 89, Korea 72, Group D

Key Players

Slovenia: Goran Dragic — 22 points, 4 assists

Korea: Jonghyun LEE — 12 points, 5 rebounds


Dominican Republic 74, Finland 68

Key Players

Dominican Republic: Eloy Vargas — 18 points, 13 rebounds

Finland: Petteri Koponen — 23 points, 9 assists


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