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
Mexico: Gustavo Ayon — 17 points, 12 rebounds
Angola: Yanick MOREIRA — 13 points, 9 rebounds
Ukraine 64, Turkey 58, Group C
Ukraine: Olexandr Mishula — 19 points, 2 assists
Turkey: Omer Asik — 16 points, 20 rebounds
Australia 82, Lithuania 75, Group D
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
USA: Anthony Davis — 21 points, 9 rebounds
New Zealand: BJ Anthony — 11 points, 3 rebounds
Slovenia 89, Korea 72, Group D
Slovenia: Goran Dragic — 22 points, 4 assists
Korea: Jonghyun LEE — 12 points, 5 rebounds
Dominican Republic 74, Finland 68
Dominican Republic: Eloy Vargas — 18 points, 13 rebounds
Finland: Petteri Koponen — 23 points, 9 assists