SPAIN 2014 - Dominicans, Finns and USA clinch Group C triumphs
BILBAO/GRAN CANARIA/GRANADA/SEVILLA (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The Dominican Republic, Finland and the United States all claimed wins in Group C of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and France scraped a one-point triumph over Serbia in an important Group A clash.
On the second day of tournament action in Spain, the Dominicans prevailed in their battle of 0-1 teams against New Zealand in Bilbao with Francisco Garcia pouring in the points and Juan Coronado providing plenty of defense.
Garcia connected on five shots from long range and finished with 29 points in a 76-63 win over the Tall Blacks.
Coronado was a major spark off the bench for Orlando Antigua's team, which was tied at 54-54 early in the fourth quarter but then went in front to stay after a basket from Garcia and a three-ball from James Feldeine.
Finland bounced back from their heavy blowout to the United States on Saturday to beat Ukraine 81-76.
Shawn Huff had a terrific game for the Finns with 23 points. He nailed five of his eight shots from long range.
Ukraine lost shooting guard Sergii Gladyr to a foot injury in the first half and his status for the remainder of the tournament is in question.
Turkey thrilled the Bilbao crowd in the last game of the night against the defending champions USA.
Ergin Ataman's team led 40-35 at half-time with their defense making it difficult for the Americans. Center Omer Asik was particularly impressive on defense while on offense, the Turks controlled the tempo.
The USA, with Kenneth Faried leading the way, finally caught fire in the third quarter.
They opened up a 66-60 lead by the end of the frame and then pulled away for a 98-77 victory.
In Group A in Granada, France hit back from their narrow setback to Brazil by edging Serbia 74-73.
Joffrey Lauvergne, who spent the past two seasons with Partizan Belgrade, had 19 points and six rebounds for France.
Brazil and Spain both improved to 2-0 in the group with the former defeating Iran 79-50 and the tournament hosts hammering Egypt 91-54.
In Group B, in Sevilla, Senegal rode the back of Gorgui Dieng to an 82-75 win over Puerto Rico, who dropped to 0-2.
Greece defeated the Philippines 82-70, with Georgios Printezis scoring 25 points and pulling down eight rebounds.
Croatia, who needed overtime to beat the Philippines on opening night, recorded a 90-85 win over Argentina.
Krunoslav Simon had 18 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 16 for the Croatians as they overcame a 30-point, nine-rebound effort from Luis Scola.
Argentina fell to 1-1 with the defeat.
Group D action in Gran Canaria saw Slovenia and Lithuania each win for the second straight day while Australia tasted victory for the first time.
The Slovenians got 22 points from Zoran Dragic and rolled to an 89-68 victory over Mexico, dropping last year's FIBA Americas Championship winners to 0-2.
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Lithuania as the Baltic side clinched a 75-62 win over Angola, a result that evened the African champions' record at 1-1.
Australia cruised to an 89-55 victory over Korea (0-2) with Joe Ingles scoring 17 points.