Finland were dominated on the boards in Bilbao on Tuesday night, with Dominican Republic winning the rebounding battle 49-28 en route to a 74-68 victory. Finland’s Mikko Koivisto and coach Henrik Dettman spoke to the media about their issues on defence as the Susijengi fell to 1-2 in Group C of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The final game of the day promised to be loud with Finland involved but a fourth quarter rally couldn’t save Finland from their own dire shooting. Emmet Ryan reports on a night when Euclis Baez and Francisco Garcia’s shooting silenced the Susijengi. A fourth quarter rally
The crowd, as ever, was raucous. The Finns wildly outnumbered the Dominican Republic support as they have through every night no matter the opponent so far in Bilbao and they were treated in the early going to two teams willing to run. The tit for tat play saw plenty of offence and there was little to separate the sides. When they got in shooting range, the Dominicans were on fire but three turnovers on as many possessions slowed their hot start. They were given some relief at the other end as the Finns struggled to maintain their own frenetic start. A three from Teemu Rannikko ended the lull but it was the Dominican Republic that was setting the tone their defence hurrying well. Turnovers however continued to stunt their progress and they held just a 16-15 lead at the end of the first.
After Tuesday’s 98-71 win in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Coach K and James Harden spoke with the media about the challenge of playing against New Zealand’s smaller line-up, what they make of the Haka, and the impressive performances of Kenneth Faried. Krzyzewski also jumped to the defence of Harden’s defence and discussed Derrick Rose’s performance.
After struggling through three quarters against Turkey, it was back to business as usual for the USA as they delivered their most polished performance of the tournament to date in a comfortable win over the Tall Blacks.
No-one expected a contest here and Steph Curry got things under way with a three against a New Zealand team with it’s focus clearly on the winnable games on Wednesday and Thursday. Curry lobbed an alley-oop nearly the length of the court to Kenneth Faried as the USA tried to put to bed any doubts about their focus early. Tai Wabster and Mika Vukona did enough to keep the score interesting early but the physical superiority of the United States was obvious from the outset. Anthony Davis is a nightmare for any defender and the short aging legs of Casey Frank were horribly mismatched against the USA big. The double-digit lead was established with another Curry trey with a little over 2 minutes on the clock but the Tall Blacks enjoyed a mini-rally late in the frame to only trail 27-20 after one.
Mike Fratello and Ihor Zaytsev spoke to the media after Ukraine’s big win over Turkey on Tuesday in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Fratello also gave his thoughts on his efforts to see Bilbao during the few moments of free time he enjoyed on Monday.
Ukraine’s next game is against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Turkey coach Ergin Ataman explained to the media why his team opted against fouling Ukraine when trailing late in Tuesday’s 64-58 defeat to Ukraine at the 2104 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Ataman and Cedi Osman also gave their thoughts on the game as a whole and what went wrong for Turkey in the defeat.
Turkey’s next game is against Finland on Wednesday.
Omer Asik dominated from the off but with little support from those around him, Turkey fell to Ukraine on Day 4 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The Turkish fans to the left of press row were far from great in number but inspired by the 12 Giant Men’s display on Sunday night, they were in a fiery mood to start the game. The action however took a while to settle down with both sides focusing heavily on defence early on. Turkey, showing the same patience on offence as they had against the United States, worked the outside to good effect for an open three by Ender Arslan. Ukraine were playing a more inside-out game, charging up the gut to make space on the perimeter. It was the Turks whose strategy paid off better initially as they got Asik to the line three times to move into a 10-4 lead mid-way through the quarter. The pace however was such that Ukraine didn’t need to hurry to catch up and an Olexandr Mishula three at the end of the first saw the sides go in level at 13-13.
With Asik having opened the path in the first frame, Oguz Savas charged right through early in the second to push Turkey back in front. Inefficiency however was hurting both sides offensively and it all had the feeling of a game that was waiting to get going, with only 5 minutes until half time. The reintroduction of Asik brought the spark Turkey needed. Already getting work done defensively, he continued to test the Ukrainian interior. Still, it was a balanced affair on the whole at the half with Turkey holding a narrow 26-25 lead.