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Spain humiliated Lithuania; Nigeria surprised Croatia

Complete confusion in Group B 

At the Olympic tournament in basketball during the previous day were played matches of penultimate round in Group B, where Spain humiliated Lithuania, and Nigeria surprised Croatia and so caused complete confusion in the group. Previously Argentina in a thrilling match defeated Brazil after two overtimes.

Spain achieved only a second win in the tournament, and did it in an impressive manner. Red Fury ran over European vice-champion with 109: 59. Shined veteran Pau Gasol who achieved 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Gasol had an incredible shooting night since he hit all five shots for three. In indisposed team of Lithuania the best was Kuzminskas who ended the match with 17 points. Spaniards with this triumph proved that they are most dangerous when they are written off and that will be a big favorite in the tournament.

Croatia has experienced a shocking defeat and completely failed in the match against the weakest team in the group. Although they played great at the start of the tournament against Nigeria looked completely powerless and were defeated with 90:76. Croats now have two defeats and two wins, while Nigeria recorded their first win in the tournament. Chosen ones of Aleksandar Petrovic after the first quarter had seven-point lead, but then followed two quarters and catastrophic shortfall of 14 points before the last quarter. Here was the end because the Nigerians managed to keep the lead and achieve great triumph in which they scored even 17 triples from 36 attempts. Nigeria was led by Michael Umeh with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while only one in the mood to play in the Croatian team was Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 28 points.

Players of Argentina beat Brazil with 111:107 after two overtimes in the most dramatic match so far on the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Hero of the match was the point guard Facundo Campazzo, who ended the match with 33 points and 11 assists. He hit two threes at the start of the second overtime, previously hit an important three pointer in the finish of the regular part at -3, and captured offensive rebound, after which Nocioni scored three points for equalizer at 85:85 and going at the first extension. Andres Nocioni was the most efficient one in the game, and scored a whopping 37 points and had 11 rebounds. On the other hand, the best among Brazilians was Nene Hilario with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Apart from Lithuania, which provided further placement, all the teams in this group can qualify for the quarter-finals, but also to be eliminated. FIBA rules dictate that the first parameter to pass on is the number of points, followed by the mutual score, point difference and the number of points scored. However, in the last round will meet Spain – Argentina, Lithuania – Croatia and Brazil – Nigeria, and in the case of the triumph of Spain and Croatia will create mini tables of four teams with the score 3-2. In such a case would be best placed Spain and Croatia, each with 2-1, while Argentina and Lithuania would have one victory and two defeats. It is certain that Spain could not be first in the group, because of the defeat of the Croatia at the start of the tournament. The combinations has much, all teams can still qualify and even Brazil and until recently written off Nigeria.

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