Australia beat the big favorite in the first round
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been officially open, and has already happened surprise at the start of the Basketball Tournament. National Team of Australia in the first round of Group A was better than one of the biggest favorites to win the medal, the French national team. This confirmed that this will be one of the most exciting tournaments in the history of the Olympic Games, even though on the remaining two meetings there were no surprises due to significant differences in the quality of the opponents.
Although for the selection of Boomers performs many as six NBA players, none of them is a major player in his team. Exactly Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and Andrew Bogut were fatal to the French. On the other hand, only the veteran Toni Parker lived up to expectations, and most have failed Nando de Colo, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw, of whom much more expected later in the tournament. Centers of national team of Australia have inflicted enormous problems to Tricolori, and Rudy Gobert, one of the best blockers in the NBA, seemed powerless in the paint of Australia. In the end, Australia achieved more than a convincing victory with the result 87:66. The French also on the preparatory matches looked pretty bad on the court, but was expected that national coach Vincent Collet paces shape for the Olympic tournament. This defeat led the French in a very uncomfortable situation before the continuation of the competition, but it is not impossible that they provide the best games when it is most important. On the other hand, Australia has played entire match at a high level and thus made it clear that they will be a serious rival in the continuation of the tournament.
After the premiere match have met United States and China, and the absolute favorites for the gold medal were ruthless with the Chinese and thrashing them with a score 119:62. Players of Mike Krzyzewski showed dominant play from the start of the match and the first quarter were solved in their favor with 30:10. The most efficient in the winning team was a new player of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant who recorded 25 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Besides him, an excellent was and DeMarcus Cousins, who in just 15 minutes on the court scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The only player with double-digit performance in the national team of China was Jianlin Yi, who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds.
The last match of the first day of competition played Serbia and Venezuela, and Serbian national team controlled the match since the first quarter and convincingly triumphed with 86:62. Milos Teodosic and his teammates entire summer playing very convincing, so nor in this game victory of Serbia has never come into question. National team coach Aleksandar Djordjevic pointed chance to all the players, and the best was a player of Fenerbahce Bogdan Bogdanovic, who except from scoring 19 points fill and all the other columns, and added 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal and 1 block. Effective was also the center Miroslav Raduljica who scored 18 points. The best impression in the Venezuelan team has left center Gregory Echenique, who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds. Although this was only the first official game of the tournament, Serbia has demonstrated a very varied game and pointed candidacy for a medal.
Olympic Basketball Tournament resumes with the matches within the B group, and the first will find on the court the home team, Brazil and selection of Lithuania. First round of group B will complete meetings between Croatia and Spain, as well as Nigeria and Argentina.