Spain 67, Italy 60
In a back-and-forth thriller to close out Friday's action, Spain pulled away from Italy behind the play of guard Ricky Rubio. With the win, Spain has clinched a spot in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.
The San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli nailed a free throw with 3:58 left to give Italy a 56-52 lead. However, Spain woke up from that point on behind the play of Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol, Rubio and Sergio Llull. Gasol came up with a big rebound and assisted on a Victor Claver dunk that tied the game at 56 with 3:18 left.
Spain turned up its defense, recording three steals over the final minutes -- two of which came by Rubio. He added to that with some critical assists and four made free throws over the game's final 20 seconds that clinched the win for Spain.
Serbia 90, Puerto Rico 47
Much like Poland -- although much less surprisingly -- Serbia remained undefeated in FIBA World Cup play as well on Friday. It breezed past Puerto Rico, 90-47, behind its stockade of NBA players.
The win, coupled with Italy's loss to Spain later on Friday, assured Serbia of a spot in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.
Poland 79, Russia 74
Poland continues to impress on the FIBA World Cup stage, improving to 4-0 with a narrow win against Russia in the second round. Behind an 18-point game from Adam Waczynski and a 14-point, nine-rebound game from Mateusz Ponitka, Poland rallied in the fourth quarter to secure a 79-74 win.
The victory, coupled with Argentina's win against Venezuela later on Friday, ensures Poland of a spot in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.
Argentina 87, Venezuela 67
Argentina is headed to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup after drubbing Venezuela 87-67 behind a balanced scoring effort.
Gabriel Deck put on a show against Venezuela, scoring 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field while Facundo Campazzo had 12 points and nine assists. Former Houston Rockets star Luis Scola scored 15 points, Patricio Garino added 10 and Nicolas Laprovittola finished with nine points, seven assists and five rebounds off the bench.
Nigeria 83, Cote D'Ivore 66
Thanks to the play of Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu, Nigeria has helped its chances of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
Nigera topped Cote D'Ivore 83-66 in Classification 17-32 in Group M play behind a strong second half performance. The win puts Nigeria in the pole position to qualify for the Olympics.
Iran 71, Angola 62
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami shot the lights out with a 5-for-7 showing from 3-point range en route to 21 points in a 71-62 victory against Angola. The victory marked Iran's first win of the FIBA World Cup.
Former Memphis Grizzlies big man Hamed Haddadi finished with nine points and five rebounds, while his backup, Aaron Geramipoor, was solid off the bench (11 points, seven rebounds) as well.
Tunisia 86, Philippines 67
In this Classification 17-32 game Friday, Tunisia got its second win of FIBA World Cup play to improve to 3-2 in Group N. Omar Abada led the way in the 86-67 romp against the Philippines, scoring 16 points. Mohamed Hadidane and Makram Ben Romdhane each scored 10 points, with Romdhane adding 10 rebounds as well. Michael Roll had 13 points and nailed a trio of 3-pointers as Tunisia shot 42.3% (11-for-26) from deep in the win.
China 77, Korea 73
In Classification 17-32 Group M action, China pulled away in the dying stages after surviving a fright from Korea. They are now in pole position to directly qualify for the Olympics from Asia.
Former NBA player Yi Jianlian had eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the victory.
Qi Zhou (13 points and 14 rebounds) powered China with a balanced game, while Guna Ra played all 40 minutes and led Korea with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
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