Olympic Day 10 round-up
By Dave Ryan
Brazil inflicted Spain’s second defeat of the tournament on them with an 88-82 victory on Monday.
The result sees Brazil take second place in Group B behind a Russia side who finished perfect, but the silver lining for Spain is that their third place finish means they are now in the other half of the draw to USA.
USA completed a perfect group stage record for both of their teams with a 126-97 win against Argentina in the day’s final game.
Argentina matched the USA for all of the first half before Kevin Durant caught fire, finishing with 28 points including eight from ten three-point shooting.
Patty Mills did it again in the opening game of the day as his buzzer-beating three-pointer saw Australia beat Russia 82-80.
The Russians had looked likely to snatch a win when Vitaliy Fridzon hit two free throws to make it 80-79 with 4.1 seconds left but a timeout from Australian coach Brett Brown paid off as Joe Ingles fed Mills at the top of the key and he drained the triple to win it.
Sasha Kaun had 18 points for Russia, with new Minnesota Timberwolves pairing Kirilenko and Alexey Shved adding 13 each.
Russia had already sealed top spot in the group while Australia knew they could not improve on fourth place, with both teams advancing to the quarter-finals with the Boomers facing the daunting prospect of facing USA.
Nicolas Batum stepped up for France as they Beat Nigeria 79-71 in the day’s third game.
Batum hit four three pointers as he finished with 23 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes of action, as Tony Parker had a quiet game with only three points in 21 minutes. Nigeria were led by a massive 35 points from Chamberlain Oguchi as they finished their Group A campaign in fifth place.
Tunisia were left propping up Group A as Lithuania came good in the final quarter to win 76-63.
Sarunas Jasikevicius and Darius Songaila each had 13 points as five Lithuanians finished in double figures while Salah Merjri led Tunisia with a 16 point, 12 rebound double-double.