Australia tops Czechs 82-70, heads to World Cup semifinals

12 Septembre, 2019, 12:07 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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From left, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova of Australia react during their second round basketball game against France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

Argentina stunned favourites Serbia on Tuesday while reigning two-time champions the United States were dumped out by France on Wednesday.

The first half was back and forth, with Australia leading 33-30 at the break. Serbia and the Czech Republic were also in the quarterfinals but failed to advance past Argentina and Australia. Tomas Satoransky was one rebound shy of the first triple-double in World Cup history - he finished with 13 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. The Aussies were fifth at the world championships at 1982 and 1994.

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Australia survived the World Cup "Group of Death" also including Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, before beating the Dominican Republic and then fellow semi-finalists France. It quickly became an eight point game but a time-out was followed by an Aron Baynes left-hand alley-oop to stop the run, and Bogut made a series of lay-ups to ensure the Boomers collected a sixth-straight Cup win. Serbia, the USA, the Czechs and Poland will play to decide fifth through eighth place - with those spots decided on Saturday in Beijing.

The Boomers, who had never gone beyond the quarter-finals in 11 previous appearances, defeated the tournament debutants on Wednesday night, and will meet Spain on Friday.

Czech Republic: Faces Poland in a consolation playoff game on Thursday at Shanghai.

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