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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – August 28 games

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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – August 28 games


Greece looks set to miss two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a little bit harder as it faces crowd darling Austin Reaves and the rest of mighty USA on Day 4 of the 2023 FIBA World Cup

MANILA, Philippines – As hope wanes for Gilas Pilipinas following a crushing second-game loss to Angola in the ongoing 2023 FIBA World Cup, other countries start to pick up steam in their respective campaigns, seeing clearer paths to the second round and beyond.

USA Basketball is once again in the spotlight at the Mall of Asia Arena this Monday, August 28, as other nations warily look on – trying to find holes in the championship contender’s formidable armor.

New Zealand vs Jordan

New Zealand broke through in its group the hard way with a 95-87 overtime escape of Jordan, which leaned on former PBA import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s 39-point explosion.

Izayah Le’afa stuffed the stat sheet in the win with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.


New Zealand tries to brush off its World Cup opener loss to USA with a bounce-back effort against Jordan, as the two winless Group C teams try to stave off elimination to kick off the two-game MOA Arena slate at 4:45 pm.

The likes of Reuben Te Rangi and Flynn Delaney are expected to again pace the balanced Tall Blacks, while former PBA import Rondae-Hollis Jefferson will once again be a literal driving force for the Falcons with support from Ahmad Dwairi and Freddy Ibrahim.

Greece vs USA

USA Basketball ran circles around a hapless Greece side without NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to the tune of a 109-81 beatdown, securing a 2-0 record in Group C and nearing a second-round berth.

Crowd favorite Austin Reaves led the balanced attack with 15 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals off the bench, while Anthony Edwards and Jalen Brunson each scored 13 – the latter on a perfect 5-of-5 clip.

Former NBA player Giorgios Papagiannis paced the loss with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Giannis’ older brother Thanasis was held to just 2 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes.


Greece will certainly miss two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a little bit harder on Monday night as it faces USA Basketball at the 8:40 pm main event.

Giannis’ older brother Thanasis and the likes of Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgios Papagiannis will have their hands full trying to contain the all-NBA American squad, which is led by crowd favorite Austin Reaves and former No. 1 picks Paolo Banchero and Anthony Edwards.

China vs South Sudan

South Sudan brushed off its earlier World Cup heartbreak and finally won its first-ever game in the quadrennial showpiece with an 89-69 blowout of struggling China.

Chicago Bulls guard Carlik Jones carried the offense anew with 21 points and 6 assists after a record 35-point, 11-dime World Cup debut, while Kyle Anderson bounced back from a scoreless opener albeit in another loss with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.

READ: Luol Deng hailed the ‘heart and soul’ as South Sudan nails first-ever FIBA World Cup win


Victims of varied styles of losses in their opening World Cup matches, South Sudan and China are set to vent ire on each other by 4 pm at the Araneta Coliseum.

After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Puerto Rico in their first-ever World Cup game, super scorer Carlik Jones and NBA player Wenyen Gabriel are tasked to spark the rally past the hurting Chinese, who are led by seething NBA starter Kyle Anderson coming off a horrific scoreless debut against mighty Serbia.

Puerto Rico vs Serbia

World No. 6 Serbia once again found no trouble dispatching another group phase foe, pummeling Puerto Rico, 94-77, for a 2-0 record and a likely second-round berth.

Atlanta Hawks veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic and Miami Heat prospect Nikola Jovic conspired on offense in the win, each scoring 17 points while holding former NBA player Tremont Waters to just 9 points on 3-of-13 shooting with 9 assists over at the losing side.


World No. 6 Serbia looks to keep its momentum high after a 42-point whipping of China with another dominant showing against No. 20 Puerto Rico at 8 pm.

NBA players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nikola Jovic are bound to keep going amid a well-balanced Serbian system, while ex-NBA role player Tremont Waters will likely carry another heavy offensive load for the Puerto Ricans after a 43-minute marathon against South Sudan.



Cape Verde def. Venezuela, 81-75. (Betinho Gomes – 22 points, Edy Tavares – 6 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, David Cubillan – 15 points)

Slovenia def. Georgia, 88-67. (Luka Doncic – 34 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists)


Ivory Coast def. Iran, 71-69. (Nisre Zouzoua – 17 points, Behnam Yakhchali – 19 points)

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