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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – August 30 games

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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – August 30 games


USA takes on feisty Jordan in a no-frills 2023 FIBA World Cup prelim exhibition at the Mall of Asia Arena before the second round kicks off

MANILA, Philippines – The dust has settled for many sections of the 2023 FIBA World Cup group phase, with most teams already preparing for the second round or eyeing salvageable assignments in the classification phase like hosts Gilas Pilipinas and Japan.

The preliminaries, however, are still expected to end with a bang as USA Basketball still has one more no-bearing game on the docket for fans to simply enjoy.

USA vs Jordan

To the surprise of no one, mighty USA rolled over Jordan in a no-bearing Group C cruise, 110-62, to solidify its momentum heading to the second round.

NBA All-Star Anthony Edwards started strong for the American rally and finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in just 18 minutes, while Jordan’s “Kobe” Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tallied 20 points, 7 boards, 3 dimes, and 3 steals.


The Mall of Asia Arena will open its doors to a blockbuster affair at 4:40 pm as USA Basketball takes on Jordan in a no-frills fight for pride.

Fans will likely get to see bigger cuts of action for the American bench still loaded with young stars like Josh Hart, Cam Johnson, and Walker Kessler, while Jordan defaults on another Kobe Bryant-esque carry job from its own “Mamba,” World Cup No. 2 scorer Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Greece vs New Zealand

Greece leaned on a fiery second-half surge to complete an 83-74 come-from-behind win against New Zealand and punch its ticket to the second round. 

Ioannis Papapetrou went off for 27 points built on four treys, while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 20 markers for the Greeks, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the game.

Conversely to the USA-Jordan match, the 8:40 pm MOA main event will have all the stakes in play as Greece takes on New Zealand for the final Group C second-round berth.

Giorgios Papagiannis, Kostas Papanikolaou, and Thomas Walkup are expected to lead a Greek balanced attack similar to the way the Kiwis do it, with the likes of Izaya Le’afa and Finn Delaney pacing the gritty charge.

South Sudan vs Serbia

World No. 6 Serbia showed off its elite pedigree with a sound beatdown of No. 62 South Sudan, 115-83.

NBA prospect Nikola Jovic dropped a game-high 25 points on a perfect 9-of-9 clip and 5-of-5 from three, while veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 with 9 assists. Dut Jok Kacuol paced the loss with 21 points as World Cup No. 3 scorer Carlik Jones was held to just 3 points in 21 minutes.


One of the World Cup’s most lopsided matches on paper may just offer the most surprises at 4 pm as world No. 6 Serbia takes on No. 62 South Sudan.

Unreflective of its world rank, the Carlik Jones-led South Sudanese bring the pain to any foe in the way of its World Cup debut stint, which may very well spell unexpected trouble for Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Jovic, and the rest of the battle-tested Serbians still looking to formally clinch entry to the next round.

China vs Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico marched to the Round of 16 after easily dispatching China, 107-89, at the end of its first-round campaign in Group B. 

Tremont Waters unloaded 22 points and dished out 6 assists, while Ismael Romero dropped a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards.

China wound up winless as naturalized NBA player Kyle Anderson finished with just 9 points.


Puerto Rico seeks a simple entry to the second round at 8 pm against struggling China, a team in turn feverishly calculating the massive score margin needed to even stave off elimination.

For the Puerto Ricans, a win is all that’s needed by the Tremont Waters-led crew to formally boot a once-promising Chinese squad bannered by naturalized NBA player Kyle Anderson.

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