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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – September 1 games

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HIGHLIGHTS: FIBA World Cup 2023 – September 1 games


The first day of September offers basketball fans the first real look at top contender showdowns as the 2023 FIBA World Cup second round rolls along with the likes of USA and Serbia at the lead

MANILA, Philippines – At the turn of the calendar, the 2023 FIBA World Cup shifts its attention to the first real challenges of top title contenders – each with their own increasingly difficult paths to success.

Mighty USA Basketball is again at the forefront of the packed game slate on Friday, September 1, with many other elite teams also hogging a share of the spotlight.

USA vs Montenegro

All-NBA USA powered its first real challenge of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, downing gutsy Montenegro, 85-73, after surprisingly trailing at the half.

NBA All-Star Anthony Edwards led the win anew with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting, while crowd favorite Austin Reaves made a living at the free throw line with 12 points on 9-of-11 charity shots.

Montenegrin top star Nikola Vucevic again lived up to his billing with an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double.


So far, all-NBA USA has been unbothered with the level of competition in the World Cup, but underrated Montenegro hopes to change that perception at 4:40 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Armed at the head with Chicago Bulls star Nikola Vucevic, the Montenegrins rally on for an upset against an in-sync American lineup led by the likes of crowd favorites Anthony Edwards, Austin Reaves, and Josh Hart.

Lithuania vs Greece

Lithuania punched its ticket to the quarterfinals as it took down Greece, 92-67. 

After trailing by 4 points at halftime, 39-43, the Lithuanians turned on the jets in the second half and outscored the Greeks, 53-24, to remain undefeated in the tournament at 4-0. 

Rokas Jokubaitis led the charge for Lithuania with 19 points, while Ignas Brazdeikis added 18.


Underdog Greece continues its steep climb to the top at 8:30 pm, as it takes on world No. 8 Lithuania in its first second-round test.

The likes of Giorgios Papagiannis, Kostas Papanikolaou, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo will scrap and claw for each point against an imposing Lithuanian frontline of Jonas Valanciunas, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, and Donatas Motiejunas.

Serbia vs Italy

Italy pulled off World Cup stunner at the Araneta Coliseum, downing Serbia in a 78-76 escape despite trailing by as many as 16 in the third quarter.

Utah Jazz rising star Simone Fontecchio bucked two straight subpar shooting games with a 30-point explosion on 11-of-15 shooting, while captain Luigi Datome scored all his points in a crucial 10-0 run that erased Italy’s double-digit deficit for good entering the fourth quarter.

Bogdan Bogdanovic paced the heartbreaking loss with 18 points, but only shot a horrendous 1-of-13 from three.


World powers collide to open the Araneta Coliseum game slate as world No. 6 Serbia and No. 10 Italy clash at 4 pm.

All-around guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and NBA prospect Nikola Jovic aim to continue their stellar play against a harmonious Italian rotation led by rising star forward Simone Fontecchio, stretch big Nicolo Melli, and tenacious floor general Marco Spissu.

Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico survived a slugfest against Dominican Republic, hacking out a 102-97 victory as the stars of both squads put on a show.

Former NBA guard Tremont Waters powered the Puerto Ricans with 37 points, 21 coming from beyond the arc, on top of 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. 

NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns also dropped a huge double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Dominicans.

Both teams leveled with 3-1 records.


Backed by strong fan bases even on the other side of the world, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico cap off the night with what promises to be an intriguing 8 pm showdown.

NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns is the obvious head of the snake for the spirited Dominican charge with the likes of sharpshooting Andres Feliz and Lester Quinones flanking the sides, while former NBA guard Tremont Waters and bruising center Ismael Romero anchor the Puerto Rican bid.

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