FIBA: United States uses dominant fourth quarter to top Turkey

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Bilbao, Spain (4E Sports) – In the second day of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, United States defeated Turkey in a rematch of the 2010 world championship tilt.

Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets led the Americans with an all-around game scoring 22 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks.

Helping the “Manimal” was Anthony Davis who chipped in 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and added two steals and two blocks.

Cenk Akyol was the leading scorer for Turkey with 12 points.

The United States pulled away from their 2010 rivals with a 63-37 scoring blast in the second half.

In another Group C game, Shawn Huff scored 23 points to lead a comeback by Finland after a devastating loss against the United States, topplingUkraine 81-76.

France notched its first win in Group A as they escape a close-one against Serbia, 74-73.

Asian contenders Iran suffered another beatdown after Brazil turned the scoring up in the second and third quarters to get the victory, 79-50.

Host country Spain, led by Serge Ibaka’s 18 points, cruised to their second win, 91-54 against Egypt.

In Group B, Senegal won their first game behind Gorgui Dieng’s 18 points and 13 rebounds, beating Puerto Rico 82-75.

Meanwhile, Philippines was handed its second straight defeat after falling against Greece 82-70.

In Group D, the Dragic brothers (Goran and Zoran) combined for 40 points to lift Slovenia pass Mexico and get their second win, 89-68.

Lithuania also opened their campaign at 2-0 after handing Angola their first setback, 75-62.

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