Monday marked the final day of Second Round play at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup with one Quarter-Final spot up for grabs.
With the United States, Australia and France each securing spots in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday, three nations - Greece, the Czech Republic and Brazil - were vying for one final spot to keep their hopes of medalling alive.
High stakes mean high intensity and the action on Day 4 certainly lived up to that billing with plenty of excitement across the tournament.
If you missed any of the action, we had you covered with highlights, scores and more from Day 4 of the Second Round.
Lithuania 74, Dominican Republic 55
Having already lost twice in the tournament, Lithuania had been eliminated from advancing to the Quarter-Finals as both France and Australia had gotten out to perfect 4-0 starts to earn the top two spots in Group I.
While the game had no bearing on whether or not Lithuania would advance, the team still came to play as it never trailed and led by as many as 23 points in the wire-to-wire 19-point victory over the Dominican Republic.
Memphis Grizzlies centre Jonas Valanciunas led the way for Lithuania by posting a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double while shooting 66.7% from the field. As a team, Lithuania shot 30-for-54 (55.6%) while holding the Dominican Republic's National Team to just 33.9% shooting for the game.
.@JValanciunas 🇱🇹 is doing all sorts of things, because he is simply too good, @MKuzminskas wraps it up ⚡. #LietuvaGotGame #DOMLTU- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 9, 2019
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With the win, Lithuania closes the tournament with a 3-2 record and finishes third in Group I. As both Lithuania and the Dominican Republic advanced to the Second Round of this year's World Cup, each country has qualified for next summer's Olympic Qualifying Tournament with hopes of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Greece 84, Czech Republic 77
After losing to Brazil in the opening round of play and a loss to the United States in the Second Round, Greece was down but not completely out. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Greek National Team needed to defeat the Czech Republic by at least 12 points and hope that the United States could defeat Brazil later in the day to advance to the quarterfinals.
For the Czech Republic, its stunning win over Brazil meant that it could advance with a win or if it lost by a margin fewer than and Team USA earned a win over the Brazillian National Team hours later.
🇬🇷 @HellenicBF needed a 12-point victory to move past @CeskyBasketbal 🇨🇿 ! Now, the Czechs need a 🇺🇸 victory over 🇧🇷 and they are in the #FIBAWC Quarter-Finals!- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 9, 2019
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With Greece winning by just seven points, it was officially eliminated from advancing to the quarterfinal round while the Czech Republic's hopes hinged on Team USA's ability to defeat Brazil.
As for the game itself, Greece was led by 27 points, six rebounds and six assists from Nick Calathes, who sank five of his nine 3-point attempts while reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists but fouled out in 23 minutes of action.
Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky again flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the game while forward Jaromir Bohacik led the Czech scoring efforts with 25 points (on 8-15 shooting).
As the United States earned a victory over Brazil, the Czech Republic will advance to face Australia in the Quarter-Finals.
Australia 100, France 98
In one of the best games of the tournament, Australia (5-0) remained perfect as it earned a two-point win over France (4-1) to finish first in Group L.
It came down to the final moments as a free throw from Matthew Dellavedova with five seconds remaining in the game put the Aussies ahead for good as they would force a turnover on the ensuing possession.
While Dellavedova finished with a game-high nine assists to go along with six points and three rebounds, it was Spurs guard Patty Mills, Jazz forward Joe Ingles and Suns centre Aron Baynes that did the majority of the scoring for Australia.
.@Patty_Mills' the first 🇦🇺 player since 1998 to have scored 30+ points in a #FIBAWC game! #AustraliaGotGame@spurs @BasketballAus pic.twitter.com/SxwI7S1uU5- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 9, 2019
Mills, who has been on a tear throughout the tournament, scored a team-high 30 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field, Ingles finished with 23 points and Baynes added 21 points of his own in 27 minutes of action.
For France, it was Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier that led the way with a game-high 31 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Nando De Colo scored 26 points (on 11-16 shooting) and Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum finished with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Each team will move on to the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday with France taking on Team USA and Australia facing the Czech Republic.
United States 89, Brazil 73
Team USA heads to the Quarter-Finals with a perfect 5-0 record after earning a 16-point win that both eliminated Brazil and allowed the Czech Republic to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker and Indiana Pacers centre Myles Turner scored 16 points apiece to lead the Americans on Monday; Turner also grabbed eight rebounds while Walker dished out five assists. Jaylen Brown (11 points) and Harrison Barnes (10 points) each finished in double figures while Donovan Mitchell dished out a game-high seven assists while committing just one turnover.
As a team, the United States assisted on 21 of its 36 made field goals and shot 52.2% from the field for the game. Team USA led by as many as 21 points in the game and scored 19 points off of the 15 turnovers it forced.
😤 Defense leads to offense! #USABRA #USAGotGame- Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) September 9, 2019
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Brazil, who was led by 21 points from Vitor Benite, also saw former NBA players Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao each score 14 points apiece in the loss. After winning its first three games in China, Brazil ends its time at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a record of 3-2.
As mentioned earlier, Team USA's win paces the way for the Czech Republic to advance in the tournament. After finishing first in Group K, The United States National Team will take on France in the Quarter-Finals with the winner facing either Argentina or Serbia.
With the win, the U.S. has also secured its spot in the 2020 Olympics.
Officially official ✍️- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 9, 2019
The U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team will defend gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!#USABMNT x @TeamUSA x @Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/T7ajKh8HDx
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