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BARCELONA --- Turkey forward Emir
Preldzic made his second of two last-minute
3-pointers only 5 seconds from the finish to
stun Australia 65-64 at the Basketball World
Cup yesterday, sending the reigning silver
medalists into the quarterfinals.
Australia was winning by five points with
a minute to go when Preldzic struck from long
range. And after Australia lost the ball for a
shot clock violation, Preldzic let the final sec-
onds wind down before unleashing another
3-pointer under duress to snatch the win in
Preldzic and guard Sinan Guler had 16 points
each to lead the Turks. San Antonio Spur for-
ward Aron Baynes scored 15 for Australia, which
had led by 12 points in the third period.
Turkey will play Lithuania on Wednesday
after Jonas Valanciunas scored eight of his 22
points in the fourth quarter as Lithuania held
on to beat New Zealand 76-71.
In Madrid, guard Bogdan Bogdanovic made
four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to help
Serbia rout Greece 90-72.
Serbia will meet the winner of the other
round-of-16 game between South American
powers Argentina and Brazil to be played later
Greece needed a wild card invitation to
compete in Spain, but it had appeared to re-
establish its credentials as a perennial medal
contender by winning all five games to claim
first place in its group to reach this first knock-
But Serbia led throughout except when
Greece managed to edge ahead by a point
late in the second quarter, and the Greeks
imploded in the fourth period, falling behind
by as much as 20.
Milwaukee Bucks center Miroslav Raduljica
added 16 points for the Serbs, while Milos
Teodosic scored 13 more.
RIETI --- American sprinter Justin Gatlin fin-
ished the season undefeated by winning the
100 metres in 9.83 seconds at the IAAF world
challenge meeting yesterday.
Gatlin won all 18 races he entered this year.
"My season ends now. I need to rest," Gatlin
said. "The crowd gave me a lot of energy."
Two finals were held and former world record
holder Asafa Powell won the first in 9.90.
Powell, who is returning from a doping ban,
set a then world record of 9.74 seconds in Rieti
In Gatlin s final, Jamaica s Nesta Carter was
the runner-up in 10.07 and Christophe Lemaitre
of France took third in 10.15.
In the high jump, Bohdan Bondarenko edged
fellow Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko, 2.36 metres
to 2.25, for the 10th consecutive time.
Gatlin ends season
Turkey's late surge stuns Australia
Guard Nick Calathes paced Greece with 14 points.
The first half between the two traditional European
powers did not disappoint.
Both moved the ball with precision and shot high
percentages of almost 60 per cent from 2-point range
in an impressive 20 minutes of basketball.
After drawing level several times, Nikos Zsis hit a
3-pointer to put Greece ahead for the first and only
time with 1:02 left in the second period.
Serbia reclaimed the initiative immediately when
Raduljica scored inside and Nikola Kalinic drove baseline
to slam the ball and pick up a foul, letting him convert
the 3-point play for a 46-42 lead at halftime.
Serbia then dominated the second half, turning what
had been an evenly matched contest into a blowout.
Back in Barcelona, Lithuania lined up to observe the
Tall Blacks ceremonial "haka," and then went to work
overpowering New Zealand with its taller inside play-
ers.But guard Corey Webster, who finished with 26
points, spurred New Zealand s rally from 15 points
down to take a one-point lead when Lithuania went
scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quar-
ter.Valanciunas answered by making four free throws
and two inside baskets for the reigning bronze medalists.
The Toronto Raptors centre also pulled in 13 rebounds
and blocked three shots, while guard Martynas Pocius
chipped in with 11 points.
"Jonas played really well and that s what we expected,"
said Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas. "He has gotten
stronger and has more experience. Now he respects
his opponents even more and knows the price of every
In other quarterfinals, the United States plays Slovenia
in Barcelona tomorrow, and Spain faces France in
Madrid on Wednesday.
New Zealand's Mika Vukona, right, holds the ball
during Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match
between New Zealand and Lithuania at the Palau
Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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