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The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 – August 25th – Day 1



By Paul Garwood

Basketball fans around the world are buzzing with excitement as the highly anticipated FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 kicks off on August 25th. This prestigious tournament brings together the best basketball players from nations across the globe, competing for glory on the court.

As the world eagerly tunes in to witness the exhilarating matchups and fierce competition, we delve into the action-packed Day 1 of the tournament, highlighting the standout games, standout players, and thrilling moments that set the stage for an unforgettable basketball extravaganza.

With AllNSportz as your guide, get ready to experience the high-level intensity and electrifying atmosphere of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Italy 81 – Angola 67

On Friday, in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 in the Philippines, Italy commenced their campaign on a promising note by defeating Angola 81-67 in their inaugural Group A encounter. Simone Fontecchio emerged as the highest scorer with 19 points. Italy’s upcoming challenge will be against Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Australia 98 – Finland 72

In the opening match of the FIBA World Cup, it was Patty Mills who spearheaded the victory for the Boomers, as they triumphed over Finland with a convincing 26-point win.

The game took place in Okinawa, where Australia managed to turn the tide by overcoming an initial deficit of eight points in the latter stages of the second quarter. Ultimately, they emerged victorious with an impressive score of 98-72.

Displaying exceptional skill and performance, Mills stood out with a remarkable 25-point contribution. Additionally, Josh Giddy showcased his prowess by finishing the game strongly, amassing 14 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

Montenegro 91 – Mexico 71

Montenegro secured a dominant 91-71 victory over Mexico, thanks to Nikola Vucevic’s exceptional offensive display. The star player of the Chicago Bulls scored an impressive 27 points by converting 11 out of 15 shots and securing 10 rebounds. Kendrick Perry also made a significant contribution with 16 points, including three successful three-pointers, while Nikola Ivanovic added another 14 points to the team’s tally.

Despite Mexico’s Pako Cruz leading his team with 16 points, their efforts fell short as they started the tournament with a disappointing 0-1 record.

Latvia 109 – Lebanon 70

During Latvia’s dominant victory of 109-70 against Lebanon, the notable presence of Thunder forward Davis Bertans was evident. Coming off the bench for Latvia, Bertans contributed 10 points, shooting 3-of-8, along with three rebounds. Notably, his performance included a successful 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.

It was Dairis Bertans, the brother of Davis, who emerged as the standout player for Latvia in this commanding 39-point triumph. Displaying exceptional accuracy, Dairis recorded 20 points on an impressive 7-of-8 shooting, accompanied by four assists, all accomplished within a mere 15 minutes of gameplay.

Dominican Republic 87 – Philippines 81

The Philippines contingent experienced a historic night as they hosted the 2023 FIBA World Cup for the first time. It was a resounding success, with a record-breaking attendance of 38,115 fans at the Philippine Arena.

Despite the overwhelming support from the predominantly Filipino crowd, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Dominican Republic emerged victorious with a hard-fought 87-81 win, leaving the home crowd silenced. Towns led his team with an impressive performance, contributing 26 points and 10 rebounds, with 15 of those points earned from free throws.

Germany 81 – Japan 63

In the inaugural match of the FIBA World Cup, Germany emerged victorious with a scoreline of 81-63 against Japan. The team was spearheaded by Moe Wagner, who showcased his prowess by registering an impressive 25 points and nine rebounds. Despite Franz Wagner suffering from an ankle sprain, he valiantly contributed with 10 points, six rebounds, and five assists in his inaugural appearance at the World Cup.

Lithuania 93 – Egypt 67

In Lithuania’s opening game, its victory was secured with ease as Margiris Normantas contributed 18 points within 18 minutes of play. The formidable Lithuanian team dominated on the boards, outrebounding Egypt by a significant margin of 53-34. Supporting the cause, Jonas Valanciunas showcased his skills with an impressive performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Elmantas Bendzius added another 10 points to the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s efforts were led by Assem Marel, who scored 14 points, and Amr El Gendy, who followed closely with 13 points. Anas Mahmoud contributed 11 points, while Ehab Amin rounded off their scoring with 10 points.

Canada 95 – France 65

Canada triumphed over France with a score of 95-65, led by Gilgeous-Alexander’s impressive performance of 27 points. Canada effectively dominated the third quarter, outscoring France 25-8, thereby transforming a close three-point game at halftime into a resounding victory. In addition, Kelly Olynyk contributed 18 points to Canada’s score. Meanwhile, Evan Fournier showcased his skills by scoring 19 out of his total 21 points in the first half for France, a team that had previously won all three of its World Cup encounters against Canada.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of Day 1 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The tournament is off to an exhilarating start, with teams showcasing their skills and competing at the highest level. As the tournament progresses, we will continue to provide in-depth analysis and updates on the most exciting moments and standout performances. Stay tuned for more thrilling basketball action as we witness the journey towards crowning the world champion. Let’s embrace the spirit of basketball and celebrate this global event together!

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