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    Default Quarter-finalist: Puerto Rico (1-2)

    Peter John Ramos (14.7 points, 6.0 rebounds) as Puerto Rico’s best player… who would have guessed? More was expected from José Juan Barea (11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists). ALBA Berlin’s executives are certainly pleased with Nathan Peavy performances: 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Alexander Galindo put up a show against Lithuania (17 points, 6 rebounds) and “high-flying” Alexander Franklin dunked his way into basketball fans’ hearts. Daniel Santiago (2.16, 1976) was still very useful as a backup center: 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds.

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    Smile See you in London: Russia (4-0)

    Arguably, Russia was the tournament’s best team and Andreï Kirilenko (16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.25 steals) the MVP. Khimki’s Vitaly Fridzon (14.5 points) and Sergey Monya (8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists) provided consistent perimeter scoring. Russians are praying that Timofey Mozgov’s stays healthy; Sasha Kaun (12.5 points, but only 4.3 rebounds) can’t be Russia’s only center in London. Viktor Khryapa (8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.00 steals) keeps doing all the little things that make a coach happy. Not since Sergey Bazarevich had Russia such a genious/unreasonable/electric/turnover-prone point-guard as Alexey Shved (10.5 points, 5.0 assists), who had an outstanding game against Nigeria (22 points, 6 assists).

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    Smile See you in London: Lithuania (3-1)

    An immense Jonas Maciulis (11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists) was instrumental in Lithuania’s qualifications. Surprisingly, Mantas Kalnietis (9.8 points, 7.0 assists) established himself as starting point-guard. Center Donatas Motiejunas will be missed in London: Nigeria’s frontcourt feasted upon Robertas Javtokas (2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds) and Darius Songaila (4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds). Martynas Pocius (11.5 points, 1.75 steals) better with Lithuania than with Real Madrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRS Bonnet View Post
    Martynas Pocius (11.5 points, 1.75 steals) better with Lithuania than with Real Madrid.
    Naturally. Players are supposed to elevate their games when playing with and against elite competition at the national team level.

    Last edited by Hepcat; 09-04-2012 at 03:41 PM.

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