Six in, six out on Day 4 of the Basketball World Cup
As Day 4 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup finished on Tuesday, we have six teams to congratulate for making it to the next stage and another six to bid farewell to for failing to enter the next stage.
Group E: USA in, Japan out
As dangerous as their win was over Turkey (93-92) on Tuesday night, USA claimed their second consecutive victory which ensured that they will make it out this group, and probably as No. 1.
Turkey and Czech Republic remained hopeful for joining USA but the only way for eight of them to do that is to defeat each other in the game on Wednesday. Judging by their performance in the game against the defending champion, Turkey may be surer of success.
Japan, on the other hand, are not so lucky. Having lost their first two games, the team may only play for honor in their last game in this group against USA.
Group F: Bye Montenegro and be careful Greece
Brazil shocked half of the world by becoming the first team to make it out of Group F, after they defeated Greece 79-78 on Tuesday. Their victory left Greece and New Zealand in a cutthroat situation – only the winner of Thursday's game will be able to make it to the next stage.
Montenegro did not do well in their World Cup debut and they have a lot to reflect on, perhaps starting with why they could not find a guard who could pass the ball to the hands of Nikola Vucevic.
Group G: Maybe it's hard to believe, but Germany have been knocked out
France making the next stage should not come as any surprise, just like the Dominican Republic joining them should surprise you. Their success was built on the failure of Germany who only lost to France by four points (78-74) and to the Dominican Republic by two points (70-68).
As for Jordan, the team gave you a little hope when lost to the Dominican Republic by only four points (80-76) but that hope was gone when France smashed them 103-64.
Group H: Canada die in 'Group of Death'
Though it would not be a surprise to see Lithuania, Australia or Canada eliminated from this group, the way Canada lost their two games was still quite hard to accept. The team played like a motley crowd who suddenly collapsed with no reason and NBA champion coach Nick Nurse didn't seem to be able to do anything about it.
Lithuania and Australia will decide which team will be the top team of Group H on Thursday.