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As the United States suffers its first defeat, Canada kicks Basketball World Cup hosts Spain out

<p>On Sunday, Canada eliminated Spain, the reigning champion, from the Basketball World Cup, while Italy, Serbia, and Latvia, the tournament’s breakout star, all progressed to the quarterfinals.</p>
<p>Despite the fact that both teams, along with Germany and Slovenia, had already qualified, the United States suffered their first defeat of the competition at the hands of Lithuania.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-160104″ src=”×527.jpg” alt=” shikshak divas in history significance and key details for teachers day in 2023 do” width=”1477″ height=”1038″ srcset=”×527.jpg 750w,×539.jpg 768w,×105.jpg 150w, 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 1477px) 100vw, 1477px” title=”As the United States suffers its first defeat, Canada kicks Basketball World Cup hosts Spain out 3″></p>
<p>In the round of eight, the US will play Italy, while Lithuania will play Serbia, Germany will play Latvia, and Slovenia will play Canada.</p>
<p>As the two top-placed teams from the Americas, along with the United States, Canada, and Brazil, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil all failed to qualify for the Paris Olympics.</p>
<p>With three victories each, Spain and Canada breezed through the group round, but when the second round began, both teams suffered shocking losses.</p>
<p>That prepared them for a winner-takes-all head-to-head matchup in Jakarta, where Canada emerged victorious 88-85.</p>
<p>The game’s leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who ended with 30 points, remarked, “Our group wanted it a little bit more.”</p>
<p>We were prepared to go above and above because we were aware of what was at risk, he added.</p>
<p>Spain led by two points at the conclusion of the third quarter and by ten points at the half, but Canada stormed back.</p>
<p>Gilgeous-Alexander scored 13 points in the crucial fourth quarter, while teammate Dillon Brooks chipped in with 22 total points.</p>
<p>Jordi Fernandez, the head coach of Canada, referred to his players as “the definition of a winning team.”</p>
<p>We weren’t simply here for the Olympics, he continued.</p>
<p>We want to make sure that everyone is aware of our presence and our want for more by pounding on the door.</p>
<p>Sergio Scariolo, the head coach of Spain, said that he “couldn’t be prouder” of his squad but bemoaned their inability to thwart Gilgeous-Alexander.</p>
<p>It’s true that floor leadership is important in all four quarters, he remarked.</p>
<p>“We had to know that things could happen when the opponent is an NBA All Star and he’s handling it that way,” said the coach.</p>
<p>– Latvia’s ultimate race –</p>
<p>Latvia defeated Brazil 104-84 to go with Canada to the quarterfinals.</p>
<p>In its World Cup debut, Latvia has already defeated Spain and France, the silver medalists from the Tokyo Olympics.</p>
<p>Luca Banchi, the squad’s head coach, said after yet another outstanding performance that his team “no longer needs a coach.”</p>
<p>The Italian remarked, “They are strong, aware, and precise, bringing more and more confidence into the competition.</p>
<p>“We can adjust, they understand what I’m asking when we discuss options, and they are aware of the approach that works.”</p>
<p>To go to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998, Italy defeated Puerto Rico 73-57.</p>
<p>Gianmarco Pozzecco, the head coach and a former member of the Italian team, claimed to have “12 lions on the court” throughout the game.</p>
<p>“I asked them before the game if they wanted to continue, and they answered on the court,” he said.</p>
<p>Serbia rebounded from an unexpected loss to Italy in their last game by defeating the Dominican Republic 112-79 to progress.</p>
<p>After defeating the US 110-104, Lithuania became the last undefeated team left in the competition, handing the Americans their first loss.</p>
<p>A ferocious US comeback in the second half was unable to overcome a Lithuanian squad that made all nine of its first-chance three-pointers.</p>
<p>The Americans will need to get out to a faster start in the quarterfinals, according to US head coach Steve Kerr.</p>
<p>We needed to experience this, he said, “and we needed to respond. We have to start the next game the way we did in the second half.”</p>
<p>“We cannot begin the game slowly at all. I’m hopeful that we can learn from this and go on.</p>
<p>In a matchup between two teams that had previously advanced to the quarterfinals, Germany defeated Slovenia 100-71.</p>
<p>Australia defeated Georgia 100-84 and Montenegro defeated Greece 73-69 in matches between eliminated teams.</p>

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