TASS, September 13. The men’s team of Spain in basketball in overtime beat team Australia with a score of 95:88 in the semi-finals of the world Cup of basketball. The meeting was held in Beijing.
To determine the winner in addition to the four quarters it took to play two overtimes. The most productive player of the meeting was the Australian Patrick mills (34 points), Spaniards have the most points scored by Marc Gasol (33). The leader in rebounds was Australian Nick Kay (11), his teammate Joe Ingles one less. 12 assists did Ricky Rubio, also on account of his four steals.
Later Friday in the other semifinal match, the Argentines will play against the French. The final and the match for third place will be held on Sunday in Beijing. Saturday will be the matches for fifth (between Serbia and the Czech Republic) and seventh place (between the teams of USA and Poland), both meetings will also be held in Beijing.
In the group stage, the Aussies and the Spaniards have not suffered a single defeat in the quarterfinal matches of the Spanish team was stronger than the team of Poland (90:78), team Australia – team of the Czech Republic (82:70). Previous victory in overtime in the semifinals of the world Championships (now called world Cup) was won by the national team of Yugoslavia over Greece in 1998 (78:73). At the tournament the Yugoslavs in the final, defeated the Russian team (64:62).
The Australian team for the first time in history will play in the match for third place at the world Championships. The Australians in 12th time participating in the world Cup earlier, their highest achievement was fifth place at the tournament in 1982 and 1994. The second time the Spaniards reached the final of the world championship, they also the 12th time playing at the world Championships, in 2006 the Spanish national team became the winner of the tournament.