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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Spain and Argentina prove their potential with important victories

Group B: Proving that they are world class players, Juan Carlos Navarro and Jose Calderon made 39 points to help Spain get a 92-71 victory over Germany on Monday in the much-anticipated matchup of NBA frontcourt stars.

Indeed, Spain (3-0) and Paul Gasol, who plays for the NBA team Memphis Grizzlies, clinched a berth in the second round of the FIBA World Championship with the triumph.

According to the statistics, Spain shot 61% (11-for-18) from three-point range to beat Germany (2-1) and their main star, Dirk Nowitzki. We must remember that he led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals last season.

Paul Gasol was limited to seven minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but Calderon, who had 20 points, and Navarro were too quick for the German guards. Germany starters Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene both picked up their fourth fouls early in the third quarter.

It's important to say that the Group D, which includes the United States, and Group C were off Monday.

Group A: Walter Herrmann scored 25 points for Argentina (3-0), and the reigning Olympic gold medalists advanced to the second round with a 96-54 win against Venezuela. WE must mention that } Andres Nocioni left the game with seven minutes left in the third quarter when he landed awkwardly on his ankle. Herrmann scored seven straight points late in the fourth quarter as Argentina took a 94-44 lead. Richard Lugo had 15 points for Venezuela (1-2).

And in the other game of the group, Serbia and Montenegro defeated Lebanon. Darko Milicic was 8-for-11 from the field and netted 20 points to lead defending champion Serbia and Montenegro (1-2) to a 104-57 triumph over Lebanon. Serbia and Montenegro lost its first two games of the tournament to France and Nigeria. Fadi El Khatin had 12 points on 3-for-14 shooting for Lebanon (1-2), which shot 32% (19-for-60).

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