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Friday, October 01, 2010

Another stunner in Karlovy Vary

First it was Russia falling to Belarus in the FIBA World Championship quarterfinals and now it was defending champion Australia going down to the host Czech Republic squad 79-68. Instead of the anticipated Russia/Australia semifinal, it will be Belarus against the Czech Republic. France and Spain are currently playing with the winner meeting the U.S. in the other semifinal. UPDATED AT 5:14: Spain rallied from a 9-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter and won 74-71 in overtime.

Australian stars Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor were a combined 5 for 30 and if not for the 22 points and 10 rebounds from 19-year-old Elizabeth Cambage, Australia might have lost by 30. I noticed that Mariana Tolo, who was so impressive in the exhibition against the U.S. during WNBA All-Star weekend did not play and I'm sure she was missed.

Eva Viteckova had 27 points and Hana Horakova added 21 for the Czech Republic. They combined for nine 3-pointers for the Czechs, which held Australia under 30 percent shooting for the field.

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