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Douai Tournament 2008: first results

June 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The 22nd Douai World Tournament started yesterday evening but before the official opening, Team USA played an exhibition game against Adidas Nations Africa.

And it was Africa that defeated the USA in this first game 66-63. Team USA played reportedly without two of their announced top stars, Demar DeRozan and Tyreke Evans who only will arrive today.

On Day 1, Croatia destroyed Team USA while Lithunia had a short win over Israel in the group phase. Germany had a nice win against Turkey, a team they lost against in the Albert Schweitzer Tournament a few weeks ago. Erik Land was the top scorer for the Germans with 18pts. France had not too many problems to beat Team Africa where Mamadou Samb had a game high 30pts and 13rebs.

Day 2 saw a 3 point victory for Lithuania against Croatia while Team USA defeated Israel. This means that the Lithuanians are already qualified for the semi-finals. Team USA will play Israel on Friday in order to have a slight chance to advance to the  semi-finals in the case of a eventual defeat of Croatia against Israel. In the other group Germany defeated France and qualified a bit surprisingly for the semis. France and Turkey will most likely play a sort of a final in order to qualify for the last four on Friday evening.

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