All according to plan

Apart from the USA, all teams are on an even keel in the men's basketball


The second round of the men's basketball tournament was held yesterday. The most interesting game of the day was between Argentina and France which ended in favor of the European team, 71-64. Manu Ginobili wasn't enough for the South Americans to sweep to victory, despite scoring 26 points. Among the French, an outstanding performance by another NBA player, Tony Parker, with 17 points and 5 assists. France, beaten by the USA in the first game, have now managed to catch up with Argentina, which had dominated Lithuania at the outset. The Lithuanians have bounced back from their bad start beating Nigeria 72-53. The USA have secured a victory against Tunisia 110-63 and are the only team left unbeaten in their group. In Group B, no problem whatsoever for Russia, led to victory by an excellent Kirilenko against China, 73-54. Spain, after struggling in the first quarter against Australia, nailed a victory 82-70, also thanks to the 20 points scored by Pau Gasol. No joy for Great Britain, which held its own in the first two quarters against Brazil, but was then defeated by a narrow margin, 67-62.