Hosts light up FIBA World Championship

In Brno the following teams are playing in the preliminary round of the FIBA World Championship for Women:

Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Mali, Russia and Spain.

 Czech Republic players listening to Luboš Blažek at the 2010 Fiba World Championship for Women © FIBA

The Czech Republic gave the home fans something to cheer about after beating Argentina in their opening game at the 2010 World Championship.

The Czech Republic dominated the early play and were leading (31-15) with four minutes to play until the break.

Argentina then silenced the crowd with a late spurt 10-2 to go into the interval trailing by just 8 points (25-33).

Luboš Blažek, the coach from the Czech Republic, calmed his players during the interval for his side to finish the third quarter with a 12-0 run to take a 17-point advantage (48-31) going into the final quarter.

Argentina were unable to come back again. So the hosts went to win (67-53) with Eva Vitecková, and and Jana Veselá scoring 16 and 14 points each.

In the other game in Group D, Russia made light work of Japan (83-68) despite the efforts of Yoko Oga with 23 points.

Russia made their height advantage count as they won the battle of the rebounds 62-28 and picked up a total of 28 second-chance points.

Irina Osipova led the Russian attack with 18 points while Becky Hammon dished out 4 assists.

Japan 63-86 Russia
Czech Republic 67-53 Argentina

In Group C Korea beat Brazil (61-60) with Ji Yoon Kim becoming the hero of the day with the game winning basket with about six seconds left to play.

Brazil still had enough time to save the game, but a slip by Erika Cristina De Souza Machado ended their chance of completing the last play.

Carlos Colinas, the coach from Brazil, expected a tough game and was just happy that the following day would be another day.

In the other game in this Group Spain crushed Mali (80-36). However all eyes were on Spanish newcomer Sancho Lyttle who became Spanish earlier this year. She did not disappoint with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.


Korea 61-60 BrazilMali 36-80 Spain

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Date created: 23 September 2010

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