A solid team effort with moments of brilliance and some struggle during the third period, Argentina started off their World Championships campaign with a 80-70 win against a Tony PARKER-less France.
Manu GINOBILI, the top scorer with 25, was clinical from the start and helped out a lot also on defense.
Great game by Ruben WOLKOWYSKI and Andres NOCIONI (18 pts).
Next opponent will be the Lebanon who defeated Venezuela 82-75.
In the first major surprise of the tournament, Nigeria defeated Serbia and Montenegro 82-75 (same result as Lebanon vs. Venezuela). This result make Argentina the heavy favourite to win Group A and if Team USA does the same thing in their group, both teams can only meet in the final game (provided they both get there).
Other scores (at the time of writing):
USA 111 – 100 Puerto Rico
Brazil 77 – 83 Australia
Germany 81 – 70 Japan
Angola 83 – 70 Panama
Spain 86 – 70 New Zealand
Greece 84 – 64 Qatar
Slovenia 96- 79 Senegal