FIBA World Championship 2010 Semifinals Results and Highlights – The finals are on this Sunday, September 12, 2010 and it is between the United States and host country Turkey. Team USA defeated Lithuania, 89-74 and Turkey defeated Serbia 83-82 in their respective semifinals games.
The FIBA World Championship 2010 semifinals had indeed been thrilling and full of suspense as expected particularly the game between Turkey and Serbia. It was Kerem Tunceri’s lay-up that made the difference. Turkey was down 82-81 with 4.3 second to play. Bogdan Tanjevic’s men inbounded the ball to Hedo Turkoglu, who lost control on the left wing, but Tunceri got to the ball first and was a step ahead of the defenders as he drove hard to the hole for the biggest basket of his career.
The game was indeed very close between the two and Serbia was left with 0.5 seconds in the game but the last attempt of the Serbians to snatch the win came to frustration when Novica Velickovic’s attempt was deflected as time ran out.
Team USA on the other hand was once again the starts as Kebin Durrant rallied with 38 points and 17 of that in the first quarter. It was a joyous September 11 for everyone, and a celebration worth the smiles and congratulations in coincidence with 9/11.
“To be playing in another country and playing for your country on a great day like this, which was tough for our country in 2001 when the towers fell, it’s truly an honor and a blessing,” said Durant to FIBA.com.
Team USA will not be in the FIBA World Championship Final for the first time since 1994. The team of the United States had none of the players from the gold-medal winning side at the Olympics but Kevin Durant and his team mates made the difference this time at the FIBA 2010.
They will be facing host team Turkey in a sure to be firmly contested and exciting game.
“To be in the gold medal game it’s truly an honor and a privilege,” Durant said. “We just have to go out there and play our hardest. We are looking forward to going out there and trying to bring the gold back to the US. It’s going to be a tough game for us no matter who we play but I think we are up for the challenge.”
Lithuania will face Serbia for the battle for third place.