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World Champion Basketball Action: First Teams Eliminated - 2002-09-01


The first teams have been eliminated from the World Basketball Championships in the mid-western U.S. state of Indiana.

Algeria, Canada, Lebanon and Venezuela are the first teams to be knocked out of the tournament. Germany easily ousted Algeria, 102-70. Defending champion Yugoslavia eliminated Canada, 87-71. Turkey ended Lebanon's run, 107-80. Russia avoided elimination by knocking out Venezuela, 86-69.

Argentina came up with a big 112-85 victory over New Zealand. The South American squad looked strong despite the emotions head coach Ruben Magnano said his team had before tip off.

"They went into the game with a lot of anxiety, especially after the game yesterday Friday that Argentina won against Russia," he said.

The United States struggled in the first half before beating China, 84-65. Still, U.S. coach George Karl liked his team's performance.

"We were tested, being down 10 or 12 points early in the game. And then defensively we just decided to play basketball. It was not one of our best offensive games. But I think my team gave great effort, great intensity, and just slowly wore, I think, the Chinese players out," he said.

In other play, Spain was an 88-55 winner over Angola. Brazil topped Puerto Rico, 90-86.