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The 18th edition of the FIBA World Cup is officially underway across the People's Republic of China with two Cavaliers already leading their respective countries to a pair of victories in the early portion of group play. On Sunday, Wine & Gold guard Matthew Dellavedova and Team Australia rolled by Team Canada with a 108-92 victory in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan. Delly posted a monster performance, leading both teams with 24 points while also tallying five dimes and five boards in 28 minutes of action. Cleveland swingman Cedi Osman had a rock-solid game himself, posting 12 points in Turkey's 86-67 win against Rui Hachimura and Team Japan.
Heading into group play, Australia made waves with a 98-94 victory over Team USA in a World-Cup tune-up game on Saturday, August 24. The win was the Boomers' first-ever against the Americans, which snapped the United States' 78-game winning streak in international competition.
The Aussies continued their winning ways on Sunday morning, topping Team Canada, 108-92, at the Dongguan Basketball Center in Dongguan. Dellavedova's game-high 24 points was just one of six double-digit scoring performances for the Boomers. Delly's teammate, Chris Golding, finished second in scoring with 16 points while Spurs point guard Patty Mills tallied 15. Joe Ingles (13), Andrew Bogut (12) and Aron Baynes (10) rounded out Australia's double-digit scoring. Bogut also led his squad with nine rebounds while Ingles finished with nine assists.
For Canada, Khem Birch of the Orlando Magic led his squad with 18 points followed by Cory Joseph's 16 and Kevin Pangos' 14. Pangos also dished out eight assists in his squad's loss.
Australia will continue their World Cup play with a meeting against Senegal on Tuesday morning while Canada looks to rebound against Lithuania.
After throwing down a couple awesome performances in last summer's World Cup Qualifiers, Cavs swingman Cedi Osman has been looking forward to once again showcasing his skills on the world stage. On Sunday morning, he barely skipped a beat after helping Turkey take care of Team Japan with an 86-67 drubbing at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.
In just over 22 minutes of action, the First Cedi scored 12 points and tallied an assist and rebound alongside a pair of fellow NBAers - Ersan Ilyasova and Furkan Korkmaz. Milwaukee's Ilyasova registered a double-double performance for the Turks with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Philly's Korkmaz finished with 10 points. Melih Mahmutoglu of Fenerbahçe SK (Turkish Basketball Super League) also had a strong game with 17 points and three rebounds.
At the other end of the court, Washington Wizards 2019 Draft pick Rui Hachimura tied Nick Fazekas for a team-high 15 points in the loss. Yuta Watanabe of the Memphis Grizzlies and Daiki Tanaka rounded out Japan's double-digit scoring with 11 points apiece.
Cedi Osman and Team Turkey will look to build off Sunday's win on Tuesday morning when they take on Jayson Tatum and Team USA. Japan will try to bounce back as they face the Czech Republic.