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Heading into Day 2 of FIBA World Cup action, Cavaliers Cedi Osman and Matthew Dellavedova were looking to build off their respective nations' hot starts in group play. Delly's Aussies did just that on Tuesday morning, knocking off Senegal, 81-68, for their second-straight victory. However, Cedi and Team Turkey weren't so lucky - falling to Team USA, 93-92, in OT. Despite the loss, the Turks now know they can hang with the world's best, which should give them confidence as they move into the latter stage of group play.
Following a monster performance which saw him score a game-high 24 points against Team Canada, Matthew Dellavedova lost some of his scoring sizzle against Senegal, but made up for it in both the rebound and assist categories. In total, the Wine & Gold guard netted six points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the 81-68 victory. Spurs guard Patty Mills led the Boomers in scoring this time around with 22 while Utah swingman Joe Ingles nearly netted a triple-double performance with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Phoenix big man Aron Baynes rounded out Australia's double-digit scoring efforts with 12 points.
For Senegal, Xane Dalmeida led his squad with 14 points while Maurice Ndour and Youssoupha Ndoye both finished with 13. Ndoye also posted 10 boards for a double-double performance.
Going forward, Team Australia will be looking for their third-straight "W" when they meet Team Lithuania on Thursday morning. Senegal will look to avoid going 0-3 in group play when they tipoff against Canada.
Cedi and Team Turkey came into Tuesday morning's duel with the United States looking to not only win their second-straight, but also upset the defending World Cup champs. While things didn't go as planned - USA came out victorious in overtime - Turkey played well enough for the rest of the WC field to take notice. In fact, five Turkish players score in double-digits, including Osman who improved on Sunday's 12-point outing with 15 this time around. The First Cedi also dished out four assists and grabbed a pair of rebounds in the loss. Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova led the squad with 23 points and 14 boards while Melih Mahmutoglu (18), Furkan Korkmaz (16) and Scott Wilbekin (12) all finished with double-digit scoring.
For the United States, six players scored in double figures, including Khris Middleton who finished with 15 points. Jayson Tatum, who left the game late with an ankle injury, tallied a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
As group play comes to an close this Thursday, Team Turkey will look to rebound from Tuesday's loss when they tipoff against the Czech Republic. The US will attempt to stay undefeated when they take on Team Japan.