Turkey finished the September World Cup Qualifiers Window with a 2/2 score after beating Slovenia 86 – 77 in Ljubljana thanks to the fiery duo of Furkan Korkmaz and Scottie Wilbekin. Korkmaz finished with a game-high 24 points (5/8 3-pointers) plus five rebounds and three steals in 33:30 minutes. … Apart from Korkmaz, Osman chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The U.S. is another step closer to qualifying for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Frank Mason III scored 16 points and the U.S. beat Uruguay 114-57 on Friday night in the Americans’ first game of the second round of qualifying for next year’s World Cup. The Americans took command with a 15-0 run late in the first quarter, and finished the game shooting 61 percent.
Dwayne Bacon and Henry Ellenson each scored 10 points for the U.S. … Reggie Hearn (sprained ankle) did not play, but the Americans are hopeful he can play Monday at Panama. … The U.S. scored exactly 28 points in each of the first, second and third quarters. … All 11 Americans who played scored.
Croatia was in dire need of a win in front of their home crowd to escape the sixth spot of its World Cup Qualifiers Group but it was Lithuania that got the 84 – 83 win in Osijek. … Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 22 points (6/17 shots) for Croatia while Darius Saric added 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists, Kurnoslav Simon scored 16 and grabbed five rebounds and Ivica Zubac had 11 points for Croatia.
With four players scoring in double figures, Turkey beat Montenegro 79 – 69 and improved its Group I record to 6-2 to retain the second spot that leads to the World Cup. Cedi Osman scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova notched 17 points and eight rebounds in less than 20 minutes while Semih Erden had 16 points. Furkan Korkmaz contributed 15 points (4/6 threes) plus five rebounds.