With the first round of FIBA basketball coming to an end, it’s clear that Team France was able to fend off the competition from Group G from taking the first seed. They got a huge win against the Dominican Republic with a dominating performance, 90-56.
Furthermore, not only was France able to move on to the next round, but Team France is the only team with a Orlando Magic player that was able to move on to the next round. Evan Fournier is the only Orlando player left in FIBA play. This compares to the other three teams with Magic players. Nikola Vucevic of Montenegro, Al-Farouq Aminu of Nigeria and Khem Birch of Canada are no longer player. Neither of those teams were able to move on to the next round. They were all stuck in either the third or fourth seed of each of their groups.
The second round, or second group stage, will begin this upcoming Saturday. This game will have Team France playing against Team Lithuania. That will be followed by another game the following Monday against Team Australia.
Format of FIBA World Cup
Like the NBA Playoffs, FIBA has set up its competition to have the team with the most wins move on to the next round; however, it has the added benefit of allowing the second seeded team of the prior round to move on as well. To put it simply, while France may have placed first in Group G, and the Dominican Republic was placed second, both teams can move on to the second round.
Another thing to take notice is that, while the first round had groups labelled A – H, the second round has the groups labelled I – L, signifying how the competition will get more difficult for teams that aim to reach the final round.
Catch Team France compete against Team Lithuania Saturday 8 AM EST.
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