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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My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.
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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.

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