Day 2: World Championship updates on Splitter, de Colo and Javtokas

It’s day two of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey as the preliminary rounds continue.

Today Lithuania, France and Brazil played which mean Robertas Javtokas, Nando de Colo and Tiago Splitter were in action for their respective countries. This also meant San Antonio Spurs fans were keeping an eye out on these players seeing how they all have been drafted by the Spurs.

Here are their performances from day two.

Javtokas:

Lithuania took on Canada and barely got the win 70-68. Javtokas played four minutes and had one turnover and did not score.

de Colo:

After a stunning win against Spain, France took on Lebanon. Hoping to shake off his horrible showing against Spain, de Colo looked much better.

He got the start and immediately was looking to push the ball for France. He was finding the open player and scored his first points at the World Championship with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.

At the end of the first de Colo scored five points.

After a long delay in the second quarter due to a Nicolas Batum dunk which caused the rim to break, de Colo saw a bit more action. He got to the line and nailed a pair of free-throws. At the half he scored seven points.

In the second half, de Colo continued to look great. He lead France in the third quarter scoring seven points, helping the team put away Lebanon early.

He finished the game with 14 points, shot 44% from the field, 33% from the three-point line, went 4-4 from the free-throw line, had two assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes of play. France remains undefeated at 2-0 and beat Lebanon, 86-59.

Splitter:

After scoring 13 points for Brazil against Iran and having his hands full defending Iran’s big man Hamed Haddadi, Splitter and Brazil took on Tunisia.

Splitter got the start for Brazil and looked to be aggressive on the block. He drew contact from the Tunisian defender and went to the line and made both free-throws. Splitter showed great all around foot-work and a great back to the basket moves as in one play he faked left, pivoted to the right for his signature left-handed hook.

Splitter also showed tremendous hustle in the first quarter as he dove out of bounds to try to save the ball. Though Spurs fans may have cringed to see him dive head first.

In the second quarter, he did not play much ad checked into the game late.

The Tunisian defenders were physical with Splitter and he even drew an occasional double-team to keep him from rebounding the ball.

At the end of the first half, Splitter had eight points.

In the third quarter he did not play much. Tunisia was throwing a double-team at Splitter. He picked up two fouls and sat for most of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Splitter shined for Brazil. Right away he went to work displaying low post moves and his jump hook in the lane. His hook-shot is very accurate and his foot work is very developed.

Brazil remains undefeated at 2-0 and gets the win over Tunisia, 80-65. Splitter finished with 16 points, shot 60% from the field, was 4-4 from the free-throw line, four rebounds, three turnovers and one steal in 23 minutes of play.

Splitter and Brazil will next face Team USA tomorrow.

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