16-year-old Khaman Maluach of South Sudan scored a point and played 16 minutes in his side's 89-69 win over China on Monday, becoming one of the youngest-ever to play at the FIBA World Cup.
The six-foot-tall Maluach, who is widely considered a 2025 NBA draft pick, turns 17 next month. The only players younger than Maluach in World Cup history were Georges Lath of Ivory Coast (16 years 3 months in 1986) and Gao Ailun of China (16 years 9 months in 2010).
Outsiders like South Sudan and Cape Verde clinched victories on Monday and remain in contention for the second round. New Zealand and Ivory Coast also survived.
Five teams have already made it to the second round: Latvia, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and Lithuania. Eleven spots remain open while the Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo, France, retired on Sunday.
Chicago Bulls guard Carlik Jones scored 21 points as South Sudan defeated China in Manila, Philippines to record their first-ever World Cup win. Kuany Kuany scored 16 points for South Sudan (1-1), who had been ahead all along, shooting 15 of 30 from three-point range.
After a scoreless debut in the first game, Kyle Anderson, the Minnesota Timberwolves' sixth pick, was the best with 22 points for China (0-2), who lost their opener to Serbia 105-63.
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South Sudan meets Serbia in their last group game on Wednesday and China meets Puerto Rico.
USA 109, Greece 81
Austin Reaves scored 15 points and the US defeated Greece 109-81 on Monday in Manila, Philippines, earning a place in the second round.
Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards each scored 13 goals for the Americans (2-0), who have gone seven unbeaten games this summer. Brunson made all five of his shots, Bobby Portis had 10 points, and Josh Hart snagged 11 rebounds for the winning goal.
The win, combined with New Zealand's 95-87 overtime win over Jordan on Monday, secured the Americans a place in the second round. They finish Wednesday's group game against Jordan and then play Lithuania and Montenegro on Friday and Sunday – in a certain order.
Georgios Papagiannis led Greece (1-1) with 17 points.
Reaching the second round comes as no surprise to USA, the current tournament favorites and a team hoping for a sixth World Championship gold medal.
Cape Verde 81, Venezuela 75
Betinho Gomes scored 22 and Will Tavares added 20 to lead Cape Verde (1-1) against Venezuela (0-2) in Okinawa, Japan. Ivan Almeida added 18.
According to the FIBA rankings, Cape Verde is the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, but it doesn't look like it.
Venezuela led 46-33 at halftime but managed to hold onto just 29 points in the last two quarters. David Cubillan led Venezuela with 15 and Jhornan Zamora added 14.
Cape Verde meets Slovenia on Wednesday and Georgia plays Venezuela.
New Zealand 95, Jordan 87 OT
Izayah Le'afa scored 23 points and Shea Ili added 15 in Manila as New Zealand (1-1) kept their hopes of progressing to the second round alive. Jordan (0-2) face a game against the USA on Wednesday.
Rondae Hollis Jefferson hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left and then made his free throw after a foul, sending the game into overtime with the score 85-85. Jordan was beaten 10-2 in overtime.
Former NBA player Hollis Jefferson led Jordan with 39 points and had nine rebounds. Freddy Ibrahim added 22.
New Zealand will play Greece for a place in the round of 16 on Wednesday
Ivory Coast 71, Iran 69
Solo Diabate grabbed three late free throws as Ivory Coast beat Iran in Jakarta, Indonesia. With Iran leading 69-68, Diabate drove onto the lane and penned a foul with six seconds to go. He had an extra free throw after Iran coach Hakan Demir received a technical foul.
Nisre Zouzoua scored 17 points for Ivory Coast (1-1), who were without playmaker Bazoumana Kone early in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
Behnam Yakhchali led Iran (0-2) with 19 points but missed a three-pointer on the buzzer. Former NBA center Hamed Haddadi had nine points and eight rebounds before being fouled late on.
Côte d'Ivoire play Brazil in their last group game on Wednesday and Iran meet Spain.
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