Dario Saric – Second Round Action

In the first game of the second round, Dario and Croatia lost to Lithuania 84-83. Dario started out slow but made some clutch shots in the a big fourth quarter.  Croatia simply couldn’t keep up with Lithuania’s bench, which outscored Croatia 53-28. Dario finished with 19 points, six boards and five assists on 7-for-15 from the field and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc.  On Monday afternoon, Dario and Croatia controlled the tempo through the first three quarters vs. Poland. However, Poland outscored Croatia by nine points in the fourth quarter and gave Dario the loss 79-74. Croatia was sloppy with the ball throughout the game and Dario led the team with six turnovers. Dario finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 6-for-14 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point territory.

In the second round, Dario Saric is averaging 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. Despite the turnovers in the second game against Poland, Dario was a positive on the court in both matches, a +2 vs Lithuania and a +4 vs Poland. In four games in the FIBA Qualifiers, Dario is averaging 16.8 points, 8.5 boards and 3.8 assists per game. Team Croatia is now dead last in Group J with 11 points and a 3-5 record through the first two rounds. There are still 4 games left in the second round, however Dario will not be able to attend due to those games taking place during the NBA season. Team Croatia will continue second round play against Hungary on Thursday, November 29.  Three teams will advance in Group J and Croatia is one point behind Poland for the last spot.  Lithuania and Italy have a firm grip on the first two spots. Here is the remaining second round schedule for Team Croatia:

*Thursday 11/29 away vs. Hungary

*Sunday 12/2 home vs Lithuania

*Friday 2/22 away vs Poland

*Monday 2/25 home vs Hungary

Here is a collection of his best plays from the second round:

Furkan Korkmaz- Second Round Action

Furkan is shooting the lights out in the second round. In the first game, Furkan and Turkey defeated Montenegro 79-69. Turkey’s depth and points from turnovers controlled the pace for the majority of the game, as they were able to hold the lead from Montenegro for 36 of 38 minutes of play.  Furkan Korkmaz finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 1-for-4 from 3. On Monday, Furkan had his best game of the FIBA Qualifiers, finishing with 24 points, five rebounds and three steals in an 86-77 win over Slovenia. He shot 8-for-14 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range.

In the second round, Korkmaz is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals on 27.2 minutes per game. Furkan was a net positive in both games in the second round, a +8 against Montenegro and a +12 vs Slovenia.  In four games in the FIBA Qualifiers, Furkan has averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 11-for-18 and a staggering 61.1 percent from long range. Team Turkey is currently second in Group I with a 6-2 record and 14 points. They are only one point behind Spain for the top spot in Group I.  Between Summer League and the FIBA Qualifiers, Furkan has been on fire from three this offseason.  Furkan Korkmaz has shot 28-for-64 from three-point range in 10 games and hopes to bring that momentum to Sixers training camp, which starts on September 22. Team Turkey will continue second round play vs Spain on Thursday, November 29. Here is Turkey’s remaining second round schedule:

*Thursday 11/29 away vs. Spain

*Sunday 12/2 home vs Montenegro

*Friday 2/22 away vs Slovenia

*Monday 2/25 home vs Spain

Here is a collection of his best plays from the second round: