FIBA World Cup Day 1: Slovenia Surprises Australia

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Goran Dragic led Slovenia to a mild upset of Australia Saturday in the opening day of play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. (FIBA photo)

Goran Dragic led Slovenia to a mild upset of Australia Saturday in the opening day of play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. (FIBA photo)

There weren’t many surprises in the final outcomes during the first day of group play Saturday at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

The biggest came in Group D, where Slovenia—ranked third in the group—knocked off the second-ranked Australians in a mild upset.

Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns paced the Slovenians with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Slovenia was able to ride the momentum from a hot first quarter to the win.

Slovenia took a 27-19 lead at the end of the first quarter and shot the ball well the entire game, hitting 34-of-60 overall (56.7 percent) and knocking down 10-of-21 from behind the 3-point arc.

Domen Lorbek added 13 points for Slovenia, while Jure Zalazic and Goran’s kid brother, Zoran Dragic, each scored 10. Alen Omic also had seven boards for Slovenia.

Aron Baynes of the San Antonio Spurs led the Aussies with 21 points and seven rebounds. David Andersen chipped in with 14 points, Brad Newley added 13 and Joe Ingles scored 12. Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers had a game-high five assists for Australia, but scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Team USA rolled past Finland in its opener in Group C, 114-55. Here is the rest of the action from Day 1, broken down by group:

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