Outstanding Performers on September 3: Gilgeous-Alexander, Schroder, Bogdanovic, Grazulis, and Hernangomez”
As we progress further into the tournament, the significance of individual performances becomes more pronounced. On September 3, several players stood out with remarkable displays of skill and determination.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a pivotal role in Canada’s hard-fought 88-85 victory against Spain. He contributed 30 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in nearly 37 minutes of intense action. Notably, his smooth midrange jumper in the final minute reclaimed the lead for Canada. Gilgeous-Alexander also sealed the game by making all six of his free throws.
Dennis Schroder led Germany to a resounding 100-71 triumph over Slovenia in their Group K showdown. The dynamic point guard recorded 24 points and 10 assists, showcasing his playmaking prowess in just 25 minutes of play. Remarkably, most of his assists found their mark in the early stages of the game, with Daniel Theis benefiting from Schroder’s precision passing.
Bogdan Bogdanovic continued Serbia’s trend of impeccable shooting in their dominant 112-79 victory over the Dominican Republic. Bogdanovic dazzled with 20 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals in 22 minutes of action. His scoring included a variety of impressive off-the-dribble moves, and he displayed flawless shooting accuracy by making all four of his two-point attempts and three out of three three-pointers.
Latvia’s Andrejs Grazulis emerged as a standout performer in their 104-84 win against Brazil. Grazulis contributed significantly with 24 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds while displaying exceptional efficiency by converting 9 of his 12 two-point attempts. His trademark push shot played a pivotal role in Latvia’s Cinderella run, showcasing the team’s depth and versatility.
Willy Hernangomez displayed outstanding efficiency and resilience despite a heartbreaking defeat. In a performance that earned him Top Performer honors, Hernangomez notched 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. He drew numerous fouls, resulting in an impressive 11-of-12 free throw shooting performance, highlighting his determination and skill in the face of adversity.