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Angola Give up the Game Due to the Court

Due to the slippery court, Angola gave up the match when there was 1:16 left in the third quarter. Angola won 62-49.

In the first quarter, Australia made the first field-goal and went up 2-0. Their inside play was overwhelming, Australia soon took a 4-point lead. Angola then found their offense rhythm and took the lead, when there was 4:58 left in the first quarter they took the lead of 7 points.

Angola's defense was very aggressive, Australia began to turned the ball over under such pressure. Australia once reduced the gap to 3 points, but they didn't have the chance to tie the game. Angola led the first quarter 21-16.

In the second quarter, Australia cut the deficit to 1 when there was 6:46 left in the first half, Angola called a timeout. After the timeout, Angola hit a field goal and led the game by 3. Then they hit a 3-pointer and had a 6-point lead when there was 5:38 left in the first half. Angola extended their lead to double digit when there was 4:02 left in the second quarter.

As the slippery ground bothered the players, the referee stopped the match. After about 3 minutes, the match continued, Angola extended their lead to 12. Angola finally led the first half 44-33.

In the second half, Angola continued their play style, Australia hardly had chance to took over the game. When there was 3:35 left in the third quarter, Angola was 60-44. After that, Australia had 5 straight point, Angola called a timeout. After the timeout, one Angola player injured in the game, the match was interrupted.

After discussion with two teams, the match stopped when there was 1:16 left in the third quarter.

(scup.sina.com.cn, July 29, 2005)

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