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Saturday's Fixtures:
Australia v Germany 79-60
GB 59-62
Holland v Italy 70-64
Canada v Japan 79-48

A noisy crowd of 5200 saw a brilliant display of basketball from the GB underdogs to send the USA reeling out of the tournament.

GB set off at a blistering pace opening up a 10+ point lead for much of the first half. Simon Munn put 25 points on the board for GB.

The USA came out in the second half with
guns blazing to peg back the lead and draw level midway through the 3rd quarter.

US sharp shooter Matt Scott put his team in with a chance by adding a personal total of 35 points.

Under extreme pressure throughout the second half GB just about managed to keep their heads, but the Americans weren't going down without a fight.

Glasbrenner levelled for the US in
the last minute and it looked like the US were going to sneak it. But Glasbrenner fouled Adepitan giving GB two free-shots with 8 seconds remaining on the clock.

The points were level 59-59 and the pressure was on Ade Adepitan to convert his free shots.
Adepitan calmly converted both baskets.

In the dying seconds Simon Munn converted another free shot and an
ecstatic GB team make a date with Australia in the semi-finals.

firepower partnership of Troy Sachs and Brad Ness put Australia beyond the reach of a capable German side.

On the day the Australians were too
consistent under the basket where Brad Ness was a massive 11 from 13. Germany will be disappointed to have met the Australians on such good form.

In the Group phase Germany had been looking a very difficult side to beat.

Australia - GB in the semis, should be a close one which is great news for the spectators.

If the match between Canada and Japan was ever in doubt, then those doubts were cleared up by the end of the first quarter. Canada cruised through the match winning by more than 30 points. Their semi-final promises to be a lot tougher.

Canada face Holland who eliminated the European Champions Italy in a tense match that was level all the way to the last quarter.

Unfortunately for the Italians their nerve couldn't stand the pressure when it mattered. The ice cool temperament of the Dutch pulled them through when the game could have gone either way.

Holland were also helped by the day's top scorer Jansens putting away a massive 41 points for the Dutch cause.

Both of Sunday's semi-finals have the promise of more excitement for the spectators in what is expected to be another full house.

Any of the last four teams would be worthy tournament winners.

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