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Utah Jazz players help nations stay undefeated at FIBA World Cup

Joe Ingles of Australia drives to the hoop past Domantas Sabonis of Lithuania during their group stage basketball game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo)

The Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles all contributed Thursday morning at the FIBA World Cup in China as their respective national teams remained undefeated at the conclusion of group play.

Mitchell played a squad-high 23 minutes as Team USA rebounded from its one-point overtime win against Turkey on Tuesday to cruise past Japan 98-45. Mitchell finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go along with six assists, three rebounds and a steal. He was also a team-high plus-51 in the blowout victory.

For France, Gobert finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, a block and an assist in 20 minutes to help his squad roll over the Dominican Republic, 90-56.

Two days after coming one assist short of a triple-double, Ingles had an interesting game on Thursday. He didn’t score his first points until eight seconds were left in Australia’s 87-82 win over Lithuania, but his two free throws helped seal the victory for the Boomers. While Ingles went 0 for 5 from the field, he tallied eight assists, five rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes.

Ingles’ teammate and former University of Utah star Andrew Bogut scored four points with four rebounds in 14 minutes.

On Wednesday, former Logan High and BYU standout Charles Abouo once again shined for Ivory Coast, scoring a team-high 23 points with six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 32 minutes in an 80-63 loss to Poland.

Team USA, France and Australia will all move on to the second round, although Ivory Coast will remain in the tournament (as will all 32 teams) and will play Nigeria at 2 a.m. MT on Friday.

On Saturday, Ingles, Bogut and the rest of the Boomers will play the Dominican Republic at 2 a.m. MT. Gobert and France are scheduled to tip off against Lithuania at 6, while Mitchell and Team USA will face Greece, with the tip scheduled for 6:30.

All games can be viewed on ESPN Plus.