Lithuania - Germany 84-75 Lithuania overcame Germany in a gripping game at EuroBasket tonight. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-2 record in the third position in Group E. Lithuania thus entered the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Germany on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Lithuania used an 8:0 run midway through the opening frame to take a 21:15 lead. They maintained well enough throughout the second quarter. Rimantas Kaukenas accounted for 11 points in the first half as the hosts piled up a 37:33 lead at the interval. However Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) teamed up for an 8:2 surge at the start of the second half as Germany pulled in front 41:39. Lithuania immediately responded with a 13:2 surge to gain back the lead. The home team ensured a 58:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Robin Benzing and Chris Kaman helped Germany level things up at 62 midway through the final term. The teams traded baskets before Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) ignited a 8:0 run from the hosts that sealed their victory. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) posted 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15 in the win. Chris Kaman answered with 25 points and 13 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki managed 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Serbia - Turkey 68-67 Serbia earned a crucial win at the EuroBasket 2011. They overcame Turkey in a dramatic clash in Vilnius to improve at 2-3 record in Second Round Group E. Serbia thus clinched the spot in the tournaments quarterfinal. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and remained without playoffs. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) orchestrated the victory tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbia started the game on a 10:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Milos Teodosic stretched the gap to 14 points midway through the second term 29:15. Turkey however managed to narrow the deficit to 8 points 27:35 at the interval. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 7:2 surge to narrow the gap. Serbia did not allow their opponents to pull in front securing a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Turkey got as close as two points with under three minutes to go 60:62. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic made it 68:63 for Serbia but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Arslan accounted for four points in a row to keep Turkey hopeful. Milos Teodosic missed a triple but Omer Onan (194-G-78) got his shot blocked and Serbia escaped with a heart-stopping win at the end. Dusko Savanovic provided 14 points, while Milenko Tepic contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Enes Kanter and Omer Onan answered with 11 points each for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
France - Spain 69-96 Spain claimed the third straight win at the Second Stage of European Championship. They knocked down France to climb on top of Group E. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 16 points to lead the effort. France suffered their first loss at the tournament and slipped to the second position in the ladder. Spain opened the game with five points in a row but Les Bleus soon erased the deficit. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points in the period to put France in front 22:21. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second frame. Spain had the last laugh though as Sada made it 39:38 at halftime. The third term turned into a disaster for Les Bleus. Spain opened it with an 18:2 run to grab a 57:40 advantage. The margin just kept on growing as Spain entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 68:48. Reyes scored five quick points as the La Roja stretched the margin and never looked back again. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) provided 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Spain. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) contributed 11 points in the victory. Kevin Seraphin answered with 18 points for France. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points in the loss.
Slovenia - Finland 67-60 Slovenia booked their European Championship quarterfinal tickets. They overcame Finland in a decisive clash in Group F. Slovenia improved at 2-3 record, leaving Finland behind at 1-4 record. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Slovenia opened the game with five points in a row but Finland quickly erased the deficit. The teams traded baskets as Slovenia eked out a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Erazem Lorbek put Slovenia in front 22:15 midway through the second term. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) soon enlarged the margin to 10 points 34:24. Slovenia secured a 42:28 lead at the interval. Finland cut the deficit igniting a 7:0 run early in the second half. Slovenia hung on to post a 54:48 advantage with one quarter remaining. Erazem Lorbek boosted the gap back to double figures in the fourth term 60:49. However Finland refused to surrender. Trailing by as many as 12 points with under four minutes to go they organized a 9:1 run that put them within just four points from Slovenia 60:64. Erazem Lorbek and Goran Dragic scored three free throws in the dying moments to seal the victory for Slovenia. Uros Slokar accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Jaka Lakovic added 11 points in the win. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) answered with 14 points, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) had 13 points in defeat.
Greece - Georgia 73-60 Greece claimed the third position in Group F of the European Championship. They wrapped up the Second Round action with victory over Georgia. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. Georgia fell at 0-5 record after the loss. Greece opened the game with four points in a row but it was Georgia who finished the quarter on top. They used a 6:0 run at the end of the period to grab a 13:12 advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Georgia stayed in charge as they established a 35:32 lead after one half of action. However the Hellenes organized an 11:2 run midway through the third term to take a 48:43 lead. They secured a 51:47 advantage at the final intermission. Greece tipped off the fourth frame with six points in a row to make it 57:47. They did not slow down afterwards rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Ioannis Bourousis knocked down 13 points, while Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) contributed 10 points in the victory. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) and Tornike Shengelia answered with 11 points apiece in the loss.
Russia - FYR Macedonia 63-61 Sergey Monya (203-F-83)'s buzzer beater brings Russia top place in Group F. Russia surprised FYR Macedonia in the last seconds to win 63:61 and remained the only undefeated team in the tournament. Stojanovski, Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) surprised Russia in the opening tip giving his side 8-0 lead. Russia needed however 5 minutes and then Fridzon tied the game at 11:11. Antonov gave Russia the first lead, while Shved closed the first period at 20:19, FYR Macedonia. Fridzon nailed three to tie the score at 22:22 early in the second and Shved scored for 26:23. Vorontsevich and Bykov increased to 7 points, while Pero Antic and Chekovski reduced to 30:28. Stojanovski sent the teams to the lockers at 37:34, Russia. The battle continued in the court in the second half as well and the teams exchanged another lead several times. Pero Antic gave FYR Macedonia 40:39 and Mozgov tied it all at 43:43. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) later made the same at 49:49, while Shved gave Russia 51:49 after three quarters. Sergey Monya and again Shved opened the last period for 55:48 and Sergey Monya nailed three for 58:51. Stojanovski cut it to 4 after the long shot from the perimeter. Vlado Ilievski followed him with another shot for 58:57 and Khryapa increased to three points with 2 minutes in the court. Bo McCalebb cut it to 60:59 and Russia needed timeout with 1 minute remaining. Bo McCalebb made two free throws for 61:60 lead with 40 seconds and Blatt asked for another Timeout. Shved top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Fridzon posted 11. Bykov and Mozgov nailed 8 points apiece in a win. Bo McCalebb ended up with 16 points in the losing as FYR Macedonia finished on the second place. Pero Antic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Samardziski notched 9.
Andorra and Ireland go into the Semi-Finals as the two undefeated teams following the group stage of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. Andorra's third win in as many games also meant that the home team would not be in the medal fight. Moldova came within five points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but Andorra answered both times and ran away with a 80-72 win. Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) connected on a big three, while Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) scored a two-point... [read more]
Andorra and Ireland go into the Semi-Finals as the two undefeated teams following the group stage of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries.
Andorra's third win in as many games also meant that the home team would not be in the medal fight. Moldova came within five points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but Andorra answered both times and ran away with a 80-72 win.
Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) connected on a big three, while Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) scored a two-pointer in the final two minutes to keep Andorra's perfect record intact.
Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) led five players in double figures with 17 points, but it was the all-round displays of Colom Barrufet and Fernandez Vilarrubla that saved the day for Andorra. Colom Barrufet had 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Fernandez Vilarrubla finished with 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Vladimir Colesnicov (202-F/C-80) scored 15 points for the hosts, who will try to claim fifth place on Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, Andorra will be playing San Marino in the Semi-Finals. San Marino clung on against Ireland, entering the last quarter with a ten-point deficit, but the Irish men then switched gears. A 27-13 fourth quarter was more than enough for Ireland to secure a 79-55 victory and first place in Group A.
Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) recorded the performance of the tournament so far. In 33 minutes of play Fitzpatrick scored 33 points on 11-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) had yet another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) was the sole double-digit performer for San Marino with 18 points.
Ireland will face Armenia in the Semi-Finals. The Armenians had no trouble against Wales and won the game 92-40. Coach Tigran Gyokchyan managed to rest Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), playing them less than ten minutes. Michael Daniyelyan (188-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific)ook over the scoring responsibility with six three-pointers and a game-high 20 points.
The final game day of the group phase saw Malta get off the mark. A 70-50 triumph over Gibraltar should boost their confidence going into the battle for fifth place.
Group A Gibraltar - San Marino 32-49 San Marino only managed 49 points against Gibraltar, yet they still managed to win the game by 17. Defence was the answer for coach Sergio Del Bianco, as San Marino held Gibraltar to 16 points in both halves in the 49-32 win. Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) and Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) both scored 14 points for San Marino, who are ready to fight the Irish for first place in Group A. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) finished with 11 points... [read more]
Gibraltar - San Marino 32-49 San Marino only managed 49 points against Gibraltar, yet they still managed to win the game by 17. Defence was the answer for coach Sergio Del Bianco, as San Marino held Gibraltar to 16 points in both halves in the 49-32 win. Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) and Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) both scored 14 points for San Marino, who are ready to fight the Irish for first place in Group A. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) finished with 11 points for Gibraltar.
Malta - Ireland 34-91 Ireland held Malta in single digits in each of the final three quarters and ran away for a 91-34 victory. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) led five players in double figures with 19 points, player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) was all over the floor with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals, while 19-year-old Jordan Blount (198-G-97) needed just 20 minutes to get to 16 points. David Bugeja (180-SG-92) had 10 points for Malta.
Moldova - Wales 63-59 Moldova used a huge third quarter to overcome Wales. Moldova outscored their opponents 19-5 after the half and before the fourth quarter, which paved the way for a 63-59 win. Anton Rulevski (194-SF-88) and Vladimir Colesnicov (202-F/C-80) had 12 points apiece for Volodymir Polyakh's team. Damien Edwards scored a game-high 16 points to go along with his 10 rebounds for Wales.
Andorra - Armenia 70-63 Andorra claimed a dramatic 70-63 win over Armenia, grabbing the headlines at Day 2 of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. The game was tied with three minutes left on the clock, but Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) hit a clutch three-pointer and Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) added a pair of free-throws to make it a five-point game. Colom Barrufet then hit a two to set the final score.
Colom Barrufet was the game hero for the defending champions. He scored five of his 19 points in the crucial moments, while also grabbing six rebounds and stealing the ball three times. Farfan De Los Godos followed his lead, just like in the first game in Moldova, with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double figures was Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) with 11 points.
David Eudal Martinez's team are now 2-0, while Armenia fell to 1-1 in Group B. The last three dry minutes cost them the victory, but Andre Spight (190-G-95) had another high-scoring performance with 23 points. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) had 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Group A Ireland - Gibraltar 100-43 Ireland made a triumphant return to FIBA competition, becoming the first team to hit the century mark, in a 100-43 win over Gibraltar. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) was the top performer in a balanced attack for Ireland. He had 15 points, Paul Dick (193-G-91, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Duran International) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) added 14 each, while player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) flirted with a tripl... [read more]
Ireland - Gibraltar 100-43 Ireland made a triumphant return to FIBA competition, becoming the first team to hit the century mark, in a 100-43 win over Gibraltar. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) was the top performer in a balanced attack for Ireland. He had 15 points, Paul Dick (193-G-91, college: Franklin Pierce, agency: Duran International) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) added 14 each, while player-coach Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, college: Post) flirted with a triple-double, finishing with six points, 13 boards and ten assists. Andrew Yeats (184-G-92) with 13 points was the sole player in double digits for Gibraltar.
San Marino - Malta 61-41 San Marino charged to victory over Malta with a sublime third quarter. San Marino won the third period 20-7 to build a 61-41 win in the tournament's opening game. San Marino rode on the back of their double-double heroes, Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) and Matteo Botteghi (203-C/F-95). The former collected 15 points and 16 rebounds, whilst the latter finished with 19 and 13 respectively. Tevin Falzon (203-F-92) had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Malta, who will be facing Ireland on Wednesday .
Armenia - Moldova 83-64 The Armenians were impressive on Day 1, defeating Moldova 83-64. Andre Spight was in charge at the offensive end, finishing with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. The defence was locked when Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) was on the court. Even though the 30-year-old was held to just six points and five rebounds, his three blocks were enough to move Moldova out of the paint. Denis Melniciuc (190-G-92) had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor for the hosts.
Wales - Andorra 33-74 Andorra defeated Wales 74-33 after a stifling second quarter, that saw only a single point by the Welsh players. At the same time, David Eudal Martinez's men scored 22. There was no coming back for Wales after the half. Andorra relied on Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) and Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) to get the job done and both of them delivered. Farfan De Los Godos led all scorers with 16 points, connecting on four three-point attempts. Colom Barrufet missed all of his four shots from beyond the arc, but he was effective from the inside and finished with 15 points. None of the Welsh players reached double figures. Asa Waite had eight points and grabbed ten rebounds. All 24 players played in the game, with 21 of them with at least a point to show for it. Andorra is up against Armenia on Wednesday, while Wales has to go up against the host nation Moldova.
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