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.
Best Player: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia Best Guard: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia Best Forward: Tevin Falzon (6'8''-F-92) of Malta Best Center: Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Armenia 1st Team G: Andre Spight (6'3''-G-95) of Armenia SG: Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) of Andorra ... [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-European Championship for Small Countries 1st Team 2016
The one-two punch of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) led Armenia to their maiden basketball success. Andorra finished second, while San Marino grabbed the bronze. Armenia dominated the Final against Andorra from the start and won the game 79-71. An early 9-0 run was enough to secure a 25-12 lead after the first ten minutes, and the Armenians never looked back after that. Andorra could not cope with Dunston under the basket, losing the rebounding battle 45-32, and Sp... [read more]
The one-two punch of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) led Armenia to their maiden basketball success. Andorra finished second, while San Marino grabbed the bronze.
Armenia dominated the Final against Andorra from the start and won the game 79-71. An early 9-0 run was enough to secure a 25-12 lead after the first ten minutes, and the Armenians never looked back after that. Andorra could not cope with Dunston under the basket, losing the rebounding battle 45-32, and Spight was lethal from outside.
Spight, who was voted FIBA European Championship for Small Countries MVP, connected on 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 27 points. Dunston had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, and three more Armenians ended with eight points to their names.
Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) scored 22 points for Andorra, with Alberto Farfan (193-F-91) adding 15 more. Cinto Gabriel Morilla finished with 14 points, Oriol Fernandez (186-F-88) had 12, but the rest of Andorra combined for only eight points.
Andorra's run of two consecutive golds at the Championship has ended, while Armenia came up on top in their first official tournament. San Marino joined them on the podium after a 60-53 win over Ireland.
Ireland had led by four heading into the final ten minutes, and stayed in front until Gioele Moretti (191-F/G-93) hit a three-pointer to make it 52-50 with three and a half minutes left. Moretti's three was also the start of a 9-0 run which was enough to secure the win.
Federico Cardinali had a team-high 14 points for San Marino, but Moretti was their game hero, with an all-round performace - 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Jordan Blount (198-G-97) and Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89, college: Bucknell) combined for 32 points and 26 rebounds, but it was not enough for a medal in Moldova.
The home team booked fifth place with a 73-63 win over Malta. Wales ended in seventh place after a 67-40 triumph against Gibraltar.
Two-time defending champions Andorra will be looking for a three-peat on Sunday. Their Final opponent will be Armenia. Led by their dynamic duo of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), Armenia defeated previously unbeaten Ireland 74-60. The game was tied at 53 with seven minutes left to play when Armenia stepped up their defense and kept Ireland scoreless for four minutes. Spight led the charge on the other side of the court in a 10-0 run. Armenia never looked back, booki... [read more]
Two-time defending champions Andorra will be looking for a three-peat on Sunday. Their Final opponent will be Armenia. Led by their dynamic duo of Andre Spight (190-G-95) and Bryant Dunston (203-C-86), Armenia defeated previously unbeaten Ireland 74-60. The game was tied at 53 with seven minutes left to play when Armenia stepped up their defense and kept Ireland scoreless for four minutes. Spight led the charge on the other side of the court in a 10-0 run. Armenia never looked back, booking a place in their first Final of the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. Spight had a game-high 24 points, connecting on 8-of-14 attempts from inside the arc. Zareh Zargaryan (198-F-89, college: CS Dominguez H.) great performance, finishing game with 17 points and eight rebounds. However, Dunston was the game hero for Armenia, with the stat line of 13 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Ireland's 19-year-old Jordan Blount (198-G-97) had 18 points, but it wasn't enough for a place in the Final. Ireland will be fighting for bronze with San Marino, who suffered a heartbreaking 63-57 loss to Andorra. San Marino were trailing 60-57 heading into the final minute, but Andrea Raschi (201-F/G-79, agency: Octagon Europe) missed a couple of three-point shots to potentially tie the game. Albert Farfan De Los Godos and Guillem Colom (191-SG-91) kept their calm from the line to guide Andorra to victory. Farfan De Los Godos was the top performer for the defending champs with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Roger Lliteras (195-G-96) hit five three-pointers and finished with 17 points. San Marino had four players in double figures led by Matteo Botteghi (203-C/F-95) and his 13-point, 15-rebound double-double, but will have to settle for the bronze medal match on Sunday. The finalists have already played each other in this tournament. Andorra won the Group B match-up 70-63 back on Wednesday. Classification games for fifth to eight place saw Malta defeat Wales 63-51, while Moldova defeated Gibraltar 85-43. Wales and Gibraltar will play for seventh, Malta and Moldova get to fight for fifth place on Sunday.
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