Spain repeat as European Champions! - Sep 19, 2011
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Spain - France 98-85 Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Kaunas. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on another brilliant performance scoring 27 points and issuing 4 assists. The teams got to a flying start. Spain exploded with 25 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead after ten minutes 25:20. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) and Ibaka posted 29:20 lead for the Spaniards early in the second term. Soon Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 36:26 for La Roja midway through the period. Nando De Colo and Batum dragged Les Bleus as close as 5 points late in the half but Pau Gasol stepped up for Spain once again establishing a 50:41 lead at the interval. Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in charge throughout the third term. He unloaded 9 points and Spain ensured a 75:62 lead at the final intermission. Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez stretched the margin to 16 points midway through the fourth term and Spain never looked back en route to a confident win. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) shone for Les Bleus scoring 26 points, distributing 5 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
FYR Macedonia - Russia 68-72 Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia used a 10:0 run midway through the opening frame to establish a 13:6 lead. They rallied to a 17:13 lead at the first break. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. David Blatt team maintained the lead. They posted a 36:30 halftime buffer. Shved boosted the margin to 9 points early in the third term. Soon Andrei Kirilenko made it 43:32 for Russia. But Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up for FYR Macedonia helping them knot things up at 50 late in the period. Vorontevich capped the term with two free throws putting Russia back in charge. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Antic put FYR Macedonia in front 55:52 early in the fourth term. However Andrei Kirilenko drained two triples and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) tipped the ball in for Russia to regain advantage. Samardziski helped FYR Macedonia to level things up at 68 with just 48 seconds to go. Bykov then converted a wild lay-up to put Russia back in front. Shved followed Stojanovskis miss with two free throws to make it 72:68 for Russia and they ran away with the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) posted 10 points each in the winning effort. Bo McCalebb responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski chipped in 16 points in the loss.
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]
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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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