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All Rosters
Final Standings
 1. Spain
 2. France
 3. Russia
 4. FYR Macedonia
 5. Lithuania
 6. Greece
 7. Slovenia
 8. Serbia
 9. Germany
 9. Finland
 11. Turkey
 11. Georgia
 13. Croatia
 13. Bulgaria
 13. U.Kingdom
 13. Israel
 17. Ukraine
 17. Poland
 17. Bosnia
 17. Italy
 21. Montenegro
 21. Latvia
 21. Belgium
 21. Portugal

Points Per Game
 Luol DENG
  ENG
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Deng, ENG24.6 
 2. Bargnani, ITA22.8 
 3. Parker, FRA22.1 
 4. McCalebb, MKD21.4 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.1 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Navarro, ESP18.7 
 8. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 9. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 10. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  USA
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.5 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.3 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 8. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 9. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Da Silva, POR6.5 
 3. Teodosic, SRB5.7 
 4. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 5. Khryapa, RUS5.1 
 6. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, LTU4.6 
 8. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 9. Parker, FRA4.4 
 10. Cook, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Obie TROTTER
  USA
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Trotter, HUN2.8 
 2. Kirilenko, RUS2.6 
 3. McCalebb, MKD2.1 
 4. Kotti, FIN2.1 
 5. Hanga, HUN2.0 
 6. Kelati, POL2.0 
 7. Batum, FRA2.0 
 8. Andrade, POR1.8 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD1.7 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  BIH
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Begic, SLO1.9 
 2. Kaman, GER1.8 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 5. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 6. Mozgov, RUS1.5 
 7. Asik, TUR1.5 
 8. Ibaka, ESP1.2 
 9. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 10. Koufos, GRE1.1 
European Championships Standings
Group E
1. Spain 4-1
2. France 4-1
3. Lithuania 3-2
4. Serbia 2-3
5. Turkey 1-4
6. Germany 1-4
Group F
1. Russia 5-0
2. FYR Macedon. 4-1
3. Greece 3-2
4. Slovenia 2-3
5. Finland 1-4
6. Georgia 0-5
Group Places 13-24
1. Belgium 0-0
2. Bosnia 0-0
3. Bulgaria 0-0
4. Croatia 0-0
5. U.Kingdom 0-0
6. Israel 0-0
7. Italy 0-0
8. Latvia 0-0
9. Montenegro 0-0
10. Poland 0-0
11. Portugal 0-0
12. Ukraine 0-0
European Championships Standings
Group A
1. Spain 4-1
2. Lithuania 4-1
3. Turkey 3-2
4. U.Kingdom 2-3
5. Poland 2-3
6. Portugal 0-5
Group B
1. France 5-0
2. Serbia 4-1
3. Germany 3-2
4. Israel 2-3
5. Italy 1-4
6. Latvia 0-5
Group C
1. FYR Macedo. 4-1
2. Greece 4-1
3. Finland 2-3
4. Croatia 2-3
5. Bosnia 2-3
6. Montenegro. 1-4
Group D
1. Russia 5-0
2. Slovenia 4-1
3. Georgia 2-3
4. Bulgaria 2-3
5. UUkraine 2-3
6. Belgium 0-5
Spanish National Team retains European crown (Photo: eurobasket2011.com)


2011 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Pau Gasol
Gasol
Rudy Fernandez
Fernandez
Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Jose Manuel Calderon
Calderon
Marc Gasol
Gasol
#e#5
4 Pau Gasol 214-F/C-80 LA Lakers USA
5 Rudy Fernandez 197-G-85 Real Madrid Spain
6 Ricky Rubio 192-G-90 Minnesota T. USA
7 Juan Carlos Navarro 192-G-80 Regal Barca Spain
8 Jose Manuel Calderon 190-PG-81 Toronto R. USA
9 Felipe Reyes 203-F/C-80 Real Madrid Spain
10 Victor Claver 207-F/C-88 Valencia Spain
11 Fernando San Emeterio 198-F/G-84 Caja Laboral Spain
12 Sergio Llull 190-PG-87 Real Madrid Spain
13 Marc Gasol 212-C-85 Memphis G. USA
14 Serge Ibaka 208-C/F-89 Oklah.City T. USA
15 Victor Sada 192-G-84 Regal Barca Spain

Sergio Scariolo Head Coach Armani MI Italy
Ricard Casas Assistant Girona Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2011 - Sep 19, 2011

Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2011
#s#
Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Tony Parker
Parker
Bo McCalebb
McCalebb
Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Pau Gasol
Gasol
#e#5

Best Player: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Spain
Best Guard: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Spain
Best Forward: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Russia
Best Center: Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Spain
Best Coach: Sergio Scariolo of Spain

1st Team
PG: Tony Parker (183-80) of France
PG: Bo McCalebb (183-85) of FYR Macedonia
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) of Spain
F: Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) of Russia
F/C: Pau Gasol (214-80) of Spain

2nd Team
G: Mantas Kalnietis (196-86) of Lithuania
G: Milos Teodosic (195-87) of Serbia
F: Nicolas Batum (201-88) of France
F: Pero Antic (210-82) of FYR Macedonia
C: Nenad Krstic (214-83) of Serbia

3rd Team
G: Earl Rowland (188-83) of Bulgaria
G: Dontaye Draper (180-84) of Croatia
F: Luol Deng (201-85) of U.Kingdom
F: Dirk Nowitzki (211-78) of Germany
C: Chris Kaman (213-82) of Germany

Honorable Mention
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Greece
Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of Croatia
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of Georgia
Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82) of Poland
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) of Italy
Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) of Israel
Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) of Slovenia
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Spain
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Bosnia
Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) of Latvia


Spain repeat as European Champions! - Sep 19, 2011
Gold
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.


Russia clinch Bronze in Lithuania - Sep 18, 2011

Russia - FYR Macedonia 72:68

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.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10, Sergey Monya 10
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 22, Vlado Ilievski 16


Lithuania edge Greece, both clinch a place in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - Sep 17, 2011
Places 5-6
Lithuania - Greece 73-69
Lithuania edge Greece, both clinch a place in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The hosts of the tournament won 73:69 to take the fifth position at home tournament. Fotsis and Bourousis opened the game for Greece, while Papanikolaou brought 8:2. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) reduce to just one points, while Lithuania could not closer in the first period. Calathes and Fotsis ensured 20:14 lead at the end of the first period. Koufos opened the second frame with 4 consecutive points to give Greece 24:14. Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) later made two free throws for 26:20 and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) reduced to 29:25. The hosts did their best to tie the game but failed in the first half. Papanikolaou scored three free throws at the end of the half for 37:32 lead. The third quarter was successful for the Baltic State. Jankunas nailed three for 40:39 as it became the first advantage of the home side. Mantas Kalnietis increased to 44:39 and he made also 50:43. Kaukenas brought the biggest lead at that time for 54:44, whilst Vasileiadis closed the period at 56:48. Greece kept Lithuania scoreless for about three minutes in the fourth quarter and managed to cut it to 56:53. The hosts needed a 5-0 run for 61:53, but Vasileiadis reduced to 61:58. Again Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) kept the guests alive at 63:60 and Calathes scored for 65:62. Moreover Fotsis tied the game at 65:65. Kaukenas and Darius Songaila gave Lithuania 69:65 with 30 seconds remaining, but Calathes nailed three for 69:68. Mantas Kalnietis later made two free throws for 73:69 and Martynas Pocius top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Darius Songaila nailed 12. Calathes brought 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Fotsis and Vasileiadis delivered 13 each.
Places 7-8
Slovenia - Serbia 72-68
Slovenia claimed the seventh overall position at the EuroBasket. They held off Serbia on the final day of the competition. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Slovenia opened the game with six points in a row. They quickly cleared off to a double-digit lead. But Serbia slowly picked up the tempo and surged ahead for a 20:19 advantage late in the period. But Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) drained a pair of triples and Muric added a dunk as Slovenia secured a 27:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) gave Slovenia back a double-digit advantage midway through the second term. Slovenia stayed in charge posting a 44:39 halftime lead. Saso Ozbolt, Lorbek and Jaka Lakovic made it 64:49 for Slovenia late in the third term. But Serbia refused to give up easily. Milan Macvan triggered a 13:0 run that drew things level at 64. Goran Dragic stopped the bleeding with a free throw but Stefan Markovic soon put Serbia in front 66:65. Jaka Lakovic drained a triple and Lorbek came up with a jumper that sealed the win for Slovenia. Jaka Lakovic delivered 15 points, while Saso Ozbolt posted 9 points in the victory. Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) answered with 13 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Dusko Savanovic and Milan Macvan had 12 points each in the loss.


Blue Team won the U18 All-Star Game - Sep 17, 2011

Almost 10,000 excited fans streamed into the Kauno Arena to watch the U18 All Star Game on the penultimate day of EuroBasket.
They were entertained by a dramatic contest as Team Blue won a real thriller against Team White 81-80 and also treated to a half-time dunk contest won by Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) of Russia.
The event brought together the cream of young talent from right across Europe with both teams drawn from the summer's top performers at the U18 European Championship and FIBA U19 World Championship.
It was Team Blue who started more strongly with William Magarity (207-F-93) of Sweden sinking a three-ball to hand his team a 5-2 lead during the early exchanges. For Team White, it was Rasmus Larsen (212-C-94) of Denmark who lit things up with a flying dunk as his team posted an 11-6 run to move in front.
There was then perhaps the biggest cheer of the entire game when home favourite Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) was introduced into the action.
Unfortunately for his supporters, he could do little to prevent Team White streaking into a commanding 31-22 first quarter lead after back to back scores from downtown by Italian Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94).
It wasn't long before Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) of Sweden handed Team White a double-digit lead for white with a really nice move and finish at the hoop before Team Blue finally came alive once again midway through the period.
A nice baby hook shot from Polish center Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) helped to bring them back into contention although they still trailed 50-42 at the interval. Much of the best work by Team White was down to the flawless first-half shooting lines of Croatian Dario Saric (207-F/C-94) and German Bogdan Radosaviljevic.
Team Blue coach Mathias Eckhoff needed his team to respond during the third quarter and they did. A big dunk in transition by Aleksandr Gudumak (204-F-93) had the fans on their feet in appreciation and when Danish guard Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) made a triple, it was a one-shot game.
Moments later, Finnish forward Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) made a strong move to the hoop to level the scores before a Karnowski jump-shot on the buzzer completed the fight-back to give Team Blue a 65-63 lead heading into the last ten minutes.
With the result hanging in the balance, French guard Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) stepped up for Team White and having missed his first three shots from outside, made two from long-range to help his team move 73-68 in front.
But, it was to be Team Blue who would show the resolve and composure needed to win the game down the stretch.
While Spaniard Alejandro Suarez (205-F/C-93) made a big three from the corner to make it 80-79, a cool running jumper by Serbian Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) proved to be the game winning bucket as Team White failed to execute with the last possession.
The MVP award went to Przemyslaw Karnowski.



France and Spain enter championship game - Sep 16, 2011
Semis
Russia - France 71-79
Russia suffered the first defeat of EuroBasket tonight but it was just enough for them to stop one step away from the Final. France edged David Blatt team to set up an exciting clash versus Spain for the crown. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) knocked down 22 points and issued 5 assists to lead the effort. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Tony Parker gave France a 17:16 lead. Pietrus and Gelabale stretched the lead to four points midway through the second term. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) and Tony Parker made it 39:31 for Les Bleus before Fridzon drained a triple and sealed the first half outcome at 34:39. Russia quickly erased the deficit in the third term just to see Nicolas Batum knock down a three-pointer and put France back in charge. France capped the term with a 10:2 run to build a 55:47 advantage. Traore and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) made it 61:49 for France midway through the fourth term. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Shved dragged Russia within five points 64:69 however Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker gave no chance for Russia as Les Bleus cruised to the victory. Nicolas Batum accounted for 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Nando De Colo added 9 points in the win. Andrei Kirilenko answered with 21 points for Russia. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) netted 12 points in the loss.


Spain - FYR Macedonia 92-80
Spain will play in the championship game of EuroBasket. They overcame brilliant FYR Macedonia tonight to book the spot in the title game. Spain will now take on the winners of France vs. Russia clash. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on a show scoring 35 points and grabbing 4 rebounds to lead the winners. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the opening frame. But Spain capped it with 9 points in a row to post a 26:18 lead. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 28:18 for Spain at the start of the second term. FYR Macedonia answered with a 10:0 run of their own to pull ahead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the reminder of the period as Ilievski sealed the first half outcome at 45:44 for FYR Macedonia. Juan Carlos Navarro triggered a 10:2 run from the Spanish team midway through the third period as La Roja grabbed a 68:60 lead. Juan Carlos Navarro capped the term with a three-pointer to give Spain a 71:62 advantage. Spain quickly boosted the gap to 10 points and controlled the situation till the end of the game. Pau Gasol accounted for 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) added 11 points apiece in the win. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) answered with 25 points for FYR Macedonia. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.
Places 5-8
Greece - Serbia 87-77
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) erupted with the win over Serbia as Greece won the Classification Game for the 5-8 places. Greece needed 87:77 to face Lithuania for the fifth place in their last game. Serbia meanwhile will take on Slovenia in the game for the 7-8 places. Ioannis Bourousis and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored the first points for their teams as both squads desired to recover from the losses last nights in the Quarterfinal clashes. Greece managed to do it better and created a 13-0 run for 15:2. Moreover they added a 10-0 run immediately and enjoyed 25:4. Papanikolaou later nailed three to close the first frame at 34:8. Koufos and Fotsis scored for 38:13, while Serbia woke up for the rest of the game. They responded with a 7-0 run as Macvan cut it to 38:20. Nenad Krstic brought 42:24 and Keselj as well as Mavroeidis closed the half at 48:26. Keselj and Nenad Krstic brought 53:31, while Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) increased to plus 24. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) scored four in a row for 59:27. Keselj and Paunic reduced to 61:44 and Markovic nailed three for minus 15. Koufos was the last player to score in the third quarter for 64:48. Serbia made their last push with 7-1 in the start of the last period. Teodosic reduced to 65:55, but Greece did not allow them to come closer. They erupted with 7-2 and Ioannis Bourousis scored for 72:57. Savanovic fired three for 74:60, whilst Papanikolaou made a free throw for plus 15 with 3 minutes to go. Serbia tried hard to reduce again, but Greece managed to keep double digit victory. Ioannis Bourousis stepped up with 27 points and Nikolaos Zisis netted 18. Fotsis scored 16, while Nick Calathes added 10. Keselj answered with 22 points and Nenad Krstic scored 15.


Russia and France complete semifinal picture - Sep 15, 2011
Q-Finals
Russia - Serbia 77-67
Russia completed the semifinal picture at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. They held off Serbia in an intense battle tonight to seal their semifinal appearance. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) stepped up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Russia will now take on France for the place in the championship game. Serbia opened the game with four points in a row but Russia quickly erased the deficit. They pulled in front and posted a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Monya, Shved and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) ensured a 7:0 start for Russia in the second frame. David Blatt team stayed in control throughout the period posting a 34:27 halftime advantage. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Macvan dragged Serbia within a single point early in the third quarter 38:39. But Russia did not allow their opponents to pull ahead. They secured a 54:48 advantage at the final intermission. The margin grew at 8-point mark but Serbia would not go away. They narrowed the gap to just 5 points with under three minutes to go. However Andrei Kirilenko sank four free throws in the dying minutes and Russia marched on to the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and Viktor Khryapa posted 11 points each in the win. Shved added 10 points for Russia. Milos Teodosic answered with 20 points for Serbia. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) finished with 13 points in the loss.

France - Greece 64-56
France won over Greece in the Quarterfinal game on Thursday. The French outfit had a slow start but won 64:56. Greece surprised France with 7-0 run in the start of the game and then Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) scored for 10:4. Calathes and Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) increased to 11 points in the middle of the first period. De Colo and Tony Parker (183-PG-80) scored the last points in the frame for 17:14, Greece. Antonis Fotsis and Papanikolaou increased to 21:14 early in the second period, while De Colo tied the game at 21:21. France however could not jump in front in the first half and trailed in the rest of the second quarter. Ioannis Bourousis brought 27:23 and Bramos delivered two for 29:25. Ioannis Bourousis closed the half at 31:27 as Greece won the second period 14-13. Ioannis Bourousis scored for 39:32, but France started to play better in the second half. Tony Parker tied the game at 40:40, while Calathes gave Greece 43:40. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) tied it all at 45:45 from the perimeter and Tony Parker tasted the first lead with his side in the last quarter. Nicolas Batum brought 52:47, while Tony Parker delivered two for 56:50 with 4 minutes to go. Ioannis Bourousis made two free throws for 56:52 and kept the chances alive for the victory. Again Ioannis Bourousis and Antonis Fotsis made only the second attempts in the free throws line for 56:54, while Nicolas Batum increased the lead back to 4 points. Nicolas Batum and then Zisis made it 60:56, while De Colo scored two free throws for 62:56. Noah also made two free throws and set up the final result in the game. Tony Parker top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) notched 16. Nicolas Batum followed them with 15 points in a win. Ioannis Bourousis collected 17 points and 11 caroms in defeat, while Antonis Fotsis notched 9.
Placed 5-8
Slovenia - Lithuania 77-80
Lithuania survived a Classification Game for the 5-8 places against Slovenia. The hosts of Eurobasket 2011 grabbed 80:77 and will play for the 5th place. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Lakovic gave Slovenia 4-0 lead and Zoran Dragic scored for 6:2. It looked that Lithuania was far from the best game after the loss last night to FYR Macedonia. Zoran Dragic scored another 4 for 14:6, while Erazem Lorbek brought 16:11. Jankunas meanwhile managed to close the period at 20:19. Pocius however gave the hosts 21:20 early in the second, while Smodis tied it all at 23:23. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) scored for 28:27, while Javtokas delivered for Lithuania lead at 31:28. The latter also made it 34:28 and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) scored for 38:32. Valanciunas and Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) gave the hosts 44:33 halftime advantage that was the biggest lead in the game. Erazem Lorbek reduced to 46:39 and Ozbolt nailed three for 49:42. Mirza Begic brought Slovenia within 3 points and Smodis scored for 61:57. Lithuania managed to grab 6-point lead at the end of 30 minutes as Mantas Kalnietis scored for 63:57. Lakovic, Erazem Lorbek and Smodis gave Slovenia 64:63 early in the fourth period. Ozbolt nailed three for 68:65 and Mantas Kalnietis replied for 68:68. Kaukenas later made the same at 74:74 with 2 minutes, but Erazem Lorbek scored from the arc for 77:76. Mantas Kalnietis answered with a three for 79:77 with 20 seconds on the board. Lakovic had a chance to tie the game but missed a lay-up, while Mantas Kalnietis made only one free throw for 3-point advantage. Goran Dragic had a chance to tie the game but missed a long shot. Mantas Kalnietis top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 12 points apiece. Erazem Lorbek and Goran Dragic posted 16 points each in defeat, while Mirza Begic nailed 11.


FYR Macedonia and Spain reached the Semifinals! - Sep 14, 2011

Spain - Slovenia 86-64
Spain became the first semifinalists of EuroBasket 2011. They eased past Slovenia in the first quarterfinal of the tournament tonight. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 26 points to lead La Roja to the victory. Slovenia ensured the brave start to the game. They opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Ozbolt capped the first term with a three-pointer to make it 23:16 for Slovenia at the first break. Spain used an 11:3 run midway through the second frame to post a 32:28 lead. They secured a 35:31 halftime advantage. Spain opened the second half on a stunning 19:2 run. Slovenia could not come back to life in the reminder of the period facing a massive 45:71 deficit at the final break. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) knocked down 7 points in a row to ignite a 9:0 run from Slovenia at the start of the fourth quarter as they narrowed the gap at 17-point mark. However Spain quickly restored a safe distance and cruised to the victory at the end. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) notched 19 points and 16 rebounds for Spain. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) added 9 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the win. Goran Dragic answered with 14 points for Slovenia. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) posted 10 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia - Lithuania 67-65
FYR Macedonia eliminated the hosts in front of packed arena in Kaunas. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Co won 67:65 and created another loudest upset in Eurobasket 2011. Songaila and Samardziski exchanged the early baskets in the game, while Jasaitis nailed three for 5:2. Kalnietis and Kalnietis brought 11:7 and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) brought 4 in a row for 17:10. The guests however replied with 5-0 run and Bo McCalebb made it 17:15. The latter also closed the first period at 20:18 driving a lay-up for his 6th point. The second quarter was a defensive one especially the start of it. Bo McCalebb scored for 22:21, but then FYR Macedonia could not score for about 5 minutes. Pocius made it 29:21 and only Ilievski brought the points for the guests with 3 minutes in the half. Samardziski and again Ilievski reduced to 31:28, while Bo McCalebb sent the players to the lockers for 34:30, Lithuania. Robertas Javtokas gave the hosts plus 6, but Stojanovski tied it all at 38:38. Antic scored for 41:41 and Bo McCalebb tasted the first lead with his side at 42:41. Songaila gave Lithuania 47:45 and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 50:47. Chekovski kept the guests alive after thirty minutes at 52:49. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) scored for 56:52 and Kaukenas delivered two for 60:55.Bo McCalebb scored his 19th points for 60:57 with 3 minutes to go. Jasaitis and Bo McCalebb exchanged the shots for 62:61, but Jankunas made two with a foul for plus 4. Again Bo McCalebb cut it back to 2. Ilievski shocked the audience with a three for 66:65 with 11 seconds to go and Lithuania needed timeout. Jasaitis missed a shot and Ilievski needed just one for the final success. Bo McCalebb top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Stojanovski netted 15. Ilievski followed them with 12 points and the important shot from the arc. Robertas Javtokas ended up with 13 points in defeat and Ilievski scored 12.


The Quarterfinals are set for Kaunas - Sep 13, 2011
Group E
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.
Group F
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.


Second Round. Results from Day 3 and 4 in Lithuania - Sep 10, 2011
Group E
Germany - Turkey 73-67
Germany beat Turkey to tie them at 1-3 records in Group E. The German side needed 73:67 to remain alive for the Quarterfinal spot. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored the first point s for Germany in the opening tip, but then the team could score only another two in the rest of the period. Turkey grabbed 13:6 as Savas closed the first frame from the free throw line. Kanter gave Turkey 15:6 in the start of the second and he made it later for 22:10. Germany woke up only at that time and created a 10-0 run for 22:20 when Hamann nailed a three-pointer. Turkoglu however closed the half at 26:23 making a jump shot to score his 4th point. Turkey led in the first part of the third quarter, but Chris Kaman scored for 34:33. He later tied it all at 38:38, while Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 41L38. Chris Kaman delivered two for 46:43 and Heiko Schaffartzik kept the German side in front after thirty minutes for 48:46. Dirk Nowitzki made it 52:49 and Schwethelm added from the perimeter for 55:49. Again Schwethelm and Chris Kaman brought 60:52 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Turkey was too far to give up. Omer Asik (213-C-86) scored 9 points in a row to reduce to 64:62, while Preldzic made two free throws for 67:66. Hamann was also perfect from the free throw line for 69:66 with 23 seconds remaining. Preldzic scored for 69:67 but then immediately on Dirk Nowitzki. The latter did not leave the chances for Turkey as he made two free throws for 71:67. Chris Kaman paced all the winners with 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19. Schwethelm notched 14, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik produced 10. Omer Asik nailed 19 in defeat and Kanter posted 11.

Lithuania - France 67-73
Who can stop France? Lithuania just failed in front of more than 10000 spectators. France remained undefeated and improved to 4-0 record on top of Group E after 73:67 victory. Kaukenas and Songaila brought the first four points for the hosts and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) closed a 5-0 run for France. The latter did not mind to play against the full arena in Vilnius and Batum scored two free throws for 15:10. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave the hosts the lead back at 16:15 and Kahudi closed the frame from the perimeter. France kept Lithuania scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the start of the second frame and improved to 6 points. De Colo scored for 26:20 and Batum brought 30:21. Parker scored for 34:27, while Jasikevicius sent the squads to the lockers for 34:28 at the halftime. The third quarter completely belonged to Lithuania and they first came closer to the winners. Kaukenas and Javtokas delivered 5 for 41:39 and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) gave them the lead at 42:41. Jonas Valanciunas scored a free throw and then drove a lay-up for 46:43 with 10 minutes remaining, but then France responded with their power. Trailing 5 points in the start of the last quarter, De Colo gave France 52:50 advantage. He scored another four points for plus 4 and Parker added two for 60:54. Again Parker and Joakim Noah increased to 66:57 and it was clear about the winner. Diaw made two free throws for 68:62 and Joakim Noah made the same for the final points of the winning side. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up with 21 points and Parker followed him with 19. Joakim Noah and Batum scored 9 points apiece. Simas Jasaitis delivered 13 points in defeat and Jonas Valanciunas posted 12.

Spain - Serbia 84-59
Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss as the latter fell at 1-3 record in Group E. Spain meanwhile improved to 3-1 record after 84:59 win. Pau Gasol scored the first four points in the game and his brother added two for 12:5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Savanovic exchanged the shots midway through the first period, while Juan Carlos Navarro nailed another three for 18:11. Reyes scored the last three points in the first quarter to bring 23:14 lead for Spain. Paunic and Savanovic reduced to 27:20 early in the second, while Pau Gasol made it 31:22. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) closed an 11-0 run that Spain erupted with in the middle of the second frame. Serbia meanwhile responded with a 7-0 run and Tepic scored for 39:29. Savanovic sent the teams to the lockers at 43:32 as Spain won the second frame 20-18. Pau Gasol and Calderon nailed threes in the start of the third period to bring 15-point advantage in the game. Spain produced another 13-0 run for 57:34 and it was clear at that time about the winner. Marc Gasol made it 59:36 and Rubio scored for 63:40. After 27-17 in the third quarter Spain enjoyed 70:49 before the last 10 minutes. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored the first 5 points in the final stanza, while Marc Gasol scored four in a row for 74:54. Juan Carlos Navarro brought 79:58 and Claver made a dunk for 81:59. San Emeterio scored his first points in the game from the free throw line giving the defending champions 83:59 lead and then Sada brought the final result in the game. Pau Gasol top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Marc Gasol notched 20. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 14 points. Nenad Krstic delivered 12 points in defeat and Savanovic posted 11.
Group F
Georgia - Finland 73-87
Finland registered the first win at the Qualifying Round of 2011 EuroBasket. They toppled Georgia to keep their hopes of reaching quarterfinals alive. They improved at 1-3 record in Group F. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) unloaded 14 points to pace Finland. Georgia slipped at 0-4 record after the loss. Finland jumped into an 18:11 lead midway through the opening frame. Mikko Koivisto capped the first frame with two free throws to make it 22:13. Georgia opened the second term on an 8:0 run to narrow the deficit. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame and Finland entered the second half up by only 3 points 36:33. Muurinen and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) boosted the margin early in the second half. Finland stayed in control posting a 61:52 lead at the final intermission. Muurinen and Huff drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the final frame to stretch the gap. Georgia cut the deficit back to 10 points but could not get any closer in the reminder of the contest as Finland coasted to the victory. Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Petteri Koponen posted 12 points each for Finland. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Georgia. Giorgi Shermadini had 13 points in the loss.

FYR Macedonia - Slovenia 68-59
FFYR Macedonia recorded the second straight win at the EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They held off Slovenia to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) orchestrated victory with 19 points, 4 boards and 4 assists. Slovenia in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record and would fight for quarterfinal appearance against Finland on Monday. FYR Macedonia set the tone early opening the game with seven unanswered points. FYR Macedonia maintained the lead posting a 20:16 advantage at the first intermission. Slovenia tipped off the second frame with six unanswered points to surge ahead. But FYR Macedonia quickly regained control with a 10:0 run midway through the second period. They built a comfortable 39:31 lead at halftime. Slovenia got as close as four points early in the third term but a triple from Illievski kept FYR Macedonia on top. Slovenia faced a 12-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. They never got any closer in the final frame as FYR Macedonia rallied to the victory at the end. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) accounted for 14 points, while Vojdan Stojanovski contributed 11 points in the win. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) answered with 20 points for Slovenia. Jaka Lakovic netted 9 points in defeat.

Greece - Russia 67-83
RRussia clinched the seventh straight win at EuroBasket 2011. They fired past Greece to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Greece on the hand fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) stepped up for the winners scoring 19 points and pulling down 5 boards. The teams traded baskets throughout very close first frame. The Hellenes snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams continued to stay neck and neck throughout the second frame. Greece earned a 38:33 lead late in the period but Russia answered with a 9:1 run to post a 42:39 halftime lead. David Blatt team used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 58:49 lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 8 points 65:57. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) dragged Greece within five points midway through the fourth frame but Monya drained a pair triples in a 10:0 run from Russia as they cleared off for good in this one. Shved delivered 15 points, while Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kostas Koufos answered with 15 points for Greece. Nikolaos Zisis and Antonis Fotsis netted 10 points each in the loss.


Second Round. Results and Stats from Day 1 and 2 in Vilnius - Sep 8, 2011
Group E
Serbia - Lithuania 90-100
Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia 100:90 in their start of the Second Round. Serbia and Lithuania entered the court last at the opening day of the Second Round. Newly created Group E brought as much interest as expected. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) opened the game from the perimeter, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Serbia 6:3. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) drove a lay-up for 10:7 and he increased later to 12:7. Jasaitis nailed three to tie the game at 14:14 and Milenko Tepic made the same at 20:20. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) and Macvan were the last players to score for their teams for 26:24 at the end of the first period. Mantas Kalnietis increased the lead to 4 points early in the second and Jankunas scored for 35:30. Mantas Kalnietis gave one of the biggest lead in the first half as Lithuania enjoyed 43:34 midway through the second frame. Serbia actually reduced a bit, while Songaila and Kaukenas sent the squads to the lockers for 54:44 halftime advantage. Mantas Kalnietis gave the hosts plus 13 in the start of the third quarter and Mantas Kalnietis brought 63:53. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored his 14th point from the free throw line to make 67:56. Both teams managed to score 24 points in the third quarter that brought 78:68 at the end of thirty minutes. When Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) closed a 6-0 run in the start of the fourth quarter it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Pocius scored for 86:73 and Jankunas delivered three for 90:79. Nenad Krstic and Kaukenas exchanged the shots for 93:81 and Javtokas made it 95:81 with 3 minutes to go. Jasaitis made a dunk for 97:83, while Jonas Valanciunas brought three-digit number. Mantas Kalnietis poured in 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18. Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 14, while Pocius and Jankunas netted 13 each. Nenad Krstic replied with 21 points for Serbia that suffered their second loss in a row. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 apiece and Milenko Tepic posted 12.

Germany - Spain 68-77
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) is back to the Second-Round-Win opener over Germany. His brother however was the top-scorer in the important win over the German team, 77:68. Spain started with 4 consecutive points and Fernandez scored for 6:3. Germany however replied for 7:6 as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) made a jump shot. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) nailed three for 12:8, but Spain replied with 7-0 run. Later Schaffartzik nailed three for 15:15 and Gasol made one free throw to close the first quarter. Herber made the score 18:18 and San Emeterio closed an 8-0 run for 26:18, but v responded for 27:26 lead for Germany. Navarro and Chris Kaman later scored for 29:29 and Fernandez brought 33:29. Herber tied the game at 33:33 on the board, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) gave Spain 36:33. Pau Gasol started the scoring account in the third quarter and opened it with 3 consecutive points. Pau Gasol made a three-pointer later in the quarter for 42:37, while Marc Gasol improved to 50:41. It seemed it was the decisive part of the game, but Germany again reduced the gap. Dirk Nowitzki closed the third quarter at 56:55 as Germany won the frame 22-20. Dirk Nowitzki and San Emeterio exchanged the shots in the start of the fourth quarter. The latter added two more free throws for 60:57 and Fernandez increased the lead to 5 points. Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol remained the difference the same with 7 minutes to go, while again Chris Kaman and San Emeterio brought 66:61. Schaffartzik cut it to 3 and ask Spain to call for a Timeout. Navarro nailed a three-pointer for plus 5 with 3 minutes and then it was German time to call for Timeout. Chris Kaman cut it to 68:65, while Pau Gasol made it 70:65. Marc Gasol added another two for 7-point advantage and it became clear at that time about the winner. Benzing cut it to 74:68 and Pau Gasol scored for 77:68. Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points and Pau Gasol added 19. Navarro notched 14, while San Emeterio added 12. Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat and Chris Kaman posted 15.

Turkey - France 64-68
France remained perfect at Eurobasket 2011 and won their opener of the Second Round. One of the favorites outscored Turkey 68:64. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) opened the game for their teams and Onan made two shots from the arc for 10:2 lead. Nicolas Batum and Seraphin reduced to 12:11, while Nicolas Batum closed the period at 14:12. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Savas surprised Turkey for 18:12 early in the second but the latter did not give up. France replied with a 7-0 run and Pietrus made it 19:18 for his side. Traore tied the game at 20:20 and Kanter made the same at 25:25. The teams continued to struggle hard in the court, while Tony Parker (183-PG-80) sent them both to the lockers for 31:27. Noah made two free throws early in the third for 35:28., while Ilyasova reduced to 36:32. Tony Parker made sure the things went alright making 43:35 and Kahudi scored for 45:37. Again Kahudi and Gelabale closed the third quarters from the long range and brought the biggest lead in the quarter at 57:44. Traore made it plus 15 early in the fourth, but Turkey however was too far to give up. Ilyasova scored for 60:51 and Arslan reduced to 63:56. Turkey also scored six more points for 63:61, while Tony Parker increased to 4 points with 18 seconds to go. Emir Preldzic cut it to 65:63 with 7 seconds remaining, but again Tony Parker brought the final success for the favorites. Tony Parker top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 13. Kahudi notched 8, whilst Noah nailed 7. Hidayet Turkoglu posted 13 in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic notched 11.
Group F
Georgia - FYR Macedonia 63-65
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) lifted FYR Macedonia up to 3-0 record in Group F as his team overcame Pachulia-less Georgia 65:63. The final shot with 2 seconds in the game was decisive for Bo McCalebb. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) gave Georgia 5:0 lead and Markoishvili scored for 9:4. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Bo McCalebb reduced to 9:8 and Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) gave the first advantage for his side. Tsintsadze meanwhile closed the first quarter at 13:12, FYR Macedonia. Pero Antic and Bo McCalebb opened the second frame for 18:12 and Vojdan Stojanovski increased to 10 points advantage. Viktor Sanikidze and Boisa cut it to 25:23, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili sent the squads to the lockers for 29:26. Boisa and Ilievski exchanged the shots early in the third that gave FYR Macedonia 32:28. Nikoloz Tskitishvili meanwhile tied the game at 32:32 and it was him to give Georgia 35:34 lead. Bo McCalebb and Vojdan Stojanovski brought the control back to FYR Macedonia as the latter had 42L37 midway through the third quarter. Sokolov increased to 47:38 and Samardziski made a jump shot for 51:38. Bo McCalebb later closed the stanza at 54:44. Georgia however did not give up and made a huge comeback. They opened the fourth stanza with an 8-0 run and Shengelia scored for 54:52. Markoishvili later made two free throws for 63:58 and Nikoloz Tskitishvili brought 63:61 with a minute to go. Moreover after Ilievski missed a shot and Pero Antic had a foul, Nikoloz Tskitishvili tied the game at 63:63. Bo McCalebb however deserved to be named MVP of the game made the last shot for 65:63 and brought another victory for FYR Macedonia. Bo McCalebb erupted with 27 points for the winners as his side is now with surprising 3-0 record in Group F. Vojdan Stojanovski and Pero Antic followed him with 8 each. Nikoloz Tskitishvili answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Viktor Sanikidze scored 15.

Finland - Russia 60-79
Russia solved the Scandinavian puzzle and overcame the surprising Finland that reached Second Round after amazing theoretical events on the last day of the Preliminary Round. Russia remained perfect and produced a 79:60 victory. Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) and Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) gave the Scandinavian team the lead at 5:2, while Koponen made it 9:8. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) surprised Russia for 11:8 and Teemu Rannikko later brought 14:14. Russia meanwhile scored the last four points in the end of the quarter for 18:14 advantage. Moreover Russia continued their lead in the start of the second and reached 23:14 early in the second. Bykov and Khryapa increased to 28:18, while Khryapa closed the half at 33:20. As a result Finland managed to score only 6 points in the second frame and trailed 13 points at the halftime. Russia made the things clear in the third quarter and went on a bigger lead. Bykov scored four in a row for 42:26 and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) increased to plus 18. Vorontsevich and again Andrei Kirilenko made it 52:30 and Monya scored for 54:35. The latter also closed the third period at 59:38. Koponen opened the last frame from the perimeter and Nikkila scored for 67:47. At some points it seemed the Scandinavian team started to play better at the end and actually it was remarkable on the board when they produced 22-20 in the last stanza. Virtanen was the last player to score for Finland to reduce to 15, while Fridzon scored 4 consecutive points for the final success. Andrei Kirilenko poured in 14 points for the winners and Shved added 12. Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) followed them with 11 points each. Shawn Huff delivered 14 in the losing effort, while Gerald Lee and Teemu Rannikko posted 11 apiece.

Slovenia - Greece 60-69
Greece opened the EuroBasket 2011 Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Slovenia in Group F opener. The victory propelled the Hellenes to 2-1 record in the ladder. Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds to pace the winning side. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Slovenia opened the game with four points in a row but Greece soon erased the deficit. They jumped into an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes used an 11:0 run early in the second term to post a 29:15 advantage. They controlled the situation establishing a 37:25 halftime lead. Slovenia recovered in the third term. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) helped to narrow the deficit and then Smodis hit a triple to put his team in front 46:44. The teams exchanged baskets for the bigger part of the fourth frame. But Ioannis Bourousis and Nikolaos Zisis knocked down five points in a row as Greece earned a 61:57 lead with just over a minute remaining. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Nikolaos Zisis drained triples inside the final minute to carry Greece to the victory. Ioannis Bourousis scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida), Antonis Fotsis and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) posted 7 points each in the win. Jaka Lakovic answered with 14 points for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) netted 10 points each in defeat.


The End of the Preliminary Round in Lithuania - Sep 6, 2011  
Group A
United Kingdom - Poland 88-81
Great Britain shocked Poland 88:81 and did not allow them to advance to Second Round. Both teams finished with 2-3 records however gave Turkey the last ticket to the Second Round. Poland shocked Turkey last night and after that game all three teams including Great Britain had chances for the third place to advance to Second Round. Great Britain however needed a massive victory against the Poles in their last group game on Monday to maintain those hopes. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) and Joel Freeland (208-F-87) exchanged the early leads and the latter gave Great Britain 8:2 in the opening tip. Poland needed an 8-0 run to tie the game at 12:12 and Berisha later made it for 14:14. Koszarek and Archibald closed the first period with jump shots for 18:17, Great Britain. Berisha gave Poland 23:22 early in the second, while Clark scored for 31:26. Great Britain looked great in the end of the period and Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) made five consecutive points for 39:31 lead at the halftime. Joel Freeland increased to 42:31 early in the third, but Koszarek reduced to 42:37. Joel Freeland and Luol Deng made it 46:37 and Szewczyk scored four in a row for 46:41. Moreover Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) reduced to 49:47 with 4 minutes in the third quarter. Again Luol Deng brought 53:48, while Koszarek delivered 6 points in arrow for Poland to give his side 56:53. Luol Deng made two free throws to close the third period at 55:56. Joel Freeland and Thomas Kelati exchanged the shot for 62:61 and Luol Deng scored his 25th point for 64:61. Reinking and Clark brought 69:63 and Thomas Kelati reduced to 71:68 with 6 minutes to go. Lenzly tied the game at 75:75 and Berisha gave Poland 78:75 with three minutes remaining. Lenzly replied from the arc for Great Britain and gave them 1-point lead. Joel Freeland made an alley-oop for 80:77 and Poland needed timeout with 2 minutes to play. Luol Deng increased to 82:77 but Adam Hrycaniuk cut it to just three. Reinking and Luol Deng brought 88:79 and Adam Hrycaniuk made the final result in the game. Luol Deng and Joel Freeland combined for 55 points to lead all the winners. Berisha posted 19 in defeat and Adam Hrycaniuk as well as Koszarek netted 15 each.

Spain - Turkey 57-65
Turkey confirmed their high ambitions for the EuroBasket tournament with a stunning win over previously undefeated Spain. Turkey shocked their opponents in the fourth frame to steal a key victory. The winners improved at 3-2 record and booked the place in the Qualifying Round. Spain slipped at 4-1 record on top of Group A. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. Spain opened the game with a 5:0 run. They stayed in charge in the opening quarter posting a 19:10 lead ten minutes into the game. Emir Preldzic erupted for 11 points in the second quarter to keep Turkey within striking distance. They ensured a 38:35 halftime lead. Spain maintained the lead throughout the third term. They secured a 55:49 advantage with one quarter to go. But a drastic change came in the fourth period. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) opened the period with a jumper but then Turkey kept their opponents scoreless for almost nine minutes going on a 16:0 run and celebrating an impressive win at the end. Omer Asik and Hidayet Turkoglu posted 12 points each, while Ender Arslan (190-G-83) added 10 points in the victory. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Felipe Reyes had 11 points each in the loss.

Portugal - Lithuania 69-98
Lithuania smashed Portugal 98:86 in the last game of the Preliminary Round at Eurobasket 2011. The home side produced an easy 98:69 victory to send Portugal home with 0-5 record. The hosts, who had clinched second spot in Group A ahead of the game, will advance to Round Two in Vilnius with a 1-1 record. Lithuania easily took the lead, but first Santos made a three for 12:12. The hosts responded with 12-0 run to take 24:12 after Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland)'s jump shot. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) and Minhava exchanged the late baskets in the first period for 28:16. Portugal had nothing to lose and created a great second frame. Filipe Da Silva (192-G-79) tied the game at 35:35 as Portugal dominated the second quartet. After 19-13 in it, Portugal trailed 6 points at the halftime. The second half however completely belonged to Lithuania. They needed 27-15 in the third quarter as the board showed 68:50 after thirty minutes. Another 30-19 in the last quarter brought the final result in the game. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Sarunas Jasikevicius poured in 14 points each, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) netted 13 and Jasaitis scored 12. Andrade ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Tavares chipped in 14.
Group B
Serbia - France 96-97 OT
France remained perfect at the Eurobasket 2011. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) and Co edged Serbia 97:96 in overtime to win Group B. The game between France and Serbia was one of the most expected in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Both teams entered the game undefeated and struggled in the court to stay perfect. Savanovic and Batum brought the first points for their teams, while Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) gave Serbia 9:4. Again Nenad Krstic and Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 17:12, while Tony Parker and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) reduced to 19:16. Tony Parker scored later six in a row for his side and gave France 22:21 lead. Tepic however was the last to score in the first period to bring the lead back for Serbia at 25:24. Bjelica and Macvan remained Serbia in front at 29:28 and Marko Keselj scored for 31:30. Tony Parker tied the game at 36:36 and Diaw brought four for 43:38. Teodosic however sent the teams to the lockers at 43:41 as he made three free throws in the end of the second frame. Perovic tied it at 43:43, while Seraphin and Tony Parker gave France 52:44. Marko Keselj and Nenad Krstic reduced to 52:49, while Macvan closed a 13-0 run for Serbia and gave them 57:52. Kahudi and Joakim Noah gave France back the lead at 62:61 and Rasic closed the period at 64:62, Serbia. The teams stayed too close to each other in the fourt frame and each of them deserved the final win. Nenad Krstic made the final two free throws with 10 seconds in the fourth period for 80:80. Tony Parker could bring the win for France but sent the teams to overtime. In extra time the teams played very offensive and scored 33 points in just 5 minutes. The lead changed more than usual and Gelabale gave France 93:891 with a minute to go. Savanovic and Marko Keselj gave Serbia 96:95, but France had Mr Tony Parker. The latter made two free throws for the final success. Tony Parker poured in 24 points for the winners and Batum netted 18. Diaw chipped in 15, while Joakim Noah scored 14. Marko Keselj delivered 25 points in the losing effort and Nenad Krstic posted 22. Rasic and Teodosic scored 11 points each in defeat.

Latvia - Germany 80-81
Germany had a narrow escape against Latvia for the third win at the European Championship. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) drained a key three-pointer late in the game to seal the victory for Germany. The winners improved at 3-2 record and occupied the third position in Group B. Latvia suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament. Germany opened the game with seven points in a row. They soon grabbed a 13:3 lead but Latvia closed the period strongly to narrow the gap to just a single point 14:15. Freimanis put Latvia in front midway through the second term. The teams went to and fro before Tibor Pleiss tied things up at 33 at halftime. Germany surged in front midway through the third term. Tibor Pleiss stepped up with five points late in the period to give Germany a 56:48 lead into the fourth frame. However Latvia went on a 14:3 run to grab a 71:67 advantage with just over three minutes remaining. They still led by two points 80:78 with 18 seconds remaining before Heiko Schaffartzik drained a triple and sealed the win for Germany. Robin Benzing (208-F-89), Heiko Schaffartzik, Tibor Pleiss, Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) delivered 11 points each to lead the effort. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) responded with 27 points for Latvia. Dairis Bertans had 15 points in the loss.

Israel - Italy 96-95 OT
Israel needed overtime to beat Italy in the last game for both teams in Group B of Eurobasket 2011. Israel failed in the fourth period but managed to grab 96:95 overtime victory. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) gave Israel the first lead, while Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) brought the first points for the Italian squad. Mordente gave his side 10:8 and Hackett as well as Andrea Bargnani's threes gave Italy 18:15. Israel trailed 4 points with one minute to go in the first, but Pnini closed a 5-0 run for 27:26 lead at the end of the first period. Datome tied the game at 29:29 but Israel erupted with another 10-0 run to take 39:29 midway through the second frame. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Andrea Bargnani however cut it to 40:36 and Gallinari reduced to 44:41. Meanwhile David Blu and Nissim ensured 49:41 halftime advantage for Israel. The latter did not even think of slowing down and won the third period 30-19. Ohayon gave Israel 79:60 with just 10 minutes left in the court. Italy however shocked the opponents in the start of the fourth period and erupted with 18-0 run. Andrea Bargnani scored throughout the run at 79:73 with 3 minutes to play. Hackett and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) cut it to 79:76 and again Hackett made it 79:78 with less than a minute to play. Gal Mekel (194-PG-88, college: Wichita St.) broke the silence for Israel at 80:78 from the free throw line with 16 seconds to go. Gallinari nailed three for 82:81 and Andrea Bargnani tied the game at 84:84 sending the teams to overtime. David Blu gave Israel 86:84 and later he scored for 88:85. Green and Pnini delivered five for 93:89, but Andrea Bargnani and Cinciarini scored for 95:95. Green however made one free throw to seal the victory with Israel. Pnini paced all the winners with 22 points and David Blu scored 17. Eliyahu delivered 16, while Halperin and Kadir posted 10 each. Andrea Bargnani finished the thriller with 26 points, while Gallinari added 19.
Group C
Greece - Croatia 74-69
Greece won over Croatia in Group C of Eurobasket 2011. The Greek side improved to 4-1 record after 74:69 win and advanced to the Second Round. Both sides knew victory would secure their spot, but a disappointing Croatia side was simply blown away during the opening two quarters. Koufos scored for 14:8 and Fotsis brought 18:10. Vasileiadis made two free throws at the end of the frame for 25:13. Vasileiadis gave Greece plus 19 and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) scored for 40:23. Vasileiadis later gave the biggest lead for his team at 43:23 and Andric closed the half at 44:27. Croatia had nothing to lose and produced an excellent second half. They managed to win the third period 18-14 and reduced to 13 points when Stanko Barac (217-C-86) closed the third at 58:45. Moreover a 6-0 run gave Croatia 58:51 and Stanko Barac cut it to 60:55. Tomic and Popovic brought Croatia within 4 points and the latter educed to 69:67. Greece however did not allow them to win the game. Vasileiadis made two last free throws for the final result. Vasileiadis and Fotsis top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Ioannis Bourousis added 11. Zisis and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) followed them with 9 points each. Popovic and Stanko Barac posted 14 points each in defeat, whilst Simon added 11 and Tomic had 10.

Finland - Montenegro 71-65
Finland advanced to the Second Round after the victory over Montenegro 71:65 in the first game of the last day in Group C. Both teams entered the court with 1-3 records and hoped to leave the last spot of Group C. Only pride was on the line for Montenegro when they prepare to sign off their EuroBasket 2011 campaign in Alytus knowing they are the only team in Group C without a shot of making it to Round 2. Henrik Dettmann 's Finland had to beat Montenegro and then sawif both Greece and F.Y.R. of Macedonia win their games.

Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Huff were the first players to score for their teams. Koponen and Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) gave the Scandinavian team 7:4, while Salin scored for 19:12. Tuukka Kotti made two free throws at the end of the period to bring his side 25:14 at the end of the frame. In the second quarter Montenegro started to play better and as a result Dasic tied the game at 28:28. Jeretin made the same at 31:31 and then he made another free throw for 1-point lead. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) brought his side 38:34, while Salin sent the teams to the lockers at 40:36, Montenegro. Montenegro started the third quarter netter and Vucevic gave his side 49:42. Finladn replied with a 7-0 run and Rannikko tied the game at 49:49. Koivisto nailed three for 52:51 and Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) made two free throws for 54:53. Finland continued to dominate and Lee scored for 65:58. Tuukka Kotti and Bjelica scored free throws for 66:63 and Koponen gave the Scandinavian team 68:65 with less than 2 minutes in the fourth period. Virtanen made three free throws for 6-point victory. Lee paced all the winners with 12 points, while Tuukka Kotti netted 11 and Koponen scored 10. Nikola Pekovic ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Milos Borisov (201-F-85) had 14.

FYR Macedonia - Bosnia 75-63
Bosnia and Herzegovina failed in their bid to reach Round 2 with defeat against F.Y.R. of Macedonia to send surprising Finland to Vilnius. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) gave the winners 2:0 lead and Ilievski brought 7:3. Bosnia and Herzegovina replied with 7-0 and Kikanovic scored for 10:7. The teams exchanged several more baskets in the rest of the quarter for 17:16, Bosnia. Teletovic tied the game at 23:23 and Vasiljevic made the same at 29:29. Teletovic and Gordic gave Bosnia 35:31 and Domercant sent the squads to the lockers at 38:35. The second half however was fatal for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the last in Eurobasket 2011. F.Y.R. of Macedonia opened the third quarter with 13-0 run and Pero Antic delivered for 49:38. Stojanovski made four in a row for 53:42 and Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) replied with consecutive five points to close the third at 53:47. Samardziski and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) gave the winners 57:51, while Pero Antic and Bo McCalebb made the things clear in the court for 64:57. Gechevski brought the last points for the winners and sent Bosnia and Herzegovina packing. Bo McCalebb stepped up with 22 points as his team won Group C. Pero Antic followed him with 15 points and 14 boards, while Gechevski scored 13. Nihad Dedovic ended up with 15 points in defeat and Bajramovic added 12.
Group D
Ukraine - Belgium 74-61
Neither team had a chance to qualify to the next round but both got pride. Belgium opened the game with 6:1 lead, while Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) made it 10:3. Lishchuk reduced to 13:5, while Faison gave the biggest lead for Belgium at plus 11. Ukraine erupted with a 17-0 run as Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88, agency: Beo Basket) closed the run at 22:16. From that time Ukraine started to dominate the court and won the game. Kravtsov and Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) made it 33:21, while Pecherov made his 13th points at 36:21, while Kravtsov brought 41:24. Mbenga and Steve Bertt exchanged the late baskets in the end of the half for 43:26 on the board. Zabirchenko and Kravtsov brought 47:29, while Steve Bertt scored for 53:31 midway through the third quarter. Van Den Spiegel reduced to 53:33 and Lauwers scored for 64:45. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) and again Lauwers scored for 69:48, whilst Lypovyy nailed three for 72:50. Mbenga made the last points for Begium and closed it at minus 13. Pecherov paced all the winners with 15 points, while Kravtsov collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Alexander Kolchenko scored 10 and Steve Bertt added 9. Sam Van Rossom delivered 17 and Lauwers notched 13.

Georgia - Bulgaria 69-79
Georgia just needed any victory to finish third at the Eurobasket 2011 Group D. Bulgaria needed a 14-point or higher win, and anything below that will send Georgia to celebrate. Bulgaria won 79:69 and now two teams are with 2-3 records. Bulgaria hold the tie-breaker advantage, having won the game, however yet things can get more complicated considering the last game of the round between Ukraine and Belgium. In case Ukraine win they would join Georgia and Bulgaria to create a three-way tie in which only the last two still have a chance to go through. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) gave Georgia 7:5 and Markoishvili scored three for 10:7. Rowland and Marinov scored to 15:11, while Bulgaria finished the quarter with 11-0 run and remained the opponents scoreless for a long time. Haynes broke the silence for the Georgian side and Shengelia scored for 22:21 and Zaza Pachulia scored for 29:27. Shengelia and again Zaza Pachulia brought 33:28, while Rowland erupted with two shots from a long distance to reduce to 1 point. Zaza Pachulia sent the teams to the lockers at 37:34 as Georgia won the second period 22-15. Rowland tied the game at 37:37 early in the third. Zaza Pachulia, Boisa and Viktor Sanikidze made it 43:37 and Ivanov needed four consecutive points for 43:41. Rowland tied the game at 46:46 bringing his team his 18th point. Rowland scored also for 50:50 and Ivanov made it 52:52, while after Haynes closed the third period at 55:52. Boisa gave his side 59:54 and Haynes as well as Viktor Sanikidze scored for 63:57. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) and Ivanov delivered five for 65:62 and Rowland reduced to 67:65. Moreover Rowland and Ivanov gave Bulgaria 70:67 with 2 minutes remaining. Ivanov and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) continued the run for Bulgaria that took 74:67 win with a minute to go. Filip Videnov increased to 2 more and Bozhidar Avramov made the final result in the game. Rowland led the way with 25 points for the winners and Kaloyan Ivanov notched 15. Dejan Ivanov followed them with 12 points for the important victory. Viktor Sanikidze produced 18 points in defeat and Haynes netted 15.

Slovenia - Russia 64-65
Russia finished the Preliminary Round with a perfect 5-0 record and won Group D. The team needed 65:64 victory over Slovenia to hand them their first loss. Russia trailed in 39 minutes and 49 seconds but needed last 11 seconds for the final successful shot. Slovenia scored the first 7 points in the game and Lorbek scored five in a row for 12:7. Slokar increased to 17:8, while Fridzon closed the first period at 19:16. No matter how hard Russia tried to recover they trailed in the whole half. Begic scored for 34:27 and Lorbek nailed three for 40:34. It was the last shot in the second period as Slovenia enjoyed 6-point advantage at the halftime. Dragic gave his side double digit lead and Smodis scored for 46:39. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) reduced to 49:45, while Semen Antonov (202-F-89) brought 53:51. The latter also closed the third period at 55:53, but then Russia did their best in the last one. They also trailed in the whole last period but with 11 seconds to go Monya gave the first and the last lead for Russia that celebrated the victory. Andrey Vorontsevich paced all the winners with 18 points and Viktor Khryapa notched 10. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81)o followed them with 8 points and three other teammates scored 5 apiece. Lorbek ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Lakovic and Ozbolt scored 8 each.


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Lithuania - Sep 5, 2011
Group A
Lithuania - Spain 79-91
Spain won Group A of Eurobasket 2011 with even one more game remaining. The defending champions cruised past the hosts 91:79 in the most expected game so far of the tournament. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) (190-PG-81) opened the game from the long distance and Jankunas responded for 5:5. Javtokas brought Lithuania the first lead at 7:6 and unfortunately for the hosts it was the last one in the game. Spain erupted with 18-0 run to take 22:7. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) was very active in the end of the quarter and closed it for 31:12 as it was his 15th points already. Reyes and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) started the second period with 7-0 surge and Llull scored for 41:16. Jose Manuel Calderon made two threes for 49:21 and Fernandez brought 54:27. Again Juan Carlos Navarro and then Pau Gasol from the arc made it selfish 62:36 at the halftime for the defending champions. Fernandez and Pau Gasol made it 67:36 early in the third as Spain did not even think of slowing down. Martynas Pocius and Kalnietis answered from the perimeter, while Pau Gasol made another three-pointer for 72:44. Lithuania created a 9-2 run as Jasikevicius made it 74:53. Jasaitis and Juan Carlos Navarro exchanged the late baskets in the third as Spain had 81:56 entering the last period. Lithuania started with a 6-0 run to reduce to 81:62 and Kalnietis scored for 87:66. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 87:70, while Jasikevicius delivered for 91:76. Delininkaitis made it even 91:79 as it became the last shot in the game. Juan Carlos Navarro paced all the guests with 22 points and Pau Gasol notched 17. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) posted 15, while Jose Manuel Calderon delivered 12. Jonas Valanciunas answered with 13 points in defeat, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Martynas Pocius scored 11 apiece.

Poland - Turkey 84-83
Poland shocked Turkey to take the third position in Group A. The victory can be decisive for the last (third) spot to the Second Round from the group. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) brought 84:83 victory as both teams are with 2-2 record after day 4 in Eurobasket. Poland had the first lead in the game as Hrycaniuk made a jump shot. Ilyasova brought 5:4 for Turkey that was the favorite of the game after three days of campaign. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile scored four in a row for 15:9 and Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed the first period at 17:14.Dardan Berisha kept Poland in front after a three-pointer and he made it also 23:18. Emir Preldzic and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) cut it to 26:25 and Tunceri reduced to 32:31. Poland stayed in front for the whole time and Hrycaniuk sent the teams to the lockers for 39:35. Onan however tied the game at 43:43and Asik gave his side 45:43. Hidayet Turkoglu made two free throws for 52:48 and it was Poland to catch up later in the game. Szymon Szewczyk scored for 60:62, while his another two points tied the clash at 62:62. Emir Preldzic gave Turkey 70:66 and he again scored for 75:68. Szymon Szewczyk and Koszarek nailed from the long range for 75:75 with less than 4 minutes in the fourth period. Ilyasova scored four in a row for 79:75 and then Dardan Berisha and Pamula gave Poland 82:81. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) tied the game at 82:82 with 30 seconds remaining and his another free throw gave Turkey 83:82. Dardan Berisha made it 84:83 with 12 seconds as Turkey needed the immediate timeout. Tunceri tried to bring the victory for Turkey but missed a three pointer. Dardan Berisha led the charge with 21 points and Hrycaniuk netted 15. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 12, while Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) chipped in 11. Enes Kanter ended up with 19 points in defeat and Ilyasova posted 14. Hidayet Turkoglu finished the game with 13 points and Emir Preldzic nailed 11.

United Kingdom - Portugal 85-73
Great Britain opened win count at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame Portugal to improve at 1-3 record in Group A. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stepped up with impressive 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge. Portugal slipped at 0-4 record after the loss. Great Britain jumped to an 8:2 lead after ten minutes of action. But Portugal bounced back and levelled things up at 16 after ten minutes of action. Luol Deng scored 8 points in a row midway through the second term to give Great Britain a 26:19 lead. Soon Freeland opened a double-digit lead for Great Britain and they established a 44:34 halftime advantage. Great Britain just kept on clearing off in the third term and posted a 59:45 lead into the fourth frame. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) dragged Portugal within 7 points midway through the final quarter but Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Luol Deng came up with timely points to silence their opponents. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) stepped up with 17 points, while Nathan Reinking added 9 points in the victory. Carlos Andrade answered with 24 points and 10 boards for Portugal. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) posted 18 points in the loss.
Group B
Germany - Serbia 64-75
Serbia remained perfect in Eurobasket 2011 as they handed Germany their second loss in a row. Serbia needed 75:64 to grab 4-0 record and will meet France for the first place in the group tomorrow. Germany failed from the very beginning and allowed Serbia to go on 9-0 run. It was still the memory from the awful game against France that demolished the German team few days ago. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) however reduced to 9:7, but Keselj made two three-pointers for 17:7. Herber closed the period at 17:10 as he made the long range shot from the perimeter. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored five in a row for 22:12 and his another three-pointer gave Serbia 25:14. Nenad Krstic and Rasic delivered for 29:16 and Dirk Nowitzki cut it to 33:24. He also sent the squads to the lockers at 38:28 as Serbia won both periods in the first half. Steffen Hamann and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) exchanged the early threes in the start of the third quarter, while Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored for 40:33. Milos Teodosic and Markovic brought the five straight points for Serbia that enjoyed 45:33 lead. Dusko Savanovic and Nenad Krstic ensured the 15-point advantage with 4 minutes to play in the third. Dirk Nowitzki reduced to 51:38, while Milenko Tepic made two free throws for 56:41. Perovic meanwhile closed the third period also from the free throw line. Benzing gave Germany a chance to survive in the last period, but Rasic immediately responded for 60:44. Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki cut it 62:49 with 6 minutes to go. Again Dirk Nowitzki brought Germany to 62:54 as he scored his 23 point. Milos Teodosic broke the intrigue at 73:61 and Heiko Schaffartzik made the final result in the game. Dusko Savanovic top-scored for Serbia with 18 points and Nenad Krstic nailed 15. Milos Teodosic posted 12 and Milenko Tepic added 8. Dirk Nowitzki replied with 25 points in defeat, while Heiko Schaffartzik scored 11 and Chris Kaman as well as Steffen Hamann posted 10 apiece.

Italy - France 84-91
France stayed perfect at 2011 EuroBasket. They prevailed against Italy in a dramatic clash tonight to improve at 4-0 record in Group B. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Italy fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) nailed 13 points in the opening frame to give the Azzurri a 23:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The lead changed hands for a couple of times throughout the second term before Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) drained three triples and ensured a 48:41 halftime lead for Italy. The Azzurri kept their opponents at bay throughout the third period. They established a 67:60 lead with ten minutes remaining. Tchicamboud and Gelabale opened the final period with back-to-back three-pointers to narrow the deficit. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) drew things level at 74 midway through the fourth quarter. Les Bleus surged back in front but Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari made it 80:79 for Italy with just over two minutes to go. Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw pulled Les Bleus in front 85:82 with just 36 seconds left. Nicolas Batum followed with two free throws to enlarge the lead. Les Bleus then went deadly from the stripe and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Nicolas Batum finished with 20 points, while Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) added 11 points in the win. Andrea Bargnani answered with 22 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli chipped in 19 points in defeat.

Israel - Latvia 91-88
Israel grabbed 91:88 over Latvia for the initial victory in Group B between two winless teams before the clash with each other. Israel started strong and opened the game with 7 consecutive points. The Baltic state however did not panic and bounced back with an 8-0 run. Janis Blums (190-G-82) later tied it all at 9:9 and he nailed three for 13:13. Israel produced a 6-0 run as Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) made it 19:13 and Bertans closed the period at 23:22, Israel. Naimy brought 27:27 and Lior Eliyahu scored for 34:30. David Blu gave Israel 40:37, but Janis Blums netted three for 43:42. Green however remained Israel in front at the first half for 47:45. After being tied at 51:51, Ohayon and David Blu created a 6-0 run for 57:51. David Blums scored six in a row for 57:57, but Lior Eliyahu and Naimy gave Israel 65:62. Janis Blums erupted with another five in a row for 67:65, while Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) closed the period for plus 1, Latvia. Freimanis made a dunk for 71:68 early in the last frame, but Mekel and David Blu closed a 7-0 run for 75:71. Lior Eliyahu and Rihards Kuksiks exchanged the baskets for 77:75 and Bertans scored for 81:79. Strelnieks tied the game at 83:83 and Israel led 2 points with 30 seconds remaining. Guy Pnini scored for 89:84 and Rihards Kuksiks immediately nailed three for 89:87. Mekel scored two from the free throw line to make it 91:88, while Strelnieks missed the final shot. Lior Eliyahu erupted with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Guy Pnini netted 12. Janis Blums had high 27 points, while Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) notched 14 and Rihards Kuksiks posted 12.
Group C
Bosnia - Croatia 92-80
Bosnia and Herzegovina posted the second win at the European Championship. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) exploded with 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead them past Croatia. The victory helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to catch up with Croatia in Group C ladder. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record. The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 56 points in the opening frame and entered the second period tied at 28. The teams stayed neck and neck before Bosnia and Herzegovina ignited a 9:0 run to post a 43:36 halftime advantage. Croatia answered with a 7:0 run at the start of the third term to level things up. But Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) helped Bosnia and Herzegovina clear off to a 64:59 lead at the final intermission. Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 rally to take a 76:61 lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Henry Domercant posted 23 points, while Kenan Bajramovic added 12 points in the win. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) provided 16 points in defeat.

FYR Macedonia - Finland 72-70
FYR Macedonia earned the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off pesky Finland to improve at 3-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) topscored with 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Finland fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout close first quarter. Finland eventually earned a 21:20 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia used an 11:0 run early in the second term to jump into a 37:27 lead. However Finland capped the half with eight points in a row to take a 40:38 lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. After several lead changes Muurinen gave Finland a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes to go. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Bo McCalebb made it 70:66 for FYR Macedonia with under two minutes to go. Salin answered with a triple to narrow the gap but Bo McCalebb went deadly from the stripe secure a 72:69 lead for FYR Macedonia with five seconds to go. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) narrowed the gap but it was not enough for Finland as they lost the game. Vojdan Stojanovski posted 16 points, while Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists in the victory. Mikko Koivisto and Petteri Koponen answered with 11 points each for Finland. Gerald Lee netted 10 points in defeat.

Montenegro - Greece 55-71
Greece posted the third win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They held off Montenegro to bounce back from an upsetting loss to FYR Macedonia in the previous round. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Montenegro fell at 1-3 record after the loss. The teams looked evenly matched in the first frame. Greece eventually grabbed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 32:31 halftime advantage. Greece went on a deadly 19:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 51:33 lead. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 17 points 58:41. Montenegro had little chance of saving this one and had to surrender at the end. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) provided 14 points, while Nick Calathes added 12 points, 6 assists and 3 boards in the win. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Montenegro. Milko Bjelica finished with 8 points in the loss.
Group D
Bulgaria - Russia 77-89
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and Mozgov combined 40 points to rout Bulgaria for a perfect 4-0 record in Group D. Russia overcame the opponents 89:77 as the latter fell at 1-3 record. After an important loss from Ukraine, Bulgaria looked very well in the start of the game against Russia. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored three for 7:4 and his another shot gave Bulgaria plus 5. Russia however responded with an 8-0 run as Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) closed it at 13:9. Ivanov and Shved exchanged the late baskets in the quarter for 23:18, Russia. Vitaly Fridzon made another three-pointer for 29:22 and his third one from the long range saw 32:24 on the board. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 40:29 and Earl Rowland reduced to 42:38 at the halftime. Russia looked better in the third quarter and after 25-21 took 67:59. Antonov opened the last frame with a jump shot and he made a dunk for 74:64. Videnov reduced to 76:68 after four straight points and his three-pointer brought 80:71 later in the quarter. Again Videnov reduced to 80:75, but Russia did not allowed the opponents to come closer. Andrei Kirilenko scored for 87:76 and Khryapa brought the last points for the winners.

Georgia - Ukraine 69-53
Georgia won over Ukraine in one of the most important games of the group for the third place. Georgia needed 69:53 to take 2-2 record and steps closer to advance to the Second Round. It was a tough start for both teams and they managed to score only 4 points in the first 5 minutes. Lishchuk made it 6:4 and Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed a three for 9:4 lead. Shermadini and Haynes reduced to just 1 point, but Pecherov nailed two long range shots for 15:10 advantage. Moreover Fesenko closed the first period at 17:10. Again Pecherov fired from the arc for 20:13 and Kolchenko brought 24:17 after an amazing assist from Zabirchenko. The latter nailed three right after for 27:19 and Fesenko gave Ukraine double figures lead. Georgia however dominated the rest of the quarter and Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) sent the teams to the lockers at 33:30. Georgia started the second half better and grabbed the lead early in the third. Pachulia, Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) gave Georgia 38:35 and Georgi Tsintsadze increased to 5. Haynes and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) gave Georgia 46:39, while another five points in a row were too much for Ukraine. Steve Bertt broke the silence for 51:41 and Pachulia scored for 53:44. Sanikidze increased the lead to 11 and he also made it 57:44. Lukashov nailed three in response for 57:47 and Sanikidze made an alley-oop, while Tornike Shengelia made the things clear at 15 points with 5 minutes to go. Manuchar Markoishvili scored for 65:50 and Manuchar Markoishvili brought plus 17. Sanikidze made the final result in the game at 69:53. Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili poured in 14 points each, while Tornike Shengelia notched 12. Pecherov and Steve Bertt delivered 11 points each in the losing effort.

Belgium - Slovenia 61-70
Slovenia posted the fourth straight win at EuroBasket. They overcame pesky Belgium to stay undefeated in Group D. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Belgium on the other hand suffered the fourth loss in a row. Belgium got to a 10:2 start to the game. They maintained the lead to secure a 15:14 advantage after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout intense second period and Belgium managed to record a 30:29 lead at the interval. Slovenia went on a 7:2 run at the start of the second half to surge ahead. They stayed in charge posting a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) knotted things up at 58 with under four minutes to go in the game. However Erazem Lorbek and Goran Dragic returned the lead for Slovenia and they never surrendered it in the final seconds. Mirza Begic (216-C-85) posted 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Erazem Lorbek and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) added 7 points each in the win. Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) answered with 16 points for Belgium. Marcus Faison delivered 13 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 3 and 4 in Lithuania - Sep 3, 2011
Group A
Turkey - Lithuania 68-75
Lithuania grabbed 3-0 record in Group A of the home tournament. The Baltic State overcame Turkey 75:68 in one of the top games in Day 3 at Eurobasket 2011. This game as well as Germany-France was expected more than any other in Day 3. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) was too good for France at that game as the end did not bring too much intrigue, however Turkey and Lithuania struggled until the last seconds. Jankunas scored for 8:4 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) tied the game at 11:11. Omer Asik (213-C-86) gave Turkey 16:15, while Kanter later tied it all at 17:17. Lithuania took 19:17 after the first period, while Savas again made it equal in the court. Turkoglu brought 29:23 and Ersan Ilyasova increased to 8 points. Only Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82)'s three sent the teams to the lockers at 35:32. Turkey. Omer Asik and Ersan Ilyasova scored for 45:39, while again Simas Jasaitis reduced to 47:47. Later Jasikevicius scored from the perimeter for 659:58 as Lithuania took the lead. Preldzic brought 63:63 with 3 minutes in the game and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) made the same at 65:65. The last points the host scored from the free throw line and it was enough to seal the victory. Preldzic, Preldzic, Jasikevicius and Simas Jasaitis ensured the third straight win for Lithuania. Darius Songaila paced all the winners with 12 points, while Simas Jasaitis and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) notched 11 each. Ersan Ilyasova answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Omer Asik chipped in 11.

Spain - United Kingdom 86-69
Spain won the third straight game at Eurobasket 2011. The defending champions overcame Great Britain 86:69. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) opened the game with four straight points and Fernandez scored for 9:2. Great Britain reduced the gap immediately in the end of the frame as Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) made it 19:16 after 10 minutes. Luol Deng brought 21:19 for Great Britain in the start of the second frame but Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 28:23. Rubio and Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) brought 32:25, while the latter made it plus 9. Spain produced the same result in the second period adding another 19-16 for 38:32 at the halftime. Marc Gasol and his brother made it 46:36 and Reinking cut it to 52:38 later in the third. Reinking and Johnson exchanged the late baskets for 60:45 after thirty minutes. Pau Gasol brought 67:48 and Ibaka delivered for 71:50. Adegboye and Luol Deng made three free throws for 71:53, but Felipe Reyes increased to 20. Claver closed a 7-0 run for Spain, while Adegboye scored 4 in a row for 78:57 with 3 minutes to go. Johnson and Adegboye reduced to 80:62, while again Johnson and Freeland cut it to 13. Felipe Reyes and Marc Gasol ensured the last points for Spain that celebrated 86:69 victory. Pau Gasol top-scored for Spain with 21 points, while Marc Gasol collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fernandez notched 11 and Felipe Reyes posted 10. Luol Deng finished the game with 17 points and Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14.

Portugal - Poland 73-81
Poland celebrated the initial victory at the Eurobasket 2011. The team improved to 1-2 record after 81:73 over Portugal due to the second half. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored from the arc in the opening tip, but Portugal replied with 7-0 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) scored the last 4 points in the first period for 13:10 at the end of the first period. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile tied the game at 17:17, while Portugal again went on a bigger lead. Santos nailed three for 33:24 and Filipe Da Silva (192-G-79) closed the half at 36:29. Poland erupted with 13-0 run when the teams came back to the court after the break. Berisha nailed three for 42:36 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 45:38. Miguel Miranda's layup however halted the long drought for Portugal and they outscored their opponents 13-7 to go into the final frame with the game knotted at 49:49. The last quarter became the most offensive and Poland managed to score 32 points. Szymon Szewczyk brought 54:51, while Hrycaniuk added for 64:61. Lukasz Koszarek increased to 71:65, while he scored from the perimeter at the very end for the final result in the game. Lukasz Koszarek ended up with 18 points for the winners and Berisha nailed 16. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 13, while Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) scored 11. Antonio Tavares and Costa answered with 13 points in the losing case, whilst Santos and Filipe Da Silva notched 12 apiece.
Group B
Serbia - Israel 89-80
Serbia stay perfect at Eurobasket 2011 after a tough game over Israel. The latter stayed in front for the majority of the game but failed at the end and lost the game. Serbia needed 89:80 to improve to 3-0 record in Group B. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) and Eliyahu made it 5:0 for Israel and Eliyahu later brought 11:6. Kadir and Bjelica exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for 25:22, Israel. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) tied the game at 27:27, but Serbia failed 4-11 run and Nissim scored for 41:31. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) however reduced to 41:35 at the halftime, but Israel did not slow down in the second half. Nissim gave his side 53:41 that was the biggest lead in the game. Serbia got a three-point play by Kosta Perovic and a shot from the arc on the left wing by Stefan Markovic to pull level at 64:64. Serbia then took the control and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 79:76. Dusko Savanovic erupted from the arc for 84:76 and Teodosic scored the last two points from the free throw line. Dusko Savanovic poured in 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 7 boards. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 15 points and also 7 rebounds, whilst Milan Macvan notched 7. Yotam Halperin produced 18 points in the losing case and Blu as well as Nissim had 16 apiece.

Latvia - Italy 62-71
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State on Friday afternoon at Eurobasket 2011. The Italian player erupted with 36 points for 71:62 win as Italy grabbed 2-1 record in Group B. Italy could not score for the first three minutes and only Andrea Bargnani made the first points. He scored the first seven points and gave Italy 7:5. Latvia however played better in the opening quarter and Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) closed it at 21:18. Strelnieks brought 25:20 and Meiers made two free throws for 28:22. Andrea Bargnani and Bertans exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 33:31, Latvia. Andrea Bargnani tied the game at 33:33 and Mancinelli brought 48:46 lead. Two free-throws by Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) gave the Italians a 55:53 lead at the end of the third quarter and then at the beginning of the fourth, captain Mordente and Andrea Bargnani struck two major blows. Andrea Bargnani was the hero of the last quarter and ensured the victory for Italy. Marco Belinelli made the last free throw in the game for the final result. Marco Belinelli posted 11 points for the second victory at the tournament. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) finished the game with 19 points and Andrejs Selakovs notched 10 in defeat. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) posted 8 points as Latvia dropped at 0-3 record.

France - Germany 76-65
Tony Parker did whatever he wanted to propel France over Germany in Day 3. France needed 76:65 to stay perfect, while Germany suffered their first loss. Kaman and Nowitski opened the game for 5:0 and Kaman later made 11:2. Germany however they did not expect France to recover immediately. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) reduced to 14:12, while Hamann closed the period mat 16:12. Although Benzing made it 24:17, France had Tony Parker to respond. He nailed three and then made two free throws for 29:26 lead. Tony Parker scored another 5 in a row for 39:33, while Noah followed him for 8-point deficit. Schaffartzik reduced to 46:39, but Tony Parker closed another 10-0 run for 56:39. Traore closed the third period at 58:40. Schwethelm and Tony Parker exchanged the early baskets in the last period and Ohlbrecht cut it to 60:43. Nicolas Batum and Traore brought 64:45, while Tony Parker made it 66:45 with 7 minutes to go. Germany however cut it to 11 as Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made two free throws for 68:57. Noah increased to 13 and Staiger made it 72:62. Nicolas Batum made an amazing dunk for 74:62, while Nicolas Batum hit from the half court for the final result. Tony Parker erupted with 32 points staying on the bench for the majority of the last quarter. Nicolas Batum notched 14 and Gelabale nailed 10. Dirk Nowitzki delivered 20 points in defeat and Schaffartzik scored 12.
Group C
Greece - FYR Macedonia 58-72
FFYR Macedonia recorded the second win at the 2011 EuroBasket. They stunned Greece tonight to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up with 27 points to pace the charge. Greece and FYR Macedonia are now tied on top of the ladder in the group. FYR Macedonia jumped to an early 6:2 lead. But Greece quickly denied the deficit. They put their noses in front and ensured an 18:16 lead at the first break. The Hellenes stretched the margin to 5 points early in the second quarter 21:16. But FYR Macedonia used an 8:0 run late in the half to surge ahead 30:26. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kaimakoglou cut the distance to a single point 29:30 at halftime. Bo McCalebb stepped up for FYR Macedonia in the third term. He fired 13 points and made sure his team took a 50:47 lead into the fourth frame. FYR Macedonia went on an 11:1 run early in the fourth quarter to boost their lead. Vasileiadis stopped the rot for Greece but FYR Macedonia answered with a killer 9:0 surge to clear off for good in this one. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Chekovski added 11 points each in the victory. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) responded with 16 points for Greece. Ioannis Bourousis had 10 points, 10 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Croatia - Montenegro 87-81

Croatia posted the second victory in the European Championship in Poland. They held off Montenegro to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Montenegro on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) orchestrated the victory with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Croatia.
The Croatian team got to the better start. They registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Croatia kept Montenegro at bay throughout the second frame. Cook and Bjelica finally managed to drag Montenegro within four points at the interval 42:46. But Croatia opened the third term on a 7:0 run to boost the gap. They arrived at the final break leading by 7 points 67:60. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) made it a 10-point game 80:70 midway through the fourth frame. But Montenegro answered with 7:0 run to narrow the distance. Tomic, Zoric and Marko Popovic went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds sealing the victory for Croatia. Marko Popovic posted 23 points for the winners. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) had 9 points and 12 assists for Croatia. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points for Montenegro. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Finland - Bosnia 92-64
Finland celebrated the first win at the European Championship. They shot down Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1-2 record in Group C. The Finnish team thus caught up their todays opponents in the ladder. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 17 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Mikko Koivisto made it 24:20 for Finland. Bosnia and Herzegovina denied the deficit midway through the second term. Ikonic put them in charge with a three-pointer 32:31. But Finland regained control and ensured a 42:38 lead at the interval. The Finnish team used a 9:2 run midway through the third quarter to boost the margin to 11 points 51:40. Salin and Rannikko made it 70:53 late in the period. Salin capped the third term with a three-pointer as Finland earned a 76:56 advantage. Finland stayed comfortable in charge throughout the fourth frame. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) contributed 14 points, while Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) provided 12 points in the victory. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) answered with 25 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) had 11 points in the losing case.
Group D
Ukraine - Bulgaria 67-56
Mike Fratello's Ukraine tastes the first victory at Eurobasket 2011. The team won the very important game over Bulgaria 67:56 as both teams are with 1-2 records in the group. Varbanov and Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-G-84) exchanged the early baskets in the start of the game, while Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) closed a 7-0 run for Ukraine for 10:3. Avramov nailed three to cut it to 14:10, while Chavdar Kostov tied it all at 16:16 early in the second. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) and Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88, agency: Beo Basket) made it 21:17, while Alexander Kolchenko and Dmytro Zabirchenko scored for 30:20. Rowland and Dmytro Zabirchenko sent the teams to the lockers for 34:25 at the halftime. Chavdar Kostov and Lishchuk scored from the arc in the start of the third period and Alexander Kolchenko made two free throws for 41:28. Lishchuk brought 45:21 and Alexander Kolchenko gave the biggest lead for Ukraine at plus 18. Ivanov was the last to score the third quarter with the successful shot for 58:43. Bulgaria did not give up and Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) as well as Ivanov reduced to 60:52. Dejan Ivanov made it 65:56, while Viacheslav Kravtsov increased to 67:56. For another almost two minutes the teams remained scoreless and it allowed Ukraine to celebrate the first victory at Eurobasket 2011. Alexander Kolchenko stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Steve Bertt added 17. Dmytro Zabirchenko posted 12, while Viacheslav Kravtsov netted 7. Chavdar Kostov and Filip Videnov ended up with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Russia - Belgium 79-58
Russia grabbed the third victory in Group D of Eurobasket 2011. Blatt's squad reached 79:58 over Belgium to keep them winless. The favorites scored the first six points in the game, but Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) tied it all at 7:7. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and again Marcus Faison scored threes for 10:10, while Khryapa brought 18:12 for Russia. Tabu reduced the gap at the end of the frame closing it at 21:16. Beghin and Mbenga cut it to 24:20 but Shved and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) scored for 30:21. Russia led 11 points with few minutes left in the half, however allowed the opponents to cut it to 5 points at the halftime. Mozgov brought 42:34 and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) increased to 10 points. Andrei Kirilenko made two free throws for 51:41 and Andrey Vorontsevich nailed three for 13-point advantage. Lauwers and Muya closed the third quarter at 57:48. Antonov and Bykov made it 61:48 early in the last stanza and Antonov nailed three for 16-point lead. Vitaly Fridzon nailed three for 67:50 and he netted another one for 72:52 on the board. Ponkrashov and Antonov scored the last baskets for the winners to celebrate the third straight victory. Vitaly Fridzon top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Andrey Vorontsevich added 17. Andrei Kirilenko was satisfied with just 9 points. Marcus Faison notched 14 points in defeat, whilst Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87, agency: LBM Management) and Beghin brought 8 apiece.

Slovenia - Georgia 87-75
Slovenia is the first to improve to 3-0 record in Group D at Eurobasket 2011. The team edged tough Georgia 87:75 and advanced to the next stage of the competition with two more games remaining. Georgia started better and Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) brought the first three points. Sanikidze scored for 7:5 and Tsintsadze delivered two for 22:14. Moreover Haynes nailed three for 25:15 after the first ten minutes of the game. Shengelia brought the biggest lead in the game at 28:15 early in the third, while Slovenia reduced to 4 points after a 9-0 run. Dragic and Jagodnik cut it to 37:35 and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) brought 40:40 on the board. It was the last successful shot in the half as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Slovenia took control in the third period and Lorbek scored for 51:45. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Dragic delivered for 55:47 , but Georgia pushed the tempo at the end of the third quarter. Gamqrelidze reduced to 55:51 and Boisa scored for 57:53. Gamqrelidze nailed three for 59:58 that was the end of the third quarter. Saso Ozbolt and Dragic fired threes for 65:60 and Jaka Lakovic nailed another one for 73:65. The latter made two free throws for 77:68 with a minute to go. Saso Ozbolt made another two for 11-point lead, while Haynes scored three for 79:71. Saso Ozbolt made four free throws in a row for 85:73, while Jaka Lakovic made the final result on the board. Jaka Lakovic paced all the winners with 22 points and Saso Ozbolt added 21. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) produced 15, while Lorbek delivered 12. Zaza Pachulia replied with 22 points and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) scored 16.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Lithuania - Sep 1, 2011
Group A
United Kingdom - Turkey 61-90
Turkey improved to 2-0 record in Group A after the victory over Great Britain on Thursday afternoon. Turkey led from the start until the end to seal 90:61 victory. Deng gave his side the first lead in the game at 1:0 as it became clear after it was the last one. Turkey responded with seven consecutive points and Omer Onan (194-G-78) later scored for 13:3. Ilyasova and Omer Asik (213-C-86) brought 17:3, while Reinking closed the period at 22:10. In the second frame Turkey also scored 22 points but allowed Great Britain to finish with 16. Deng closed the half at 44:26 and Omer Asik opened the scoring account in the third period for his side. Sullivan and v reduced to 49:33, while Turkoglu nailed three for 54:33. Ilyasova and Freeland exchanged for 59:37 and the latter also posted the last three points in the third quarter for 64:43. Turkey did not allow the opponents to come closer and did not even think of slowing down. Tunceri and Omer Onan made it 69:44, while Omer Asik scored for 74:49. Johnson and Izzet Turkyilmaz (210-F-90) left 25-points difference on the board and Akyol scored 6 in a row for 82:51. Boateng later gave Great Britain four consecutive points, while Johnson made the final result in the game. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 15 points for the winners and Omer Onan notched 14. Savas chipped in 12, while Kanter added 11. Deng finished the game with 22 points and Kyle Johnson delivered 10.

Poland - Lithuania 77-97
Lithuania registered the second straight win at the home EuroBasket. They fired past Poland for 2-0 record in Group A. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to pace the charge. Lithuania surged ahead late in the opening quarter. They recorded a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) scored 8 points in a row early in the second frame to give the hosts a 33:22 lead. Lithuania stretched the margin to 15 points at halftime. The margin just kept on growing in the third term. The home team entered the fourth frame up by 24 points 76:52. Poland fired 25 points in the final term but it could not rescue them eventually. Darius Songaila provided 14 points, while Rimantas Kaukenas added 11 points in the victory. Thomas Kelati answered with 16 points for Poland. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) had 10 points each in the loss.

Portugal - Spain 73-87
Spain turn on high-octane stuff against Portugal and easily won the second game at EuroBasket 2011. After the tough victory over Poland in Day 1, the defending champions rout Portugal 87:73. Spain did not waste time and went on a lead in the first period. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 22:11, while Fernandez closed the frame at 26:16. The latter also brought 33:19 early in the second and Pau Gasol added two more for 16-point deficit. Portugal however created a 6-0 run as Tavarez reduced to 35:25. Calderon and Reyes were the last to score at the half for 53:36 advantage. Pau Gasol and his brother ensured 57:38 early in the third, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored for 59:41. He made two three-points in a row later for 65:44 midway through the third quarter. Reyes scored four consecutive points at the end of the quarter for 77:52. In the last stanza Portugal started to play better and reduced to score a bit in the game. At first Fonseca and Miranda reduced to 79:52, while Andrade cut it to 80:60. Rubio increased the lead to 23 points, but Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) reduced to 18. Evora and Reyes exchanged the shots for 85:66, while Rubio made 87:66. Goncalves scored four in a row for 87:70 and Santos nailed three for the final result. Pau Gasol again top-scored for the winners, this time with 20 points. Juan Carlos Navarro netted 17, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Reyes notched 10 apiece. Antonio Tavares replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Miranda scored 13.
Group B
Italy - Germany 62-76
Germany needed a strong finish to win over Italy in the top game of Day 2 in Eurobasket. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) were too much for the Italian side in a 76:62 victory. The teams were tied four times in the opening period, while Mordente tied it at 16:16 in the latest. He also gave Italians 2-point lead after the first 10 minutes, while Herber opened the third quarter from the perimeter and Ohlbrecht scored for 22:20. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Dirk Nowitzki scored for 36:30 that became the score at the halftime. Trailing 32:38 in the start of the third quarter, Italy erupted with an 8-0 run as Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) brought 40:38. Only Dirk Nowitzki needed the last shot in the third period for 46:45 after thirty minutes. The last quarter however completely belonged to Germany. They exploded with 30-17 in it and reached the second straight victory. Schwethelm made the last three-pointer in the game for the final result. Dirk Nowitzki top-scored for the German side with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Chris Kaman collected 17 points and 17 caroms. Robin Benzing posted 14, while Schaffartzik added 11. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points and Marco Belinelli scored 15 in defeat.

Latvia - Serbia 77-92
Serbia celebrated the second straight win at the Eurobasket 2011. The Serbian squad edged Latvia 92:77 after 19-2 from the start. It was an easy start for Serbia that overcame Italy in Day 1 of the competition. Serbia scored the first 11 points in the game and later had 19:2. Perovic made a dunk to close the first period at 23:7. The Baltic side was too far to give up and erupted with a massive lead in the second quarter. Rolands Freimanis (207-C/F-88, agency: Players Group) tied the game at 29:29, while Serbia responded with a 7-0 run. Savanovic later scored for 37:31 and Krstic scored two frees for 42:36. Kuksiks nailed three and Strelnieks brought 46:41 in the end of middle of the third quarter. For Serbia it was an offensive period and after 32 points in it they enjoyed 70:58 going into the last quarter. Rolands Freimanis and Janis Blums (190-G-82) reduced to 6 points, but Macvan and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 76:65. Strelnieks made two free throws for 76:70, while Strelnieks and Paunic exchanged the shots for 82:72. Serbia won the end of the game 10-5 and took the second straight win in Lithuania. Nenad Krstic paced all the winners with 23 points, while Savanovic netted 19. Paunic followed them with 10 and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) as well as Perovic scored 9 apiece. Rolands Freimanis delivered 19 points in defeat, whilst Kuksiks posted 16. Janis Blums notched 15 and Strelnieks added 12.

Israel - France 68-85
France rolled to the second win at the start of EuroBasket. They stormed past Israel to stay undefeated in Group B. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) scored 21 points and issued 8 assists to pace the winners. France fired 24 points in the opening quarter to build a 10-point lead. Israel stopped the rot in the second term. They got within 7 points at the interval 35:42. But the third term turned things French way. Les Bleus stepped on the gas and rallied to a 64:48 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Israel got within 15 points but never threatened the margin as France cruised to the victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) posted 15 points, while Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) added 13 points in the winning case. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) answered with 15 points each in the loss.
Group C
Bosnia - Montenegro 94-86
Bosnia and Herzegovina overcame Montenegro in Group C that comprises four teams from former Yugoslavia. The later push allowed them to celebrate 94:86 win for 1-1 record. Montenegro meanwhile suffered their first loss and also has 1-1 record. Dragicevic and Domercant brought the first points for the winners and Domercant nailed another three for 10:6 lead. Teletovic and Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 17:13, while Dedovic brought 22:15. The latter also set up the final result at the end of the first period at 24:19. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) and Dedovic made it 32:19, while Ikonic scored three for 40:29. Bosnia and Herzegovina also won the second period and led 48:41 at the halftime. The third period however completely belonged to the Montenegrin team that bounced back with 27-19. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) gave his side 68:67 and Dragicevic increased to 4 points. Teletovic's far-shot-range however buried Montenegro. He scored 4 times from the perimeter in the last period to bring the necessary result for his team. Vasiljevic scored two free throws at the very end for the final score. Teletovic led the way with 23 points and Dedovic netted 19. Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) delivered 14 and three other teammates scored 9 each. Pekovic and Omar-Sharif Cook ended up with 16 points each in the losing effort. Dasic collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, while Dragicevic scored 13.

Finland - Greece 61-81
Greece celebrated the second straight victory at the Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania. The Greek side won all the quarters over Finland to end with 81:61 success. Greece took 6-0 from the start of the game and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Fotsis scored for 10:6. Mavroeidis delivered two at the end of the first period for 20:14 advantage. Finland started the second period more confident and Lee reduced to 24:19. Moreover Huff scored another three for minus 2. No matter how hard the Scandinavian team tried to come closer, Greece did not allow them to do that. Ioannis Bourousis brought 37:29 and Koponen closed the half at 41:32. The third quarter became the most defensive in the game as both sides shared 28 points. Greece added another 16-12 for 57:44 after thirty minutes. Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89, college: Ohio St.) and Vasileiadis brought 61:47 and Zisis made two free throws for 64:50. Ioannis Bourousis immediately scored four from the line and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) nailed a three for 73:52. He was also the last player for the winners to score 4 consecutive points and celebrate 81:61 victory. Ioannis Bourousis top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Zisis notched 14. Michael Bramos and Fotsis followed them with 9 points each. Koponen delivered 21 for the Scandinavian side and Lee added 13.

FYR Macedonia - Croatia 78-76
F.Y.R. of Macedonia brings the first loud upset defeating Croatia in Day 2 of Eurobasket 2011. After an overtime loss from Montenegro the team won over Croatia 78:76 as both teams are with 1-1 records in the middle of Group C. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) and Gechevski started the game from the arc and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) later tied the game at 6:6. F.Y.R. of Macedonia showed their ambitions already in the start of the game and won the opening period 21:18. Bogdanovic and Tomic scored the first five points in the second quarter and Dontaye Draper later gave Croatia 31:28. Simon scored for 37:32 and Bo McCalebb closed the first half as Croatia had 4-point deficit. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) and Barac increased to 49:37 but the game was not over. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) reduced to 56:51 and Bo McCalebb cut it to 58:56. Ilievski later tied the game at 60:60 with one minute to play in the third. Tomas made the same at 65:65 and Zoric later at 72:72. Dontaye Draper made two free throws for 76:76, but Ilievski brought the victory for F.Y.R. of Macedonia. Bo McCalebb paced all the winners with 19 points and Ilievski nailed 18. Pero Antic scored 15, while Gechevski delivered 10. Dontaye Draper ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Damir Markota scored 12. Bogdanovic delivered 11, whilst Simon and Tomic posted 10 apiece.
Group D
Ukraine - Slovenia 64-68
Poor Slovenia managed to escape the win over Ukraine in the end of Day 3 of Eurobasket 2011. After more than 20 points advantage in the start of the last period, Slovenia failed with 1-17 and then could win only 68:64 after a heart-breaker. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Begic opened the game for Slovenia, while Zabirchenko tied the game at 6:6. Again Begic and Erazem Lorbek scored for 13:8, but again Zabirchenko reduced to 13:11. Slokar made two free throws at the end of the first period for 18:12, Slovenia. The second quarter was a masterpiece for the Slovenian team that needed 23-8 for 41:20 at the halftime. In the third quarter the difference was almost all the time by 20 points. Erazem Lorbek scored for 46:25 and he later brought 49:27. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Dragic exchanged for 51:33, while Serhiy Lishchuk and Udrih scored for 54:36. Burt made two free throws for 54:38 and Udrih closed the third period at 57:38. Fesenko opened the last period for minus 17 and Kolchenko reduced to 57:42. Ukraine kept Slovenia scoreless for more than two minutes as Slokar made one free throw for 58:42. Lukashov nailed three for 58:45 and Slovenia needed a timeout at that time. Lithuania scored only 1 single point in the first five minutes. Fesenko cut it to 58:48 and Kolchenko made two free throws for 58:55. Begic broke the silence for his side and increased to 5 points with 3 minutes to go. Lypovyy made it 60:57 and Begic made two free throws for 62:57. Erazem Lorbek and Dragic delivered for 65:58 and Burtt made two free throws for minus 5. Lukashov stole the ball and drove a lay-up for 65:62, but Lakovic increased the lead to four points. Serhiy Lishchuk cut it to 2 points with 4 seconds to play, but Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) made two free throws for the final result. Begic top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Erazem Lorbek notched 12. Smodis followed the with 9 points for 2-0 record. Burtt scored 14 in defeat and Fesenko posted 11.

Georgia - Russia 58-65
Russia grabbed 2-0 record in Group D of the EuroBasket 2011. Although the fans expected the more comfortable victory over Georgia, Russia enjoyed 65:58 win. Kirilenko scored the first points for the winners, while Georgia replied with 6-0 run. Antonov and Fridzon nailed threes for 8:6, while Monya and Fridzon closed the period from the perimeter for 20:16. Tskitishvili brought his side to 20:22, but Russia needed a small run to take the bigger lead. Monya and Kirilenko scored for 33:24, while Shved brought 40:27. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) closed a 5-0 run for Georgia to delivered for 40:32, but Russia responded with 6-0 run as Kirilenko made a dunk for 46:32. The third quarter however belonged to Georgia and they made a huge comeback at the end of the frame. Markoishvili nailed three to close the quarter at 52:45 and then Shengelia scored for 52:50. Vorontsevich and Kirilenko increased the lead to 8 points but Zaza Pachulia and Haynes scored for 54:58. Zaza Pachulia later brought 56:61, but Vorontsevich, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) and Bykov delivered the last points for the winners. Kirilenko poured in 20 points again in the second game to lead the charge. Monya netted 12, while Fridzon chipped in 9. Markoishvili answered with 21 points for Georgia and Zaza Pachulia had only 11. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) followed them with 10 points in the losing effort.

Bulgaria - Belgium 68-65
Bulgaria won the real thriller over Belgium in the start of Day 2 at EuroBasket 2011. Twelve times the score was tied in the game, while Bulgaria managed to grab 68:65 victory. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) tried to save the game but missed a three-pointer with the buzzer. Bulgaria and Belgium entered the court winless as In Day 1 both of them lost their openers. They exchanged the lead several times in the opening period until Bulgaria grabbed 14:13 after the first 10 minutes. Tabu-Eboma and Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) exchanged the baskets early in the second, while Tomas Van Den Spiegel tied the game at 19:19. Belgium went on a lead and Beghin gave them 28:21, but Earl Rowland tied it all at 28:28. The latter also sent the teams to the lockers at 33:32, Bulgaria. Kostov nailed three to tie again at 35:35 and Faison made the same at 39:39. The teams were tied again several more times in the third frame but Earl Rowland gave Bulgaria 56:52 at the end of it. Moors brought 56:56, while Videnov scored for 63:59. Sam Van Rossom and Beghin tied it at 63:63, and the latter also gave Belgium 65:63 lead with less than 2 minutes. Videnov and Ivanov responded for 3-point Bulgarian lead that became the final in the game. Sam Van Rossom tried to save the game but missed a three-pointer with the buzzer. Earl Rowland stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Videnov notched 17. Sam Van Rossom ended up with 17 points in defeat and Beghin added 13.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Lithuania - Aug 31, 2011

Group A
Spain -Poland 83:78
Spain survived the opener against Poland to start Eurobasket 2011. The defending champions won 83:78 as Poland had a great game versus one of the favorites.
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) was the first to score at Eurobasket 2011 as he brought the first lead for Poland. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) nailed three for 5:4, but then Spain needed an 8-0 run for 18:9. Szczotka meanwhile closed the first period at 22:15. Szczotka and Leonczyk cut it to 22:19 in the start of the second frame, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) made two free throws for 24:19. He also closed a run for his side at 29:19 and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 35:23. Juan Carlos Navarro scored his 11th points from the perimeter to give the favorites 40:25. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) made two free throws at the end of the half for 44:31 lead after 20 minutes.
Pau Gasol opened the third period with a jump shot to give Spain 15-point advantage. Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) scored for 46:33 and his another jump-shot reduced to 50:36 midway through the third period. Juan Carlos Navarro and Szymon Szewczyk exchanged the shots for 53:40, while Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) cut it to 54:42. Leonczyk and Adam Hrycaniuk closed the third period at 61:52. Pau Gasol made it 66:57 and Juan Carlos Navarro brought another two points from the free throw line. Poland never gave up and Lukasz Koszarek delivered two for 70:65. Pau Gasol scored his 24th points for 72:65 with 3 minutes in the game. Adam Hrycaniuk reduced to 72:67 and Thomas Kelati scored for 73:69. Juan Carlos Navarro three was too much for the opponents as the Spanish player brought 77:69 on the board. Lukasz Koszarek however replied with 5 points in a row for 77:74 and Pau Gasol scored for 80:74. Lukasz Koszarek and Thomas Kelati made two free throws each for Poland to trail 2 points in the last minute. Juan Carlos Navarro gave Spain 82:78 with 16 seconds to go and Pau Gasol made the final result in the game.
Pau Gasol erupted with 29 points for the winners and Juan Carlos Navarro netted 23. Marc Gasol ended up with 16 points, while Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) added 7. Lukasz Koszarek responded with 19 points in defeat, whilst Thomas Kelati netted 18. Adam Hrycaniuk scored 12 and Szymon Szewczyk delivered 10.

Spain: Pau Gasol 29, Juan Carlos Navarro 23, Marc Gasol 16, Serge Ibaka 7
Poland: Lukasz Koszarek 19, Thomas Kelati 18, Adam Hrycaniuk 12, Szymon Szewczyk 10

Turkey-Portugal 79:56
Turkey did not have any difficulties in Day 1 of the Eurobasket 2011. The team edged Portugal 79:56 in Group A second game.
Santos and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) became the first players to score for their sides at EuroBasket 2011. The score was also tied at 4:4, while Turkey took the lead later in the quarter. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) scored for 10:4 and Hidayet Turkoglu closed the first period for 15:9. Again Enes Kanter made four in a row for 24:11, while Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) made a jump shot for 26:13. Another 7-0 run in the middle of the second period gave the Turkish side 33:15 advantage when Enes Kanter scored his 12th points. Elvis Evora (205-C-78) and Miranda meanwhile reduced to 35:22 and the latter also nailed a three-pointer for 39:27. As it became clear after another 30 seconds in the court, that shot was the last successful in the first half.
The third quarter became decisive in the game and proved the superiority of the Turkish side. After 25-11 in it the Turks took 64:38 after 30 minutes. Tunceri increased the lead to 30 points in the start of the last frame and Silva scored for 69:40. Savas brought 72:48 for Turkey and Akyol increased to 76:48. Savas and Andrade were the last players to score for their teams to set up the final result in the game.
Enes Kanter and Hidayet Turkoglu poured in 14 points each for the winners, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) netted 10. Elvis Evora responded with 12 points in the losing effort and Silva scored 9.

Turkey: Enes Kanter 14, Hidayet Turkoglu 14, Omer Onan 10, Emir Preldzic 9
Portugal: Elvis Evora 12, Filipe Da Silva (185-F-86) 9

Lithuania-Great Britain 80:69
Lithuania got their EuroBasket off to a nervy start with an 80:69 win over Great Britain. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Reinking upset the home side twice from the perimeter for 6:0 lead in the opening tip. Lithuania however replied with 8-0 run and took 8:6 after the shot from Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall). Luol Deng brought 14:10 for the guests and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) nailed three for 19:18 hosts advantage at the end of the first period. Another two three-pointers from the Lithuanian player saw 27:22 midway through the second frame. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) needed three for 38:30 and Rimantas Kaukenas made two free throws for 44:35. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) was the last to score from the free throw line for 10-point advantage at the halftime.
The third quarter was a nightmare for the home side of Eurobasket. They scored only 5 points and allowed Great Britain to post 18. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) made two free throws for 57:54 lead after thirty minutes. Ksistof Lavrinovic opened the last quarter with a jump shot and Rimantas Kaukenas gave Lithuanian 58:57. Luol Deng gave his side the lead back, while Sarunas Jasikevicius and Reinking scored for 61:60. Simas Jasaitis and Petravicius brought 65:61 for the hosts and Kalnietis later gave his side 70:63. Rimantas Kaukenas scored another one from the perimeter for 10-point lead, while Simas Jasaitis brought 76:65. Ksistof Lavrinovic and Rimantas Kaukenas improved to 15-point lead and Luol Deng reduced to 80:69 at the very end.
Rimantas Kaukenas stepped up with 16 points, while Sarunas Jasikevicius notched 13. Ksistof Lavrinovic delivered 12 and Simas Jasaitis scored 11. Luol Deng erupted with 25 points in defeat, Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 and Joel Freeland added 14.

Lithuania: Rimantas Kaukenas 16, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12, Simas Jasaitis 11
Great Britain: Luol Deng 25, Daniel Clark 15, Joel Freeland 14

Group B
Serbia-Italy 80:68
The game between Serbia and Italy was the first one and one of the most expected in Day 1 of the Eurobasket 2011. Serbia won 80:68 after a slow start.
Italy surprised the Serbian side with 7-0 run in the beginning of the game. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored for 16:8 and he made a dunk for 8-point advantage with 1 minute in the first period, but was the last in the first frame. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) opened the second quarter, while Bjelica tied the game at 22:22. The latter also gave Serbia their first lead in the game as he made all three free throws. Milan Macvan drove a lay-up for 31:27 and Rasic was perfect from the free throw line. Serbia won the second frame 25-11 and took 35:29 at the halftime.
The third quarter started bad for Italy that failed with 0-9 run and Serbia was allowed to take 47:31. It seemed they would continue in the same way, but Italy reduced to 55:45 when Andrea Bargnani made two free throws. Moreover his 11th points in the game reduced to 55:51, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored for 57:51. Andrea Bargnani again cut it to 57:53 that was at the very end of the third period.
Keselj and Milan Macvan scored for 61:53 and the latter closed another run at 68:53. Milos Teodosic nailed three for 71:55 when it became clear about the winner. Andrea Bargnani cut it to 75:61, while Perovic made it 77:61. Savanovic nailed three for 80:64. Andrea Bargnani scored the last four points for Italy in the game for the final result.
Milos Teodosic and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) led all the winners with 15 points each. Milan Macvan netted 14, while Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) posted 8. Andrea Bargnani ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Danilo Gallinari had 15.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 15, Milenko Tepic 15, Milan Macvan 14, Nenad Krstic 8
Italy: Andrea Bargnani 22, Danilo Gallinari 15

Germany - Israel 91:64
Germany recorded a well-deserved win in the EuroBasket opener. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) scored 25 points to lead them past Israel in Group B.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Germany eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Dirk Nowitzki organized an 11:0 run that put Germany up by 14 points at halftime 40:26. Germany opened the second half with a 9:2 run to boost the gap. They stayed in control posting a 65:43 lead after three quarters of action. Germany kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth period and raced to the victory at the end. Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Robin Benzing added 12 points in the victory. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) responded with 20 points for Israel. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had 11 points in the loss.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 25, Chris Kaman 18+10 boards, Robin Benzing 12
Israel: Guy Pnini 20, Lior Eliyahu 11

France-Latvia 89:78
France expected an easier start, but had to enjoy the tough victory over Latvia. Trailing in the majority of the game France pushed the tempo for good in the second half and grabbed 89:78 win.
Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) gave France the first lead by four points, while Latvia dominated the opening period. Janis Blums (190-G-82) nailed two three-pointers in a row for 9:6 and Bertans closed the period also from the perimeter for 25:18. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) and Rolands Freimanis (207-C/F-88, agency: Players Group) exchanged the early baskets in the third quarter and then France erupted with 13-0 run for 33:28 lead. Mickael Gelabale and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) notched three threes for 33:28 on the board. Latvia was too far to give up and again Janis Blums and J. Strelnieks made threes for 36:35 lead. Janis Blums nailed another one to score his 20 points in the first half at 41:35, while Mickael Gelabale and Boris Diaw sent the teams to the lockers for 41:40.
France looked better in the third quarter and managed to take the lead with 10 minutes to go. After 23-18 the board showed 63:59 when Tony Parker scored for France and Bertans closed the period. Again Bertans and Strelnieks reduced to 65:63 early in the fourth, while Tchicamboud made two free throws for 67:63. Boris Diaw increased the lead to 6 points and Tony Parker delivered three for 72:65. Nicolas Batum and Mickael Gelabale netted threes for 78:70 and Tony Parker increased to 85:74. Meiers and Boris Diaw exchanged the late baskets in the game as France won the opener.
Tony Parker erupted with 31 points for the winners and Boris Diaw followed him with 14. Mickael Gelabale notched 11, whilst, Nicolas Batum and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 10 apiece. Janis Blums had a great game for the Baltic team scoring 32 points and Rolands Freimanis added 11.

France: Tony Parker 31, Boris Diaw 14, Mickael Gelabale 11, Nicolas Batum 10, Joakim Noah 10
Latvia: Janis Blums 32, Rolands Freimanis 11

Group C
Montenegro - FYR Macedonia 70:65 (OT)
Montenegro celebrated the first win at 2011 EuroBasket. They needed overtime to tame FYR Macedonia in Group C. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Montenegro eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. But FYR Macedonia took over late in the second frame. Lester McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Ilievski stepped up with four straight points to give them a 30:25 halftime lead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter. Eventually the teams entered the fourth period tied at 49. Bakic, Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) and Vranes put Montenegro up by 7 points midway through the fourth quarter but it was not enough. Lester McCalebb and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) dragged FYR Macedonia within two points and then Stojanovski tied things up at 61 sending the game into overtime. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) and Vladimir Dasic put Montenegro in front at the start of the extra term and Montenegro hung on to escape with a tough win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic posted 12 points, while Omar-Sharif Cook added 8 points in the win. Lester McCalebb answered with 17 points for FYR Macedonia. Pero Antic had 11 points in the losing effort.

Montenegro: Vladimir Dasic 20+16 boards, Vladimir Dragicevic 12, Omar-Sharif Cook 8
FYR Macedonia: Lester McCalebb 17, Pero Antic 11

Greece-Bosnia and Herzegovina 76:67

Greece opened Eurobasket 2011 with the victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Trailing after the first half, the Greek side needed a strong second half to seal 76:67 win.
Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the game with some important baskets to take the lead at the court. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) brought 13:8, while his another points showed 17:13 on the board. Xanthopoulos closed the first period at 17:15 and Bramos reduced to 19:20. Greece stayed close to the opponent but could not tie the game. Bajramovic scored for 32:29 and he sent the teams to the lockers for 34:31. Vasiljevic and Dedovic gave Bosnia 39:35, while Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) tied the game at 41:41. Then it was difficult to stop Greece that found its game. After 24-15 in the third quarter they enjoyed 55:49 after three quarters. Nikolaos Zisis nailed another three for 63:56 and Koufos delivered two fro 70:58. Bramos and Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) scored the last points for the teams to set up the final result.
Nikolaos Zisis and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) added 12. Elmedin Kikanovic ended up with 15 points in defeat and Nemanja Gordic scored 12.

Greece: Nikolaos Zisis 13, Nick Calathes 13, Ioannis Bourousis 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Elmedin Kikanovic 15, Nemanja Gordic 12

Croatia - Finland 84:79
Croatia registered their first win at 2011 EuroBasket. They held off Finland in a tough battle in Alytus tonight. Finland led at halftime but Croatia came from behind to snatch a tough win at the end.
Finland got to a brave start as they posted a 17:10 lead midway through the opening quarter. Croatia answered with a 10:0 run to surge ahead. But Finland eked out a 26:25 lead after ten minutes. Koivisto hit a three-pointer for a 42:31 lead for Finland midway through the second term. They hung on to post a 43:41 halftime advantage. Croatia pulled in front early in the third term and soon used a 7:0 run to make it 60:52. They arrived at the final break leading by four points 60:56. Finland cut the margin to a single point 75:76 with under two minutes remaining. However Markota drained a triple and then Krunoslav Simon and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) sealed the winning outcome from the stripe. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 27 points to pace the winners. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 14 points, while Marco Popovic had 12 in the victory. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) answered with 14 points for Finland. Sasu Salin (190-PG-91) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic 27, Ante Tomic 14, Marko Popovic 12
Finland: Petteri Koponen 14, Sasu Salin 13

Group D
Georgia - Belgium 81:59
Georgia set sail at the 2011 EuroBasket with victory. They knocked down Belgium to gain the initial win at the tournament.
Georgia used a 7:2 run early in the encounter to surge ahead. They posted a 20:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Soon Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) opened up a double-digit lead for Georgia. The margin grew at 16-point mark in the second frame. Lauwers capped the half with a three-pointer as Belgium got within 13 points at the interval 24:37. Tornike Shengelia gave Georgia a 21-point advantage midway through the third term. Belgium managed to get within 16 points at the final break 42:58. Moors opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to drag Belgium within 13 points 45:58. But Georgia answered with a 10:0 run to leave Belgium behind. They never looked back again cruising to the victory at the end. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) stepped up with 16 points, while Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) and Tornike Shengelia scored 13 points each. The first one adding 11 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) answered with 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Didier Mbenga (214-C-80) had 12 points in the loss.

Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 16, Viktor Sanikidze 13+11 boards, Tornike Shengelia 13
Belgium: Christophe Beghin 13, Didier Mbenga 12

Russia-Ukraine 73:64
Russia outscored Fratellos Ukraine 73:64 in the start of the Eurobasket 2011. Russia led 2 points with 3 minutes at the end but managed to produced an 8-2 run to seal the victory.
It was a slow start in the game as both teams had difficulties to score. Ukraine kept Russia scoreless for more than three minutes and took 5:0 in the opening tip. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) however tied the game at 7:7 and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) gave Russia the first lead at 9:7. Andrei Kirilenko and Bykov scored for 15:11and for another two minutes of the last periods the teams remained scoreless. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Kolchenko opened the second frame for 17:14, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) reduced to 20:18. Burtt nailed three for 22:20 and Vitaly Fridzon tied it all with 4 minutes in the first half. Andrei Kirilenko later tied the game at 24:24, while Russia scored another 4 points in the second frame for 28:24 when the teams disappeared in the lockers.
Ukraine dominated the third period and managed to score more in the periods that in two previous. Ukraine needed a 6-0 run at the very end as Kolchenko scored four points from the free throw line and Serhiy Lishchuk made it 53:50. Russia grabbed 10-point lead in the middle of the last quarter, but Ukraine was too far to give up. Pecherov reduced to 61:55 and Zabirchenko nailed three for 63:61. Serhiy Lishchuk made one free throw for 65:62, but then Russia finished the game with 8-2 to seal the victory.
Andrei Kirilenko top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Vitaly Fridzon added 12. Shved posted 10, while Viktor Khryapa ended up with 8. Serhiy Lishchuk finished the night with 13 points and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) notched 12.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 20, Vitaly Fridzon 12, Shved 10, Viktor Khryapa 8
Ukraine: Serhiy Lishchuk 13, Viacheslav Kravtsov 12

Slovenia - Bulgaria 67:59
Bulgaria put up a decent fight in their EuroBasket opener but surrendered against Slovenia at the end. Erazem Lorbek stepped up with 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Bulgaria led in the fourth quarter but Slovenia capped the regulation on an 11:0 run to steal a valuable win at the end.
Slovenia opened the game with five points in a row but soon Bulgaria put their noses in front 11:9. Slovenia gained back the lead late in the period accumulating a 17:13 lead at the first break. Erazem Lorbek and Udrih gave Slovenia a 23:14 lead midway through the second term. Bulgaria managed to narrow the gap to just 4 points at the interval. Kostov put Bulgaria as close as one early in the third term but Slovenia reacted with eight points in a row to clear off. They ensured a 47:40 lead at the final intermission. Earl Rowland scored 7 points in an 11:0 run as Bulgaria grabbed a 57:51 lead with under five minutes to go. But Slovenia came back from behind and sealed the victory at the end. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) finished with 13 points, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) contributed 12 points in the win. Earl Rowland answered with 20 points for Bulgaria. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) posted 14 points in the loss.

Slovenia:
Erazem Lorbek 18, Goran Dragic 13, Zoran Dragic 12
Bulgaria:
Earl Rowland 20, Filip Videnov 14

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