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European Championships Standings
 1. France
 2. Lithuania
 3. Spain
 4. Croatia
 5. Slovenia
 6. Ukraine
 7. Serbia
 8. Italy
 9. Belgium
 9. Finland
 11. Latvia
 11. Greece
 13. Bosnia
 13. U.Kingdom
 13. Montenegro.
 13. Sweden
 17. Germany
 17. Czech Rep.
 17. Georgia
 17. Turkey
 21. Russia
 21. Israel
 21. FYR Macedo.
 21. Poland

Tony Parker - MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)
European Championships Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Serbia 4-1 
 2. Lithuania 4-1 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Ukraine 2-3 
 5. Belgium 1-4 
 6. Latvia 1-4 
Group F
 1. Croatia 4-1 
 2. Slovenia 3-2 
 3. Italy 3-2 
 4. Spain 2-3 
 5. Finland 2-3 
 6. Greece 1-4 
Group Places 13-24
 1. Bosnia 3-2 
 2. Germany 2-3 
 3. Montenegro. 2-3 
 4. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 5. U.Kingdom 2-3 
 6. FYR Macedo. 1-4 
 7. Israel 1-4 
 8. Russia 1-4 
 9. Turkey 1-4 
 10. Georgia 1-4 
 11. Sweden 1-4 
 12. Poland 1-4 
European Championships Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. France 4-1 
 2. Ukraine 4-1 
 3. Belgium 2-3 
 4. U.Kingdom 2-3 
 5. Germany 2-3 
 6. Israel 1-4 
Group B
 1. Serbia 3-2 
 2. Latvia 3-2 
 3. Lithuania 3-2 
 4. Bosnia 3-2 
 5. Montenegro 2-3 
 6. FYR Macedon. 1-4 
Group C
 1. Spain 4-1 
 2. Croatia 4-1 
 3. Slovenia 3-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 2-3 
 5. Georgia 1-4 
 6. Poland 1-4 
Group D
 1. Italy 5-0 
 2. Finland 4-1 
 3. Greece 3-2 
 4. Sweden 1-4 
 5. Russia 1-4 
 6. Turkey 1-4 
Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH24.3 
 3. Davis, AZE22.7 
 4. Gortat, POL21.1 
 5. Jerebko, SWE20.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN19.9 
 7. Casspi, ISR19.5 
 8. Stefansson, ISL18.5 
 9. Markoishvili, GEO18.0 
 10. Haciyeva, AZE17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.5 
 2. Gortat, POL11.6 
 3. Shima, ALB9.6 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL9.2 
 5. King, CYP9.1 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 7. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 8. Smeulders, NED8.3 
 9. Simmons, BUL8.3 
 10. Talts, EST8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, BIH7.4 
 2. Kudrautsau, BLR5.6 
 3. Jansen, NED5.3 
 4. Ohayon, ISR5.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, GEO5.1 
 6. Gavel, SVK5.1 
 7. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 8. Preldzic, TUR5.0 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.9 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Markoishvili, GEO2.9 
 2. Davis, AZE2.7 
 3. Jones, LUX2.6 
 4. Wright, BIH2.5 
 5. Dasic, MNT2.5 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.3 
 7. Razis, CYP2.3 
 8. Tsintsadze, GEO2.3 
 9. Kotti, FIN2.0 
 10. Bashak, AZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.5 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Cusin, ITA1.6 
 4. Rindin, AZE1.5 
 5. Erden, TUR1.5 
 6. Tyus, ISR1.4 
 7. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR1.3 
 10. Simmons, BUL1.3 


France are 2013 EuroBasket champions! (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Joffrey Lauvergne
Lauvergne
Nicolas Batum
Batum
Tony Parker
Parker
Boris Diaw
Diaw
Mickael Gelabale
Gelabale
#e#5
4Joffrey Lauvergne 210-PF-91 Partizan Serbia
5Nicolas Batum 203-SF-88 Portland TB USA
6Antoine Diot 191-PG-89 Strasbourg France
7Petro Johan 214-C-86 Guangsha L. China
8Charles Kahudi 197-F-86 Le Mans France
9Tony Parker 188-PG-82 San Antonio S. USA
10Thomas Heurtel 188-G-89 Laboral Kutxa Spain
11Florent Pietrus 202-F-81 Nancy France
12Nando De Colo 196-SG-87 San Antonio S. USA
13Boris Diaw 203-PF-82 San Antonio S. USA
14Alexis Ajinca 215-C-88 Strasbourg France
15Mickael Gelabale 201-SF-83 Khimky Russia

Vincent Collet Head Coach Strasbourg France
Rudy Nelhomme Assistant Poitiers France
Jacques Commeres Assistant CFBB France


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2013 - Sep 24, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2013
Tony Parker
Parker
Goran Dragic
Dragic
Bojan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Linas Kleiza
Kleiza
Marc Gasol
Gasol

Best Player: Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) of San Antonio S.
Best Guard: Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) of San Antonio S.
Best Forward: Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85) of Fener.Ulker
Best Center: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Memphis G.
Best Coach: Vincent Collet of Strasbourg

1st Team
PG: Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) of San Antonio S.
PG: Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) of Phoenix Suns
SG: Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SG-89) of Brooklyn N.
SF: Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85) of Fener.Ulker
C: Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) of Memphis G.

2nd Team
PG: Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86) of Lokomotiv
SF: Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid
SF: Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) of Portland TB
F: Luigi Datome (6'8''-F-87) of Detroit P.
PF: Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) of San Antonio S.

3rd Team
PG: Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) of Khimky
PG: Pooh Jeter (180-PG-83) of Shandong FB
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos
F: Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89) of Charlotte B.
C: Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA

Honorable Mention
Jan Vesely (6'11''-F-90) of Washington W.
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of Lokomotiv
Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) of EA7 Armani
Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) of B.Muenchen
Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) of B.Muenchen
Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of Real Madrid
Alexey Shved (6'6''-G-88) of Minnesota T.
Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of BC Donetsk
Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) of Gescrap BB
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) of Banco di Srd
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) of VEF Riga


France are 2013 EuroBasket champions! - Sep 22, 2013

FINAL
France - Lithuania 80-66
France are the new EuroBasket champions! They overcame Lithuania in the title game in Ljubljana tonight. It marked the first ever success for France at the European Championships. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) stepped up with 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. Darjus Lavrinovic got things going with a layup. But France quickly surged ahead. Nicolas Batum made it 11:7 for Les Bleus midway through the opening quarter. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) made it 17:12 for France. But Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) scored six straight points to put the Baltic team in front. Mantas Kalnietis capped the first period with a layup as Lithuania secured a 22:19 lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the bigger part of the second frame. But Nicolas Batum sank back-to-back three-pointers to trigger an 18:3 run that put France up by 13 points 47:34. Antoine Diot capped the half with a three-pointer to give France a 50:34 advantage. France took over completely in the third term. Les Bleus stretched the gap to 20 points midway through the period. Boris Diaw made it 64:42 with under four minutes to go in the quarter. France finished the third term up by 18 points 68:50. Tony Parker nailed 8 points in the fourth frame to carry France to a historic victory. Boris Diaw finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Tony Parker added 12 points in the victory. Linas Kleiza answered with 20 points for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis had 19 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Spain - Croatia 92-66
Spain clinched Bronze at the European Championship in Slovenia. They defeated Croatia in the consolation final in Ljubljana tonight. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) posted 21 points to pace the winners. Saric scored the first points of the game. But Spain reacted with 11 points in a row to gain a comfortable lead. But Croatia managed to narrow the deficit. They got within five points at the first break 18:23. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) sank back-to-back three-pointers to give Croatia a 28:27 lead midway through the second term. But Sergio Llull scored quick five points to regain the lead for Spain. They capped the first half on a 13:4 run to secure a 47:36 advantage. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Sergio Llull triggered a 9:2 run from Spain as they opened a 14-point lead. The gap grew at 15-point mark at the end of the third term 63:48. Spain quickly extended the margin to 21 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Marc Gasol recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Victor Claver added 16 points for the winners. Bojan Bogdanovic answered with 22 points for Croatia. Roko-Leni Ukic had 12 points in the losing case.

5-6 Place
Slovenia - Ukraine 69-63
Slovenia entertained the home crowd with the victory in their final game at 2013 EuroBasket. The hosts outgunned Ukraine to clinch the fifth overall position. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the hosts. Slovenia led throughout the bigger part of the first quarter. But Ukraine capped the period on a 10:0 run to take a 23:16 lead. Slovenia opened the second frame on an 11:0 run to surge ahead. Goran Dragic gave Slovenia a 40:30 lead late in the first half. But Pustozvonov and Jeter Pooh capped the half with back-to-back three-pointer and dragged Ukraine within four. But Slovenia stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Ukraine to just 8 points in the period opened a 10-point lead 54:44 at the final break. Natyazhko and Igor Zaytsev trimmed the distance to 4 points 58:62 midway through the fourth term. However Goran Dragic came up with timely five points for the hosts to give Slovenia breathing space. Jeter Pooh narrowed the gap at 4-point mark 63:67 but Zoran Dragic dunked to seal the win for Slovenia. Jaka Blazic, Edo Muric and Bostjan Nachbar had 9 points each for the winners. Jeter Pooh and Igor Zaytsev responded with 12 points each for Ukraine.

7-8 Place
Italy - Serbia 64-76
Serbia edge Italy to catch last train to Spain. Serbia needed a 76:64 win in the game for the 7th place and will participate at the World Championship. Serbia scored the first 4 points in the game and then led 12:5 midway through the first period. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Bjelica made it 19:10, while Micic closed the run for 24:10. Bogdanovic nailed three to close the first period at 27:11. Bjelica and Micic opened the second frame for 30:11, while Aradori and Alessandro Gentile reduced to 32:21. Italy managed to win the quarter 16-14 and reduced to 41:27 at the halftime. Moreover they looked better in the third period as well and cut it to three more with 10 minutes to go. Andrea Cinciarini drove a lay-up for 55:44 on the board. Kalinic and Stefan Markovic scored three each for 70:54, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Alessandro Gentile brought 70:59 on the board. Stefan Markovic and Bogdanovic made free throws for 76:62, while Marco Belinelli scored the last points in the game. Nenad Krstic top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket), Nemanja Bjelica amd Stefan Markovic added 12 each. Luigi Datome replied with 19 points in defeat and Alessandro Gentile brought 14. Andrea Cinciarini delivered 11, whilst Marco Belinelli and Marco Cusin notched 8 each.


France and Lithuania head to the Big Final - Sep 20, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Spain - France 72-75 OT
Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nails 32 points to bring France a Final appearance of the EuroBasket 2013. France overcame Spain 75:72 in overtime in one of the best games of the tournament. Rubio and Claver scored the first points for Spain, while Tony Parker tied it all at 6:6. The latter brought his side their first lead at 14:12 and then Spain closed the period with a 6-0 run for 18:14 lead. Tony Parker and Petro tied the score at 18:18 and then Spain erupted however with a 13-0 run as San Emeterio brought 31:18 on the board. Spain won the second period 16-6 and reached 34:20 halftime advantage. Claver gave Spain 35:23, but France was too far to give up. Tony Parker reduced to 39:33 and Gelabale cut it to 46:43. Spain dominated the beginning of the fourth period and Fernandez nailed three for 58:51. Pietrus and Batum made it 61:59, while Tony Parker tied the game at 61:61. He nailed another three for 64:63 lead Ajinca sent the team to overtime at 65:65. Gasol scored two free throws for 67:65. Tony Parker made 4 free throws in a row for 71:67 with 40 seconds to go, while Rodriguez reduced to 2. Diot again gave France 4-point advantage, whilst Rodriguez scored a lay-up and then added a free throw for 73:72. Diot increased the lead to three points from the free throw line that became the final in the game. Gasol tried to tie the score but missed a three-pointer. Diot nailed 10 points and Diaw poured in 8. Gasol answered with 19 points in defeat and Rudy Fernandez brought 17. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) followed them with 11 points in a loss.

Lithuania - Croatia 77-62
Lithuania advanced into the European Championship Final. They overcame Croatia in the first semifinal in Ljubljana today. Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) recorded 23 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Croatia gained an early 7:4 lead. But Lithuania used a 10:2 run to gain a 17:12 lead late in the first term. The Baltic team accumulated a 24:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Linas Kleiza sank a three-pointer early in the second term to give Lithuania a 27:19 advantage. The Baltic team stretched the margin to 9 points 29:20. But Croatia responded with 7 straight points to narrow the margin. Lithuania stayed in charge as they finished the first half up by 3 points 40:37. Lithuania opened the second half on a 13:2 run to clear off. The gap grew at 18-point mark late in the third term. The Baltic team entered the fourth period up by 16 points 61:45. Jonas Maciulis and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) gave Lithuania a 20-point lead midway through the final stanza. The Baltic team never looked back cruising to the victory at the end. Linas Kleiza finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Lithuania. Mantas Kalnietis accounted for 18 points in the winning effort. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 15 points for Croatia. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) had 9 points in the losing effort.

5-8 Place
Ukraine - Italy 66-58
Ukraine clinched a historic victory at the European Championship today. They defeated Italy in Ljubljana to secure the first World Cup appearance in the teams history. Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) nailed 20 points to lead Ukraine. They will now take on Slovenia for the fifth place. Italy will have the last shot at the direct World Cup qualification when they face Serbia for the 7th overall position. Italy opened the game on a 12:5 run. They stayed in front throughout the opening quarter and recorded a 17:13 lead at the first break. Pietro Aradori and Gentile gave Italy a 24:18 lead early in the second frame. But Ukraine answered with 7 straight points to pull ahead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the reminder of the half. Jeter Pooh capped the half with a three-pointer to give Ukraine a 35:34 advantage. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. Olexandr Mishula crowned the period with a jumper as Ukraine ensured a 50:48 lead. Ukraine kept the Azzurri scoreless for almost five starting minutes in the final term. They opened an 11-point lead. But Melli sank two three-pointers and Italy cut the distance at 5-point mark with 74 seconds remaining. But Jeter Pooh sank two free throws and Zabirchenko added one more as Ukraine escaped with a tough victory at the end. Olexandr Mishula and Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) produced 8 points each for the winners. Pietro Aradori responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Italy. Luigi Datome had 11 points in the loss.


Spain, France, Croatia and Lithuania reach semifinal stage in Ljubljana - Sep 19, 2013

Quarterfinals

Lithuania - Italy 81-77
Lithuania advanced into the semifinal stage at the 2013 European Championship. They held off Italy in the quarterfinal battle in Ljubljana tonight. The Baltic team will face Croatia in the semifinal tomorrow. Italy will play versus Ukraine in the classification round. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lithuania tipped off the game on a 9:2 run. Kleiza opened a double-digit lead for Lithuania at 22:12. Alessandro Gentile capped the opening quarter with a three-pointer to put Italy within 7 points. Travis Diener and Datome dragged Italy within three points in the second frame. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored six late points in the first half to cut the deficit at just one point 39:40 at halftime. Datome put Italy in front at the start of the second half. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third period. Marco Belinelli capped the quarter with a dunk to give the Azzurri a 58:57 advantage. But Lithuania went on a stunning 15:0 run at the start of the fourth period to gain a 72:58 lead. The Azzurri did not surrender cutting the deficit to 6 points late in regulation. But Motiejunas and Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) sank their free throws attempts and sealed the win for Lithuania. Renaldas Seibutis netted 17 points, while Jonas Maciulis added 13 points in the winning effort. Marco Belinelli responded with 19 points for the Azzurri. Alessandro Gentile had 15 points in the defeat.

Croatia - Ukraine 84-72
Croatia celebrated the eighth straight victory at the European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in the quarterfinal clash in Ljubljana. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) recorded 23 points to pace the winners. Ukraine got off to a quick start. Gladyr and Jeter gave them a 12:5 lead. But Croatia answered with nine straight points to spur ahead. The teams traded baskets as the scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Croatia went on a 13:0 run midway through the second term to open a 38:28 lead. Krunoslav Simon scored five points in a row to ensure a 49:32 advantage. Croatia arrived at the interval up by 16 points 51:35. Croatia opened a 19-point lead early in the third term. But Ukraine fought back as they went on a 12:2 rally. Mishula and Gladyr capped the quarter with four straight points to drag Ukraine within 9 points 61:70. Krunoslav Simon and Ukic made it 78:65 for Croatia midway through the final term. Lypovyy and Jeter gave a glimpse of hope for Ukraine cutting the distance to 10 points with under two minutes remaining. But Croatia went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) provided 13 points, while Damir Markota added 12 points for the winning team. Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) replied with 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov had 15 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia - France 62-72
France came up with a biggest win at the EuroBasket so far beating Slovenia in the quarterfinal clash in Ljubljana. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) carried Les Bleus to the victory scoring 27 points and securing World Cup ticket for France. They will now take on Spain in the semifinal battle. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) opened the game with four points in a row. Slovenia maintained the lead throughout low-scoring first quarter. Slovenia eked out a 12:10 lead after ten minutes. But Les Bleus opened the second term with five quick points to pull ahead. Ajinca and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) gave France a 20:16 lead midway through the second frame. Nachbar scored five points in a row as Slovenia gained a 24:22 lead later on. But Boris Diaw and Tony Parker ensured a 26:24 halftime lead for the visitors. Nachbar tied things up at 26 early in the third term. But France responded with a 10:0 run to spur ahead. Les Bleus stayed in front throughout the reminder of the quarter. Tony Parker gave them a 50:42 lead late in the quarter but Lorbek closed the period with a three-pointer to narrow the gap at 5-point mark. Nicolas Batum and Nando de Colo extended the margin back to 10 points at 59:49. But Dragic brothers kept the hosts in the game. They dragged Slovenia within four points 57:61. But Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Gelabale made it a 9-point game and France held on to win the game. Nicolas Batum finished with 14 points, while Boris Diaw added 10 points for the winners. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) answered with 18 points for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic posted 12 points in the loss.

Serbia - Spain 60-90
Spain cruised past Serbia in the opening quarterfinal battle of 2013 EuroBasket. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) finished with 22 points to lead the reigning champions. Spain silenced loud Serbian fans early in the encounter. The defending champions opened the game on a stunning 17:2 run. Serbia could not recover from the blow for the reminder of the contest. Spain cruised to a 21:5 lead after ten minutes. Sergio Rodriguez stepped up with 14 points in the second term as Spain piled up a 48:23 halftime lead. Lopsided game continued in the third quarter. Spain unleashed 25 points in the third term to gain a massive 73:39 lead heading into the fourth period. Vasilije Micic, Stimac and Adjusic tried to give Serbians fans at least something to cheer about early in the fourth term as they cut the deficit to 30 points. But it was the only bright spot for the Balkan team tonight. Spain cruised to the victory at the end advancing into the semifinal stage. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) posted 19 points for Spain. Victor Claver recorded 9 points in the winning effort. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Interperformances) and Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 11 points each for Serbia. Vasilije Micic had 8 points in the loss.

Group 5-8 Place
Serbia - Slovenia 74-92
Slovenia came back from a disappointing loss to France a day earlier and knocked down Serbia in the classification round at EuroBasket. The hosts dominated from start to finish to clinch the victory that guaranteed them the 2014 World Cup appearance. Slovenia will now play for the fifth place at the tournament. Serbia will have the last shot at the possible World Cup qualification in the game for the 7th position. Zoran Dragic delivered 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Bjelica gave Serbia 2:0 lead but then it was all about the hosts. Slovenia quickly opened a 17:7 lead midway through the first term. Slovenia unleashed 30 points in the first quarter to gain a 14-point advantage. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by as many as 18 points 53:35. The hosts stretched the gap to 23 points midway through the third term. Serbia bounced back cutting the gap at 14-point mark. But Slovenia secured a 16-point advantage at the end of three quarters of action 71:55. Zoran Dragic and Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) gave Slovenia a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter 81:61. The home side never looked back afterwards breezing to the victory. Jaka Blazic and Goran Dragic posted 15 points each for Slovenia. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Djordje Gagic finished with 12 points and 6 boards in the defeat.


Slovenia book their ticket to Spain, Serbia disappoint again - Sep 19, 2013

Slovenia will play at World Cup in Spain next year after defeating Serbia in first classification game for places from 5th to 8th - 92-74 (30-16, 23-19, 18-20, 21-19). Game was similar to yesterday's quarterfinal between Spain and Serbia. Team led by Duda Ivkovic continued with poor play from their previous game and home team took advantage of that.
Slovenians scored 30 points in first quarter, opened big lead and never looked back. Serbians led only during opening 2 minutes and 52 seconds. It was 6-5 for them, when Slovenia started their 12-1 run and took 17-7 lead after 6 minutes. They even led by 18 points in 9th minute already (28-10), but Serbia ended first period with 6-2 run.
Serbian national team had 7-0 run in opening minutes of second quarter and reduced deficit to "only" 10 points - 33-23 in 13th minute. However, that was all from team led by Duda Ivkovic in first half. Hosts of 2013 EuroBasket answered with 9-2 run and led 42-25 after 15 minutes. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) scored 5 points in final minute of first half to give his team 53-35 lead at halftime.
Serbians needed strong start to second half to get back into the game, but Slovenia increased their lead to 60-37 in 24th minute. Team led by Bozidar Maljkovic then started to struggle offensively, Serbia made 7 free throws in 9-0 run and reduced deficit to 60-46 in 27th minute. It was 64-51 with 1:51 to go in third period, but Serbian national team couldn't get any closer until the end. Technical foul of Dusan Ivkovic certainly didn't help them as well.
Slovenians didn't have problems to keep their big lead in final quarter. Zoran Dragic led winners with 23 points (FG 8/12, FT 4/4) and 9 rebounds, Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) (4 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) (5 rebounds) added 15 points each, while Mirza Begic (217-C-85) helped with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) scored 16 points for Serbia, Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) surprised with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) added 11 points. Serbian national team shot 2/18 from beyond the arc - 11.1%!


Spain in semifinals, Serbia embarassed - Sep 18, 2013

First quarterfinal game in Ljubljana was everything but exciting. Although Serbia finished second round in first position, while Spain was fourth, team led by coach Juan Antonio Orenga showed their real quality and won 90-60 (21-5, 27-18, 25-16, 17-21).
La Furia Roja dominated from the start of the game. Serbia couldn't do any good in first half, shot 25.9% from the field (7/27), 11.1% from beyond the arc (1/9), made 8 turnovers. Nenad Krstic scored only 4 points in opening 20 minutes, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica had only two points each (from free throw line), while Nemanja Nedovic didn't score in first half. Spain shot 7/12 for three points (58.3%) in opening 20 minutes, had 10 assists and 6 steals.
European champions led 8-0 after only two minutes and had first double-digit lead in 5th minute (12-2). After 7 straight points of Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85), Spain led 17-2 with 4:11 remaining in first quarter. Game was already over as Serbia - that scored only one field goal in first quarter - never recovered. Rudy Fernandez had 13 points after first period already after three-pointer for 21-5 lead after 10 minutes.
Serbia opened second quarter with 7-3 run (for 24-12) and that was all from them in first half. It was 30-17 in 15th minute, when Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) started Spain's 13-0 run - scoreboard showed 43-17 with 2:39 to go in first half. Pablo Aguilar ended first 20 minutes with three-pointer for 48-23 lead!
Nothing changed in second half as La Furia Roja showed no mercy. Serbians needed 4:30 minutes in third quarter to score - Djordje Gagic did it from free throw line - and more than 5 minutes to score field goal. Of course, Spain punished them, started third quarter with 10-0 run (Victor Claver scored 7 points in this run) and led 58-23 in 24th minute. In 27th minute difference was already 40 points - 69-29! After 71-31 with 2:09 remaining in third period, Spanish players finally slowed down, their coach decided to use his reserve players and Serbia reduced deficit to 36 points after 30 minutes (73-37). Dusan Ivkovic's team at least managed to win fourth quarter with 21-17.
Only two La Roja's players scored in double figures, but only Xavier Rey failed to score. Ricky Rubio had 5 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Serbia played without Stefan Markovic, but that can't be excuse for this embarassment.

Serbia - Spain 60-90 (5-21, 18-27, 16-25, 21-17)
Serbia: D. Andjusic 11, R. Katic 11, V. Micic 8, Dj. Gagic 7
Spain: S. Rodriguez 22, R. Fernandez 19, V. Claver 9, P. Aguilar 8, M. Gasol 7 (5 rebs, 6 ass)



Quarterfinals are set in Slovenia - Sep 16, 2013

Group E
Latvia - Belgium 56-60
Belgium shocked Latvian basketball nation today. The Lions shocked Latvia in Group E action to deny a quarterfinal appearance for the Baltic team. Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) posted 14 points to lead Belgium to the first win at the Second Stage of the tournament. Belgium surprised Latvia with a confident start. They grabbed a 9:2 lead early in the encounter. Latvia tied things up at 9 after few minutes. Skele capped the first period with a layup to give Latvia a 15:14 lead. Mejeris gave Latvia an 18:14 lead early in the second term. But Belgium responded with a 10:0 run to gain a 24:18 lead. Belgium maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the second term. But Strelnieks and Janicenoks capped the first half with five straight points to level things up at 32. Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88) put Latvia ahead early in the third term but once again Belgium quickly struck back and pulled ahead. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) gave them a 41:36 lead midway through the period. Belgium arrived at the final intermission up by four points 46:42. Bertans tied things up at 46 early in the final term however Belgium responded with a 9:0 run to spur ahead. Fremainis and Rihards Kuksiks put Latvia within one at 56:57 with 84 seconds remaining in regulation. But Sacha Massot dunked for a 59:56 Belgian lead. Bertans missed a three-pointer and Wen Boss Mukubu punished Latvia on the other end with a free throw that put Belgium out of reach. Wen Boss Mukubu provided 13 points, while Axel Hervelle added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Rolands Freimanis answered with 10 points for Latvia. Rihards Kuksiks had 9 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Lithuania 63-70
Lithuania finished their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign on a winning note. They knocked down Ukraine to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) finished with 15 points to pace the winners. Ukraine fell at 2-3 record but still made it into quarterfinal stage from the fourth position in the group. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) opened the game with a four-point play to put Ukraine in charge. They opened an 8:3 lead early on. But Lithuania capped the period on a 15:5 run to secure a 3-point lead. Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) gave Lithuania a 25:17 lead midway through the second frame. Sergii Gladyr and Pustozvonov kept Ukraine close as they narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark 30:32 at halftime. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. Neither side could gain a decisive lead. Darjus Lavrinovic capped the period with a three-pointer to give the Baltic team a 48:46 lead. Delininkaitis and Maciulis made it 56:53 for Lithuania hitting from beyond the arc. Darjus Lavrinovic and Linas Kleiza stretched the gap at 6-point mark 59:53 midway through the period. But Sergii Gladyr and Zaytsev narrowed the gap. Jeter Pooh dragged Ukraine within one 63:64. But Linas Kleiza drained a key three-pointer to give Lithuania a 4-point lead. Linas Kleiza and Donatas Motiejunas added four points in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas tossed in 10 points, while Darjus Lavrinovic added 8 points for the winners. Sergii Gladyr responded with 18 points for Ukraine. Jeter Pooh had 10 points and 8 assists in the loss.

Serbia - France 77-65
Serbia wins Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame France 77:65 and finished on top with 4-1 record. The latter fell at 3-2 record and finished third in the group. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) and Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) exchanged the early baskets, while Nedovic nailed three for 9:5 lead. Vladimir Stimac gave Serbia 19:15 late in the first quarter and Vladimir Stimac increased the lkead to 5 points early in the second period. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) and Diot tied it all at 23:23, while Alexis Ajinca gave France 25:24 advantage. Serbia however finished the first half with a 5-0 run for 38:31 halftime deficit. He nailed three for 46:35 and Djordje Gagic scored for 50:38. France erupted with an 7-0 run as Tony Parker reduced to 50:45. Nenad Krstic and Bjelica meanwhile closed the period at 60:51. Bogdanovic later scored 5 points in a row for Serbia that went on a 66:54 lead. They continue their dominance in the rest of the game and reached 77:65 win. Nenad Krstic stepped up with 19 points and Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) shot 17. Bogdan Bogdanovic delivered 14, while Vladimir Stimac and Djordje Gagic added 8 each. Nicolas Batum, Nando De Colo (196-SG-87), Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Alexis Ajinca replied with 12 points each in a loss. Tony Parker ended up with 10 points.

Group F
Finland - Slovenia 92-76
Finland finished their EuroBasket campaign on a high note. They upset hosting Slovenia in the final game of the Second Stage of the tournament. Five players scored in double digits for Finland. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) stepped up with 17 points and 6 boards for the winners. Slovenia fell at 3-2 record and occupied the second position in Group F ladder. Finland silenced the fans in Ljubljana with a 9:0 start to the game. Slovenia responded with an 18:2 rally to spur ahead. The hosts finished the first period up by four points 26:22. Muric and Lakovic stretched the margin to 7 points early in the second frame. But Finland organized an 8:0 rally to jump ahead. Slovenia regained the lead however Ahonen capped the half with a three-pointer to level things up at 42. Finland opened the second half on a 14:2 rally to pull ahead. The visitors stretched the margin to 19 points 68:49 late in the period. But Slovenia managed to cut it to 15-point mark at the end of the term 56:71. Jure Balazic narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark 66:75 midway through the third term. Vidmar put the hosts within 7 points 68:75. But Ahonen and Sasu Salin (192-G-91) fired from beyond the arc to restore a double-digit lead for Finland. The visitors never looked back in the reminder of the contest cruising to the victory. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) and Sasu Salin dropped 16 points each for the winners. Bostjan Nachbar responded with 15 points for Slovenia. Jure Balazic chipped in 14 points in the losing case.

Croatia - Greece 92-88 2OT
Croatia clinched the seventh straight win at the European Championship. They outlasted Greece in double-overtime drama in Ljubljana today to win Group F at 4-1 record. Greece fell at 1-4 record and was left outside the quarterfinal stage. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) finished with 22 points to lead the winners. Krunoslav Simon set things going with a three-pointer. The teams stayed within striking distance from each other throughout the first quarter. Bramos and Kavvadas made it 17:14 for the Hellenes late in the opening frame. But Draper capped the stanza with a jumper to narrow the gap to minimum. Draper opened the second term with a three-pointer to put Croatia in front. Draper and Andric made it 25:21 for the Croats. Greece soon erased the deficit and spurred ahead. But not for long as Bojan Bogdanovic scored quick five points and Tomic added a buzzer-beating layup to secure a 36:34 halftime lead for Croatia. Greece tipped off the second half with five consecutive points to pull ahead. But Croatia lived up to the challenge answering with an 8:0 run to secure a 46:41 lead midway through the third term. The teams traded baskets throughout the reminder of the period as Croatia secured a narrow 51:50 lead heading into the fourth term. The nervous action continued in the final term. Neither side was able to gain a crucial lead. Roko-Leni Ukic made it 65:61 for Croatia with just over four minutes remaining. But Vassilis Spanoulis and Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83, agency: FCM) put the Hellenes within two points 67:69 with 43 seconds remaining. Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) sank one free throw to make it 70:67 with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Zisis drained a three-pointer for Greece to level things up at 70 with 9 seconds to go. Croatia could not convert in the reminder of regulation and the team went into overtime. Bojan Bogdanovic opened the extra period with a layup but Zisis and Kaimakoglou stepped up for Greece to give them a 77:74 lead with 36 seconds to go. However Bojan Bogdanovic drained a big three-pointer to level things up at 77. Zisis could not score a layup at the buzzer and the teams entered the second overtime. Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up for Croatia at the start of the second overtime scoring six straight points. Rudez followed with a three-pointer to give Croatia an 86:79 lead. But Zisis stepped up once again for the Hellenes. He nailed five consecutive points and then Ioannis Bourousis followed with a layup to level things up at 86. Draper came up with a key layup and then Bojan Bogdanovic added two free throws to seal the winning outcome for Croatia. Ante Tomic posted 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Roko-Leni Ukic added 14 points in the winning effort. Ioannis Bourousis answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Greece. Vassilis Spanoulis had 18 points in the losing effort.

Italy - Spain 86-81 OT
Italy finished their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign with victory. They overcame Spain to finish third in Group F. Spain slipped at 2-3 record in the fourth position in the standings. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) nailed 25 points to pace the Azzurri. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Datome looked unstoppable in the opening quarter. They ran the offence for the Azzurri as they opened a 13:5 lead. Soon the gap grew at 12-point mark 22:10. Italy secured a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. But Spain opened the second term on a 12:2 run to level things up. Alessandro Gentile and Cusin gave Italy a 35:31 lead but Spain quickly recover. They erased the deficit to even things at 37 after twenty minutes. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) triggered a 12:0 run from Spain as they posted a 54:43 lead late in the third term. Fernando San Emeterio made it 56:45 for Spain at the end of the third quarter. Sergio Rodriguez extended the margin to 15 points early in the final term. But Italy used an 11:0 run to narrow the margin at just 2-point mark 62:66 with just over two minutes remaining. Rudy Fernandez stopped the rot for Spain. Marco Belinelli and Sergio Rodriguez exchanged baskets before Alessandro Gentile narrowed the deficit to two points. Sergio Rodriguez missed two free throws and Datome sank a late jumper to send the game into overtime. Marco Belinelli, Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) and Alessandro Gentile gave Italy a 78:72 lead in the extra period. Spain narrowed the deficit but Alessandro Gentile and Datome went perfect from the stripe in the final seconds and sealed the win for Italy. Pietro Aradori provided 17 points, while Marco Belinelli added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Marc Gasol answered with 32 points and 10 rebounds for Spain. Sergio Rodriguez had 18 points in the defeat.


Five teams ensure Quarterfinal appearance - Sep 14, 2013

Group E
Lithuania - Belgium 86-67
Lithuania leave no chance for Belgium at the start of Friday actions at EuroBasket 2013. The Baltic side produced an 86:67 win in Ljubljana. Lithuania won the first period 18-12 and never looked behind after. They erupted with a 26-9 surge in the second frame as Kleiza nailed three for 44:21 halftime advantage. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) opened the third quarter for 48:22, while Kalnietis nailed three for 55:25. Delininkaitis and Jonas Maciulis made two free throws each at the end of the third period, while Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) closed the frame at 69:35. Belgium however looked better in the last stanza and managed to post 32 points. They reduced to final 86:67 and dropped to 0-4 record in Group E. Lithuania meanwhile grabbed 3-1 record. Donatas Motiejunas paced all the winners with 13 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas as well as Jonas Valanciunas had 12 each. Jonas Maciulis followed them with 9 points. Jonathan Tabu notched 15 points in a loss, whilst Axel Hervelle poured in 10. Yannick Driesen shot 9, while Christophe Beghin brought 8.

France - Latvia 102-91
France closed Friday action with the win over Latvia at EuroBasket 2013. The French side improved to 3-1 record after a 102:91 win. Latvia dropped at 1-3 record and needs to beat Belgium in the last game of the Second Stage as well as hope for Lithuanias win against Ukraine. France scored the first 4 points in the game and erupted with a 31-15 surge in the first period. Alexis Ajinca and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored for 35:19, while Boris Diaw brought 41:23 later in the second frame. Boris Diaw and Alexis Ajinca delivered two each for 48:30, while Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) closed the third period at 52:35. Janicenoks and Dairis Bertans nailed three for 68:51 midway through the third period and v reduced to 12 points. Rolands Freimanis cut it to 74:65, while Tony Parker closed the third period at 76:65. The teams remained within 8-12 points in the majority of the last stanza. Dairis Bertans and Janis Strelnieks nailed two three-pointers, while Tony Parker scored 4 points in a row for France at 98:91. Tony Parker and Boris Diaw brought 102:91 and as it became clear after those points were the last in the game. Alexis Ajinca stepped up with 25 points and Tony Parker notched 23. Nicolas Batum collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Boris Diaw had 16. Dairis Bertans finished the game with 28 points in defeat and Janis Strelnieks had 14. Rolands Freimanis and Rihards Kuksiks followed them with 11 points in a loss.

Ukraine - Serbia 82-75
Ukraine injected life in their EuroBasket campaign after they knocked down Serbia in the second game of the Second Stage. Jeter Pooh scored fired 20 points as Ukraine improved at 2-2 record in Group E. Serbia fell at 3-1 record. They teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the period. Nemanja Bjelica capped the frame with four straight points to take 21:18 lead. Mishula, Pustozvonov, Kravtsov and Micic gave Ukraine a 27:24 lead early in the second term. Serbia quickly denied the deficit as the teams continued to go neck and neck. Jeter Pooh and Oleksandr Lypovyy made it 41:35 for Ukraine but Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Nemanja Bjelica dragged Serbia within one 40:41 at halftime. Maxym Korniyenko (204-F/C-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored eight points in a row for Ukraine early in the third term to put his team in front. Ukraine completed a 14:2 run earning a 55:44 lead. Jeter Pooh drained two triples late in the quarter to give Ukraine a 63:54 advantage. Nenad Krstic and Bogdanovic trimmed the deficit at 5-point mark with under three minutes remaining. But Pooh Jeter Pooh and Maxym Korniyenko kept Ukraine in charge in the final minutes. Gladyr capped the regulation with two free throws to secure the winning outcome for Ukraine. Maxym Korniyenko topscored with 21 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Nemanja Bjelica answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Nenad Krstic provided 17 points in the loss.

Group F
Greece - Slovenia 65-73
Slovenia secured the second straight win at the Second Stage of EuroBasket. The hosts outmuscled Greece for 3-1 record in Group F. Greece fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Goran Dragic finished with game-high 28 points to pace the hosts. Goran Dragic was the key figure on the court in the first quarter. He opened with 11 straight points for Slovenia to give them an 11:6 lead. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) followed with four points to boost the margin to 9 points. Jaka Jaka Lakovic opened a double-digit lead for the hosts as they ensured a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Blazic hit a three-pointer to make it 29:13 at the start of the second frame. Dragic brothers kept Slovenia in charge throughout the period. Zoran capped the first half with a jumper to give the home team a 43:27 advantage. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the third term. Slovenia looked dominant as they opened a 26-point lead at 60:34. But the Hellenes refused to give up. They capped the period with 11 straight points to narrow the gap at 15-point mark. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) dragged Greece within 9 points 55:64 midway through the fourth frame. Begic and Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) restored a double-digit lead for Slovenia but not for long. Nikolaos Zisis and Fotsis scored six points in a row to clip the deficit at 6-point mark 62:68. But Vassilis Spanoulis committed a key turnover and Goran Dragic punished him on the other end with a layup. Slovenia hung on in the dying seconds and came out as winners. Zoran Dragic delivered 11 points, while Jaka Lakovic added 10 points in the winning effort. Vassilis Spanoulis answered with 21 points and 8 boards for Greece. Nikolaos Zisis had 13 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Italy 76-68
Croatia outclass Italy on Saturday opener and Croatia guarantee quarterfinal sport of 2013 EuroBasket. They needed a strong third period to beat Italy 76:68. Italy started the game better and won the first period 17:8. They remained in front for the whole second frame, but Croatian side cut it to 36:31 at the halftime. Simon nailed three for 41:40 lead for Croatia and Bogdanovic as well as again Simon posted threes for 49:43. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored six points in a row for 57:45 at the end of the third period. Draper made three free throws for 67:59, while Aradori and Luigi Datome (203-F-87) reduced to 67:61. Aradori made two free throws for 70:66 with 3 minutes to go. Simon brought two for 72:66 and Markota and Simon scored for 74:66. Aradori and Roko-Leni Ukic brought the last points for their teams as Croatia became to celebrate their Quarterfinal berth. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Simon nailed 14. Roko-Leni Ukic brought 13, while Draper had 12. Luigi Datome answered with high 24 points, while Aradori had 12. Cinciarini and Belinelli delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Spain - Finland 82-56
Spain outclass Finland in Ljubljana and grabbed 2-2 record in Group F. Spain posted a 82:56 win and sent Finland to 1-3 record. Petteri Koponen scored the first 5 points for the Finnish side and gave his team 5:4 lead. Calderon made two free throws for 12:9 advantage, while Rey closed the first period at 18:15. Petteri Koponen and Haanpaa reduced to 24:21 after far shots, whilst Rubio and Gasol brought 30:24 for Spain. The latter won the second period 24-15 and led 42:30 at the halftime. Claver, Fernandez and Rodriguez gave Spain 50:30 lead as Spain started the third period with an 8-0 run. Koivisto and Rannikko cut it to 55:41, while Rey closed the third period for +16. The difference remained almost the same for the majority of the last stanza. Spain did not allow the opponents to come closer, while Finland managed to stay tough. Claver and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) brought 75:51 with 2 minutes to go and Rodriguez nailed three for 79:56. Alex Mumbru made the score 82:56 as it became the final in the game. Calderon top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Claver nailed 12. Sergio Rodriguez shot 9, whilst Alex Mumbru delivered 8. Petteri Koponen answered with 17 points in a loss, whilst Gerald Lee had 12.




Second Stage starts in Ljubljana - Sep 12, 2013

Group E
Lithuania - France 76-62
Lithuania silence France in Ljubljana in the last game of Day 1 at the Second Stage. The Baltic State posted a 76:62 win as both teams are with 2-1 records in the newly created Group E. The teams exchanged the lead three times in the opening tip, before Petro gave France 9:8 advantage. The Baltic State erupted with an 8-0 run and Jonas Valanciunas brought 16:9. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Pocius scored for 20:12 and Kalnietis brought 25:14. France however bounced back with a 9-0 run and Gelabale reduced to 25:23. Nicolas Batum and Pocius became the last players for the tams to score in the first half for 32:27 on the board. Nicolas Batum and Alexis Ajinca cut it to 43:39, but Lithuanian did not slow down. Javtokas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas closed the third period at 41:32 and Pocius as well as Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) nailed threes for 57:45 early in the fourth. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) and Jonas Valanciunas delivered for 69:55 when it became clear about the winner of the game. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Nicolas Batum reduced to 12 points, while Linas Kleiza and Jonas Valanciunas made the final result in the game. Renaldas Seibutis stepped up with 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas notched 13. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 11 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 10. Nando De Colo replied with 12 points and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) netted only 11. Alexis Ajinca produced 10 and Nicolas Batum added 8.

Belgium - Serbia 69-76
Serbia grinded out a tough victory over Belgium at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The victory propelled Serbia at 3-0 record in Group E. Belgium slipped at 0-3 record. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) came up with 17 points and 5 assists for the Balkan team. Belgium surprised Serbia with an 8:0 start to the game. Serbia slowly recovered and surged ahead for a 17:15 lead late in the first period. They eked out a 19:18 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia opened the second frame with six straight points to open a 7-point lead. Belgium denied the deficit in the second quarter but Serbia recovered and established a 40:36 halftime lead. Belgium once again pulled ahead as seesaw action continued. Serbia responded once again taking a 54:51 lead at the final break. Kalinic and Katic gave Serbia a 59:52 advantage early in the fourth frame. But Belgium returned into the game. Sam Van Rossom and Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) triggered a 9:0 run that brought Belgium within two points 63:65 with less than three minutes to go. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) answered with five straight points for Serbia and the Balkan team held on to win the battle. Stefan Markovic posted 15 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points in the win. Wen Boss Mukubu answered with 16 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom and Christophe Beghin had 12 points each in the defeat.

Latvia - Ukraine 85-51
Latvia crushed Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team improved at 1-2 record in Group E after the victory. Ukraine fell at 1-2 record in the standings. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) finished with 14 points hitting 4/4 from beyond the arc. Latvia opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in charge throughout the first quarter. The Baltic team ensured a comfortable 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Martins Meiers and Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) made it 30:15 for Latvia midway through the second frame. Kristaps Janicenoks scored eight points in a row for Latvia to give them a 19-point advantage at 38:19. Strelnieks followed with a jumper to secure a 21-point lead for the Latvians. Ukraine cut the distance at 20-point mark at the interval 22:42. Latvia kept pounding Ukraine from beyond the arc. They sank five three-pointers in the third quarter to ensure a massive 65:32 lead heading into the fourth frame. Latvia controlled the tempo in the final stanza. They breezed to a comfortable victory at the end. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 13 points, while Martins Meiers added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) responded with 12 points for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov and Jeter Pooh had 7 points each in the loss.

Group F
Slovenia - Italy 84-77
Slovenia opened the Second Stage of the home EuroBasket with victory. The hosts prevailed against Italy to jump at 2-1 record in Group F. Italy suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 2-1. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to lead Slovenia. Cusin and Aradori gave the visitors an early advantage. Italy maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Belinelli made it 21:18 for the Azzurri at the first break. But Slovenia opened the second frame with 7 straight points to pull ahead. Alessandro Gentile returned the lead to Italy but not for long. Begic sparked a 6:2 run from the hosts as they accumulated a 40:34 advantage. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 45:39. Aradori and Luigi Datome erased the deficit early in the third term. But Slovenia reacted with a 10:0 run to clear off. They ensured a 60:54 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Belinelli tried to keep the Azzurri in the game throughout the fourth frame. Luigi Datome and Aradori trimmed the deficit to just three points 72:75 with just over two minutes remaining. But Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Goran Dragic sank several key buckets and led the hosts to important victory in Group F. Zoran Dragic posted 15 points and 10 boards, while Bostjan Nachbar added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 20 points for Italy. Luigi Datome chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.

Greece - Spain 79-75
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) leads Greece past EuroBasket 2011 Champions. He nailed 20 points as Greece beat Spain 79:75. Spain scored the first five points in the game and Aguilar later nailed three for 10:5 lead. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) posted five in a row for 17:10 and Ioannis Bourousis closed the first period at 26:16. He nailed another two from the free throw line to bring his team within one point at 30:29. Vassilis Spanoulis gave Greece 37:34, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) nailed three for +6. Rubio sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Spain managed to win the third period 19-11 and grabbed the lead back. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Sloukas reduced to 60:56, while Ioannis Bourousis made another two free throws for 66:L64 with 5 minutes to go. Marc Gasol and Bramos exchanged the baskets at 70:66 and Kostas Kaimakoglou netted two for 72:66. Vassilis Spanoulis made two free throws for 77:70 and then he added two more for 79:73. Rubio scored two free throws at the end for the final result. Kostas Kaimakoglou posted 11, while Georgios Printezis and Ioannis Bourousis had 10 each. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez answered with 20 points in the losing effort. Victor Claver poured in 9 and Ricky Rubio added 6.

Finland - Croatia 63-88
Croatia opened their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign in style. They fired past Finland for 2-1 record in Group F. Finland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Damjan Rudez (203-F-86, agency: FCM) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Croatia capped the opening quarter with six points in a row to gain a 17:11 lead. The margin just kept on growing afterwards. Croatia dominated in the paint and thus dictated the game. They opened the second quarter on a 13:1 run to take a 30:12 lead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by 19 points 39:20. Finland struggled to find the right rhythm on both ends of the floor. Croatia piled up a massive 63:38 advantage heading into the final stanza. The Croats did not allow Finland to prevail in a single quarter as they coasted to a comprehensive victory at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) finished with 15 points, while Roko-Leni Ukic and Ante Tomic contributed 11 points each in the victory. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) responded with 10 points for Finland. Tuukka Kotti and Mikko Koivisto chipped in 8 points each in the loss.


Eurobasket 2013 - Recap of the First round - Sep 10, 2013

Today is day for rest for Eurobasket national teams and this is the best time for recap of the first round of this competition.
Only national team who has no defeat is Italy. They win all five matches in Group D and with perfect score 5-0 go to the Second round.

From Group A, France, Ukraine and Belgium go to the Second round.
From Group B, Serbia, Latvia and Lithuania go to the Second round.
From Group C, Spain, Croatia and Slovenia go to the Second round.
From Group D, Italy, Finland and Greece go to the Second round.

In two new formed group will be playing :

Group E : France with 4 points, Serbia 4 points, Lithuania 3 points, Ukraine 3 points, Latvia 2 points and Belgium 2 points.
Group F : Italy with 4 points, Spain 3 points, Slovenia 3 points, Finland 3 points, Croatia 3 points, Greece 2 points.


And now, a little bit of statistic from this Eurobasket in Slovenia.

National team who was scored most points in First round is France. They scored 403 points in five games (80.6 average).
National team who received most points in First round is Russia. They received 400 points in five games (80.0 average).

In Group A total of 2.239 points was achieved - 149.2 per game
In Group B total of 2.173 points was achieved - 144.9 per game
In Group C total of 2.064 points was achieved - 137.6 per game
In Group D total of 2.215 points was achieved - 147.6 per game

In all four groups there was 8.691 points scored or 144.85 per game.

Team statistic :

Best national team in 2 point percentage is Greece with 61.2 %.
Best national team in 3 point percentage is Italy with 46.3 %.
Best national team in free throw percentage is Montenegro with 76.3 %.
Best national team in offensive rebound is Montenegro with 14.2 rebounds per game.
Best national team in defensive rebound is Spain with 29.6 rebounds per game.
Best national team in total rebounds is Croatia with 40.2 rebounds per game.
Best national team in assists is Spain with 17.0 assist per game.
Best national team in steals is Spain with 8.0 steals per game.
Best national team in blocked shots is Russia with 4.0 blocked shots per game.

Player statistic :

Player with most points is Jeffery Taylor with 21.2 points per game.
Player with most rebounds is Jan Vesely with 11.2 rebounds per game.
Player with most assists is Heiko Schaffartzik with 6.8 assists per game.
Player with most steals is Nihad Djedovic with 2.6 steals per game.

Statistical leaders :

Most points in single game - Mirza Teletovic 31 against Lithuania.
Most rebounds in single game - Ante Tomic 15 against Slovenia.
Most assists in single game - Nikolaos Zisis 11 against Turkey.
Most steals in single game - Nihad Djedovic 6 against Latvia.
Most blocked shots in single game - Viacheslav Kravtsov 4 against Belgium.

Statistical leaders NT :

Most points in single game - Czech Republic 95 against Georgia.
Most rebounds in single game - Slovenia 53 against Croatia.
Most assists in single game - Israel 23 against Belgium.
Most steals in single game - Sweden 13 against Russia.
Most blocked shots in single game - Greece 8 against Sweden.

Attendance on Eurobasket 2013 :

Biggest attendance in Group A was on game between Germany vs. Israel 2.940
Biggest attendance in Group B was on game between Macedonia vs. Serbia 5.500
Biggest attendance in Group C was on game between Slovenia vs. Spain 5.200
Biggest attendance in Group D was on game between Russia vs. Italy 3.700

In Group A total attendance was 23.260 or 1.550 per game.
In Group B total attendance was 50.682 or 3.379 per game.
In Group C total attendance was 44.800 or 2.987 per game.
In Group D total attendance was 34.750 or 2.317 per game.

Total attendance in all 60 games in First round of Eurobasket was 153.492 or 2.558 per game.

Tomorrow will be starting Second round!


The End of Preliminary Round in Slovenia - Sep 9, 2013

Group A
United Kingdom - Ukraine 68-87
Ukraine capped their EuroBasket preliminary round campaign in style. They knocked down Great Britain to enter the second stage of the competition. Great Britain fell at 2-3 record in Group A and lost a chance to advance into the next stage of the tournament. Ukraine gained an early 17:10 lead. Devon Van Oostrum and Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) put Great Britain within three points at the first break 18:21. But Pustozvonov and Olexandr Mishula drained three-pointers to boost the gap at 10-point mark midway through the second term. The margin quickly grew at 18-point mark. Ukraine arrived at the interval up by 17 points 48:31. Things hardly changed throughout the third term. Great Britain struggled to contain Ukraine offence. Mike Fratello team erupted for 22 points to ensure a 19-point lead at the final break 51:70. Kieron Achara dragged Great Britain within 14 points midway through the fourth frame. But Lypovyy and Igor Zaytsev helped Ukraine back to an 18-point advantage. Clark and Adegboye gave a glimpse of hope for the Brits cutting the deficit at 13-point mark with just over two minutes to go. But Jeter Pooh sank four points in a row and Ukraine rallied to the victory. Kyryl Natyazhko and Igor Zaytsev provided 11 points each for Ukraine. Jeter Pooh and Olexandr Mishula netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Kieron Achara and Devon Van Oostrum answered with 12 points each for Great Britain.

Belgium - France 65-82
France overcome a slow start to beat Belgium. They trailed 15 points in the first half but won 82:65. What a performance prepared for France the Belgian side. They erupted with a 30-19 surge in the third period and did not slow down in the second frame. De Zeeuw and Mwema scored three for 36:24 and Tabu brought 41:26. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Hervelle exchanged threes for 46:32, whilst Diaw cut it to 46:34 at the halftime. France was unstoppable in the third period. They managed to take control of the game and needed 6 minutes to grabbed 51:50 lead. France posted a 32-9 burst in the third frame and had 66:55 after thirty minutes of the game. Van Rossom and Mwema reduced to 66:61, while Diot nailed three for 69:61. Mickael Gelabale and Lauvergne scored for 77:63 and Kahudi and Driesen scored the last points in the game. Parker top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Lauvergne nailed 14. Mickael Gelabale delivered 13, whilst Diaw had 12. Hervelle produced 13 points in a loss, whilst Sam Van Rossom had 12. Tabu nailed 11 and Mwema added 8.

Germany - Israel 80-76
Germany earned the third victory at the European Championship. They knocked down Israel to improve at 3-2 record in Group A. Per Guenther and Lucca Staiger stepped up with 15 points each to pace the winners. Israel fell at 1-4 record in the standings. Israel accounted for the opening four games in the clash. But Israel exploded with a 12:3 rally midway through the period to surge ahead. They registered a 20:12 lead after the starting quarter. Lucca Staiger and Zwiener dragged Germany within one and then Tadda put Germany in front 25:24. Soon Tadda made it 31:28 for Germany but Yaniv Green capped the half with a layup to cut the distance to a single point 30:31. Per Guenther scored five straight points to give Germany a 44:37 lead midway through the third term. Lucca Staiger added a three-pointer for a 47:39 lead. Israel narrowed the deficit at just two points 49:51. However Germany bridged two periods with an 8:2 run to gain a 59:51 advantage. Benzing made it a 10-point game 64:54 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Pnini and Lior Eliyahu answered with quick six points to keep Israel alive. Tibor Pleiss stepped up for Germany in the key moments giving them breathing room. But Omri Casspi (204-SF-88) and Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) kept Israel in the game. Omri Casspi narrowed the deficit to just two points 76:78 with one second remaining in regulation. Lucca Staiger answered with two free throws and sealed the victory for Germany. Tibor Pleiss notched 14 points and 14 boards for the winners. Omri Casspi answered with 22 points and 13 boards for Israel. Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin had 16 points apiece in the loss.

Group B
Montenegro - Serbia 83-76
Serbia opened the game with a 7-2 run and Kalinic made it 10:4. Katic and Bjelica scored for 19:8, whilst Stimac brought two for 23:15. Rice scored however 5 points in a row for Montenegro and cut t at 25:19 at the end of the first period. Sehovic later made it 27:27 and Kalinic against gave Serbia 35:32. Katic and Bjelica exchanged the baskets for 37:34 at the halftime. Serbia won the third period 21-20 and led 4 points early in the fourth. Montenegro grabbed 11-point lead with 5 minutes to go, while Serbia cut it to 80:76. Milko Bjelica however nailed a three for the final result. Tyrese Rice stepped up with 12 points for the winners and Bojan Dubljevic as well as Milko Bjelica had 11. Aleksa Popovic shot 10 points in the winning effort. Rasko Katic ended up with 19 points in defeat and Bogdan Bogdanovic poured in 14. Nemanja Bjelica produced 11 points in a loss, whilst Nikola Kalinic had 7.

Latvia - FYR Macedonia 76-66
Latvia clinched the crucial victory in the EuroBasket preliminary round Group B. They shot down FYR Macedonia to guarantee their Second Stage appearance. Kaspars Berzins stepped up with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia before fouling out. FYR Macedonia finished their rather unimpressive campaign at 1-4 record. It was all Latvia in the opening quarter. The Baltic team opened the game on a 16:3 run. Latvia accounted for 27 points in the opening ten minutes to establish an 11-point lead. Latvia remained red hot offensively throughout the second stanza. They kept FYR Macedonia at safe distance building a 49:36 halftime lead. Strelnieks made it a 20-point game in the third term 59:39. The Balkan team capped the quarter on a 13:3 run to narrow the gap at 10-point mark. But FYR Macedonia could not get closer than 8 points throughout the final period as Latvia marched to the decisive victory. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) scored 15 points, while Martins Meiers (208-C-91) and Dairis Bertans added 12 points each for Latvia. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 16 points for FYR Macedonia. Todor Gecevski chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Bosnia 72-78
Lithuania barely survived the test against Bosnia and Herzegovina and advanced into the next stage of the European Championship. The Balkan team needed a double digit victory to leapfrog Lithuania in the ladder for the place in the next round. And they almost completed the mission. Just late surge from Lithuania allowed them to avoid the disaster. Lithuania looked confident in the starting minutes. They gained a 5:0 lead early in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina denied the deficit and the teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first term. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The sides changed leads throughout the second quarter. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) capped the first half with four points in a row to give Bosnia a 31:30 advantage. The Balkan team went on a 7:0 run midway through the third quarter to take a 50:46 lead. They ensured a 57:52 advantage heading into the fourth period. Mirza Teletovic and Nihad Djedovic gave Bosnia and Herzegovina a 65:56 advantage early in the final stanza. Nihad Djedovic, Mirza Teletovic and Sutalo stretched the margin to as many as 16 points 74:58 with just over four minutes remaining. Lithuania reacted with a 9:0 run to narrow the gap. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) drained a triple to cut the distance to just 6 points 70:76 with 51 seconds remaining. Mirza Teletovic gave a glimpse of hope for Bosnia hitting two free throws 78:70. But Martynas Pocius and Linas Kleiza sank two free throws in the dying seconds and Mirza Teletovic missed his three-point attempt as Lithuania got away with the needed result. Mirza Teletovic fired 31 points to lead all scorers. Nihad Djedovic added 20 points, while Elmedin Kikanovic added 10 points for Bosnia. Linas Kleiza responded with 20 points and 10 boards for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius had 14 points in the loss.

Group C
Slovenia - Poland 61-71
Poland down Slovenia in Celje at the end of the First Stage. The Polish side celebrated the initial 71:61 win to finish with 1-4 record. Slovenia meanwhile dropped at 3-2 record and advanced to the Second Stage from the third place. Poland won the first period 19-17 and added 17-11 rally in the second period. Waczynski scored for 59:45 and Kelati followed him from the arc for 63:47. Poland led 20 points with 3 minutes to go, but saved a 71:61 win. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) paced all the winners with 21 points, while Marcin Gortat collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) notched 8, whilst Lukasz Koszarek had 7. Lorbek answered with 13 points for the hosts and Goran Dragic put up 9. Mirza Begic produced 8 points and Jure Balazic had 7.

Georgia - Spain 59-83
Spain coasted to their fourth win at the European Championship. They thumped Georgia for 4-1 record in Group C. Georgia fell at 1-4 record and failed to qualify for the second stage of the tournament. Ricky Rubio posted 16 points to lead the winners. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout close first quarter. Georgia and Spain entered the second term tied at 17. Rudy Fernandez and Ricky Rubio triggered a 15:2 to cap the half as Spain grabbed a 41:29 lead. Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez and Calderon quickly boosted the gap to 20 points early in the third term. Spain arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 62:39. Spain never looked back in the fourth frame breezing to another comfortable victory at the tournament. Sergio Rodriguez finished with 15 points, while Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) and Rudy Fernandez added 11 points each for Spain. Giorgi Shermadini answered with 10 points for Georgia. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Croatia - Czech Republic 70-53
Croatia had to work hard to overcome pesky Czech Republic in the decisive game in the EuroBasket preliminary round Group C. Both teams had to win to guarantee the next round birth. Ante Tomic posted 12 points to lead Croatia to the much-needed victory. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Czech Republic eked out a 17:16 advantage after ten minutes. Barton and Satoransky helped the Czech team to a 25:19 lead early in the second quarter. The Czech side maintained the advantage and secured a 33:32 halftime advantage. However Markota and Bojan Bogdanovic put Croatia in front early in the second half. Ukic and Simon stretched the gap at 7-point mark 47:40 late in the period. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) capped the quarter with a layup to narrow the gap. But Czech Republic ran out of steam in the fourth stanza. Croatia went on a 12:0 run midway through the period to open a 68:51 lead and never looked back en route to the win. Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric (208-F/C-94, agency: XL Basketball Agency) accounted for 11 points each in the victory. Pavel Pumprla answered with 19 points for Czech Republic. Jan Vesely had 11 points and 11 boards in the defeat.

Group D
Turkey - Russia 77-89
Russia beat Turkey 89:77, both face elimination of EuroBasket 2013. Both teams had nothing to lose in the game and could not make it to the next stage even in case the win. They both wanted to win however their last game and somehow excuse for the poor performance this year. Savrasenko was very active in the first quarter for Russia and managed to score 10 points. Turkey won the first period 17:16 and then Gonlum made two free throws for 32:28. Ponkrashov and v tied it at 32:32, while Arslan nailed three for 39:33 advantage. Antonov, Ponkrashov and Shved tied it all at 39:39. Gonlum meanwhile sent the teams to the lockers at 40:39. Russia won the third period 19-17 and got 61:57 lead from Khvostov early in the last period. Savas gave Turkey 65:64, while Antonov, Sokolov and Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored for 75:67 with 5 minutes to go. Sergey Karasev gave Russia 77:70 lead as he made two free throws and then Savrasenko brought 89:75. Sergey Karasev stepped up with 25 points and Antonov nailed 14. Ponkrashov produced 13, whilst Savrasenko had 12. Savas nailed 18 points in the losing effort, whilst Gonlum had 17. Ilyasova poured in 13, whilst Arslan had 12.

Greece - Finland 77-86
Finland continued their impressive run at the 2013 EuroBasket. They upset Greece today to clinch the second position in Group D. Greece finished third at 3-2 record. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) unleashed 29 points to pace the winners. Finland opened the game with four straight points. Greece quickly denied the deficit and spurred ahead for a 16:10 lead. But Finland did not allow the Hellenes to clear off. They cut the distance to a single point 22:23 at the first break. Bramos and Perperoglou made it 28:22 for Greece early in the second term. But Finland stuck around. They narrowed the gap and then Gerald Lee gave Finland a 36:35 halftime lead. Petteri Koponen took the floor in the third term. The guard nailed 13 points and allowed Finland to enjoy a 57:47 lead heading into the fourth period. Greece cut the distance to 7 points on several occasions throughout the fourth period. But Huff and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) stepped up for Finland in the dying minutes and helped them to the victory. Kimmo Muurinen finished with 15 points, while Tuukka Kotti added 14 points for the winners. Nikolaos Zisis answered with 19 points for Greece. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points in the defeat.

Italy - Sweden 82-79
Italy maintain perfect record at 2013 EuroBasket. They held off Sweden to enter the second stage of the tournament with no defeats. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 19 points to pace the Azzurri to the fifth straight win in Slovenia. Sweden fell at 1-4 record after the loss. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) and Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) (190-PG-86) ensured a 5:0 start for Italy. The Azzurri maintained the lead throughout the first period. Melli made it 25:17 lead late in the quarter. Gentille capped it with a layup to make 27:20 for the Azzurri. But Sweden recovered well in the second term. The Scandinavian team capped the first half on a 14:0 run to take a 48:43 halftime lead. Jeffery Taylor scored 7 points to keep Sweden in front for the majority of the third term. But Italy crowned the quarter with 7 points in a row to level things up at 63. Alessandro Gentile opened the fourth period with a triple to put Italy in front. Melli and Alessandro Gentile followed to make it 70:63. But Sweden refused to give up. They would get within one on several occasions. Jeffery Taylor sank two free throws to cut the distance to two points 79:77 with 68 seconds to go. However Pietro Aradori drilled three free throws in the dying seconds and Italy escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Pietro Aradori finished with 16 points, while Andrea Cinciarini added 12 points in the victory. Jeffery Taylor led all scorers with 28 points. Jonas Jerebko had 21 points and 8 boards in the loss.




Day 5 in Slovenia - Sep 8, 2013

Group A
United Kingdom - Germany 81-74
Great Britain remained in the fight for the ticket to Second Stage of the European Championship. They held off Germany in Ljubljana today to improve at 2-2 record in Group A. Germany suffered the third consecutive loss and slipped at 1-3 record. Andrew Lawrence (185-PG-90, agency: Two Points) posted 22 points to pace the winners. King gave Germany a 17:11 lead midway through the first frame. Schaffartzik drained a three-pointer to make it 23:13 late in the opening quarter. But Daniel Clark capped the period with a treble to narrow the gap. Great Britain tied things up at 29 midway through the second quarter. Andrew Lawrence and Achara put the Brits in front 37:34 late in the half. Achara crowned the second quarter with a three-pointer to make it 42:39 at the interval. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. But Great Britain managed to eke out a 59:56 lead at the final break. Andrew Lawrence and Myles Hesson (195-F-90) gave them a 69:61 advantage with just over five minutes to go in regulation. Germany cut the distance to 4 points but Devon Van Oostrum came up with timely five points for Great Britain and made it 78:71 with 51 seconds remaining. Andrew Lawrence then followed with a pair of free throws and Great Britain held on to win the battle. Myles Hesson finished with 21 points and 11 boards, while Daniel Clark added 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) answered with 20 points and 14 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Israel - Belgium 87-69
Israel clinched the first win at the European Championship. They prevailed against Belgium to snap three-game losing skid. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81) stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners. Belgium fell at 2-2 record in Group A. Israel overcame a 0-4 start to the game to surge ahead. They unloaded 19 points in the first frame to gain a 4-point lead. Afik Nissim extended the lead to 8 points midway through the second frame. Pnini and Afik Nissim gave Israel a 41:33 halftime advantage. Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) and Lior Eliyahu made it a double-digit advantage early in the third quarter. Israel dominated on the court boosting the gap at 20-point mark in the third term. They erupted for 32 points in the period to gain a 73:46 lead into the fourth frame. Belgium trimmed the gap in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Yotam Halperin posted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu added 13 points in the victory. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-PF-87) had 14 points for Belgium. Axel Hervelle chipped in 13 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Lions.

Ukraine - France 71-77
France handed Ukraine their first loss at 2013 EuroBasket. The French side tied both records at 3-1 after a 77:71 win. Ukraine won the first three games and started with the massive 10-2 surge. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) reduced to 12:10 and then Pietrus made it 16:14 on the board. Tony Parker gave France the first lead early in the second period, while Mishula nailed three for the lead back. Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) and Natyazhko scored for 26:24 and Lypovyy nailed two three-pointers for 32:28. Ukraine did not allow France to win the half and enjoyed a 36:35 halftime advantage. Boris Diaw tied the game at 39:39 and he nailed three for 44:43 midway through the third period. France managed to post a 16-15 rally in the third quarter and tied the game at 51:51. Pustozvonov and Nando De Colo opened the last period with threes for 54:54. Zaytsev scored three for 57:54 and Boris Diaw reduced to 57:56. Heurtel gave France 58:57, while Tony Parker increased the lead to 3. Korniyenko and Tony Parker exchanged the baskets at 62:59 and Tony Parker scored another seven points for 67:59. Ajinca increased to 70:59 and Zabirchenko reduced to 72:63. Jeter Pooh and Mishula cut it to 75:68, while Tony Parker closed the game at 76:68. Mishula nailed another three for 76:71, while Pietrus scored the last point in the game. Tony Parker was unstoppable with 28 points and Boris Diaw notched 15. Gelabale posted 10, whilst Batum had 8. Jeter Pooh answered with 20 points for Ukraine, whilst Mishula, Lypovyy and Gladyr poured in 9 each.

Group B
Bosnia - FYR Macedonia 62-54
Bosnia and Herzegovina jumped at 2-2 record in Group B following a tough victory over FYR Macedonia today. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 22 points and grabbed 7 boards for the winners. FYR Macedonia fell at 1-3 record in the ladder. FYR Macedonia opened the game with seven straight points. But Bosnia and Herzegovina answered with 10 points in a row to surge ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Gordic gave Bosnia a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Mirza Teletovic capped the first half with two free throws to give Bosnia a narrow 29:28 halftime lead. Pero Pero Antic helped FYR Macedonia to a 42:37 lead midway through the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by four points 45:41. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) kept Bosnia and Herzegovina within striking distance from FYR Macedonia in the first part of the fourth frame. Elmedin Kikanovic and Nihad Djedovic helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to a 55:52 lead with under four minutes remaining. Mirza Teletovic followed with a three-pointer to make it 58:52 for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Elmedin Kikanovic added two free throws to extend the lead to 8 points. FYR Macedonia managed just two points in the reminder of the contest as Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out a crucial victory. Nihad Djedovic posted 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) answered with 19 points for FYR Macedonia. Pero Antic added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat.

Lithuania - Montenegro 77-70 OT
Lithuania secured the third consecutive victory at the 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame Montenegro in overtime thriller to improve at 3-1 record in Group B. Montenegro slipped at 1-3. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) posted 24 points to lead the winners. Lithuania opened the game with six straight points. They maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the first frame. But Montenegro capped the period with 7:2 run to level things up at 19. Sehovic and Sekulic put Montenegro in front 23:19 early in the second term. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second quarter. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) capped the half with a jumper to give the Balkan team a 34:32 lead. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) and Linas Kleiza quickly gave Lithuania lead in the third term. The teams exchanged baskets before Mantas Kalnietis and Lavrinovic made it 51:47 for the Baltic team at the end of the third term. Mantas Kalnietis and Lavrinovic stretched the gap at 8-point mark early in the fourth quarter 57:49. However Sehovic and Sekulic answered with four quick points to keep Montenegro in the game. Bojan Dubljevic and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) put the Balkan team within one 56:57 with just over four minutes remaining. Sehovic tied things up at 58 with under two minutes remaining. Ksistof Lavrinovic sank two free throws but Bojan Dubljevic followed an offensive rebounds with a layup to even things up at 60. Ksistof Lavrinovic converted a three-point play to put Lithuania in front but Tyrese Rice drained a three-pointer to force overtime. Mantas Kalnietis, Seibutis and Jonas Valanciunas secured a 72:68 lead for Lithuania in the extra period. Tyrese Rice narrowed the gap but Darjus Lavrinovic drilled a trey and then Jonas Valanciunas added two free throws to seal the win for the Baltic team. Jonas Valanciunas provided 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mantas Kalnietis and Linas Kleiza added 10 points each for Lithuania. Tyrese Rice answered with 19 points for Montenegro. Bojan Dubljevic had 14 points in the loss.

Serbia - Latvia 80-71
Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) leads Serbia past Latvia in Day 5 of the 2013 EuroBasket. He nailed 25 points as his team won 80:71. Serbia improved to 3-1 record, while Latvia dropped at 2-2 record. Serbia started strong and won the first period 28:15. Latvia however replied with a 13-10 rally as the score showed 38:28 on the board. Nenad Krstic increased to 44:30 early in the third period, while Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) cut it to 46:40. He nailed three for 50:46 and Meiers reduced to 55:53. Serbia however managed to push the tempo at the end of the game and sealed the victory. Nedovic and Markovic closed the game for a 9-point win. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Nemanja Bjelica poured in 11 points each, while Nedovic, Bogdanovic and Markovic scored 9 each. Kristaps Janicenoks finished the night with 18 points and Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) notched 14. Blums chipped in 12, whilst Meiers had 10.

Group C
Slovenia - Croatia 74-76 OT
Croatia handed Slovenia the first defeat at the 2013 EuroBasket. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) nailed 24 points and added 7 rebounds to lead Croatia to a key win in Group C. They joined Slovenia and Spain on top of the ladder. Slovenia led throughout the opening quarter. They recorded an 18:12 lead but Croatia were able to narrow it to three points 17:20. Domen Lorbek and Nachbar gave Slovenia a 28:19 advantage early in the second term. But Croatia gradually evened the contest. Bojan Bogdanovic tied things up at 33 late in the first half. Zoran Dragic and Slokar gave the hosts a 41:35 after twenty minutes of action. The gap grew at 13-point mark early in the third term as Slovenia stayed in charge. But Croatia capped the period on a 10:0 run to narrow the gap at 2 points 55:57. Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Bojan Bogdanovic put Croatia in front 61:60 midway through the fourth frame. Muric and Bojan Bogdanovic exchanged three-pointers and then Muric followed with a dunk to give the home side a 65:64 lead. However Ante Tomic sank one free throw and sent the game into overtime. Rudez and Bojan Bogdanovic opened the extra period with three-pointers to make it 71:66. Rudez later added another one to keep Croatia in front 76:71. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) cut the deficit. Ante Tomic both of his free throw attempts to give a chance for Slovenia. Domen Lorbek hit the first free throw and missed the second one on purpose but Zoran Dragic could not convert after winning an offensive rebound. Ante Tomic finished with 11 points and 15 boards for Croatia. Roko-Leni Ukic added 10 points for the winners. Slovenia answered with 23 points from Goran Dragic. Domen Lorbek chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Czech Republic - Georgia 95-79
Czech Republic rout Georgia in Celje at the 2013 EuroBasket. They needed a 95:79 win for 2-2 record. Georgia meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group C. Czech Republic started the game with a 26-15 lead and never looked behind. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) scored for 39:20, while Jelinek made 45:22 advantage for his team. Georgia managed to reduce the gap a bit before the halftime as Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) closed the half at 54:35. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) cut it to 15 midway through the third period, but Georgia could not catch up with the opponents. Czech Republic posted a 21-19 rally in the third period and did not mind a 20-25 run in the last stanza. Jan Vesely erupted with 27 points and Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) followed him with 20. Jelinek notched 11, whilst Pumprla had 10. Georgi Tsintsadze and Manuchar Markoishvili netted 20 points in defeat, whilst Shermadini had 18. Sanikidze poured in 10 points for Georgian team.

Poland - Spain 53-89
Spain roll over Poland in Day 5 of the 2013 EuroBasket. They grabbed an 89:53 win for 3-1 record in Group C. Poland meanwhile lost the fourth consecutive game and dropped at 0-4 record. Spain erupted with a 25-5 surge in the first period and never looked behind. They added massive 24-8 burst in the second period and enjoyed a 76:30 lead when Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) sent the teams to the lockers. Poland managed to win the start of the third period 7-2 as Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) reduced to 78:37. Spain however posted a 27-17 rally in the third quarter and had 89:53 lead at the end of 30 minutes. Poland replied with a 23-13 final push to reduce to final 890:53 result. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Ricky Rubio top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) brought 13. Rey delivered 12 and Sergio Rodriguez had 11. Przemyslaw Zamojski (193-G/F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) produced 11 points in a loss, whilst Maciej Lampe had 10. Ponitka and Kelati ended up with 7 points each in defeat.

Group D
Sweden - Turkey 74-87
Turkey celebrated the first win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They overcame Sweden to snap three-game losing skid in Koper. Both teams are now tied at 1-3 record in Group D. Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) posted 22 points to lead the winners. Sweden got to a 9:3 start to the game. But Turkey quickly denied the deficit. The teams ended the first term tied at 17. The lead changed hands for several times before Turkey went on an 8:0 run and gained a 37:30 lead. They arrived at halftime up by 5 points 40:35. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 15:3 run to ensure a 55:38 lead. They secured a 67:58 lead heading into the fourth period. Ender Arslan and Erden made it 74:60 for Turkey early in the final stanza. Sweden could not get within single digits throughout the reminder of the contest as Turkey cruised to the victory. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) finished with 21 points for the winners. Kerem Gonlum added 19 points for Turkey. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 18 points for Sweden. Jonas Jerebko had 17 points in the loss.

Greece - Italy 72-81
Italy clinched the fourth straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They edged Greece 81:72 and took 4-0 record on top of Group D. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) and Kaimakoglou scored the first points for their teams and then Cinciarini tied it all at 7:7. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Cinciarini gave Italy a 14:11 lead, while Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) tied it all at 16:16 at the end of the first period. Printezis made two free throws for 21:20 and then Bourousis gave Greece 27:25 advantage. The latter made two free throws for 33:27 and Sloukas increased to 35:29. Papanikolaou nailed another three-pointer for 38:33, while Marco Belinelli closed the half from the long range for 38:36. Gentile gave Italy 46:45 lead and Luigi Datome nailed three for 4-point advantage. Luigi Datome posted another from the long range for 57:50. Gentile and Marco Belinelli scored for 60:51 and Marco Belinelli brought 61:51. Fotsis however closed the third period at 63:56 as Italy won the frame 27-18. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) nailed three to tie the game at 70:70, while Marco Belinelli scored four for 74:70. Gentile scored the last three points for the winners to remain undefeated with Italians. Marco Belinelli stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Luigi Datome netted 19. Gentile shot 16, whilst Cinciarini had 9. Nikolaos Zisis replied with 16 points in defeat and Stratos Perperoglou brought 12. Papanikolaou and Bourousis delivered 11 points each in defeat.

Finland - Russia 86-83 2OT
Finland sent Russia packing and remained them winless at 2013 EuroBasket. The Finnish side needed two overtimes to seal an 86:83 win. Russia scored the first 4 points in the game and Voronov later brought 8:2 lead. Sokolov made two free throws for 15:8, while Antonov nailed three for 18:11. Finland however replied with a 10-0 run and took 21:18 early in the second period. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) made three free throws for 26:22, while Sasu Salin (192-G-91) posted a three for 29:26. Fridzon closed the half at 31:30 as Finland won the quarter 15-12. Russia dominated the third period and managed to win the frame 16-10. They kept Finland scoreless in more than 5 minutes at the end of the period, while Shawn Huff broke the silence for 46:41 and closed the period. Shawn Huff continued their great performance in the fourth period and nailed two three pointers and a lay-up for 57:57. Ponkrashov and Antonov scored for 62:57 with 30 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, but Russia failed to win. Koponen and Hanno Mottola (209-PF-76, college: Utah) were perfect from the free throw line for 67:67 at the end of the regulation. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) and Savrasenko gave Russia 71:67 and then again Savrasenko and Alexey Shved posted two each for 75:71. Hanno Mottola and Lee meanwhile tied the game at 75:75 at the end of the first overtime. Lee and Sasu Salin ensured the victory in second overtime for a total 86:83 win. Shawn Huff top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Sasu Salin, Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81, college: Providence) and Hanno Mottola netted 12 each. Koponen followed them with 11 points in a win. Alexey Shved answered with 25 points in a loss, whilst Fridzon collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Antonov notched 10 and Monya brought 9.


2013 EuroBasket: Day 4 - Sep 7, 2013

GROUP C

Spain - Czech Republic 60-39 (18-7, 15-18, 14-12, 13-2)

Spain recovered after disappointing loss to Slovenia and easily defeated Czech Republic thanks to solid defense. La Furia Roja limited Croatia to only three points in final quarter of their opening game and improved that record today - allowed Czech Republic to score only two points in final period!
It was clear from the start that Czechs will struggle in offense as they needed three and a half minutes to score first basket (6-2). They were down by 4 or 6 until 6th minute. Spain ended first quarter with 8-1 run and opened 11-point lead after 10 minutes (18-7). It wasn't game over though. Czech Republic opened second quarter with 11-2 run (12-2 including first period) and reduced deficit to only two points (20-18). Spaniards couldn't score for more than 5 minutes before Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) hit three-pointer in 16th minute. It was start of Spain's 13-4 run for new double-digit lead (33-22 in 19th minute).
With minute and a half remaining in third quarter, Czechs managed to cut difference to only 5 points after 7-0 run (42-37). However, it was their last push as they scored only two points in remaining 11 minutes and 36 seconds! La Roja finished third quarter with 5 points and extended their run to 9-0 before Jan Vesely scored Czech's final basket with 3:11 minutes to go (51-39).
Both teams shot poorly - Spain's field goal percentage was 32.4 (22/68), while Czech Republic had amazing 24.4% (15/62). They had 20 turnovers as well. Only two out of 24 players scored more than 8 points! Rudy Fernandez led the winners with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) had 10 points and Marc Gasol (216-C-85) helped with 10 rebounds. Top scorers in Czech team had 7 points - Jan Vesely and Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86). NBA player had 14 rebounds, while Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) added 12.

Croatia - Poland 74-70 (24-12, 17-20, 21-17, 12-21)

Croatia won second game in a row after embarassment against Spain, while Poland lost again and secured elimination after first round.
Croatians dominated in first quarter, led 8-0 after only two minutes, 15-2 after four, 19-2 after six and 24-4 after seven minutes! Poland woke up in final three minutes of first period and managed to come back into the game with 8-0 run. Jasmin Repesa's men didn't allow Poles to reduce deficit to less than 7 points in first half (39-32 with 30 seconds remaining).
Croatia started better in third quarter and led by 14 in 24th minute (49-35)Their lead was extended to 18 points only minute later (56-38). It was the end of 15-4 run. Croatians still had 18-point lead in 29th minute, but Poland returned to life with 5 unanswered points to end third quarter (62-49). It was announcement of happenings in final period. Dirk Bauermann's team was reducing the deficit minute by minute and were down only by 1 (65-66) with 3 minutes remaining after 10-0 run. Damir Markota scored after offensive rebound to give Croatia 70-67 lead with 90 seconds to go. Thanks to steal and offensive rebound, Poles shot four times from beyond the arc but missed them all! Bojan Bogdanovic punished them and killed the game with lay-up for 72-67.
Bojan Bogdanovic was the best player in Croatian team with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) had 14 points and 6 assists, Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84) helped with 10 points and 6 assists. Ante Tomic scored 8 points and added 9 rebounds. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) led Poland with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) had 14 points (5 turnovers) as well as Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84).

GROUP D

Russia - Sweden 62-81 (15-18, 14-16, 16-18, 17-29)

Russians were shocked by Sweden, suffered their third straight loss and won't play in Ljubljana for sure. On the other hand, Swedes won for the first time and kept their hopes alive.
Sweden opened first significant lead of the game in 6th minute - 13-4 - after 9-0 run. Russia answered with 11-3 run and had only one-point deficit in final minute of first quarter (15-16). They finally managed to take the lead in 12th minute after opening second period with 6-0 run (21-18). It was expected that Russia will take control of the game, but Brad Dean's team scored 6 in a row and led 26-23 in 15th minute. Russians didn't score field goal in last 4:57 of first half and scored only two points from free throw line with 3:11 remaining. Sweden took advantage of that, Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) made two three-pointers in a row to give his team 34-29 lead at halftime.
Vasiliy Karasev's men had strong start to the second half and scored 6 unanswered points for another change of lead (35-34). But, once again, they couldn't score field goal for almost 5 minutes, Swedes were on 10-1 run and took 44-36 lead. After another three-pointer of Kenny Grant and Jeffery Taylor's 2+1, Sweden led 50-38. Fortunately for Sbornaya, Sergey Monya was on fire, scored two shots from beyond the arc, previously made two-point shot, and it was 44-50 in 29th minute. Thanks to Aleksey Shved's three-pointer, Russia reduced the deficit to 6 points again in 32nd minute, but that was all from them. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) and Viktor Gaddefors, with threes, started Sweden's 10-2 run and they led 66-52 with 6 minutes to be played. Not only that bad Russians couldn't return into the game, but their rivals even increased their lead to incredible 21 points with 100 seconds remaining (77-56) after 8-0 run. Sweden's biggest lead was 81-58.
Two teams combined for amazing 46 turnovers (Russians had two more). Russia had 8 blocked shots (Sweden 0), but it didn't help them. Alexey Shved (198-G-88) led Russia with 15 points (5 turnovers), Semen Antonov (202-PF-89) added 13. Vitaliy Fridzon shot 1/10, including 0/6 for three. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) was everywhere for Sweden - 25 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 7 turnovers! Jonas Jerebko posted double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Kenny Grant scored 11.

Italy - Finland 62-44 (14-17, 17-9, 15-8, 16-10)

Italy improved to 3-0 record, while Finland suffered their first loss.
Finland led throughout first quarter and their biggest lead was 5 points (17-12 in 10th minute). They increased their lead to 6 points in 14th minute (24-18) after 7-2 run. But, Italians started to play even stronger defense, Finns scored only two points in final six and a half minutes of first half and didn't score in last 4 minutes. Azzurri finished second quarter with 13-2 run and led 31-26 at halftime.
Henrik Dettmann's team was better in opening four minutes of second half and reduced deficit to 33-32. However, Italy answered with 9 straight points in less than 90 seconds. Finland's timeout didn't help a lot, as Italians extended their run to 13-2 and had 46-34 lead after 30 minutes. Simone Pianigiani's men allowed Finns to score only two points in six minutes, similar like in second quarter. Guido Rosselli scored three-pointer in first possession of final period, it was 51-34 in 32nd minute and game was over. Italy's biggest lead was 62-40 with two minutes remaining after another 7-0 run.
Azzurri's rock solid defense limited Finland to 27.3 field goal percentage (18/66) and 11.5% three-pointers (3/26). Finns had only 5 assists. Only one player scored 10 points in this game. It was Luigi Datome (203-F-87) who added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrea Cinciarini (190-PG-86) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) scored 9 points as well. Top scorers in Finnish team were Sasu Salin (6 rebounds, FG 3/10), Petteri Koponen (FG 3/11) and Teemu Rannikko (FG 2/8) - with 8 points each.

Turkey - Greece 61-84 (16-21, 19-20, 14-23, 12-20)

Greece continued with impressive wins, despite playing without injured Vassilis Spanoulis, while Turkey continued with poor performances and losses. Bogdan Tanjevic had to apologise to Turkish people after the game, as his team managed to keep Greeks within reaching distance only during first half.
Turkey's last lead of the game was 10-9 in 7th minute. Greeks took the lead after 4 straight points and slowly started to increase their lead. It was 21-16 after first quarter. Turks reduced deficit to one point in 14th (25-24) and 15th minute (27-26), but Greece answered with three three-pointers in 11-4 run and led 38-30 with minute and a half remaining in first half. Another three with 11 seconds remaining gave them 41-32 lead, but Sinan Guler scored from long distance in final second to give hope to his team.
Bogdan Tanjevic's team had only 5-point deficit in 24th minute (40-45) after three of Emir Preldzic, but 2005 European champions quickly scored 5 points in a row and opened double-digit lead. Turkey managed to cut difference to 6 points in 26th minute (46-52) and that was all from them. Team led by Andrea Trinchieri scored 7 unanswered points and led 59-46 in 27th minute. Difference after 30 minutes was 15 points. Greeks were keeping their big lead throughout final quarter without problems and even increased difference to 24 points in last minute!
Greece had great three-point percentage - 66.7 (10/15)! Seven of their players were successful from beyond the arc. Ioannis Bourousis (213-C-83) shot 8/10 from the field and finished the game with 21 points in only 19 minutes. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) scored 14, Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) 12 and Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) 11 points. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) had 11 assists. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) was 0/9 from the field and added 4 turnovers. Only one of his teammates scored in double figures - Ersan Ilyasova (13). Kerem Gonlum had 8 points and 8 rebounds.



2013 EuroBasket: Day 3 - Sep 6, 2013

GROUP A

Germany - Ukraine 83-88 (16-15, 14-24, 27-25, 26-24)

Ukraine became first team with 3-0 record after another win against Germany. On the other hand, after shocking win against France, Germans disappointed once again.
Bundesteam had a great start to the game and led 10-2 after 5 minutes thanks to 10-0 run. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) scored three-pointer to give his team 13-4 lead, but Ukrainians scored 10 unanswered points and took 14-13 lead. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90) scored 4 points in a row and Germany led 20-15 in 11th minute. It was 27-27 in 14th minute when Ukraine, led by Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) and Kyryl Natyazhko (207-F-90), started their 9-0 run and took 36-27 lead with minute to go in first half. Germans didn't score for more than 5 minutes.
Mike Fratello's team had 52-39 lead in 25th minute after another three-pointer of Sergii Gladyr and led 62-46 (27th minute) after Jeter Pooh's second three pointer in a row. However, Germany finished third quarter with 11-2 run and had only 7-point deficit after 30 minutes. Their good period of play continued in opening minutes of final quarter and after another successful shot of Heiko Schaffartzik from beyond the arc it was only 1-point game - Ukraine led 68-67 with 6 minutes remaining. Sergii Gladyr answered with another three, but German team took the lead after another 7-2 run (74-73). Kyryl Natyazhko with three and Sergii Gladyr with four points were responsible for another turnaround and Ukraine took 80-76 lead with 96 seconds remaining. This time they didn't allow Germans to come back into the game, hit enough free throws for calm finish.
Sergii Gladyr had a great game and finished with 25 points. Jeter Pooh had 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while Kyryl Natyazhko added 16 points. Heiko Schaffartzik led Germany with 22 points and 11 assists! Robin Benzing (209-SF-89) scored 18, Niels Giffey (201-G/F-91) 16 points, while Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) had 11 rebounds. Ukraine had 5 steals and 6 turnovers while Germany had 13 turnovers and 0 steals!

Belgium - Great Britain 76-71 (23-19, 10-19, 22-17, 21-16)

Belgium won second game in a row after unlucky loss to Ukraine, while Great Britain suffered second straight defeat.
In game full of turnarounds Belgians started much better and had double-digit lead in 4th minute already thanks to 9-0 run (14-4). GB team cut the difference to only 4 points after first quarter (23-19). Belgium managed to keep their lead until final two minutes of first half. Both teams couldn't score field goal for exactly 4 minutes between 14th and 18th minute. After Axel Hervelle's basket for 31-29, British team scored 6 points in a row and finished first half with 9-2 run to lead 38-33 at halftime.
They even led by 7 early in second half, but it was turn for Belgian run - 9-1 and they led 42-41 in 24th minute. Game was tied at 55 after three quarters. It was 64-64 with 5 minutes remaining, when Roel Moors (190-G-78) decided to win the game for Belgium. He scored 7 out of team's next 10 points, Great Britain only managed to hit couple of free throws in almost 5 minutes and Belgians led 74-66 with 40 seconds to go.
Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83) scored 15 points for the winners, Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83) added 13, while Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) contributed with 12 points (4/4 field goals), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Axel Hervelle posted double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Roel Moors finished with 11. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) led Great Britain with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kieron Achara and Myles Hesson scored 12 points each and Andrew Lawrence added 11.

France - Israel 82-63 (20-14, 18-15, 27-14, 17-20)

Israel became only team with 0-3 record, while France recovered after losing to Germany in their opener and won second game in a row.
Les Bleus had a strong start and led 12-3 after only four minutes. Israelis managed to stop French team from increasing their lead and had only 6-point deficit after first quarter. France couldn't score for almost 4 minutes of second quarter, but Israelis couldn't turn the game around as they only scored four points themselves. It was enough for 2-point deficit in 14th minute (20-18). France quickly scored 6 unanswered points and took 26-18 lead. Tony Parker's three-pointer gave them 38-29 lead at halftime.
Les Bleus finally secured the win in third quarter thanks to 10-0 run in opening 150 seconds - 48-29. Their biggest lead was 22 points late in third quarter. France managed to keep Israel at safe distance throughout final period without major problems.
Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) had 13 points and 6 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 12 points and added 7 assists, while Petro Johan (214-C-86) added 10 points. Lior Eliyahu and Omri Casspi led Israel with 14 points each.


GROUP B


Montenegro - Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-76 (17-13, 20-21, 22-15, 11-27)

Bosnia and Herzegovina won their first game in Jesenice, while Montenegro suffered second straight loss. Former Yugoslav republics couldn't open lead that was bigger than 6 points in first half (Montenegro led 30-24 in 16th minute and 33-27 in 17th minute, while Bosnia's biggest lead in first 20 minutes was 22-18 in 13th minute).
Montenegro took control of the game in third quarter with 8-1 run for 47-38 lead in 25th minute. Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) scored three-pointer, but Montenegrins responded with 6-0 run and had 12-point lead in 27th minute (53-41). They managed to keep double-digit lead after three quarters (59-49), but everything changed in final 10 minutes.
Turnaround started after Nikola Vucevic's basket for 61-49. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) and Nemanja Gordic scored three-pointers to lead Bosnia's 8-0 run, that was extended to 15-2. Suddenly, Aco Petrovic's team led 64-63 with less than 5 minutes remaining. With Montenegro leading 65-64, Bosnia had another 6-0 run, which proved to be decisive. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89) scored from beyond the arc with 17 seconds remaining (70-72), but Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) hit both free throws to secure win for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mirza Teletovic led Bosnia with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but with miserable field goal percentage - 27.3 (6/22). Nemanja Gordic was great in second half and finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 77.8 field goal percentage (3/3 from beyond the arc). Nihad Djedovic and Marko Sutalo added 13 points each. Only two of Luka Pavicevic's players scored in double figures - Bojan Dubljevic (16 and 6 rebounds) and Tyrese Rice (13). Suad Sehovic had 14 rebounds.

Latvia - Lithuania 59-67 (17-22, 14-17, 14-13, 14-15)

Lithuania defeated Latvia in Baltic derby for their second win in a row, while their neighbours lost for the first time in Jesenice.
Latvia led 16-12 in 9th minute, but allowed Lithuanians to score 10 points in final 87 seconds of first quarter. It was 10-1 run, Jonas Kazlauskas' team took 22-17 lead after 10 minutes and never looked back although Latvians opened second quarter with 4-0 run. However, Lithuania answered with 9 unanswered points and led 31-21 in 15th minute. Latvia failed to score field goal in 5 minutes. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) ended that with three-pointer for 25-31. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85) led another run of his team, this time 7-0, and 2007 European champions led 38-25 in 18th minute. Ainars Bagatskis' team stayed in the game thanks to 6-1 run in final minutes of first half.
Latvia played much better in opening minutes of second half and even managed to tie the game at 45 in 26th minute thanks to 14-4 run. But, they failed to score until the end of third quarter. Lithuanians used that to open 52-45 lead after 30 minutes. Latvians didn't have strength for another run in final period and Lithuania kept their lead without major problems until the end of the game. Latvia only managed to reduce deficit to 4 points in 36th minute (52-56), but Lithuanians responded with 9-2 run.
Hosts of 2011 EuroBasket dominated in the paint - collected 48 rebounds, 22 more than Latvia! They had 18 turnovers, two times more than Latvians, but it didn't stop them from winning easily. Interestingly, only one Lithuanian player scored more than 9 points! It was Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis (6 assists), Donatas Motiejunas (6 rebounds), Darjus Lavrinovic, Jonas Maciulis and Tomas Delininkaitis scored 9 points each. Rihards Kuksiks led Latvia with 13 points, Janis Blums and Kristaps Janicenoks added 11 points each.

FYR Macedonia - Serbia 89-75 (29-17, 19-15, 22-13, 19-30)

Serbia won their first two games, while FYR Macedonia started with two losses. But, biggest surprise of previous EuroBasket dominated from the start of the game and deservedly thrashed their northern neighbours for their first win in Jesenice.
Macedonians led during all 40 minutes - it was 5-0, 7-1, 12-5, 16-7. Ales Pipan's timeout with 2:25 remaining in first quarter proved to be decisive. Serbia scored four points in a row prior to the timeout and reduced deficit to 18-13. However, mostly thanks to two three-pointers of Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80), Macedonians - that scored 11 points in final 104 seconds of first quarter - opened 12-point lead after 10 minutes (29-17) and Serbians never recovered. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91) was fouled while shooting from beyond the arc and hit all free throws to complete Serbia's 6-0 run - 33-25 in 13th minute. However, Vlado Ilievski scored 5 points in a row and led Macedonia's 10-1 run for 43-26 in 15th minute!
Things went from bad to worse for Duda Ivkovic's team in third quarter. After only 45 seconds of second half it was 20-point game. FYR Macedonia had another run in final four minutes of third period, 10-1, and even led by 26 in 30th minute (70-44). Of course, Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) and his teammates relaxed in final period and Serbia managed to avoid complete humiliation.
Bo McCalebb played like in his best days and scored 27 points. Pero Antic (210-F-82) contributed with 16 points and 14 rebounds (1/9 for three!), Vlado Ilievski added 16 (4/5 for three), while Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) had 9 points and 9 rebounds. Danilo Andjusic led Serbia with 19 points, Nemanja Bjelica had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Nenad Krstic added 9 points and 11 rebounds.



Day 2 in Slovenia - Sep 5, 2013

Group A
United Kingdom - France 65-88
France roll over Great Britain to tie both records at 1-1 at the 2013 EuroBasket. France needed an 88:65 win for the initial success. Great Britain entered the game with a victory, while France had no points after the first day. The latter erupted with a 26-14 rally in the first period and Myles Hesson and Clark reduced to 28:23, while Johnson cut it to 37:33. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) and then Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) closed the first half at 45:37 as Great Britain won the second period 23-19. The third quarter ensured the bigger lead for the favorites and answered the quarter about the winner of the game. France pushed the tempo and Nicolas Batum nailed three for 61:41. Van Oostrum and Nando De Colo were the last players to score in the third period for 71:48 lead of the French side. Nando De Colo later shot for 81:61 and Gelabale kept the difference at 20 points with 2 minutes to go. Diot scored three for 86:63, while Ajinca and Van Oostrum scored the last points in the game. Nicolas Batum top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nailed 16. Mickael Gelabale and Nando De Colo followed them with 11 points each. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) ended up with 16 points in a loss, whilst Devon Van Oostrum had 13. Myles Hesson scored 8 and Justin Robinson put up 7 points in defeat.

Germany - Belgium 73-77 OT
Belgium opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. They prevailed against Germany in overtime to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85) and Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) posted 15 points each to lead the Lions. Germany slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the starting quarter. Germany eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Mukubu opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers for Belgium. He triggered 16:0 run that propelled the Lions to a 30:16 advantage. Germany came back to life late in the half and narrowed the distance at 9 points 26:35. Giffey and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) put the German side within 6 points midway through the third period. Heiko Schaffartzik cut the distance to just 3 points 36:39 moments later. However Belgium capped the quarter with a 7:2 run to open a 7-point lead. Belgium maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the fourth term. But Robin Benzing scored four points in a row late in regulation to level things up at 60. Jonathan Tabu responded with a triple to make it 63:60 with 35 seconds remaining. Staiger answered with a big time three-pointer and sent the game into overtime. Belgium opened the extra period with quick five points to set the tone. Germany tried hard to stay within striking distance. They trailed by just one point 73:74 with 22 seconds left. But Sacha Massot and Moors hit three free throws and sealed the deal. Axel Hervelle provided 11 points for the winners. Robin Benzing answered with 24 points for Germany. Heiko Schaffartzik chipped in 15 points in the defeat.

Ukraine - Israel 74-67
Ukraine celebrated the second consecutive victory at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. They prevailed against struggling Israel for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Israel lost their second straight game at the tournament. Ukraine dominated from start to finish in this one. They opened the encounter with a 13:2 run. Israel could not find the right rhythm trailing by 6 points after ten minutes 13:19. The margin grew to double digits again midway through the second term. Ukraine accounted for a 35:26 halftime lead. Israel strongly entered the second half. They went on a 10:5 run to narrow the deficit. But Ukraine hung on as they entered the fourth period up by 7 points 53:46. Limonad and Green dragged Israel within one 57:58 midway through the fourth term. But Zabirchenko and Sergii Gladyr stepped up for Ukraine in the key moment giving Mike Fratello team a 67:60 lead with under two minutes remaining. Sergii Gladyr, Korniyenko and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) then sealed the victory for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov provided 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Maksym Pustozvonov added 13 points for the winning team. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81) responded with 12 points for Israel. Guy Pnini and Yotam Halperin had 9 points in the defeat.

Group B
Lithuania - FYR Macedonia 75-67
Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) leads Lithuania past FYR Macedonia in a 75:67 win. The Baltic State improved to 1-1 record at the end of 2013 EuroBasket Day 2. Lithuania and FYR Macedonia stayed close to each other in the majority of the game. They were tied three times in the first 5 minutes and then Valanciunas brought 11:11 on the board. Motiejunas later closed the quarter at 20:15, while Motiejunas made it 26:17 early in the second frame. Maciulis increased to 34:24 and Javtokas gave Lithuania 39:28 advantage. Stojanovski and McCalebb closed the half at 39:33. Seibutis and Stojanovski scored the first points for their teams in the second half and then Maciulis gave Lithuania 43:35 lead. McCalebb made two free throws to reduce to 49:42 midway through the third period. Lithuania managed to post the same 18-17 rallies in the second half and won the game by 8 points. Kalnietis and Motiejunas ensured the first win of the Baltic State. Mantas Kalnietis stepped up with 17 points and Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) nailed 14. Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas ended up with 11 points each in a win. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 13 points in defeat and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12. Bo McCalebb produced 11, while Todor Gechevski shot 8.

Bosnia - Serbia 67-77
Serbia celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. It was all Serbia in the opening quarter. Bosnia struggled to contain their opponents. Serbia accounted for 28 points in the opening ten minutes and gained a 12-point lead. Serbia opened a 17-point lead early in the second frame. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Sinanovic dragged Bosnia within 10 points 31:41 late in the first half. But Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Markovic answered with four points in a row establishing a 45:31 halftime lead for Serbia. Dusan Ivkovic team opened the second half with 11 points in a row to boost the lead. They kept Bosnia at distance throughout the period. The Bosnian side entered the final stanza down by as many as 15 points 49:64. Persic, Kikanovic and Mirza Teletovic trimmed the gap at 10-point mark 58:68 midway through the fourth frame. But Serbia quickly bounced back to balloon the margin to 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Rasko Katic finished with 12 points, while Nemanja Nedovic provided 11 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in the win. Mirza Teletovic answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nihad Djedovic topscored with 17 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Latvia 72-73
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) sank a jumper with 6 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Latvia past Montenegro in the second round of preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket. Latvia improved at 2-0 record in Group B ladder. Montenegro fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kristaps Janicenoks finished with 15 points to pace the charge. The teams exchanged blows throughout the opening frame. Neither side was able to clear off. The lead changed hands before Bjelica tied it at 17 after ten minutes. Montenegro used a 6:0 run midway through the second term to gain a 36:31 lead. But Latvia responded with a 6:0 run of their own to pull in front. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) sealed the first half outcome at 37:37. Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88) and Berzins gave Latvia 48:41 lead early in the third period. Montenegro narrowed the gap but the Baltic team secured a 54:52 lead heading into the fourth period. Montenegro went on a 13:0 rally to snatch a 67:59 lead with just over five minutes remaining. Latvia responded with nine unanswered points to regain the lead. Tyrese Rice converted a three-point play to give Montenegro a 72:71 lead with 11 second to go. But Kristaps Janicenoks responded with a decisive bucket and sealed the win for Latvia. Rolands Freimanis finished with 12 points, while Dairis Bertans and Rihards Kuksiks had 8 points each for the winning side. Tyrese Rice responded with 24 points for Montenegro. Blagota Sekulic had 13 points in the loss.

Group C
Slovenia - Spain 78-69
Slovenia outmuscle defending champions of EuroBasket. The hosts posted a 78:69 win against Spain in Day 2. Both teams entered their openers and looked forward achieving their second straight win. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Dragic scored the first points for both teams and then Lakovic nailed three for 9:9. Rubio and Marc Gasol brought 14:9 for Spain at the end of the first period and led 19:12 early in the second period. The host however created an 8-0 run as Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) nailed three for 20:19 advantage. Spain meanwhile managed to score some important baskets at the end of the first half to take 33:25 lead after 2 quarters. Bostjan Nachbar and Dragic reduced to 39:34 midway through the third period. Marc Gasol made two free throws for 44:39 and Begic brought Slovenia within two points. The latter also gave the hosts a 48:47 lead, while Dragic closed the period at 52:51. Both teams started the last quarter offensively and scored four three pointers in a row. Slovenia dominated the end of the game and posted a 6-0 run to seal the second straight win. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) stepped up with 18 points and Bostjan Nachbar posted 14. Zoran Dragic chipped in with 12, whilst Jaka Lakovic put up 7. Marc Gasol answered with 17 points in defeat and Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) produced 14. Sergio Rodriguez scored 7 and Ricky Rubio brought 6 points.

Poland - Czech Republic 68-69
Czech Republic faced another heart-stopping challenge at EuroBasket. But this time they executed to perfection and eked out a tough win over Poland in the second day of action at the European Championship. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) drilled a key three-pointer with 4 seconds to go in regulation to propel Czech Republic to the initial win at the tournament. Poland had to surrender for the second straight time in Slovenia. Poland looked well in control throughout the opening quarter. They went on a 21:7 run to gain a 25:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic improved their defence in the second frame. They cut the deficit as Welsch and Jan Vesely (211-F-90) dragged them within 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech Republic opened the third frame on a 6:2 run to level things up at 40. Czech Republic pulled ahead soon and finished the period up by one point 49:50. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) triggered a 13:0 run from Poland as they earned a 66:58 lead with under three minutes to go in regulation. But Jan Vesely and Lubos Barton dragged Czech Republic within four. Lubos Barton drained a three-pointer to put the Czech team within two points 65:67. Jan Vesely sank one free throw to narrow the gap at just one point 66:67 with 10 seconds to go. Maciej Lampe got fouled but converted just one free throw giving a chance for Czech Republic. And they used it. Lubos Barton hit a three-pointer and won the game for the Czechs. Lubos Barton and Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 10 points each for the winners. Michal Ignerski answered with 17 points for Poland. Maciej Lampe tossed in 14 points and grabbed 7 boards in the loss.

Croatia - Georgia 77-76
Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) converted a layup with 9 seconds remaining in regulation to carry Croatia past Georgia in the opening game of the second day at 2013 EuroBasket. Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84, college: Charleston) nailed 16 points to lead the winners to the initial success at the tournament. Georgia fell at 1-1 record at the tournament. It was as close game as it could get. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Croatia eked out a 15:10 lead late in the first period. But Georgia narrowed the deficit at just 2 points at the first break 15:17. Draper and Dario Saric boosted the gap early in the second frame. Bojan Bogdanovic made it 28:22 for Croatia midway through the second term. But Richard Hickman triggered a comeback rally from Georgia and Shermadini gave them a 33:32 lead late in the half. Simon responded with a triple to restore a narrow lead for Croatia as they arrived at halftime up by one 35:34. A close encounter continued throughout the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) gave Georgia a 52:50 lead heading into the final frame. But Bojan Bogdanovic and Markota quickly put Croatia in front early in the fourth stanza. The teams entered the final 100 seconds of the game tied at 70. Markota sank a three-pointer to put Croatia in front 73:70. Georgi Tsintsadze came up with three points to level things up. Tomic answered with two free throws to give Croatia a 75:73 advantage. But Sanikidze held his nerve draining a three-pointer for a 76:75 Georgian lead with 21 seconds remaining. Antic answered with a layup and then Georgi Tsintsadze missed a layup as Croatia got away with a tough victory. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, while Dario Saric added 12 points for the winners. Georgi Tsintsadze answered with 25 points for Georgia. Richard Hickman had 20 points in the loss.

Group D
Greece - Russia 80-71
Greece improve to 2-0 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket. The Greek side overcame Russia 80:71 and kept them winless at the tournament. Although Valiev scored gave Russia 2-0 lead, Greece replied with an 8-0 run to win the opening tip 8:2. Russia bounced back for 16:16 and Khvostov nailed three for 21:16 at the end of the first period. Sergey Monya nailed another one for 27:20, while Greece took the lead after Bourousis 's shot at 30:29. Perperoglou and Fotsis ensured a 31:24 halftime advantage for the favorites. Greece dominated the third period and posted a 21-13 run for 15-point advantage. Perperoglou and Sergey Karasev exchanged the late baskets in the period for 62:47 on the board. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) and Sokolov reduced to 73:62, while Alexey Shved nailed another 5 in a row for 75:67 with 2 minutes to go. Sloukas later scored three free throws for 78:67 and Zisis added two more for 80:71. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Kostas Papanikolaou, Stratos Perperoglou and Loukas Mavrokefalidis shot 10 each. Alexey Shved answered with 17 points in a loss, whilst Sergey Karasev delivered 10. Sergey Monya scored 9 and Vitaliy Fridzon added 8.

Italy - Turkey 90-75
Italy came up with another impressive shooting display that brought them to the victory over Turkey in the second day of action at EuroBasket in Slovenia. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) unleashed 23 points going for 9/10 from the field to pace the winners. Turkey slipped at 0-2 record in Group D. Turkey got to a slightly better start. They earned a 17:12 lead midway through the first frame. But Melli, Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Marco Belinelli capped the first term with 8 points in a row to give the Azzurri a 22:19 lead. Pietro Aradori and Vitali opened a 9-pont lead for Italy early in the second frame. Marco Belinelli made it a double-digit distance 40:30 late in the first half. Marco Belinelli capped the half with a jumper to make it 44:34 for Italy. The Azzurri just kept on stretching their lead throughout the third period. Pietro Aradori unloaded 17 points in the quarter to give Italy a 74:57 lead at the final intermission. Italy kept Turkey at bay throughout the fourth frame. Alessandro Gentile nailed 10 points in the quarter and carried the Azzurri to a comfortable victory at the end. Alessandro Gentile finished with 20 points, while Marco Belinelli added 17 points for the winners. Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) answered with 12 points each for Turkey.

Finland - Sweden 81-60
Finland continued with a perfect form at the 2013 EuroBasket. They registered the second consecutive victory at the tournament beating Sweden. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) knocked down 14 points to pace five players in double figures for the Finnish side. Sweden fell at 0-2 record in Group D. The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 54 points in the first quarter. Finland and Sweden entered the second term tied at 27. But Finland cleared off in the second frame. They opened the period with a 10:0 run. Finland stayed held their opponents to just 4 points in the period to accumulate a massive 48:31 halftime lead. Swedish struggles continued throughout the third term. They looked unpersuasive offensively as Finland opened a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Finland never allowed Sweden any close in the fourth period and rallied to the second victory at the tournament. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points, while Shawn Huff, Teemu Rannikko and Petteri Koponen netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) answered with 19 points for Sweden. Jonas Jerebko responded with 12 points in the losing effort.


Day 1 in Slovenia - Sep 4, 2013

Group A
France - Germany 74-80
Germany shock France in Ljubljana. France needed to overcome a slow start to catch up with Germany in their opener. The latter did not slow down at the end and grabbed a thrilling 80:74 win. The teams were tied at 12 points each, when Germany pushed the tempo in the first quarter and dominated the court. Zirbes scored for 20:14 and Benzing closed the first period at 27:14. France erupted with a 9-0 run in the start of the second period and cut it to 23:27, while Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) reduced to the minimum at 31:32. Benzing and Staiger however gave Germany 27:31 lead with 2 minutes to go in the first half. Parker and Gelabale scored from the long distance for 37:39 and Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) was the last to score at the half for 43:39. Staiger and Heiko Schaffartzik gave Germany 47:41 early in the third period, while Benzing later scored for 53:47. Zwiener netted two for 55:47 and Heiko Schaffartzik increased the lead to 10 points. Parker scored four points in a row for 57:51, while Diot nailed three at the end of the third period for 57:56. He gave France a 59:57 lead early in the last stanza when he nailed another three-pointer. Giffey and Pleiss tied the game at 61:61, while Diaw scored two for 65:64. Pleiss put Germany again in front at 67:65 as France needed timeout with 4 minutes to go in the quarter. Batum scored five points in a row for 70:67 lead, but Benzing and Staiger tied the game at 72:72. Staiger and Benzing nailed another threes for shocking 78:74 lead with 19 seconds to go. Benzing made two free throws at the end of the game for the final result. Benzing top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Staiger as well as Giffey had 14 each. Heiko Schaffartzik produced 12, whilst Pleiss had 11. Parker delivered 18 points in a loss, whilst Gelabale netted 11. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Batum followed them with 9 points apiece.

Belgium - Ukraine 57-58
Ukraine came from behind in the dying seconds to claim victory over Belgium in the opening game at 2013 EuroBasket. Jeter Pooh (180-PG-83, college: Portland) converted a three-point play with less than four seconds remaining in regulation to propel Ukraine to a tough victory. Belgium opened the game with five straight points. Ukraine answered with six consecutive points to surge ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Moors gave Belgium a 12:11 lead. Belgium used a 7:0 run early in the second quarter to make it 19:12. The gap grew at 13-point mark 33:20 late in the quarter. But Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) narrowed the gap at 10-point mark 26:36 at halftime. Belgium stayed in front throughout the third term. They entered the fourth period up by 8 points 48:40. Olexandr Mishula helped Ukraine to narrow the gap at 2-point mark midway through the fourth frame 52:54. Sergii Gladyr tied things up at 55 moments later. However Christophe Beghin sank a jumper to put Belgium up by two 57:55. But Jeter Pooh stepped up for Ukraine in the crucial moment and sealed the victory. Igor Zaytsev notched 16 points to pace the winners. Sergii Gladyr had 11 points, while Olexandr Mishula finished with 9 points in the win. Christophe Beghin answered with 14 points for Belgium. Jonathan Tabu chipped in 13 points in the defeat.

Israel - United Kingdom 71-75 OT
Great Britain celebrated the first victory at the EuroBasket in Slovenia. They outlasted Israel in an overtime drama. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, agency: SportsTalent, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 22 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace the winners. Great Britain surprised their opponents in the opening frame. The Brits went on a 22:17 run to surge ahead. Israel stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Great Britain to just 12 points and cut the distance to 4 points 30:34. Israel pulled ahead in the third term. They went on a 22:13 run to enter the fourth period up by 5 points 52:47. But Israel just gave away the win in the final minutes of regulation. They enjoyed a 64:56 lead heading into the final five minutes of it. Eliyahu and Omri Casspi missed six free throws in the dying minutes allowing Great Britain to level things up at 66 at the end of normal time. Halperin and Ohayon made it 71:67 for Israel early in the extra period. But Great Britain went on an 8:0 run to snatch the victory at the end. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) finished with 18 points and 13 boards, while Myles Hesson (195-F-90) added 14 points for the winners. Omri Casspi answered with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Israel. Afik Nissim topscored with 17 points in the loss.

Group B
Serbia - Lithuania 63-56
Serbia overcame the Baltic State in Day 1 of the 2013 EuroBasket. Serbia posted a 63:56 win in their opener. Serbia started the game with 5 consecutive points and Nedovic later brought 11:5 lead. Markovic and Krstic increased to 31:20, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) reduced to 31:23 midway through the second period. Mantas Kalnietis and Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) closed the first half with some important baskets for 33:27. Seibutis and Mantas Kalnietis nailed threes early in the third period to tie the game at 33:33. Serbia meanwhile replied with some important baskets and again went on a lead. Bjelica nailed three for 49:37 lead, while Darjus Lavrinovic reduced to 10. Krstic and Nedovic opened the last period for 55:41 as Lithuania later remained scoreless for a long time. Nedovic brought 56:41 and only then Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) broke the silence after 5 minutes in the fourth period for 56:43. Maciulis cut it again to 10 points with 5 minutes to go, while Linas Kleiza and Mantas Kalnietis made it 56:51. Andjusic and Krstic however gave Serbia 60:53, while the difference remained the same at the end of the game. Krstic top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nedovic netted 14. Bjelica shot 13, while Katic chipped in with 6. Mantas Kalnietis ended up with 17 points in a loss and Darjus Lavrinovic delivered 12. Seibutis and Linas Kleiza followed them with 8 points each.

FYR Macedonia - Montenegro 80-81
Montenegro snatched a narrow win over FYR Macedonia in the Balkan derby in the first round of EuroBasket. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) sank two free throws with 10 seconds to go in regulation to clinch the victory. It was an exciting battle of archrivals from start to finish. Montenegro eked out a 25:24 lead after a high-flying first quarter. Dasic gave Montenegro a 43:32 lead midway through the second term. But FYR Macedonia capped the first half with 10 straight points to eke out a 46:45 lead. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third term. FYR Macedonia cleared off to a 6-point lead but Milko Bjelica capped the period with four consecutive points to put Montenegro within three 64:67. FYR Macedonia opened a 7-point lead midway through the fourth term but Montenegro stuck around. Sekulic and Tyrese Rice put them within one 77:78 with under two minutes remaining. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) converted a layup for an 80:77 lead but Tyrese Rice answered with four free throws giving Montenegro the decisive lead. Bo McCalebb and Chekovski had chances to save the game for FYR Macedonia but missed their attempts in the dying seconds. Suad Sehovic and Tyrese Rice finished with 16 points apiece for Montenegro. Milko Bjelica added 12 points for the winners. Bo McCalebb answered with 23 points for FYR Macedonia. Damjan Stojanovski had 19 points in the loss.

Latvia - Bosnia 86-75
Latvia got to the winning start of EuroBasket campaign. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in Jesenice. Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88) nailed 24 points before fouling out to lead the charge. Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina exchanged baskets throughout energetic first quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Rolands Freimanis tied it at 20. Latvia opened the second quarter with six straight points to pull ahead. The Baltic team maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Rolands Freimanis made it 43:33 for Latvia at halftime. Latvia maintained the lead throughout intense third quarter. Though Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) put Bosnia and Herzegovina within three but Rihards Kuksiks capped the quarter with a jumper to make it 62:57. Latvia quickly stretched the lead to 8 points in the fourth frame. The gap grew at 11-point mark midway through the final stanza 74:63. Latvia never looked back in the dying minutes and cruised to the victory. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 13 points, while Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) added 12 points for the winners. Mirza Teletovic answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) topscored with 19 points in the loss.

Group C
Czech Republic - Slovenia 60-62
Czech Republic gave a tough fight to hosting Slovenia before falling short in the opening day of 2013 EuroBasket. Jure Balazic scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts to a narrow victory in Group C. Slovenia led throughout the bigger part of the first frame but could not clear off. They gained a narrow 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Tomas Satoransky and Barton erased the deficit late in the first half. They tied things up at 32. But Jaka Blazic and Jure Balazic gave Slovenia 36:32 halftime lead. Goran Dragic and Jure Balazic made it 45:36 for the home side midway through the third term. Czech Republic stayed in the contest as they trailed by just 5 points heading into the fourth frame 46:51. Barton narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark 52:54 midway through the final stanza. Welsch finally leveled things up at 60 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) split free throws to give Slovenia a one-point lead. Tomas Satoransky missed his attempt but Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) could not connect from the stripe giving another chance for the visitors. Welsch also came up empty and Bostjan Nachbar secured a 62:60 lead for Slovenia. Barton then committed a turnover and the hosts escaped with a slim victory at the end. Jaka Blazic and Bostjan Nachbar notched 9 points each for the winners. Jan Vesely responded with 17 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky had 12 points in the loss.

Georgia - Poland 84-67
Georgia beat Poland in the opener of Celje Arena at the 2013 EuroBasket. They posted a comfortable an 84:67 win in Slovenia. Georgia started the game with a 9:6 run as Manuchar Markoishvili drove a lay-up. Giorgi Shermadini and Burjanadze later scored for 20:14 to close the first period. Georgia did not look back anymore. They added 19-8 rally in the second period and grabbed a massive 39:22 lead at the halftime. Poland kept Georgia scoreless in the first 4 minutes of the third period and reduced to 41:26. Manuchar Markoishvili meanwhile scored for 52:35 and then Tskitishvili nailed three for 20-point advantage. Zamojski and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) exchanged the long-range shots early in the fourth period for 59:40 on the board. The latter nailed another one for 22-point lead, while Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) reduce to 62:42. Maciej Lampe scored 4 in a row later in the period for 70:51, while Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) and Hickman brought Georgia in front at 75:51. Karnowski and Manuchar Markoishvili exchanged the baskets for 79:54 and Koszarek made two free throws for 79:56. Karnowski reduced back to 20, while Hickman made it 82:61. Viktor Sanikidze stepped up with 23 points and Manuchar Markoishvili netted 18. Giorgi Shermadini delivered 13, while Georgi Tsintsadze posted 11. Marcin Gortat brought 12 points in defeat and Przemyslaw Zamojski as well as Maciej Lampe had 10 each.

Spain - Croatia 68-40
Spain had little problems in their opening game at 2013 EuroBasket. They knocked down Croatia in Group C in Celje. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. It was a tough test for Croatia right from the start. Spain opened the game on a full throttle. They nailed 24 points in the starting quarter posting a 15-point lead. Spain cruised throughout the second frame. They piled up a 33:20 halftime lead. The Spaniards opened an 18-point lead late in the third period before Croatia went on a 6:0 run to narrow the deficit. However Spain tipped off the fourth frame on an 11:0 rally and never looked back en route to the victory. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 11 boards, while Jose Manuel Calderon netted 13 points in the win. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had 8 points in the loss.

Group D
Russia - Italy 69-76
Italy edged Russia in Koper at the end of the first Day at 2013 EuroBasket. Italy grabbed a 76:69 win due to the loud support of the neighboring city. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) and Voronov scored the first points for the teams in the start of the game. Shved gave Russia 4:2 but it became the last lead for the Russian team in the game. Italy grabbed the lead in the first period and continued their dominance. Gentile closed the first period at 25:18 and then Belinelli nailed three for 10-point advantage. Diener and Gentile brought 35:23, while Luigi Datome nailed another three for 40:24. Antonov sent the teams to the lockers at 42:29 as Italy won the second frame 17-11. Luigi Datome scored 4 points early in the third period Gentile later added two for 52:35. Italy did not allow the Russian side to come closer and Belinelli closed the third period at 56:42. Russia started the last quarter strong and created a 7-2 run for 58:49. Luigi Datome gave Italy 63:50 midway through the last period, while Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) and Antonov exchanged the shots for 65:53. Monya scored five points in a row for 72:68 with less than a minute to go. Again Luigi Datome made two last points in the game for the final result. Luigi Datome stepped up with 25 points for the winners, while Belinelli brought 16. Pietro Aradori posted 13, whilst Gentile had 8. Shved answered with 17 points for the Russian team and Monya scored 13. Fridzon notched 12 and Antonov shot 8.

Sweden - Greece 51-79
Greece opened their EuroBasket campaign with confidence. They left no chance for Sweden in the starting game. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points to pace well-balanced Greek team. The teams started rather slow. Greece nailed just 15 points but it was enough for a 2-point lead at the first break. The Hellenes opened the second quarter on a 10:0 run to clear off. Sweden struggled to slow down their opponents. Greece marched to a 39:21 halftime lead. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the third term. Greece entered the fourth stanza up by 24 points 59:35. The Hellenes soon opened a 30-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Ioannis Bourousis finished with 12 points, while Konstantinos Sloukas had 10 points in the win. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) netted 16 points for Sweden. Jonas Jerebko chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Turkey - Finland 55-61
Finland shocked Turkey at the start of 2013 EuroBasket. Petteri Koponen and Sasu Salin stepped up with 12 points each to pace the Finnish team. Finland dominated throughout the first half. Turkey struggled offensively in the first period. They scored just 8 points in the opening ten minutes and trailed by two 8:10. Finland unloaded 22 points in the second quarter and opened a comfortable 32:19 halftime lead. Turkey stopped the rot in the third quarter. They narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at the final intermission. Kerem Gonlum (208-PF-77) and Asik put Turkey within 5 points 47:52 midway through the final term. But Sasu Salin hit a timely three-pointer and Huff added two points as Finland restored a safe cushion. Turkey refused to surrender as Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) and Preldzic made it 55:57 with 25 seconds to go. But Huff and Sasu Salin sealed the win for Finland in the dying seconds. Samuel Haanpaa posted 9 points for the winners. Ender Arslan answered with 12 points for Turkey. Kerem Gonlum had 11 points in the loss.



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