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European Championships Standings
 1. Spain
 2. Lithuania
 3. France
 4. Serbia
 5. Greece
 6. Italy
 7. Czech Rep.
 8. Latvia
 9. Croatia
 10. Israel
 11. Poland
 12. Slovenia
 13. Belgium
 14. Turkey
 15. Georgia
 16. Finland
 17. Russia
 18. Germany
 19. FYR Macedon.
 20. Estonia
 21. Holland
 22. Ukraine
 23. Bosnia
 24. Iceland
European Championships Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Israel 3-2 
 3. Poland 3-2 
 4. Finland 2-3 
 5. Bosnia 1-4 
 6. Russia 1-4 
Group B
 1. Serbia 5-0 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Italy 3-2 
 4. Turkey 3-2 
 5. Germany 1-4 
 6. Iceland 0-5 
Group C
 1. Greece 5-0 
 2. Croatia 3-2 
 3. Slovenia 3-2 
 4. Georgia 2-3 
 5. FYR Macedon. 1-4 
 6. Holland 1-4 
Group D
 1. Lithuania 4-1 
 2. Latvia 3-2 
 3. Czech Rep. 3-2 
 4. Belgium 3-2 
 5. Estonia 1-4 
 6. Ukraine 1-4 
Points Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Gasol, ESP25.6 
 2. Schroeder, GER21.0 
 3. Vesely, CZE19.3 
 4. Gallinari, ITA17.9 
 5. Gentile, ITA16.8 
 6. Casspi, ISR16.4 
 7. Belinelli, ITA16.3 
 8. Kloof, SUR16.2 
 9. Valanciunas, LTU16.0 
 10. Fesenko, UKR16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey VORONTSEVICH
  (207-F-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Vorontsevich, RUS9.2 
 2. Vesely, CZE9.1 
 3. Fesenko, UKR8.8 
 4. Gasol, ESP8.8 
 5. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 6. Gobert, FRA8.1 
 7. Nowitzki, GER7.8 
 8. Murphy, FIN7.7 
 9. Casspi, ISR7.2 
 10. Baeringsson, ISL7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.8 
 2. Satoransky, CZE7.3 
 3. Teodosic, SRB7.1 
 4. Khvostov, RUS6.0 
 5. Schroeder, GER6.0 
 6. Koponen, FIN6.0 
 7. Stefansson, ISL5.8 
 8. Strelnieks, LAT5.4 
 9. Calathes, USA5.3 
 10. Spanoulis, GRE5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jonas MACIULIS
  LTU
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Maciulis, LTU1.9 
 2. Shengelia, GEO1.7 
 3. Ohayon, ISR1.7 
 4. Renfroe, USA1.6 
 5. Monya, RUS1.4 
 6. Wilson, USA1.4 
 7. Batum, FRA1.4 
 8. Fernandez, ESP1.3 
 9. Salin, FIN1.3 
 10. Samardziski, MKD1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Gobert, FRA2.0 
 3. Fischer, USA1.8 
 4. Valanciunas, LTU1.4 
 5. Murphy, FIN1.3 
 6. Vorontsevich, RUS1.2 
 7. Talts, EST1.0 
 8. Sanikidze, GEO1.0 
 9. Tumba, COD1.0 
 10. Antetokounmp., G.0.9 

Paul Gasol - Eurobasket2015 MVP (Photo: eurobasket2015.org)


Spain conquer Gold in Lille (Photo: eurobasket2015.org)

2015 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Pau Gasol
Gasol
Rudy Fernandez
Fernandez
Pau Ribas
Ribas
Sergio Llull
Llull
Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic
#e#5
4Pau Gasol 213-F/C-80 Chicago B. USA
5Rudy Fernandez 197-SF-85 Real Madrid Spain
6Sergio Rodriguez 191-PG-86 Real Madrid Spain
7Guillermo Hernangomez 210-C-94 Real Madrid Spain
8Pau Ribas 196-PG-87 FC Barcelona Spain
9Felipe Reyes 205-PF-80 Real Madrid Spain
10Victor Claver 206-PF-88 Lokomotiv Russia
11Fernando San Emeterio 199-F/G-84 Valencia Spain
12Sergio Llull 191-SG-87 Real Madrid Spain
13Pablo Aguilar 202-PF-89 G.Canaria 2014 Spain
14Nikola Mirotic 207-F/C-91 Chicago B. USA
15Guillem Vives 192-PG-93 Valencia Spain


Sergio Scariolo Head Coach Laboral Kutxa Spain

Angel Sanchez-Canete Assistant Unicaja Spain

Jaume Ponsarnau Assistant Gipuzkoa Spain

Jesus Vidorreta Assistant Estudiantes Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Awards 2015 - Sep 21, 2015

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 1st Team 2015
Sergio Rodriguez
Rodriguez
Nando De Colo
De Colo
Jonas Maciulis
Maciulis
Pau Gasol
Gasol
Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas

Best Player: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of Spain
Best Guard: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of France
Best Forward: Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) of Real Madrid
Best Center: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of
Spain
Best Coach: Sergio Scariolo of
Spain

1st Team
PG: Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86) of
Spain
SG: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of

France F/G: Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) of Lithuania
F/C: Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) of
Spain
C: Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) of
Lithuania

2nd Team
PG: Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86) of
Lithuania
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of Serbia
SF: Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88) of Italy
SF: Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88) of Serbia
C: Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) of
France

3rd Team
PG: Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) of
France
G/F: Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) of Italy
SF: Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) of Israel
G/F: Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'9''-G/F-94) of Greece
F: Jan Vesely (213-F-90) of Czech Rep.

Honorable Mention
Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Serbia
Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Israel
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of Croatia
Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) of Italy
Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Latvia
Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) of Czech Rep.
Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) of
Spain
Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Turkey
Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) of Slovenia
Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89) of Poland
Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Belgium
Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91) of Georgia
Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) of Finalnd
Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) of Ukraine
Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of Bosnia
Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85) of Russia
Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of Iceland
Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93) of Germany
Charlon Kloof (190-G-90) of Holland



2015 EuroBasket: France clinch Bronze at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille - Sep 20, 2015

France-Serbia 81-68

France outclassed Serbia 81-68 and clinched clinch Bronze at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille to sign off EuroBasket 2015. France needed a strong third period to seal the victory.
Both squads posted 16 points each in the first period, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92, agency: Wasserman Media) gave Serbia a 4-point lead early in the second. France replied with an 8-0 run to grab a 23-20 deficit with a Evan Fournier's (198-SG-92, agency: Comsport) tip-in. The hosts increased the advantage to 9 points later in the period, while Kalinic closed the half at 37-32. In the third period Frnace dominated the court and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) gave France the biggest lead in the game at 58-42. Raduljica helped the opponents to come closer to 58-47, but France was too good to be reached. Rudy Gobert (216-C-92, agency: Comsport) scored five in a row for the winners to take 67-55 advantage. He also was the last one with a perfect dunk with a foul over Bjelica for the final result.
Nando De Colo top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert followed him with 15 each. Bogdan Bogdanovic replied with 14 points in the losing effort as Serbia finished the campaign on the fourth place.


2015 EuroBasket: Spain conquer Gold in Lille - Sep 20, 2015

Spain - Lithuania 80:63

Spain celebrated the 2015 EuroBasket title. They capped their impressive EuroBasket run with a dominant victory in the Final tonight. Spain outmuscled Lithuania to clinch the third EuroBasket Gold in the last four editions of the tournament. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to pace the champions. He was trumped the MVP of the tournament.
Spain got to a quick start. They recorded a 15:4 lead midway through the first period. Spain accumulated a 19:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania improved offensively in the second quarter. But Spain matched the effort. They stayed in charge and arrived at the interval up by 8 points 41:33. Spain quickly boosted the lead back to double digits in the third term. Claver sank a three-pointer to give Spain a comfortable 60:42 late in the period. The game turned into a rather one-way traffic from there on. Spain wisely kept Lithuania at safe distance and marched to a well-deserved triumph at the end. Sergio Llull (191-SG-87, agency: Berenguer and Monico) delivered 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85, agency: Wasserman Media) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85, agency: You First) and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points each for Lithuania.

Spain: Pau Gasol 25+12 boards, Sergio Llull 12, Rudy Fernandez 11
Lithuania: Renaldas Seibutis 13, Mantas Kalnietis 13


Spain and Lithuania to clash for title in Lille - Sep 18, 2015

SEMIFINALS
Serbia - Lithuania 64-67
The second semifinal clash at the 2015 EuroBasket brought another thriller. Lithuania and Serbia clashed in determined furious battle for the Final ticket. Lithuania survived a tough competition and sneaked past Serbia into the title game. Valanciunas stepped up with 15 points to pace the winners. Lithuania clinched also the 2016 Olympic Games birth with the win. Lithuania looked very solid in the first period. They attacked the rim successfully and jumped to a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia stiffened defensively in the second period. They held their opponents to just 13 points in the quarter to narrow the gap at 1-point mark at halftime 34:35. But Lithuania were back in control after the long break. The Baltic team stretched the lead to as many as 5 points heading into the fourth quarter 48:43. The teams stayed within striking distance throughout the fourth quarter. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87, agency: Sports ProMotion) pulled Serbia within two points 61:63 with just over minute remaining. Renaldas Seibutis (196-SG-85, agency: You First) hit two free throws but Milos Teodosic responded with an incredible three-pointer to drag Serbia within one 64:65 with 15 seconds to go. Renaldas Seibutis sank just one free throw but Bogdan Bogdanovic could not convert missing a layup. Kalnietis also went one of two from the stripe but this time Milos Teodosic committed a turnover and Lithuania got away with the crucial victory. Renaldas Seibutis and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89, agency: Bbaltics) delivered 13 points each for Lithuania. Teodosic responded with 16 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) and Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) posted 10 points each in the loss.

Spain - France 80-75 OT
Spain will play in the 2015 EuroBasket Final. They edged hosting France in the first semifinal clash in Lille. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) stepped up with a top-class performance for the winners. The centre came up with sizzling 40 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. La Roja also clinched the 2016 Olympic Games birth with the victory. France recorded a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Spain however did not allow the hosts to clear off. Spain pulled within a single point at halftime 32:33. Les Bleues stretched the margin in the third term. France extended the gap at 8-point mark heading into the fourth frame. The fourth period turned into a real thriller. France jumped to a 61:52 lead midway through the quarter. But Spain responded with 10:0 run to spur ahead. Pau Gasol and Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86, agency: Wasserman Media) made it 66:63 for Spain with 16 seconds to go. But Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88, agency: Comsport) drained an impressive three-pointer to force overtime. France jumped ahead in the extra period. Diaw made it 75:72 with just over a minute to go. But Pau Gasol scored six points in a row to put Spain in front 78:75. Nicolas Batum missed three free throws and Pau Gasol punished the hosts on the other end sealing the victory for Spain. Sergio Rodriguez had 15 points, while Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, agency: Xpheres), Rudy Fernandez (197-SF-85, agency: Wasserman Media) and Sergio Llull (191-SG-87, agency: Berenguer and Monico) contributed 7 points each in the win. Nicolas Batum and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) responded with 14 points apiece for France.


Spanoulis, Bourousis and Zisis retire from Greek National Team - Sep 17, 2015

Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: Beo Basket) announced his retirement from the Greek national team. 'Kill-Bill' said after the qualification to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament that he will not play again for Greece. 'I am retiring from the national team. All those years, we offered so many things. Some times we were successful, other times we failed. I started playing for the national team since I was 17 years old. This is life. It's time for me to stop, it's the right time for me to retire in order for the younger players to step forward. There is no need to say many things. I am proud of having played for Greece. There is no disappointment. We achieved our minimum goal, namely to qualify to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.'
After Vassilis Spanoulis, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: Agency) and Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83, agency: Octagon Europe) decided also to retire from the Greek national team. This Eurobasket was the last big tournament for the 32-year-old center and the 33-year-old guard who will not play again in the national team. Ioannis Bourousis started playing in the Greek team in Eurobasket 2005, Nikolaos Zisis in 2004 and all together with Vassilis Spanoulis finished their career after this Eurobasket.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.com


France, Spain, Serbia and Lithuania advance into semifinals - Sep 16, 2015

France - Latvia 84-70
France paved their way into the semifinal stage at 2015 EuroBasket. The hosts outmuscled Latvia in the quarterfinal clash in Lille tonight. Five players scored in double digits for Les Bleues. Tony Parker (188-PG-82, agency: CAA Sports) scored 18 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the winners. Latvia sank 25 points in the first period to race to a 4-point lead. But France stiffened defensively in the next periods. The hosts held Latvia to 13 points in the second frame to turn the deficit into a 2-point lead 40:38. France limited Latvia to just 7 points in the third term and recorded a 56:45 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Les Bleues unleashed 28 points in the final period and cruised to the victory. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82, agency: TNG) finished with 14 points, while Rudy Gobert (216-C-92, agency: Comsport) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83, agency: Side by Side) responded with 16 points for Latvia. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89, agency: Baltic SA) added 14 points in the loss.

Spain - Greece 73-71
Spain became the first semifinalists in Lille. They edged Greece to stay in the title hunt. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) was pivotal with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The teams traded baskets throughout an even first period. The scoreboard read 14:14 ten minutes into the game. Spain spurred ahead in the second period. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, agency: Xpheres) helped la Roja open a 39:32 halftime lead. But Greece picked up the tempo in the third term. The Hellenes dropped 25 points in the period to spur ahead for a 2-point lead at the final break. Spain quickly bounced back. Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86, agency: Wasserman Media) gave Spain a 69:63 lead with just over a minute left in regulation. Nick Calathes (197-PG-89, college: Florida, agency: Kappa Sports Mngm) stepped up for Greece pulling them within 2 points with 15 seconds remaining 68:70. Sergio Rodriguez sank two free throws but Sloukas responded with a three-pointer to put Greece within one with 4 seconds to go. Pau Gasol was put on the charity stripe. He converted the first shot and then missed the second on purpose. Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) had a desperation attempt from half-court but missed the mark. Nikola Mirotic delivered 18 points, while Sergio Rodriguez added 10 points for the winners. Nick Calathes responded with 14 points for Greece. Georgios Printezis (206-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) had 13 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Czech Republic 89-75
Serbia advanced into the semifinal stage at the 2015 EuroBasket. They overwhelm Czech Republic in the quarterfinal clash in Lille tonight. Zoran Erceg posted 20 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Czech Republic were tied at 21 ten minutes into the game. Serbia pulled ahead in the second frame. They dropped 24 points to gain a 3-point halftime lead. Serbia stayed aggressive offensively in the third term. They dropped 22 points to enter the final period up by 4 points 67:63. Serbia held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth period and raced to the win. Miroslav Raduljica accounted for 16 points, while Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Jan Vesely (213-F-90, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: PPGroup) had 20 points in the loss.


Lithuania - Italy 95-85 (OT)

Lithuania survived an overtime marathon against Italy to clinch the semifinal appearance at the 2015 EuroBasket. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92, agency: CAA Sports) bounced back from rather a weak performance in the eighth-finals to step up with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Lithuania eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the next period. Lithuania ensured a 37:36 halftime lead. The Baltic dropped 23 points in the third term to enter the fourth frame up by a single point 60:59. But Italy managed to erase the deficit. Gallinari tied things up at 79 with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85, agency: ProTalent) missed a layup but Marco Belinelli (196-G-86, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) could punish Lithuania failing on his attempt at the buzzer. Jonas Valanciunas scored 6 points in the extra period and the Baltic team cruised to the victory. Jonas Maciulis posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 11 assists for the winners. Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85, agency: CAA Sports) responded with 21 points for Italy. Marco Belinelli tossed in 18 points in the defeat.






Quarterfinalists determined in Lille - Sep 13, 2015

Israel - Italy 52-82
Italy breezed into the quarterfinal stage at the 2015 EuroBasket. They knocked down Israel in the eighth-final clash in Lille. Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) stepped up with 27 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy wasted little time to gain the advantage. They posted a 22:13 lead after the starting quarter. Italy extended the margin in the second frame. They recorded a 50:30 halftime lead. The Azzurri stunned Israel with a 28:9 run in the third quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) produced 14 points, while Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93, college: Ohio St., agency: SPORTlab Agency) had 8 points in the win. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: Exclusive Sports) responded with 20 points for Israel. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: 2Talent Sports Management) notched 12 points in the loss.

Serbia - Finland 94-81
Serbia accounted for the sixth straight victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They held off Finland to gain the quarterfinal birth. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) posted 27 points to lead the winners. Finland got to a quick start. They dropped 24 points in the first period and eked out a 24:23 lead. Serbia picked up the tempo in the second frame. The Balkan team erupted for 25 points in the period and raced to a 48:43 halftime advantage. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth frame up by 7 points 71:64. Serbia held Finland to 17 points in the fourth period and marched to a comfortable victory at the end. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Zoran Erceg (210-PF-85, agency: Sports ProMotion) added 13 points in the win. Sasu Salin (192-G-91) responded with 26 points for Finland. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, college: Albany, agency: Entersport) had 15 points in the loss.

Croatia - Czech Republic 59-80
Czech Republic continued their title hunt at the 2015 EuroBasket. The Ronen Ginzburg team fired past Croatia in the eighth-final clash in Lille today. Jan Vesely (213-F-90, agency: Wasserman Media) finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. It was all about Czech Republic in the first half. They recorded a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Czech Republic stayed red hot offensively in the second period. They dropped 28 points to gain a 17-point lead at the interval. Croatia lacked intensity and concentration at the start of the second half. Czech Republic capitalized on numerous turnovers from their opponents to take a 22-point lead at the final intermission. Croatia could not get within striking distance in the fourth frame as the Czechs rallied to the victory. David Jelinek (196-G/F-90, agency: PPGroup) netted 13 points, while Blake Schilb (201-G/F-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Wasserman Media) added 12 points for the winners. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-PG-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) and Mario Hezonja tossed in 10 points each in the loss.

France - Turkey 76-53
France eased into the EuroBasket quarterfinal stage. Les Bleues trounced Turkey in front of a record-breaking 26,135 attendance in Lille tonight. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) scored 15 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Turkey snatched a narrow 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. But France quickly took over as they tuned in offensively. Les Bleues spurred ahead for a 36:26 halftime lead. France sank 23 points in the third term to clear off to a 19-point advantage at the final intermission. France held their opponents to just 13 points in the fourth period and raced to a comfortable victory. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Evan Fournier (198-SG-92, agency: Comsport) provided 12 points each for France. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87, agency: ASM Sports) responded with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Turkey. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) had 9 points in the loss.

Spain - Poland 80-66
Spain used a strong fourth quarter rally to tame Poland in the eighth-final battle in Lille. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) was unstoppable with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Spain sank 25 points in the first period to open a 5-point lead. Poland cut the distance in the second frame. They got within 2 points at the interval 41:39. Poland denied the deficit in the third quarter. They tied things up at 55 heading into the fourth frame. But Spain went on a crucial rally in the final period. They tipped off the period with a 14:2 run and never looked back en route to the win. Nikola Mirotic finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Sergio Llull (191-SG-87, agency: Berenguer and Monico) added 12 points for the winners. Damian Kulig (205-C/F-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 10 points for Poland. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Marcin Gortat (211-C-84, agency: Zucker International) had 9 points each in the loss.

Greece - Belgium 75-54
Greece clinched the EuroBasket quarterfinal appearance. They knocked down Belgium in the eighth-final clash in Lille today. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: Agency) paced well-balanced effort from the Hellenes with 14 points. Greece eked out a 16:15 lead after the opening frame. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at the interval. Greece stamped their authority in the third term. Greece held Belgium to just 11 points in the period and jumped to a 15-point lead at the final break. Greece went on a strong 18:12 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., agency: Mark Termini Assoc.) delivered 13 points, while Georgios Printezis (206-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points each for the winners. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91, agency: BDA Sports) responded with 14 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86, agency: Side by Side) had 13 points in the loss.

Latvia - Slovenia 73-66
Latvia and Slovenia opened the playoff action at the 2015 EuroBasket. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89, agency: Baltic SA) scored 17 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Baltic team to the victory in Lille. Latvia and Slovenia stayed neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Latvia sank 22 points in the second period. They registered a 42:40 halftime advantage. The Baltic team stretched the margin in the third period. Latvia arrived at the final break up by three points 55:52. Latvia boosted the margin at 8-point mark with just over two minutes to go in regulation. Nikolic pulled Slovenia within 5 points late in regulation but Latvia hung on to seal the victory at the end. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85, agency: BDA Sports) netted 13 points, while Mareks Mejeris and Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88, agency: Baltic SA) added 8 points each for the winners. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89, agency: BDA Sports) answered with 17 points for Slovenia. Jure Balazic (204-F-80, agency: VG Basket) dropped 9 points in the loss.


Lithuania - Georgia 85-81

Lithuania withheld a furious challenge from Georgia and sealed their quarterfinal appeance. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85, agency: ProTalent) scored 34 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Georgia entered the game determined to give a fight to the favourites. They eked out a 20:17 lead after the opening frame. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the second frame. The Baltic team dropped 22 points to pull within a single point at halftime 39:40. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. Georgia managed to secure a one-point lead heading into the fourth period 62:61. But Lithuania finally surged ahead in the final quarter. Maciulis and Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) built a 79:71 advantage for the Lithuanian side. However Jacob Pullen notched 7 points to drag Georgia within two points 81:83. However Maciulis calmly sank two free throws and sealed the victory for Lithuania. Paulius Jankunas tossed in 17 points, while Mantas Kalnietis added 11 points in the victory. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84, agency: Tandem Sports) answered with 23 points for Georgia. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Side by Side) posted 14 points in the loss.


Eighth-Finals are set for Lille - Sep 10, 2015

Group A
Israel - France 61-86
France coasted past Israel for the fifth straight victory in Montpellier. Rudy Gobert (216-C-92, agency: Comsport) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace Les Bleues past Israel. France set the tone early in this one. Les Bleues accounted for a 22:10 lead after ten minutes. France erupted for 48 points in the second half and coasted to the win. Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for France. Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84, agency: 2Talent Sports Management) responded with 13 points for Israel.

Bosnia - Russia 61-81
Russia capped their EuroBasket campaign on a high note. They knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to finish the tournament with one victory. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina jumped to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Russia denied the deficit and tied things up at 31 after twenty minutes. They unleashed 50 points in the second half and got away with a moral-boosting victory. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 16 points for the winners. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Finland - Poland 65-78
Poland claimed the third position in Group A. They beat Finland in the final game at the First Stage. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) provided 17 points to lead the winners. Poland opened a 23:20 lead after the opening quarter. Finland cut the distance to a single point at halftime 41:42. But Poland turned to an aggressive defense in the second half. They held Finland to just 11 points in the third term to record a 6-point lead at the final break. Poland followed with a 20:13 run in the fourth period and sealed the victory. A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: Entersport) responded with 17 points for Finland as they made it into the playoffs despite the defeat.

Group B
Turkey - Iceland 111-102 OT
Turkey survived overtime thriller to tame Iceland in the final game in Group B. Turkey therefore clinched the fourth position in the ladder. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) provided 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Turkey and Iceland were tied at 47 after twenty minutes. Turkey spurred ahead for a 7-point lead at the third break. But Iceland scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and forced overtime. Turkey however knocked down 20 points in the extra period and iced the victory. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95, agency: Istbasket) provided 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in the win. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern, agency: IceBasket) responded with 22 points for Iceland.

Germany - Spain 76-77
Spain got away with a narrow victory over Germany to seal their playoff appearance. The clash into a real basketball drama. Spain recorded a 23:18 lead at halftime. They extended the margin at 12-point mark at the final intermission. But Germany got back into the contest. Dirk Nowitzki and Maodo Lo (190-G-92) drained back-to-back three-pointers to pull the hosts within one. Llull sank a bunch of free throws to keep Spain in front. Schroeder however had a chance to force overtime. He was fouled while attempting a three-pointer but converted just two of three shots from the line and Spain got away with the victory. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86, agency: Wasserman Media) notched 19 points, while Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) added 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Schroeder responded with 26 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for Germany.

Italy - Serbia 82-101
Serbia knocked down Italy to clinch the top position in Group B. Serbia finished the First Stage of the championship undefeated. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87, agency: Sports ProMotion) carried Serbia to the victory tallying 26 points and 8 assists. Serbia looked furious offensively throughout the game. They posted a 48:40 halftime lead. Serbia unloaded 53 points in the second half to breeze to the victory. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) delivered 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) answered with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the Azzurri.

Group C
Greece - Holland 68-65
Greece held off Netherlands for the fifth straigth victory in Group C. Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece accounted for a 34:31 halftime lead. They boosted the margin at 6-point lead at the final intermission. Netherlands sank 19 points in the final period but could not avoid the defeat. Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., agency: Mark Termini Assoc.) and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90, agency: Kappa Sports Mngm) tossed in 9 points apiece in the win. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: PPGroup) responded with 15 points for Netherlands.

Georgia - Croatia 71-58
Georgia edged Croatia to seal their playoff appearance. Six players scored in double digits to pace the winners. Duda Sanadze, Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Side by Side) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84, agency: Tandem Sports) provided 12 points each to lead the winning side. Croatia opened a 28:25 halftime lead. But Georgia sank 22 points in the third quarter to pull ahead for a 3-point lead. They followed with a strong 24:14 run in the fourth period to ice the win. Tornike Shengelia delivered 11 points in the victory. Luka Zoric answered with 16 points for Croatia.

Slovenia - FYR Macedonia 62-51
Slovenia recorded the third victory in Group C. They edged FYR Macedonia to seal their playoff appearance. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89, agency: BDA Sports) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. Slovenia piled up a 24:10 lead after ten minutes. FYR Macedonia cut the distance at 7-point mark at the interval. Slovenia fired 21 points in the third term and entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Slovenia limited FYR Macedonia to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. Alen Omic (217-C-92, agency: Sport East) provided 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points for FYR Macedonia in the defeat.

Group D
Czech Republic - Lithuania 81-85
Lithuania outscored Czech Republic in overtime to clinch the top position in Group D. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89, agency: Bbaltics) provided 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Baltic team. Czech Republic accumulated a 37:27 halftime lead. But Lithuania bounced back with a 28:14 run in the third term to spur ahead. Czech Republic held their opponents to only 14 points in the fourth term to force overtime. Lithuania sank 16 points in the extra period and got away with a valuable victory. Mantas Kalnietis netted 15 points in the win. Blake Schilb (201-G/F-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Czech Republic. Vojtech Hruban (202-G/F-89, agency: PPGroup) had 12 points in the loss.

Latvia - Estonia 75-64
Latvia beat Estonia to earn the third victory in Group D. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89, agency: Baltic SA) tossed in 21 points to pace the hosts. Estonia stunned the hosts with a 29:15 run in the first period. But Latvia went on a 40:20 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead. The home team knocked down 20 points in the fourth period and raced to the win. Janis Timma (201-SF-92, agency: You First) finished with 15 points for the winning side. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83, agency: STA-Sportsgroup) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Estonia.

Ukraine - Belgium 71-79
Belgium defeated Ukraine in the crucial clash in Group D. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91, agency: BDA Sports) provided 15 points to lead the Lions to the key victory that sealed their playoff appearance. Ukraine looked solid in the first period. They built a 19:14 lead after the opening quarter. Belgium narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 35:39. The Lions followed with a 24:15 run in the third term to spur ahead. Belgium dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86, agency: Side by Side) provided 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86, agency: Mark Termini Assoc.) responded with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine.


Day 4 in Berlin, Zagreb, Riga and Montpellier - Sep 9, 2015

Group A
Russia - France 67-74
France overcame a fierce challange from Russia to gain the fourth straight victory in Montpellier. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) tossed in 13 points to lead the winners. Russia piled up a 24:16 lead after the opening quarter. Les Bleues slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They pulled within two points at the interval 34:36. France denied the deficit and spurred ahead for a one-point lead at the final intermission. Les Bleues notched 21 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Rudy Gobert (216-C-92, agency: Comsport) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82, agency: CAA Sports) delivered 12 points each in the win. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 20 points for Russia.

Poland - Israel 73-75
Israel snatched a narrow victory over Poland to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: Exclusive Sports) scored 18 points to lead the winners. Poland sank 24 points in the first period to open a 2-point lead. Israel stiffened defensively in the second term. They held Poland to just 8 points in teh second frame and recorded a 35:32 halftime lead. Poland pulled within a single point at the final intermission. However Israel dropped 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the win. D'Or Fischer delivered 15 points and 8 rebounds for Israel. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Damian Kulig (205-C/F-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points each for Poland.

Bosnia - Finland 59-88
Finland registered the second victory in Group A. They stormed past Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-2 record. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, college: Albany, agency: Entersport) scored 16 points to lead the winners. Finland dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 41:27 halftime lead. Finland unloaded 31 points in the third term to register a 30-point lead at the final break. Finland never looked back afterwards and marched to the win. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88, agency: Sigma Sports) notched 14 points, while Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90, agency: Blacktop Management) added 13 points for Finland. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 14 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Group B
Iceland - Spain 73-99
Spain clinched the second victory in Berlin. They toppled Iceland for 2-2 record in Group B. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, agency: Xpheres) tossed in 22 points to lead the winning side. Spain unloaded 41 points in the first half to secure a 5-point lead. Spain went on a strong 33:19 run in the third term to open a 19-point lead. Spain followed with a 25-point effort in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson (192-G-82, agency: BDA Sports) responded with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Iceland.

Italy - Germany 89-82 OT
Italy survived an overtime drama and beat hosting Germany in Berlin today. Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Azzurri at 3-1 record in Group B. Germany eked out a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Italy sank 25 points in the second frame to eke out a 42:41 halftime lead. Germany held their opponents to just 12 points in the third term and secured a 5-point lead at the third break. But Danilo Gallinari came up with key points late in regulation to force overtime. He followed with six points in the extra period to lead Italy to the victory. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) and Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85, agency: CAA Sports) tossed in 17 points each for Italy. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 29 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for Germany.

Turkey - Serbia 72-91
Serbia eased to the fourth consecutive victory at the EuroBasket. They fired past Turkey to remain on top of Group B. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) tallied 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbia registered a 53:35 halftime lead. Turkey narrowed the distance at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Serbia were back in control in the final period and rallied to the victory. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87, agency: Sports ProMotion) had 17 points and 13 assists in the win. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 16 points for Turkey as they fell at 2-2 record.

Group C
Holland - Croatia 72-78
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) tallied 18 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds to lead Croatia past Netherlands. Croatia trailed by four points at the first intermission. But they poured in 25 points in the second period to eke out a 4-point lead. Croatia dropped 23 points in the third quarter to enjoy a 9-point advantage at the final intermission. Netherlands cut the distance in the fourth stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St., agency: You First) responded with 19 points for Netherlands.

FYR Macedonia - Georgia 75-90
Georgia celebrated the initial victory at the 2015 EuroBasket. They topped FYR Macedonia in Group C to stay alive in the Second Stage hunt. Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84, agency: Tandem Sports) recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Georgia dominated in the first half. They accounted for a 48:37 halftime lead. Georgia sank 23 points in the third term to gain a 16-point lead. They protected the lead well throughout the final period and raced to the win. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86, agency: Zucker International) delivered 18 points for the winners. Damjan Stojanovski (198-SG-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Richard Hendrix (204-C/F-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 14 points each for FYR Macedonia.

Greece - Slovenia 83-72
Greece kept piling up scalps at the 2015 EuroBasket. They knocked down Slovenia for 4-0 record on top of Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 19 points and 6 assists for the Hellenes. Greece looked dominant in the first half. They accounted for a 46:31 halftime lead. But Slovenia eventually narrowed the distance. They pulled within two points in the fourth quarter. But Greece picked up the tempo in the final minutes and raced to the win. Georgios Printezis (206-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 16 points for Greece. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90, agency: Wasserman Media) answered with game-high 27 points for Slovenia.

Group D
Estonia - Lithuania 62-64
Lithuania overcame the absence of Jonas Valanciunas and edged Estonia for 3-1 record in Group D. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85, agency: ProTalent) scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Lithuania looked well in control in the first half. They established a 38:31 halftime lead. Estonia however denied the deficit in the third quarter. They pulled ahead for a one-point lead at the final intermission. The margin grew at 7-point mark midway through the fourth quarter. But Lithuania picked up the intensity in the dying minutes and rallied to the victory. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) delivered 14 points for the winners. Janar Talts (205-PF-83, agency: Entersport) responded with 20 points for Estonia.

Latvia - Ukraine 74-75
Ukraine nipped hosting Latvia in Riga today to stay hopeful of the Second Stage birth. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86, agency: Relativity Sports) posted 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace Ukraine to the first victory at the tournament. Latvia jumped to a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine pulled within a single point at the big break 38:39. Latvia dropped 23 points in the third term to accumulate a 2-point lead at the final intermission. But Fesenko and Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) stepped up for Ukraine late in regulation to ice the victory for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy delivered 15 points in the win. Dairis Bertans (194-SG-89, agency: Baltic SA) responded with 17 points for Latvia.

Belgium - Czech Republic 64-66
Czech Republic banked in the third victory in Group D. They held off Belgium to seal their next round appearance. Jan Vesely (213-F-90, agency: Wasserman Media) tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Czech team. They opened a 33:28 halftime lead. Czech Republic extended the margin at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Belgium erased the deficit and spurred ahead late in regulation. But Satoransky came up with crucial points for Czech Republic as they got away with the victory. He finished with 14 points and issued 9 assists for Czech Republic. Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85, agency: Side by Side) responded with 12 points for Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91, agency: BDA Sports) had 10 points for the Lions.


Day 3 in Berlin and Zagreb - Sep 8, 2015

Group B
Spain - Italy 98-105
Italy accounted for the second win in Group B. They toppled Spain for 2-1 record in the standings. Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) tallied 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Azzurri. Spain in the meantime fell at 1-2 record in the group. Spain accumulated a 45:42 halftime lead. But Italy turned things around in the third term. The Azzurri sparked with a 31:18 rally to take a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Spain unleashed 35 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86, agency: Excel Sports Mngm) tossed in 27 points and issued 7 assists, while Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85, agency: CAA Sports) contributed 18 points for the winners. Pau Gasol responded with game-high 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Spain. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, agency: Xpheres) posted 13 points in the defeat.

Germany - Turkey 75-80
Turkey held off Germany in Berlin to gain 2-1 record in Group B. Cedi Osman (201-SG-95, agency: Istbasket) topscored with 17 points to lead the winners. Turkey stunned the hosts in the first period. The visitors recorded a massive 31:11 lead after ten minutes. Germany stopped the rot in the next periods. Germany pulled within 10 points in the third frame. But Turkey hung on to the lead in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86, agency: Tagar) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 24 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Germany.

Serbia - Iceland 93-64
Serbia posted the third consecutive victory at the EuroBasket. They rallied past Iceland to stay undefeated in Group B. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points coming off the bench to lead the winners. Serbia piled up a 42:32 halfitm lead. They followed with a 25:16 run in the third term to clear off to a 19-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: APAA Sports Group) provided 13 points for the winners. Logi Gunnarsson (190-SG-81, agency: GAgency) responded with 18 points for Iceland.

Group C
Croatia - FYR Macedonia 73-55
Croatia had little problems en route to the second victory in Group C. They beat FYR Macedonia in Zagreb. Dario Saric (204-F-94, agency: Beo Basket) tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonia jumped to an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Croatia cut the distance at 2-point mark at the interval 30:32. The hosts went on a decisive 22:10 surge in the third term to record a 10-point lead at the final break. Croatia followed with a 21:13 rally in the fourth frame and iced the victory. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SF-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came back from the injury and banked in 13 points for the winners. Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 10 points for FYR Macedonia.

Georgia - Greece 68-79
Nick Calathes (197-PG-89, college: Florida, agency: Kappa Sports Mngm) notched 19 points and 8 assists to lead Greece to the third consecutive victory at the championship. They beat Georgia to remain perfect in Group C. Greece set the tone in the first half. They accounted for a massive 50:22 halftime lead. Georgia pulled within 13 points at the final break. Georgia cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Giannis Antetokounmpo (206-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kostas Koufos (213-C-89, college: Ohio St., agency: Mark Termini Assoc.) had 12 points apiece for the Hellenes. Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Georgia.

Slovenia - Holland 81-74
Slovenia held off Netherlands to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92, agency: ProStep Sports Agency) knocked down 16 points and issued 6 assists to lead the winners. Slovenia sank 23 points in the first period to record an 8-point lead. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark at the interval. Netherlands pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. However Slovenia dropped 24 points in the fourth frame and raced to the win. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89, agency: BDA Sports) and Jaka Blazic (196-G-90, agency: Wasserman Media) tossed in 13 points each for Slovenia. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: PPGroup) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Netherlands.


Day 3 in Montpellier and Riga - Sep 7, 2015

Group A
France - Poland 69-66
France held off Poland to gain 3-0 record in Group A. Tony Parker (188-PG-82, agency: CAA Sports) scored 16 points to lead Les Bleues. The guard became the EuroBasket all-time best scorer. France accumulated a 30:26 halftime lead. Poland picked up the tempo in the third term. They dropped 21 points but Les Bleues matched the effort and gained a 5-point lead at the final intermission. Poland narrowed the deficit in the fourth term. They pulled within a striking distance late in regulation. But Marcin Gortat (211-C-84, agency: Zucker International) missed a potentially tying three-pointer at the buzzer and France got away with the victory. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) and Mickael Gelabale (202-SF-83, agency: Beo Basket) posted 12 points each for the winners. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 18 points for Poland. Mateusz Ponitka (196-F/G-93, agency: Wasserman Media) and Marcin Gortat had 10 points each in the loss.

Israel - Bosnia 84-86 OT
Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the first victory at the EuroBasket. They nipped Israel in overtime drama. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) became the hero for the winners. He first sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer in regulation to send the game into overtime. Later Elmedin Kikanovic converted a layup at the buzzer in overtime to win the game for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Israel accounted for a 29:16 lead after ten minutes. Bosnia and Herzegovina denied the deficit in the next two periods. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term. It all looked good for Israel before Kikanov took the floor and sealed the victory for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88, agency: You First) tossed in 22 points to lead the winners. Elmedin Kikanovic added 17 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88, agency: Relativity Sports) responded with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Israel as they suffered the first defeat at the championship.

Finland - Russia 81-79
Finland recorded the first victory at the EuroBasket. They snatched a narrow victory over Russia to snap two-game losing skid in Group A. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88, agency: Sigma Sports) sank a late jumper to seal the victory for Finland. Russia enjoyed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. Finland pulled within a single point at the final intermission. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. But Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88, agency: Sigma Sports) stepped up for Finland and sealed the victory. Erik Murphy (208-PF-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Finland. Sasu Salin added 16 points for the winners. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 22 points for Russia.

Group D
Czech Republic - Latvia 65-72
Latvia beat Czech Republic to take 2-1 record in Group D. Janis Blums (191-SG-82, agency: ProTalent) stepped up with 14 points to lead the hosts in Riga today. Czech Republic led by five points at the first intermission 22:17. But Latvia responded with a 34:20 rally in the next two periods to secure a 9-point lead. Czech Republic dropped 23 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat. Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89, agency: Baltic SA) and Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85, agency: BDA Sports) had 11 points each for the winners. Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91, agency: PPGroup) responded with 22 points and 9 assists for Czech Republic.

Ukraine - Estonia 71-78
Estonia overcame a slow start at the EuroBasket and finally posted the first victory at the tournament. They fired past Ukraine for 1-2 record in Group D. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83, agency: STA-Sportsgroup) came up with a strong performance scoring 26 points to lead the winners. Ukraine accumulated a 38:28 halftime lead. But Estonia stunned their opponents with a 22:6 run in the third term building a 6-point lead. Estonia unloaded 28 points in the fourth term and raced to the victory. Rain Veideman (192-G-91, agency: Entersport) delivered 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Jerome Randle (175-PG-87, college: California, agency: APAA Sports Group) responded with 22 points for Ukraine.

Lithuania - Belgium 74-76
Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) tipped the ball in at the buzzer and Belgium snatched a surprising victory over Lithuania in Group D. Matt Lojeski provided 22 points to lead the Lions. Lithuania led by as many as 8 points at the first break. But Belgium denied the deficit and evened things up at 35 heading into the second half. The Belgian Lions pulled ahead for a 3-point lead at the final break. Lithuania denied the deficit and spurred ahead for a 6-point lead late in regulation. But Jonathan Tabu (189-PG-85, agency: Side by Side) and Hervelle hit triples to even things up. Then Matt Lojeski came up with late heroics and iced the victory for Belgium. Jonathan Tabu netted 16 points in the win. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92, agency: CAA Sports) responded with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Lithuania.


Day 2 in Berlin, Zagreb, Riga and Montpellier - Sep 6, 2015

Group A
Bosnia - France 54-81
France eased past Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second straight victory in Montpellier. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) and Joffrey Lauvergne (210-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted 12 points each to lead Les Bleues. France eked out a 17:15 lead at the first break. The hosts boosted the gap at 11-point mark at the interval. France followed with a 30:10 run in the third term to record a comfortable 31-point lead at the final break. France did not look back en route to the victory. Tony Parker (188-PG-82, agency: CAA Sports) and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88, agency: Comsport) delivered 11 points each in the win. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 10 points each for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Finland - Israel 66-79
Israel posted the second consecutive victory in Montpellier. They fired past Finland to remain on top of the ladder. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: 2Talent Sports Management) tallied 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Israel got to a very strong start. They built a 25:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Israel accumulated a 46:31 halftime advantage. Finland pulled within 8 points at the final break. But Israel held their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88, college: Wichita St., agency: Exclusive Sports) tossed in 14 points in the victory. Erik Murphy (208-PF-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Finland.

Russia - Poland 79-82
Poland clinched the second consecutive victory in Group A. They beat Russia to stay undefeated. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 23 points to lead the winners. Russia jumped to a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Poland erased the deficit and spurred ahead for a 42:40 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Russia unloaded 23 points in the fourth quarter but Poland hung on to avoid the defeat. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84, agency: Zucker International) delivered 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Andrey Zubkov (205-F-91, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87, agency: Revolution Sports) had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Turkey - Spain 77-104
Spain bounced back from the opening loss to Serbia and trounced Turkey for 1-1 record in Group B. Six players scored in double digits for Spain. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) tossed in 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the victory. Spain unleashed 54 points in the first half to take a 16-point halftime lead. Spain followed with a 50-point effort in the second half and coasted to the victory. Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86, agency: Wasserman Media) delivered 14 points in the win. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87, agency: ASM Sports) responded with 15 points for Turkey.

Serbia - Germany 68-66
Serbia survived a tough test versus hosting Germany and earned the second consecutive victory in Berlin. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) sank a floater with less than a second left in regulation to ice the victory for Serbia. They eked out a 39:38 halftime lead. Serbia maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They accounted for a 50:48 advantage at the final intermission. Germany denied the deficit in the fourth frame as Schaffartzik tied things up at 66. But Bjelica stepped up for Serbia when it mattered the most and brought them to the second victory. He finished with 12 points for the winners. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-SG-92, agency: Wasserman Media) added 9 points for Serbia. Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78, agency: Agency) and Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89, agency: BDA Sports) responded with 15 points apiece for Germany.

Iceland - Italy 64-71
Italy posted the opening victory at EuroBasket. The Azzurri overcame Iceland for 1-1 record in Group B. Alessandro Gentile tossed in 21 points to lead the winners. Italy eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri stretched the margin at 4-point mark at the long break. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Italy followed with a 19:16 run in the fourth term and opened win count at the tournament. Marco Belinelli accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Haukur Palsson responded with 17 points for Iceland. Hlynur Baeringsson netted 14 points in the loss.

Group C
Greece - Croatia 72-70
Greece eked out a tough victory over Croatia to improve at 2-0 record on top of Group C. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points, issued 6 assists and grabbed 4 boards for the Hellenes. Croatia enjoyed a 33:28 halftime lead. They entered the fourth term up by six points 57:51. Greece however used a 13:2 run in the fourth frame and surged ahead for good. Georgios Printezis netted 13 points in the victory. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) responded with 18 points for Croatia.

Slovenia - Georgia 79-68
Slovenia registered the first victory in Zagreb. They outgunned Georgia for 1-1 record in Group C. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92, agency: ProStep Sports Agency) tossed in 21 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a comfortable 41:26 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term and entered the final period up by 17 points. Slovenia never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Jaka Klobucar tossed in 20 points for the winners. Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 21 points for Georgia.

Holland - FYR Macedonia 71-78
FYR Macedonia opened win count at the EuroBasket. They fired past Netherlands for 1-1 record in Group C. Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 14 points and issued 7 assists to pace the winners. Netherlands snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. But FYR Macedonia responded with a strong 24:11 run in the second term to take a 12-point halftime lead. Netherlands cut the distance at just 7-point mark heading into the fourth frame. They fired 22 points in the final quarter but FYR Macedonia matched the effort and raced to the win. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports) posted 13 points each for FYR Macedonia. Nicolas de Jong (210-C-88, agency: Comsport) responded with 19 points for Netherlands.

Group D
Ukraine - Czech Republic 64-78
Czech Republic accounted for the second consecutive victory in Group D. They edged Ukraine to stay undefeated. Pavel Pumprla (198-SG-86, agency: PPGroup) notched 17 points to lead the Czech team. They scored 46 points in the first half and registered a 16-point halftime lead. Czech Republic extended the gap at 20-point mark heading into the final stanza. They kept the firm grasp on their lead throughout the fourth term and marched to the victory. Jan Vesely (213-F-90, agency: Wasserman Media) tallied 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86, agency: Relativity Sports) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Ukraine.

Latvia - Lithuania 49-68
Lithuania raced past Latvia for the second straight victory in Group D. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92, agency: CAA Sports) topscored with 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners in the Baltic rivalry. Latvia jumped to a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game in Riga. However Lithuania stiffened defensively in the second term. They erased the deficit and posted a 29:28 halftime lead. Lithuania followed with a 20:11 run in the third term to take a 10-point advantage at the final intermission. Lithuania followed with a 19:10 surge in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85, agency: ProTalent) provided 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85, agency: BDA Sports) and Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88, agency: Baltic SA) responded with 8 points each for Latvia.

Estonia - Belgium 55-84
Belgium thumped Estonia to record the first victory at the EuroBasket. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 16 points to lead the Lions. Belgium stunned their opponents in the first half. The Lions raced to a massive 46:18 halftime lead. Estonia shook off the slack in the second half. But it was too late. Belgium entered the fourth period up by 25 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86, agency: Side by Side) provided 14 points for the winners. Siim-Sander Vene (201-SF-90, agency: You First) responded with 12 points for Estonia.


Day 1 in Berlin, Zagreb, Riga and Montpellier - Sep 5, 2015

Group A
France - Finland 97-87
France survived a huge scare from Finland and managed to eke out the first victory at the EuroBasket Group A in overtime. Tony Parker (188-PG-82, agency: CAA Sports) scored 23 points to lead the winners. France accumulated a 45:37 halftime lead. However Finland went on a 21:13 rally in the fourth term to force overtime. Les Bleues followed with a 16:6 run in the extra period and sealed the victory. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87, agency: Agency) and Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88, agency: Comsport) delivered 16 points each for France. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, college: Albany, agency: Entersport) responded with 21 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen had 15 points in the loss.

Poland - Bosnia 68-64
Poland outgunned Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first victory at the EuroBasket. Adam Waczynski (199-F/G-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 15 points to lead the charge. Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But Poland responded with a 24:12 run in the second period to secure a 10-point halftime lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina cut the distance to just 5 points heading into the fourth term. Bosnia and Herzegovina held Poland to only 10 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Mateusz Ponitka (196-F/G-93, agency: Wasserman Media) delivered 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for Poland. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Israel - Russia 76-73
Israel outgunned Russia to take 1-0 record in Group A. Omri Casspi (206-SF-88, agency: Relativity Sports) scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia claimed a 39:29 halftime lead. But Israel turned things around in the second half. Israel went on a strong 21:10 rally in the third term to spur ahead. Israel maintained the advantage throughout the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: 2Talent Sports Management) delivered 16 points in the win. Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87, agency: Revolution Sports) and Dmitry Khvostov (190-G-89, agency: Rosette International) responded with 15 points each for Russia.

Group B
Italy - Turkey 87-89
Turkey celebrated the first victory in Berlin. They nipped Italy in Group B opener for both teams. Semih Erden (211-F/C-86, agency: Tagar) was pivotal with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Turkey accounted for a 26:13 lead after the first term. Italy narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at the interval. The Azzurri pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. They unloaded 26 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Ersan Ilyasova (208-F-87, agency: ASM Sports) and Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) netted 17 points each for Turkey. Danilo Gallinari (208-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 33 points for Italy.

Spain - Serbia 70-80
Serbia got to the winning start of the EuroBasket campaign. They upset Spain in Group B. Nemanja Bjelica (209-SF-88, agency: Wasserman Media) scored 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Serbia. Spain recorded a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia unleashed 51 points in the next two periods to gain a 10-point lead at the final intermission. Spain cut the distance to a single point but three-pointers from Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic sealed the deal. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 16 points for Spain. Felipe Reyes had 13 points in the loss.

Germany - Iceland 71-65
Germany withheld a late comeback rally from Iceland and secured the opening victory in Group B. Dennis Schroeder (181-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78, agency: Agency) provided 15 points each and teamed up for 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Germany dominated throughout the first half. They registered a 41:26 halftime advantage. Germany accounted for a 16-point lead heading into the fourth term. Iceland triggered a determined comeback effort in the final period but came up just short of victory at the end. Anton Gavel netted 7 points in the win. Jon Stefansson responded with 23 points for Iceland.

Group C
Croatia - Slovenia 80-73
Croatia fired past Slovenia for the first victory in Zagreb. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) knocked down 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the victory. Slovenia jumped to a 23:17 lead after the fisrt period. Croatia however turned the tables in the second term. The hosts spurred ahead for a 44:38 halftime lead. They stretched the margin at 11-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Slovenia cut the deficit in the fourth term but Croatia hung on to ice the victory. Luka Zoric (211-C-84, agency: Agency) delivered 17 points for the winners. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89, agency: BDA Sports) topscored with 14 points for Slovenia.

FYR Macedonia - Greece 65-85
Greece outgunned FYR Macedonia in the first game at EuroBasket. Georgios Printezis (206-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 18 points to lead the Hellenes. Greece accounted for 23:16 lead after the opening frame. Greece maintained the advantage throughout the next two periods. They unloaded 26 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the win. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: Agency) netted 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points for FYR Macedonia.

Georgia - Holland 72-73
Netherlands eked out a narrow tough victory over Georgia at the start of the EuroBasket campaign. Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: PPGroup) scored 22 points for the winners. Netherlands posted a 36:26 halftime lead. Georgia surged ahead in the fourth term. However Charlon Kloof nailed a three-pointer and Robin Smeulders added a jumper to seal the victory for Netherlands. Worthy de Jong delivered 16 points in the win. Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Zaza Pachulia (211-C-84, agency: Tandem Sports) responded with 16 points each for Georgia.

Group D
Lithuania - Ukraine 69-68
Lithuania outgunned Ukraine for the first victory at EuroBasket. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85, agency: ProTalent) sank two free throws with less than two minutes to go to seal the victory for the Baltic team. Lithuania accounted for a 19:12 lead at the first break. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term. Lithuania ensured a 7-point halftime lead. Ukraine narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at the final intermission. They erased the distance in the final frame and rallied a 68:67 lead with just over two minutes to go. However Jonas Maciulis sank two shots from the charity stripe and then the teams went scoreless for over 100 seconds as Lithuanai got away with the tough victory. Paulius Jankunas notched 22 points for Lithuania. Jonas Valanciunas (213-C-92, agency: CAA Sports) added 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86, agency: Relativity Sports) responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Ukraine. Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92, agency: Agency) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Belgium - Latvia 67-78
Latvia knocked down Belgium behind 15 points from Martins Meiers (208-C-91, agency: Agency). Latvia poured in 25 points in the first period. The Baltic team gained a 6-point lead. Belgium cut the distance at 2-point mark at the interval. Belgium spurred ahead in the third term to secure a one-point lead at the final intermission. Latvia dropped 27 points in the fourth period and got away with a tough victory at the end. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83, agency: Side by Side) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83, agency: BDA Sports) responded with 13 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for Belgium.


Czech Republic - Estonia 80-57

Czech Republic ensured the winning start of their 2015 EuroBasket campaign. They stormed past Estonia in Group D opener. Jan Vesely (213-F-90, agency: Wasserman Media) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. Czech Republic silenced their opponents in the first half. The Czech team grabbed an 18:9 lead after the opening quarter. Czech Republic unloaded 25 points in the second period to take a 43:24 halftime lead. Estonia could not come back to life in the third term. Czech Republic eased to a massive 29-point lead at the final break. They never looked back afterwards and breezed to the victory. Blake Schilb (201-G/F-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Wasserman Media) tossed in 14 points, while David Jelinek added 11 points for the winners. Siim-Sander Vene (201-SF-90, agency: You First) responded with 18 points and 13 rebounds for Estonia. Rain Veideman (192-G-91, agency: Entersport) netted 10 points in the loss.



by Dhruv
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