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Group A
Slovenia 50% Aug.31 Poland
Iceland 50% Aug.31 Greece
France 50% Aug.31 Finland
Group B
Germany 50% Aug.31 Ukraine
Italy 50% Aug.31 Israel
Lithuania 50% Aug.31 Georgia
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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.   




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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Finland 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Greece 0-0 
 4. Iceland 0-0 
 5. Poland 0-0 
 6. Slovenia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Georgia 0-0 
 2. Germany 0-0 
 3. Israel 0-0 
 4. Italy 0-0 
 5. Lithuania 0-0 
 6. Ukraine 0-0 
Group C
 1. Croatia 0-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 0-0 
 3. Spain 0-0 
 4. Hungary 0-0 
 5. Montenegro 0-0 
 6. Romania 0-0 
Group D
 1. Belgium 0-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 0-0 
 3. Latvia 0-0 
 4. Russia 0-0 
 5. Serbia 0-0 
 6. Turkey 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stojanovski, Vojdan28.0 
 2. Veideman, Rain24.0 
 3. Hanga, Adam23.0 
 4. Gomes, Joao22.0 
 5. Dragic, Goran21.0 
 6. Vojvoda, David20.5 
 7. de Jong, Worthy19.5 
 8. Nurkic, Jusuf19.0 
 9. Lawrence, Andrew19.0 
 10. Hermannsson, Mart.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Nurkic, Jusuf15.0 
 2. Gomes, Joao10.5 
 3. Baeringsson, Hlynur9.5 
 4. Todorovic, Marko9.0 
 5. Karasev, Sergey9.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Ioa.8.0 
 7. Shengelia, Tornike7.5 
 8. Tumba, Kevin7.0 
 9. Gordon, Ben7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Kyrylo7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dragic, Goran8.5 
 2. Lypovyy, Oleksandr7.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Giorgi7.5 
 4. Gordon, Ben6.5 
 5. Mihailovic, Vladim.5.5 
 6. Vojvoda, David5.5 
 7. Travis, Romeo5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Hord.5.0 
 9. Tabu, Jonathan5.0 
 10. Velikov, Asen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek NEEDHAM
  USA
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Needham, Derek4.0 
 2. Dorbek, Martin3.5 
 3. Keller, Akos3.0 
 4. Baburin, Evgenii3.0 
 5. Hajrizi, Drilon3.0 
 6. Obasohan, Retin3.0 
 7. Broadus, Rashaun3.0 
 8. Tumba, Kevin2.5 
 9. Barroso, Tomas2.5 
 10. Kostov, Chavdar2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  UKR
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bobrov, Vyacheslav2.0 
 2. Kulagin, Dmitrii2.0 
 3. Panteli, Iakovos1.5 
 4. Zipser, Paul1.5 
 5. Benzing, Robin1.5 
 6. Palsson, Haukur1.5 
 7. Hajrizi, Drilon1.5 
 8. Bergstedt, Jonas1.5 
 9. Kitsing, Kristjan1.0 
 10. Mahalbasic, Rasid1.0 
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