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Quarterfinalists determined in Lille - Sep 13, 2015


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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.   




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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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