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2013 EuroBasket: Day 3 - Sep 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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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