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Day 1 in Slovenia - Sep 4, 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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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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