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Day 2 in Slovenia - Sep 5, 2013

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Group A
United Kingdom - France 65-88
France roll over Great Britain to tie both records at 1-1 at the 2013 EuroBasket. France needed an 88:65 win for the initial success. Great Britain entered the game with a victory, while France had no points after the first day. The latter erupted with a 26-14 rally in the first period and Myles Hesson and Clark reduced to 28:23, while Johnson cut it to 37:33. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) and then Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) closed the first half at 45:37 as Great Britain won the second period 23-19. The third quarter ensured the bigger lead for the favorites and answered the quarter about the winner of the game. France pushed the tempo and Nicolas Batum nailed three for 61:41. Van Oostrum and Nando De Colo were the last players to score in the third period for 71:48 lead of the French side. Nando De Colo later shot for 81:61 and Gelabale kept the difference at 20 points with 2 minutes to go. Diot scored three for 86:63, while Ajinca and Van Oostrum scored the last points in the game. Nicolas Batum top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nailed 16. Mickael Gelabale and Nando De Colo followed them with 11 points each. Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) ended up with 16 points in a loss, whilst Devon Van Oostrum had 13. Myles Hesson scored 8 and Justin Robinson put up 7 points in defeat.

Germany - Belgium 73-77 OT
Belgium opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket. They prevailed against Germany in overtime to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Jonathan Tabu (190-PG-85) and Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) posted 15 points each to lead the Lions. Germany slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the starting quarter. Germany eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Mukubu opened the second frame with back-to-back three-pointers for Belgium. He triggered 16:0 run that propelled the Lions to a 30:16 advantage. Germany came back to life late in the half and narrowed the distance at 9 points 26:35. Giffey and Robin Benzing (209-SF-89, agency: LUMANI 10.7) put the German side within 6 points midway through the third period. Heiko Schaffartzik cut the distance to just 3 points 36:39 moments later. However Belgium capped the quarter with a 7:2 run to open a 7-point lead. Belgium maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the fourth term. But Robin Benzing scored four points in a row late in regulation to level things up at 60. Jonathan Tabu responded with a triple to make it 63:60 with 35 seconds remaining. Staiger answered with a big time three-pointer and sent the game into overtime. Belgium opened the extra period with quick five points to set the tone. Germany tried hard to stay within striking distance. They trailed by just one point 73:74 with 22 seconds left. But Sacha Massot and Moors hit three free throws and sealed the deal. Axel Hervelle provided 11 points for the winners. Robin Benzing answered with 24 points for Germany. Heiko Schaffartzik chipped in 15 points in the defeat.

Ukraine - Israel 74-67
Ukraine celebrated the second consecutive victory at the start of the European Championship in Slovenia. They prevailed against struggling Israel for 2-0 record on top of Group A. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Israel lost their second straight game at the tournament. Ukraine dominated from start to finish in this one. They opened the encounter with a 13:2 run. Israel could not find the right rhythm trailing by 6 points after ten minutes 13:19. The margin grew to double digits again midway through the second term. Ukraine accounted for a 35:26 halftime lead. Israel strongly entered the second half. They went on a 10:5 run to narrow the deficit. But Ukraine hung on as they entered the fourth period up by 7 points 53:46. Limonad and Green dragged Israel within one 57:58 midway through the fourth term. But Zabirchenko and Sergii Gladyr stepped up for Ukraine in the key moment giving Mike Fratello team a 67:60 lead with under two minutes remaining. Sergii Gladyr, Korniyenko and Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) then sealed the victory for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov provided 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Maksym Pustozvonov added 13 points for the winning team. Afik Nissim (186-PG-81) responded with 12 points for Israel. Guy Pnini and Yotam Halperin had 9 points in the defeat.

Group B
Lithuania - FYR Macedonia 75-67
Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) leads Lithuania past FYR Macedonia in a 75:67 win. The Baltic State improved to 1-1 record at the end of 2013 EuroBasket Day 2. Lithuania and FYR Macedonia stayed close to each other in the majority of the game. They were tied three times in the first 5 minutes and then Valanciunas brought 11:11 on the board. Motiejunas later closed the quarter at 20:15, while Motiejunas made it 26:17 early in the second frame. Maciulis increased to 34:24 and Javtokas gave Lithuania 39:28 advantage. Stojanovski and McCalebb closed the half at 39:33. Seibutis and Stojanovski scored the first points for their teams in the second half and then Maciulis gave Lithuania 43:35 lead. McCalebb made two free throws to reduce to 49:42 midway through the third period. Lithuania managed to post the same 18-17 rallies in the second half and won the game by 8 points. Kalnietis and Motiejunas ensured the first win of the Baltic State. Mantas Kalnietis stepped up with 17 points and Jonas Maciulis (199-F/G-85) nailed 14. Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas ended up with 11 points each in a win. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 13 points in defeat and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12. Bo McCalebb produced 11, while Todor Gechevski shot 8.

Bosnia - Serbia 67-77
Serbia celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Slovenia. They held off Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2-0 record in Group B. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. It was all Serbia in the opening quarter. Bosnia struggled to contain their opponents. Serbia accounted for 28 points in the opening ten minutes and gained a 12-point lead. Serbia opened a 17-point lead early in the second frame. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Sinanovic dragged Bosnia within 10 points 31:41 late in the first half. But Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Stefan Markovic answered with four points in a row establishing a 45:31 halftime lead for Serbia. Dusan Ivkovic team opened the second half with 11 points in a row to boost the lead. They kept Bosnia at distance throughout the period. The Bosnian side entered the final stanza down by as many as 15 points 49:64. Persic, Kikanovic and Mirza Teletovic trimmed the gap at 10-point mark 58:68 midway through the fourth frame. But Serbia quickly bounced back to balloon the margin to 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Rasko Katic finished with 12 points, while Nemanja Nedovic provided 11 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in the win. Mirza Teletovic answered with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nihad Djedovic topscored with 17 points in the loss.

Montenegro - Latvia 72-73
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) sank a jumper with 6 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Latvia past Montenegro in the second round of preliminary action at 2013 EuroBasket. Latvia improved at 2-0 record in Group B ladder. Montenegro fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Kristaps Janicenoks finished with 15 points to pace the charge. The teams exchanged blows throughout the opening frame. Neither side was able to clear off. The lead changed hands before Bjelica tied it at 17 after ten minutes. Montenegro used a 6:0 run midway through the second term to gain a 36:31 lead. But Latvia responded with a 6:0 run of their own to pull in front. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) sealed the first half outcome at 37:37. Rolands Freimanis (210-PF-88) and Berzins gave Latvia 48:41 lead early in the third period. Montenegro narrowed the gap but the Baltic team secured a 54:52 lead heading into the fourth period. Montenegro went on a 13:0 rally to snatch a 67:59 lead with just over five minutes remaining. Latvia responded with nine unanswered points to regain the lead. Tyrese Rice converted a three-point play to give Montenegro a 72:71 lead with 11 second to go. But Kristaps Janicenoks responded with a decisive bucket and sealed the win for Latvia. Rolands Freimanis finished with 12 points, while Dairis Bertans and Rihards Kuksiks had 8 points each for the winning side. Tyrese Rice responded with 24 points for Montenegro. Blagota Sekulic had 13 points in the loss.

Group C
Slovenia - Spain 78-69
Slovenia outmuscle defending champions of EuroBasket. The hosts posted a 78:69 win against Spain in Day 2. Both teams entered their openers and looked forward achieving their second straight win. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and Dragic scored the first points for both teams and then Lakovic nailed three for 9:9. Rubio and Marc Gasol brought 14:9 for Spain at the end of the first period and led 19:12 early in the second period. The host however created an 8-0 run as Bostjan Nachbar (207-PF-80) nailed three for 20:19 advantage. Spain meanwhile managed to score some important baskets at the end of the first half to take 33:25 lead after 2 quarters. Bostjan Nachbar and Dragic reduced to 39:34 midway through the third period. Marc Gasol made two free throws for 44:39 and Begic brought Slovenia within two points. The latter also gave the hosts a 48:47 lead, while Dragic closed the period at 52:51. Both teams started the last quarter offensively and scored four three pointers in a row. Slovenia dominated the end of the game and posted a 6-0 run to seal the second straight win. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) stepped up with 18 points and Bostjan Nachbar posted 14. Zoran Dragic chipped in with 12, whilst Jaka Lakovic put up 7. Marc Gasol answered with 17 points in defeat and Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) produced 14. Sergio Rodriguez scored 7 and Ricky Rubio brought 6 points.

Poland - Czech Republic 68-69
Czech Republic faced another heart-stopping challenge at EuroBasket. But this time they executed to perfection and eked out a tough win over Poland in the second day of action at the European Championship. Lubos Barton (202-SF-80, college: Valparaiso) drilled a key three-pointer with 4 seconds to go in regulation to propel Czech Republic to the initial win at the tournament. Poland had to surrender for the second straight time in Slovenia. Poland looked well in control throughout the opening quarter. They went on a 21:7 run to gain a 25:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Czech Republic improved their defence in the second frame. They cut the deficit as Welsch and Jan Vesely (211-F-90) dragged them within 4 points at halftime 34:38. Czech Republic opened the third frame on a 6:2 run to level things up at 40. Czech Republic pulled ahead soon and finished the period up by one point 49:50. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) triggered a 13:0 run from Poland as they earned a 66:58 lead with under three minutes to go in regulation. But Jan Vesely and Lubos Barton dragged Czech Republic within four. Lubos Barton drained a three-pointer to put the Czech team within two points 65:67. Jan Vesely sank one free throw to narrow the gap at just one point 66:67 with 10 seconds to go. Maciej Lampe got fouled but converted just one free throw giving a chance for Czech Republic. And they used it. Lubos Barton hit a three-pointer and won the game for the Czechs. Lubos Barton and Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) netted 10 points each for the winners. Michal Ignerski answered with 17 points for Poland. Maciej Lampe tossed in 14 points and grabbed 7 boards in the loss.

Croatia - Georgia 77-76
Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) converted a layup with 9 seconds remaining in regulation to carry Croatia past Georgia in the opening game of the second day at 2013 EuroBasket. Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84, college: Charleston) nailed 16 points to lead the winners to the initial success at the tournament. Georgia fell at 1-1 record at the tournament. It was as close game as it could get. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Croatia eked out a 15:10 lead late in the first period. But Georgia narrowed the deficit at just 2 points at the first break 15:17. Draper and Dario Saric boosted the gap early in the second frame. Bojan Bogdanovic made it 28:22 for Croatia midway through the second term. But Richard Hickman triggered a comeback rally from Georgia and Shermadini gave them a 33:32 lead late in the half. Simon responded with a triple to restore a narrow lead for Croatia as they arrived at halftime up by one 35:34. A close encounter continued throughout the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Georgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) gave Georgia a 52:50 lead heading into the final frame. But Bojan Bogdanovic and Markota quickly put Croatia in front early in the fourth stanza. The teams entered the final 100 seconds of the game tied at 70. Markota sank a three-pointer to put Croatia in front 73:70. Georgi Tsintsadze came up with three points to level things up. Tomic answered with two free throws to give Croatia a 75:73 advantage. But Sanikidze held his nerve draining a three-pointer for a 76:75 Georgian lead with 21 seconds remaining. Antic answered with a layup and then Georgi Tsintsadze missed a layup as Croatia got away with a tough victory. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, while Dario Saric added 12 points for the winners. Georgi Tsintsadze answered with 25 points for Georgia. Richard Hickman had 20 points in the loss.

Group D
Greece - Russia 80-71
Greece improve to 2-0 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket. The Greek side overcame Russia 80:71 and kept them winless at the tournament. Although Valiev scored gave Russia 2-0 lead, Greece replied with an 8-0 run to win the opening tip 8:2. Russia bounced back for 16:16 and Khvostov nailed three for 21:16 at the end of the first period. Sergey Monya nailed another one for 27:20, while Greece took the lead after Bourousis 's shot at 30:29. Perperoglou and Fotsis ensured a 31:24 halftime advantage for the favorites. Greece dominated the third period and posted a 21-13 run for 15-point advantage. Perperoglou and Sergey Karasev exchanged the late baskets in the period for 62:47 on the board. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) and Sokolov reduced to 73:62, while Alexey Shved nailed another 5 in a row for 75:67 with 2 minutes to go. Sloukas later scored three free throws for 78:67 and Zisis added two more for 80:71. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Kostas Papanikolaou, Stratos Perperoglou and Loukas Mavrokefalidis shot 10 each. Alexey Shved answered with 17 points in a loss, whilst Sergey Karasev delivered 10. Sergey Monya scored 9 and Vitaliy Fridzon added 8.

Italy - Turkey 90-75
Italy came up with another impressive shooting display that brought them to the victory over Turkey in the second day of action at EuroBasket in Slovenia. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) unleashed 23 points going for 9/10 from the field to pace the winners. Turkey slipped at 0-2 record in Group D. Turkey got to a slightly better start. They earned a 17:12 lead midway through the first frame. But Melli, Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Marco Belinelli capped the first term with 8 points in a row to give the Azzurri a 22:19 lead. Pietro Aradori and Vitali opened a 9-pont lead for Italy early in the second frame. Marco Belinelli made it a double-digit distance 40:30 late in the first half. Marco Belinelli capped the half with a jumper to make it 44:34 for Italy. The Azzurri just kept on stretching their lead throughout the third period. Pietro Aradori unloaded 17 points in the quarter to give Italy a 74:57 lead at the final intermission. Italy kept Turkey at bay throughout the fourth frame. Alessandro Gentile nailed 10 points in the quarter and carried the Azzurri to a comfortable victory at the end. Alessandro Gentile finished with 20 points, while Marco Belinelli added 17 points for the winners. Omer Asik (213-C-86) and Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) answered with 12 points each for Turkey.

Finland - Sweden 81-60
Finland continued with a perfect form at the 2013 EuroBasket. They registered the second consecutive victory at the tournament beating Sweden. Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) knocked down 14 points to pace five players in double figures for the Finnish side. Sweden fell at 0-2 record in Group D. The teams got to a flying start. They teamed up for 54 points in the first quarter. Finland and Sweden entered the second term tied at 27. But Finland cleared off in the second frame. They opened the period with a 10:0 run. Finland stayed held their opponents to just 4 points in the period to accumulate a massive 48:31 halftime lead. Swedish struggles continued throughout the third term. They looked unpersuasive offensively as Finland opened a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Finland never allowed Sweden any close in the fourth period and rallied to the second victory at the tournament. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points, while Shawn Huff, Teemu Rannikko and Petteri Koponen netted 10 points apiece for the winners. Jeffery Taylor (200-F-89, college: Vanderbilt) answered with 19 points for Sweden. Jonas Jerebko responded with 12 points in the losing effort.   

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European Championships Final Standings
 1. Slovenia
 2. Serbia
 3. Spain
 4. Russia
 5. Latvia
 6. Germany
 7. Italy
 8. Greece
 9. Lithuania
 10. Croatia
 11. Finland
 12. France
 13. Montenegro
 14. Turkey
 15. Ukraine
 16. Hungary
 17. Georgia
 18. Poland
 19. Belgium
 20. Czech Rep.
 21. Israel
 22. U.Kingdom
 23. Romania
 24. Iceland
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Shved, RUS24.3 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Dragic, SLO22.6 
 5. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB20.4 
 7. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Belinelli, ITA17.9 
 10. Howell, ISR17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Valanciunas, LTU11.8 
 2. Olaseni, ENG11.4 
 3. Pachulia, GEO9.2 
 4. Doncic, SLO8.3 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 7. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 8. Mozgov, RUS7.4 
 9. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Rodriguez, ESP6.6 
 3. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 4. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 5. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 6. Shved, RUS5.9 
 7. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 8. Jovic, SRB5.4 
 9. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
 10. Bertans, LAT5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 3. Osman, TUR2.0 
 4. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 5. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 6. Jovic, SRB1.9 
 7. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
 8. Rubio, ESP1.8 
 9. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.7 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.6 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 5. Vidmar, SLO1.3 
 6. Randolph, SLO1.3 
 7. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Bender, CRO1.2 
 9. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 10. Saric, CRO1.0 
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