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Day 3 and 4 in Slovenia - Sep 7, 2013

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Group A
Belgium - United Kingdom 76-71
Belgium celebrated the second consecutive success at the 2013 European Championship. They overcame Great Britain to jump at 2-1 record in Group A. Sacha Massot posted 15 points to lead the Lions. Great Britain fell at 1-2 record after the defeat. Belgium stormed into the game posting a 14:4 lead after less then five minutes of action. Great Britain picked up the tempo and cut the distance to just 4 points at the end of the first frame 19:23. Daniel Clark tied things up at 31 and soon Kyle Johnson gave the Brits a 34:31 lead. Great Britain finished the first half on top 38:33. The lead changed hands throughout extremely close third period. The teams entered the fourth period tied at 55. Belgium used a 10:2 run late in the fourth frame to clear off to a 74:66 lead. Lawrence connected from beyond the arc to narrow the distance but Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) sank two free throws and secured the victory for Belgium. Wen Boss Mukubu chipped in 13 points, while Sam Van Rossom added 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Daniel Clark answered with 19 points for Great Britain. Kieron Achara (208-PF-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) and Myles Hesson had 12 points each in the loss.

France - Israel 82-63
France clinched the second consecutive victory at the 2013 European Championship. They bruised Israel for 2-1 record in Group A. Israel remained winless at 0-3. Alexis Ajinca stepped up with 13 points and 6 boards for the winners. France opened the game on a 12:3 run. Les Bleus stayed dominant throughout the remainder of the period and earned a 20:14 lead at the first break. Lior Eliyahu put Israel within two points early in the second quarter. But Batum and Diot kept France in front. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) knocked down 6 points late in the first half to give Les Bleus a 38:29 halftime advantage. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the third term. Huertel and Tony Parker made it 57:37 for France. Les Bleus entered the fourth frame up by 22 points 65:43. Israel could not get any closer than 15 points throughout the fourth frame as France cruised to the victory. Tony Parker chipped in 12 points, while Petro Johan added 10 points in the win. Lior Eliyahu and Omri Casspi answered with 14 points each in the defeat.

Germany - Ukraine 83-88
Ukraine became the first team with a 3-0 record. They beat Germany 88:83 in the start of Day 3. Ukraine entered the game with a perfect 2-0 record, but was not the favorite of the game. Germany made their name louder after the win over France and started with 16-15 rally. Maik Zirbes (208-C-90, agency: LUMANI 10.7) nailed four in a row in the start of the second period to bring Germany 25:20 lead. Viacheslav Kravtsov however tied the game at 22:22 and then Kyryl Natyazhko gave his team 29:27 advantage. Ukraine continued their streak and Sergii Gladyr managed to post five in a row for 36:27 lead. He nailed another three and then Robin Benzing closed the half at 39:30. Kyryl Natyazhko and then again Sergii Gladyr made it 52:40, while Jeter Pooh netted another one from the long range for 62:46. Maik Zirbes and Philip Zwiener reduced to 64:57 at the end of the third period. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) and Niels Giffey made two free throws for 66:64, while Sergii Gladyr answered with two for 68:64. Kyryl Natyazhko gave his side 76:74 and then Sergii Gladyr managed to score four more. Heiko Schaffartzik replied with a three to reduce to 84:81 with 30 seconds to go and then Jeter Pooh increased to 4 from the free throw line. Zabirchenko and Robin Benzing scored the last points for their teams for the final 88:73 win. Sergii Gladyr top-scored for the winners with massive 25 points and Jeter Pooh nailed 19. Kyryl Natyazhko scored 16, whilst Viacheslav Kravtsov added 8. Heiko Schaffartzik answered with 22 points and 11 assists, whilst Robin Benzing notched 18. Niels Giffey delivered 16, whilst Philip Zwiener and Maik Zirbes had 8 apiece.

Group B
Montenegro - Bosnia 70-76
Bosnia and Herzegovina pip Montenegro in Day 3 opener of the 2013 EuroBasket. They grabbed a 76:70 win to tie both records at 1-2. Montenegro opened the game with a 17-13 lead, while Bosnia and Herzegovina answered with an 8-0 run for 20:17 lead early in the second period. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored four points in a row for Montenegro to give them 28:24 lead. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Sehovic increased to 37:32 lead, while Kikanovic closed the half at 37:34. Montenegro reached 56:44 advantage, but could not win the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to win the last stanza 27-11 and grabbed a 6-point win. Mirza Teletovic stepped up with 18 points and Nemanja Gordic notched 17. Marko Sutalo and Nihad Djedovic delivered 13 points each. Bojan Dubljevic ended up with 16 points in the losing effort. Tyrese Rice scored 13 and Aleksa Popovic notched 9.

FYR Macedonia - Serbia 89-75
FYR Macedonia drew first blood at the 2013 EuroBasket. They shot down Serbia for the opening victory at the competition. FYR Macedonia improved at 1-2 record, dropping Serbia at 2-1 in Group C. Bo McCalebb was pivotal with 27 points. FYR Macedonia opened the game with five straight points. Bo McCalebb gave them an 18:9 lead midway through the first period. FYR Macedonia accounted for 29 points in the opening frame and registered a 12-point advantage. They stayed red hot offensively in the second stanza. Bo McCalebb was unstoppable for Ales Pipan team. He finished with 16 points in the half as FYR Macedonia accounted for a 48:32 advantage. Pero Antic and Damian Stojanovski helped FYR Macedonia to a massive 21-point lead late in the third term. Vlado Ilievski (190-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Samardziski made it 68:43 with 50 seconds remaining in the third term. But Serbia went on a 10:2 run to stay in the game. Danilo Andjusic (195-G-91, agency: Interperformances) hit a three-pointer to put Serbia within 17 points at 74:57 midway through the fourth term. Danilo Andjusic and Nemanja Bjelica dragged the Serbian side within 11 points 79:68 with under four minutes to go. But Gecevski drained a key three-pointer and Damjan Stojanovski followed with a jumper to give FYR Macedonia a breathing space. They held on to the advantage and secured a vital victory at the end. Vlado Ilievski and Pero Antic finished with 16 points each for FYR Macedonia. Danilo Andjusic answered with 19 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica had 13 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Latvia - Lithuania 59-67
Lithuania held off Latvia in the Baltic derby at 2013 EuroBasket. Jonas Valanciunas posted 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the second straight win at the tournament. Both teams are now at 2-1 record in Group B. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Lithuania capped the period with 7 points in a row to eke out a 22:17 lead. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Jonas Maciulis gave Lithuania a 31:21 lead midway through the second frame. Latvia managed to get within 8 points at the interval 31:39. Kristaps Janicenoks dragged Latvia within 2 points and then Strelnieks tied things up at 45 midway through the third term. But Darjus Lavrinovic came up with five straight points for Lithuania as they regained the lead. They entered the fourth frame up by 7 points 52:45. Latvia got within four points with just over four minutes remaining in regulation but Jonas Maciulis answered with a three-pointer and Lithuania cruised to the victory at the end. Donatas Motiejunas, Mantas Kalnietis, Darjus Lavrinovic, Jonas Maciulis and Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) finished with 9 points each for the winners. Rolands Freimanis and Kristaps Janicenoks answered with 11 points apiece for Latvia.

Group C
Georgia - Slovenia 68-72
Slovenia overcame a slow start to beat Georgia at the 2013 EuroBasket. The hosts of the tournament won 72:68 and remained undefeated. Georgia started the game better and led in the whole first period. An 8-0 run midway through the first period gave them 16-7 lead, while Tskitishvili later scored for 19-10. Joksimovic nailed three at the end of the first period, while Dragic gave Slovenia 19-15 early in the second period. Tsintsadze brought the biggest lead for Georgia at 26:15, but his team could not win the game. Slovenia erupted with a 16-0 run and grabbed 31:26 early in the second period. Lorbek and Lakovic nailed threes for 39:30 and then Slovenia continued their dominance. Blazic and Shermadini exchanged the baskets at 46:35 and then Shermadini scored both free throws for 48:39. Patsatsia closed the third period at 54:46 as Slovenia won the quarter 14-10. Georgia however was too far to give up. Richard Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) and Sanikidze reduced to 58:56 as Georgia started the last period with a 10-4 run. Blazic gave Slovenia a 60:56 advantage and then the host managed to keep 4-point victory. Lorbek stepped up with 18 points and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) netted 12. Goran Dragic delivered 11, whilst Nachbar had 7. Richard Hickman replied with 19 points in a loss, whilst Sanikidze had 17. Markoishvili and Tsintsadze produced 10 points each.

Croatia - Poland 74-70
Croatia celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Slovenia. They knocked down Poland to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Poland suffered the third defeat in a row. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) stepped up with 23 points for the winners. Croatia silenced Poland in the opening minutes. Jasmin Repesa team opened the encounter on a 19:2 run. Croatia ensured a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Szubarga and Michal Ignerski pulled Poland within 8 points 25:33 midway through the second term. However Croatia did not allow Poland any closer in the reminder of the half. They recorded a 41:32 halftime lead. Bogdanovic carried Croatia to a 56:38 lead in the third term. Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) and Michal Ignerski capped the third term with 5 straight points as Poland cut the deficit at 13-point mark. Poland tipped off the fourth frame on a 16:4 run to get within 1 point 65:66. Ukic finally found the bucket for Croatia sinking a jumper. Szubarga and Markota exchanged baskets as Croatia entered the final 90 seconds of the game up by three points. Szubarga, Michal Ignerski and Koszarek missed their three-point attempts and Bojan Bogdanovic punished them with a layup in the fast break. Poland could not convert after the timeout and Ukic sealed the victory from the stripe. Krunoslav Simon finished with 14 points, while Damjan Rudez added 9 points in the win. Michal Ignerski answered with 22 points and 12 boards for Poland. Marcin Gortat had 14 points in the loss.

Spain - Czech Republic 60-39
Spain clinched the second win at the European Championship. They left the loss to Slovenia behind and knocked down Czech Republic to open the fourth day of action in Slovenia. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) finished with 14 points for the winners. Spain showed their ambitions early on. They opened the game with six straight points. Sergio Llull and Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) gave Spain a double-digit lead late in the first quarter 16:6. Spain entered the second term up by 11 points 18:7. However Czech Republic went on a 9:0 run early in the second frame to cut the distance to just two points at 18:20. Spain regained a double-figure lead late in the half but Houska capped it with a three-pointer to put Czech Republic within 8 at 25:33. The low-scoring third term saw Spain maintain their lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 47:37. Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez made it a 14-point game early in the final stanza. Czech Republic could not find the basket for almost 7 minutes in the fourth frame before Jan Vesely (211-F-90) stopped the rot. But that was the only basket for Czech Republic in the quarter as Spain cruised to the victory at the end. Ricky Rubio posted 10 points, while Sergio Llull added 8 points in the win. Pavel Pumprla and Jan Vesely answered with 7 points each in the defeat.

Group D
Turkey - Greece 61-84
Greece posted the third straight win at the 2013 EuroBasket. They kept Turkey winless after an 84:61 win. Greece played the game without Spanoulis, but managed to start stronger. They won the first period 21-16 and Perperoglou later scored for 25:20. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) brought Turkey two times within two points, but his team could not tie the game. Bourousis nailed three for 38:30 and Papanikolaou scored from the long range for 41:32. Guler kept his team alive at the end of the half at 41:35. Greece continued their dominance in the third period and managed to take double digit lead. Perperoglou nailed three for 62:49 and Zisis increased the lead to 15 points. The tempo had slowed down in the last quarter as both teams scored only 6 points in total in the first 4 minutes. Later Greece kept up the tempo and increased to 20+points. Mavrokefalidis and Sloukas scored two free throws each for 81:58, while Erden made the same for 81:60. Sloukas and Arslan scored the last points for the winners for the final result. Bourousis paced all the winners with 21 points and Sloukas netted 14. Perperoglou delivered 12, whilst Papanikolaou had 11. Ersan Ilyasova replied with 13 points in a loss, whilst Preldzic and Arslan had 9 each. Gonlum posted 8 points in the losing case.

Italy - Finland 62-44
Italy overcame Finland for 3-0 record at the 2013 EuroBasket. They needed a 62:44 win to remain undefeated. Both teams entered the game with a perfect 2-0 record. Finland managed to win the first period 17-14, while Cinciarini later tied the game at 24:24. Cusin gave Italy 28:26 lead, while Aradori increased to 4 points. The latter also sent the teams to the lockers at 31:26. Aradori scored another four in a row for 42:32 early in the third quarter. Melli closed the period at 46:34 as Italy won the frame 15-8. Cinciarini and Gentile scored for 55:38 and it became clear at that time that Italy would benefit from the game. Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81, college: Providence) and Cusin exchanged the baskets for 57:40 and Belinelli nailed three for 60:40. Ahonen scored the last points for the winners to seal a 62:44 win. Datome top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Gentile and Cinciarini nailed 9 each. Aradori and Cusin finished the game with 8 apiece. Rannikko, Koponen and Salin netted 8 points each in the losing effort.

Russia - Sweden 62-81
Sweden injected some life into their 2013 EuroBasket campaign. The Scandinavian side stunned Russia today to improve at 1-2 record in Group D. Jeffery Taylor topscored with 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Sweden. Russia suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Sweden opened the game with four quick points. Jonas Jerebko (206-PF-87) was the main contributor for the team as they opened a 13:4 lead midway through the starting quarter. But Russia narrowed the distance to just a single point before Jeffery Taylor made it 18:15 heading into the second term. Russia opened the second frame with six points in a row to surge ahead. However Sweden stayed close and Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) later sank back-to-back three-pointers to give them a 34:29 halftime lead. Alexey Shved nailed six consecutive points at the start of the third term but again Sweden held the blow. Jonas Jerebko and Jeffery Taylor carried Sweden in front as they entered the fourth term up by 7 points 52:45. Gaddefors triggered a 7:0 run from the Scandinavian team as they grabbed a 66:52 lead midway through the fourth term. Jonas Jerebko soon made it a 21-point game as Sweden got away. They never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Jonas Jerebko posted 22 points and 13 boards, while Kenny Grant added 11 points for the winning side. Alexey Shved answered with 15 points for Russia. Semen Antonov chipped in 13 points in the loss.   

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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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