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Second Stage starts in Ljubljana - Sep 12, 2013

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Group E
Lithuania - France 76-62
Lithuania silence France in Ljubljana in the last game of Day 1 at the Second Stage. The Baltic State posted a 76:62 win as both teams are with 2-1 records in the newly created Group E. The teams exchanged the lead three times in the opening tip, before Petro gave France 9:8 advantage. The Baltic State erupted with an 8-0 run and Jonas Valanciunas brought 16:9. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Pocius scored for 20:12 and Kalnietis brought 25:14. France however bounced back with a 9-0 run and Gelabale reduced to 25:23. Nicolas Batum and Pocius became the last players for the tams to score in the first half for 32:27 on the board. Nicolas Batum and Alexis Ajinca cut it to 43:39, but Lithuanian did not slow down. Javtokas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas closed the third period at 41:32 and Pocius as well as Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) nailed threes for 57:45 early in the fourth. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) and Jonas Valanciunas delivered for 69:55 when it became clear about the winner of the game. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Nicolas Batum reduced to 12 points, while Linas Kleiza and Jonas Valanciunas made the final result in the game. Renaldas Seibutis stepped up with 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas notched 13. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 11 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 10. Nando De Colo replied with 12 points and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) netted only 11. Alexis Ajinca produced 10 and Nicolas Batum added 8.

Belgium - Serbia 69-76
Serbia grinded out a tough victory over Belgium at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The victory propelled Serbia at 3-0 record in Group E. Belgium slipped at 0-3 record. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) came up with 17 points and 5 assists for the Balkan team. Belgium surprised Serbia with an 8:0 start to the game. Serbia slowly recovered and surged ahead for a 17:15 lead late in the first period. They eked out a 19:18 advantage after ten minutes. Serbia opened the second frame with six straight points to open a 7-point lead. Belgium denied the deficit in the second quarter but Serbia recovered and established a 40:36 halftime lead. Belgium once again pulled ahead as seesaw action continued. Serbia responded once again taking a 54:51 lead at the final break. Kalinic and Katic gave Serbia a 59:52 advantage early in the fourth frame. But Belgium returned into the game. Sam Van Rossom and Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) triggered a 9:0 run that brought Belgium within two points 63:65 with less than three minutes to go. Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) answered with five straight points for Serbia and the Balkan team held on to win the battle. Stefan Markovic posted 15 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points in the win. Wen Boss Mukubu answered with 16 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom and Christophe Beghin had 12 points each in the defeat.

Latvia - Ukraine 85-51
Latvia crushed Ukraine at the start of the Second Stage at 2013 EuroBasket. The Baltic team improved at 1-2 record in Group E after the victory. Ukraine fell at 1-2 record in the standings. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) finished with 14 points hitting 4/4 from beyond the arc. Latvia opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in charge throughout the first quarter. The Baltic team ensured a comfortable 24:12 lead after ten minutes. Martins Meiers and Rihards Kuksiks (197-SF-88, college: Arizona St.) made it 30:15 for Latvia midway through the second frame. Kristaps Janicenoks scored eight points in a row for Latvia to give them a 19-point advantage at 38:19. Strelnieks followed with a jumper to secure a 21-point lead for the Latvians. Ukraine cut the distance at 20-point mark at the interval 22:42. Latvia kept pounding Ukraine from beyond the arc. They sank five three-pointers in the third quarter to ensure a massive 65:32 lead heading into the fourth frame. Latvia controlled the tempo in the final stanza. They breezed to a comfortable victory at the end. Rihards Kuksiks nailed 13 points, while Martins Meiers added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) responded with 12 points for Ukraine. Viacheslav Kravtsov and Jeter Pooh had 7 points each in the loss.

Group F
Slovenia - Italy 84-77
Slovenia opened the Second Stage of the home EuroBasket with victory. The hosts prevailed against Italy to jump at 2-1 record in Group F. Italy suffered the first defeat at the tournament to slip at 2-1. Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) stepped up with 22 points and 6 assists to lead Slovenia. Cusin and Aradori gave the visitors an early advantage. Italy maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Belinelli made it 21:18 for the Azzurri at the first break. But Slovenia opened the second frame with 7 straight points to pull ahead. Alessandro Gentile returned the lead to Italy but not for long. Begic sparked a 6:2 run from the hosts as they accumulated a 40:34 advantage. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 6 points 45:39. Aradori and Luigi Datome erased the deficit early in the third term. But Slovenia reacted with a 10:0 run to clear off. They ensured a 60:54 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Belinelli tried to keep the Azzurri in the game throughout the fourth frame. Luigi Datome and Aradori trimmed the deficit to just three points 72:75 with just over two minutes remaining. But Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Goran Dragic sank several key buckets and led the hosts to important victory in Group F. Zoran Dragic posted 15 points and 10 boards, while Bostjan Nachbar added 13 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 20 points for Italy. Luigi Datome chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.

Greece - Spain 79-75
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) leads Greece past EuroBasket 2011 Champions. He nailed 20 points as Greece beat Spain 79:75. Spain scored the first five points in the game and Aguilar later nailed three for 10:5 lead. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) posted five in a row for 17:10 and Ioannis Bourousis closed the first period at 26:16. He nailed another two from the free throw line to bring his team within one point at 30:29. Vassilis Spanoulis gave Greece 37:34, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) nailed three for +6. Rubio sent the teams to the lockers at 41:38. Spain managed to win the third period 19-11 and grabbed the lead back. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Sloukas reduced to 60:56, while Ioannis Bourousis made another two free throws for 66:L64 with 5 minutes to go. Marc Gasol and Bramos exchanged the baskets at 70:66 and Kostas Kaimakoglou netted two for 72:66. Vassilis Spanoulis made two free throws for 77:70 and then he added two more for 79:73. Rubio scored two free throws at the end for the final result. Kostas Kaimakoglou posted 11, while Georgios Printezis and Ioannis Bourousis had 10 each. Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez answered with 20 points in the losing effort. Victor Claver poured in 9 and Ricky Rubio added 6.

Finland - Croatia 63-88
Croatia opened their EuroBasket Second Stage campaign in style. They fired past Finland for 2-1 record in Group F. Finland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Damjan Rudez (203-F-86, agency: FCM) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Croatia capped the opening quarter with six points in a row to gain a 17:11 lead. The margin just kept on growing afterwards. Croatia dominated in the paint and thus dictated the game. They opened the second quarter on a 13:1 run to take a 30:12 lead. Croatia arrived at the interval up by 19 points 39:20. Finland struggled to find the right rhythm on both ends of the floor. Croatia piled up a massive 63:38 advantage heading into the final stanza. The Croats did not allow Finland to prevail in a single quarter as they coasted to a comprehensive victory at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) finished with 15 points, while Roko-Leni Ukic and Ante Tomic contributed 11 points each in the victory. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) responded with 10 points for Finland. Tuukka Kotti and Mikko Koivisto chipped in 8 points each 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
  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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