With Groups A and D getting their deserved rest day, teams based in Berlin and Zagreb took centre stage as Eurobasket’s second round picture began to properly take shape.
In Berlin, Serbia are a perfect 3-0 in Group B following a 93-64 rout of Iceland in, who are all but out with two games left.
Nemanja Nedovic led the Serbs with 15 points as his side led from start to finish.
Turkey secured a vital 80-75 win over co-hosts Germany as this win could be important when the group phase concludes.
Turkey raced to a 31-11 lead after one and looked in firm control, but lost their way as the game wore on thanks to Germany’s determination. The visitors though hung on to go 2-1 in the group.
Italy grabbed a priceless victory of their own as they toppled Spain 105-98 in the final game of the day.
Marco Belinelli hit seven three-pointers on his way to 27 points and Danilo Gallinari hit 29 to help Italy to a 2-1 record in Berlin. Pau Gasol’s 34 points and 10 rebounds were not enough as Spain drop to 1-2.
Slovenia started strongly and despite tiring late on, hung on for an 81-74 win over the Netherlands in Zagreb.
Klemen Prepelic led the victors with 16 points as Slovenia go to 2-1, and the Netherlands drop to 1-2.
A quickfire 17-2 run in the first quarter helped Greece secure a 79-68 success over Georgia as the Greeks remain unbeaten in Group C.
Nick Calathes led the victors with 19 points as Greece have put one foot into the next round in Lille and looked to have sent Georgia packing at 0-3.
A strong third quarter helped co-hosts Croatia pick up a 73-55 win over FYR of Macedonia in the final game of the day.
Trailing 32-30 at the half, the Croats pulled away in the third quarter and led by Dario Saric’s 15 points, stayed in contention for a spot in the next round.
Great to see Bojan Bogdanovic back on the court after missing Croatia's last game with a concussion #EuroBasket2015
— David Hein (@heinnews) September 8, 2015
Germany goes down to Turkey & all I can say is WOW Cedi Osman ('95)! This kid stepped up big this game (17p) & especially in the 4th!
— Thomas De Thaey (@ThomasDeThaey13) September 8, 2015