EuroBasket 2015 round up (group stages, day 5)

The Eurobasket group stages are now winding to a conclusion and some sides are beginning to book their tickets for Lille, and some are getting prepared to head home.

Group A

Finland are on course for a spot in the second round after they breezed past Bosnia & Herzegovina 88-59 in Montpellier.

The Finns forced 21 turnovers out of their opponents plus they shot 43 percent (12/28) from three-point land as the Bosnians were soundly beaten.

Jamar Wilson led Finland with 16 points as they improve to 2-2 in the group. Bosnia fall to 1-3.

Israel are the first team to book their spot in the next round after they beat Poland 75-73.

A three-pointer from Yogev Ohayon with 1:45 left proved the critical separation and booked his side’s ticket to Lille.

Gal Mekel led the victors with 18 points.

Nando De Colo hit 13 points to lead co-hosts France to a 74-67 win over winless Russia.

France remain unbeaten at 4-0, while Russia are all but out of Eurobasket at 0-4.

Group B

Serbia have eased into round two after they comfortably beat Turkey 91-72 in Berlin.

A 15-0 run, early in the first period proved to be the game-changer for the Serbs and from there, Turkey were unable to find their way back.

Miroslav Raduljica led Serbia with 20 points, Milos Teodosic added 17 points and 13 assists.

Italy defeated co-hosts Germany 89-82 after a session of overtime to qualify for the next round.

Germany now face an uphill battle to qualify for Lille at 1-3, after a Paul Zipser dunk had tied the scores at 82-82, Danilo Gallinari repeated in almost identical fashion the action which had sent the game into overtime earlier and, with 44 seconds remaining in the extra period, he pulled up in front of the German forward from the right wing and lifted Italy to an 84-82 lead.

Danilo Gallinari paced the Azzuri with 25 points.

Spain used a 17-2 burst bridging the second and third frames to eliminate the possibility of a monumental upset and clinched a 99-73 victory over Iceland.

The 2011 Eurobasket winners were forced to work hard but showed their class in the third quarter with Nikola Mirotic leading the way with 22 points.

Group C

Greece have booked their ticket to the second round in Lille after they overcame Slovenia 83-72 in Zagreb.

Vassilis Spanoulis led six Greeks in double-figures for scoring with 19 points.

Georgia claimed their first win of Eurobasket after they ousted FYR of Macedonia 90-75.

The Macedonians were within 40-37 midway through the second quarter until Georgia took control of the game with a 16-3 run spanning the second and third quarters for a 56-40 lead.

Zaza Pachulia led the way with an impressive double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Hosts Croatia came from a first quarter deficit to defeat the Netherlands 78-72.

Krunoslav Simon led the victors with 18 points, as they improve to 3-1.

Group D

Czech Republic have one foot in the second round after they edged Belgium 66-64 in Riga.

Axel Hervelle connected on a two-point jump shot to put Belgium 62-61 in front with 58 seconds remaining. But Tomas Satoransky kept his cool to knock down a three-pointer on the next possession before grabbing the rebound from Belgium’s following offence and confirming the victory from the free-throw line.

A double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds from Jan Vesely guided the Czechs.

Oleksandr Lypovyy enjoyed a perfect shooting performance – including two clutch free throws with 15 seconds left – to boost Ukraine’s hopes of reaching the second round with a 75-74 victory against Latvia.

It was Ukraine’s first win at the fourth time of asking. Kyrylo Fesenko led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Jonas Maciulis hit the game-winning shot with two seconds remaining to spare Lithuania’s blushes as they edged Estonia 64-62 to book the 2013 silver medallists’ place in the next round.

Maciulis led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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