EuroBasket 2017 rolling round up (day 4)

The hosts both enjoyed victories in a thrilling fourth day of action at Eurobasket.

Finland and Poland put on the game of the tournament in Helsinki while Israel ensured that Group B was all to play for.

Group A

France improved to 2-1 in the pool after thrashing winless Iceland 115-79 in the first game in Helsinki.

Nando De Colo led a balanced French attack with 16 points as the 2013 winners eventually raced away in the third quarter for the win.

Slovenia needed a strong fourth quarter in order to prevail over Greece 78-72 in game number two.

Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic paced Slovenia with 22 points as they remain unbeaten in the group at 3-0, leaving Greece at 1-2.

Finland outlasted Poland 90-87 after two periods of overtime in arguably the game of the tournament so far.

Lauri Markkanen paced the hosts with 27 points and nine rebounds as his fadeaway sent the game to the second extra session before he and the Finns has enough energy to seal their second win of Eurobasket.

The hosts move to 2-1, while Poland drop to 1-2.

Group B

Ukraine caused an upset by turning over Georgia 88-81, thanks to a strong second quarter showing in Tel Aviv.

After taking a narrow 21-20 advantage after one, the Ukrainians’ lead ballooned to 51-38 at the half as they shellshocked the heavily fancied Georgian side.

Artel Pustovyi led the winners with 19 points while Denys Lukashov thrilled the Ukraine fans with a stunning, all-round showing of 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

Lithuania secured a vital 78-73 win over Italy in could end up being crucial in terms of the final standing in Group B.

After remaining deadlocked at 23-23 after one, Lithuania held the Azzuri to just nine points in the second to establish their dominance and even though Italy found a higher gear in the second half, the Eurobasket 2015 runners-up held firm.

Adas Juskevicius paced the winners with 20 points.

Israel secured their first win as an 82-80 win over a previously undefeated Germany ensured that Group B remains tight.

Daniel Theis had a chance to win the game but his three-point attempt missed as Germany wasted a 16-point lead to the hosts.

Richard Howell excelled with 23 points and nine rebounds for Finland.