EuroBasket – Day 2

In one of the most thrilling starts to a Eurobasket witnessed, day one provided us with great entertainment and several games were decided in the last seconds. It sets us up for an exciting day two. Here is the brief round-up.

Group A

Ukraine 74-67 Israel

Ukraine stayed on course for a second round birth with a deserved 74-67 win over Israel in Ljubljana.

Sergii Gladyr led the Ukraine scoring with 17 points as a late 9-3 run finally broke the game open in the last few minutes.

Afik Nissim led Israel with 12 points as they drop to 0-2 in the group.

Germany 73-77 Belgium

Belgium scored a morale-boosting win over Germany after a thrilling overtime clash in game two.

Jonathan Tabu and Sacha Massot each hit 15 points to lead the victorious Lions. The former especially proved his worth with clutch shots in the fourth and in the extra period to give Belgium its first win at Eurobasket.

Robin Benzing had a game-high 24 points for Germany who themselves drop to 1-1.

Great Britain 65-88 France

France bounced back from last night’s loss to Germany with a convincing 88-65 win over Great Britain in the final game of the day.

Tony Parker led France with 16 points as they recovered from a poor second quarter to breeze clear in the third and never look back.

Dan Clark had 16 for GB who lost Kieron Achara to an ankle injury early in the fourth.

Group B

Montenegro 72-73 Latvia

A 9-0 run for Latvia sealed a 73-72 win over Montenegro, as the Latvians improve to 2-0.

A two-pointer from Kristaps Janicenoks with seven seconds left sealed the vital win and drop Montenegro to 1-1.

Tyrese Rice led all scorers with 24 points for Montenegro, but in vain.

Bosnia & Herzegovina 67-77 Serbia

Serbia improved to 2-0 following a 77-67 victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina in game two.

A fantastic solo performance of 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Nihad Djedovic was not enough as a 28-16 first quarter set the tone for the Serbians.

Stefan Markovic had 15 points to lead Serbia in victory.

Lithuania 75-67 FYR of Macedonia

Lithuania have put FYR of Macedonia on the brink of possible elimination following a 75-67 win, as the 2011 hosts move to 1-1.

This victory was also sweet revenge for the Lithuanians, payback from 2011 when the Macedonians knocked them out in the quarter-final stage in Kaunas.

Mantas Kalnietis led the way for the Lithuanians with 17, while Vlado Ilievski had 13 to lead the Macedonians, who drop to 0-2.

Group C

Croatia 77-76 Georgia

Croatia importantly was the stronger of the two teams in the final two minutes as they beat Georgia 77-76 in the opening contest in Celje.

Dontaye Draper led the Croats with 17 points but it was a key steal and score with seven minutes left from Bojan Bogdanovic that provided the platform for the win.

George Tsintsadze led the Georgians with 25 points as both teams now own 1-1 records.

Poland 68-69 Czech Republic

Two three-pointers from Lubos Barton in the final minute saw the Czech Republic record a crucial win over Poland in game two.

Jan Vesely led the Czechs with a sublime double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds as they record their first win of Eurobasket.

Michal Ignerski led the Poles with 17 points, as they fall to 0-2.

Slovenia 78-69 Spain

In front of a packed Slovenian house in Celje, the hosts gave them something to cheer about as they ousted Spain 78-69.

With Slovenia leading 70-68 with two minutes left, Goran Dragic stepped up with six of the hosts’ final eight points to seal the win.

It was Dragic also who led unbeaten Slovenia with 18 points. Marc Gasol had 17 points for the reigning champions Spain who fall to 1-1 in the group.

Group D

Finland 81-60 Sweden

Finland stayed perfect in Group D following a convincing 81-60 win over neighbours Sweden in Koper.

The Finns move to 2-0 and drop Sweden to 0-2. Gerald Lee led Finland with 14 points. Jeffery Taylor had 19 for the Swedes.

Italy 90-75 Turkey

Italy improved to 2-0 following a convincing 90-75 success over a woeful Turkey, who now drop to 0-2.

Pietro Anadori led the Italians with 23 points, while Hedo Turkoglu and Omer Asik each had 12 for the Turks.

Greece 80-71 Russia

Greece continued their path towards the second round with an 80-71 success over Russia in the final game in Koper.

The Greeks overturned a 21-16 deficit into a 41-34 lead, and they didn’t lose focus from there.

Kostas Kaimakoglou and Vassilis Spanoulis each had 11 to lead five Greek players into double-digits. Alexey Shved had 17 for Russia who drop to 0-2.