The Slovenian basketball players finished the group with an 88:82 victory over France, securing first place in the standings. Star Luka Dončič has contributed to the victory with a record-breaking performance in league games so far, scoring 47 points, which is the second best EC shooting performance of all time.
“Luka played a very good game. He spoils us terribly. We think it is normal, but it is not,” said former Nymburk manager Aleksander Sekulic, who is leading the Slovenes in their title defense. “He is a fantastic player. He can influence the game as only a few players in history could,” said French pivot Rudy Gobert.
The Lithuanians started the tournament with three defeats, but on Tuesday they defeated the weakest team in the group, Hungary, and today played a key duel against Bosnia and Herzegovina. They banished the threat of historical failure, as they were never eliminated in the group.
The Bosnian team, who surprised with the victory over Slovenia, was not helped by the 22 points of the match’s top scorer, Džanan Musa. In the Lithuanian team, Marius Grigonis scored 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored a double double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The first place in Group A was ensured by the Spaniards, who beat Turkey, another certain eight finalist, 72:69 in Tbilisi. Willy Hernangómez contributed 15 points to the victory. Even the performance of Alperen Sengün, who scored 14 points and 12 rebounds, did not help the Turks. Belgium also won the promotion after an 89:80 victory over Bulgaria. Former Nymburk point guard Retin Obasohan contributed 25 points and was Belgium’s top scorer.
Spain – Lithuania, Turkey – France, Slovenia – Belgium and Germany – Montenegro will compete in the round of 16 on Saturday.
|European Basketball Championship:|
|Group A (Tbilisi):|
|Turkey – Spain 69:72 (18:17, 34:38, 50:56)|
|Bulgaria – Belgium 80:89 (19:20, 30:41, 60:66)|
|Georgia – Montenegro 73:81 (19:21, 35:41, 52:58)|
|Group B (Cologne):|
|Lithuania – Bosnia and Herzegovina 87:70 (28:28, 56:42, 75:59)|
|France – Slovenia 82:88 (19:20, 40:44, 64:64)|
|Hungary – Germany 71: 106 (19:22, 39:54, 58:81)|
|5.||Bosnia Herzegovina||5||2||3||412: 438||7|