September 21, 2015 - Gasol headlines All-Star five
It was never in any doubt, but the EuroBasket 2015
MVP Award presented by Tissot was officially handed over to Pau Gasol
after he lifted Spain to the gold medal against Lithuania on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Chicago Bulls star had produced one of the great
tournament performances in Berlin and then Lille, averaging 25.6
points-per-game and 8.8 rebounds as he inspired a Spanish side missing
several of its stars. As well as going for 25 points and 12 rebounds in
the final to win his third EuroBasket title, his campaign will be
remembered for a 6-of-7 three-point shooting performance against Poland
and an incredible 40-point showing in the semi-final against hosts and
tournament favourites, France.
September 21, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, gold medal game: Spain conquers gold!
Spain is the EuroBasket 2015 champion! Spain claimed
its third gold medal in four editions - and its eighth medal since 1999
- by downing Lithuania 80-63 in the title game in Lille, France on
Sunday. As many as 20 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup players
were on the two rosters. Four of them - Rudy Fernandez, Felipe Reyes,
Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez - won the Euroleague, the Spanish
League and the Spanish Cup with Real Madrid in 2015, added a gold medal
at EuroBasket 2015 and can add two more titles - the Spanish Supercup
and the Intercontinental Cup - in the upcoming weeks. Lithuania claimed
its second consecutive silver medal in the tournament. Both Spain and
Lithuania had already qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil with semifinals victories in the tournament. Lithuania
will be in its seventh consecutive Olympics - all since the country
regained independence. Spain will look for its third consecutive medal
in the men's basketball tournament. Pau Gasol led the winners with 25
points and 12 rebounds, and was chosen as the tournament's MVP.
September 20, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, bronze medal game: France gets another medal!
France conquered the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2015
by downing Serbia 81-68 in Lille on Sunday. France got its third
consecutive EuroBasket medal - it won silver in 2011 and gold in 2013.
Serbia missed the chance to get a EuroBasket medal for the first time
since 2009. Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow led the winners with 20
points. Evan Fournier added 15, Rudy Gobert had 14 and 14 rebounds for
a double-double while Tony Parker got 13 points for Les Bleus. Bogdan
Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Istanbul led Serbia with 14 points. Last
season's Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica had 12 while Miroslav Raduljica
of Panathinaikos Athens added 11 for Serbia, which were outrebounded by
43-29 and hit just 8 of its 31 attempts from beyond the three-point
line. As many as 14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup players
were available in this game, including both teams' top scorers.
September 19, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Semifinals Day 2: Lithuania wins thriller to reach title game
Lithuania outlasted Serbia 64-67 in another
EuroBasket 2015 semifinal thriller to reach the championship game,
where Spain awaits in a rematch of the 2003 title game. Lithuania also
clinched a ticket to next year’s Olympic Games. Earlier, Jan Vesely and
the Czech Republic demolished Latvia 70-97 to claim seventh place at
the tournament and a berth at one of next summer’s pre-Olympic
Serbia 64-67 Lithuania
Lithuania advanced to the EuroBasket championship game for the second
straight time after holding off Serbia 64-67 in a thrilling semifinal
in Lille, France. Lithuania clinched a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games
basketball tournament and will face Spain for the EuroBasket crown on
Sunday. That game will be a rematch of the 2003 EuroBasket final, which
Lithuania won in Stockholm.
September 18, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Semifinals Day 1: Spain beats France in OT thriller!
Spain will play in Sunday's EuroBasket 2015 title
game after beating France 80-75 in an overtime thriller. Hours before
the first semifinal, the first consolation games took place. Greece
bested Latvia 97-90 and Italy topped the Czech Republic 70-85 to clinch
spots in next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournaments.
Spain 80-75 France
Spain will play for its third EuroBasket crown in four tournaments
after ousting France 80-75 in an overtime thriller Thursday in Lille,
France. Pau Gasol turned in a masterful performance with 40 points, 11
rebounds and 3 blocks to carry Spain, which will face the winner of
Friday’s semifinal between Lithuania and Serbia on Sunday for the
crown. The victory also assured Spain a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games
in Brazil. Real Madrid guard and former Euroleague MVP Sergio Rodriguez
added 15 points for the Spanish side. CSKA Moscow’s All-Euroleague
guard Nando De Colo and Nicolas Batum paced France with 14 points
apiece and Joffrey Lauvergne scored 11 in defeat.
September 17, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Quarterfinals Day 2: Serbia, Lithuania claim semifinal berths
Serbia 89-75 Czech Republic
Serbia pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Czech Republic
89-75 and clinch a berth in the semifinals at EuroBasket 2015 in Lille,
France. Serbia will face Lithuania in Friday’s semifinal. Zoran Erceg
paced the winners with 20 points and Panathinaikos Athens center
Miroslav Raduljica added 16, while CSKA Moscow maestro Milos Teodosic
and reigning Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica each posted double-doubles.
Italy 85-95 Lithuania
EuroBasket 2013 runner-up Lithuania remained on track for a return to
the title game after knocking off Italy 85-95 in an overtime thriller.
Jonas Valanciunas dominated the paint for the winners with 26 points
and 15 rebounds, while Zalgiris Kaunas playmaker Mantas Kalnietis hit a
big triple in the extra session and then dished a pair of assists on
baskets that clinched the win among his 14 points and 11 assists.
September 16, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Quarterfinals Day 1: Spain, France set semifinal showdown
Spain 73-71 Greece
Spain is the first semifinalist of the EuroBasket 2015 after a
hard-fought 73-71 quarterfinals win over Greece on Tuesday in Lille.
Spain will play host nation France in the semis. Against the Greeks,
Spain jumped ahead early on behind Pau Gasol and Sergio Llull. After
Greece caught up later in the first period, Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, and
Sergio Rodriguez took control, leading Spain to a 9-point lead, and
39-32 at halftime.
France 84-70 Latvia
Host nation France rallied from an early deficit to beat Latvia 84-70,
and book its place in the semifinals. Latvia fought hard and played
well in the first half. Behind Kristaps Janicenoks and Dairis Bertans
of Dominion Bilbao Basket, Latvia had 17-25 in the first quarter, but
Mickael Gelabale of Le Mans Sarthe Basket sparked an 11-4 spurt that
had Tony Parker string together 9 points for 40-38 halftime lead.
September 14, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Eighthfinals Day 2: Serbia, Italy, Lithuania and Czech Rep. advance
Czech Republic 80-59 Croatia
Czech Republic has made it to its first EuroBasket quarterfinals as an
independent country after a resounding 80-59 eighthfinals win over
Croatia . Taking control early on behind Satoransky who repeatedly
found his teammates open, and Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Istanbul doing
the work inside, the Czech started building lead late in the first
quarter, and continued in the second.
Serbia 94-81 Finland
Serbian players dished 30 assists and remain unbeaten at the
EuroBasket, as their 94-81 win over Finland sent them into
quarterfinals. Finland put up a great fight against the heavy
favorites, and Serbia did not take the lead for good until midway
through the third quarter after a pair of close-range baskets from
Miroslav Raduljica of Panathinaikos Athens.
Italy 82-52 Israel
Alessandro Gentile scored 27 points, and Italy thrashed Israel 82-52 to
move into the last eight for the second consecutive EuroBasket on
Sunday in Lille. Italy took the lead, and control, in the opening
minutes of the encounter. Guy Mekel of Crvena Zvezda Telekom kept
Israel in it, but Gentile scored 8 points in the second quarter and
with help from Nicolo Melli of Brose Baskets Bamberg and Daniel Hackett
of Olympiacos Pireus helped Italy to 40-30 at halftime.
Lithuania 85-81 Georgia
In the last eighthfinals game of the tournament, Lithuania edged
Georgia 85-81 behind an unstoppable Jonas Maciulis who scored 34
points, and hit clutch shots when mattered most. With game on the line,
and Lithuania up 80-79, Real Madrid’s forward Maciulis nailed a triple
with 11.2 seconds to go, then sealed the deal with a pair of free
throws with 3.7 seconds left on the clock.
September 13, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Eighthfinals Day 1: Latvia, Greece, Spain, France advance
France 76-53 Turkey
Day 1 of the eighthfinals saw Latvia, France, Spain and Greece qualify
to the EuroBasket 2015 quarterfinals in Lille. On Tuesday, France will
face Latvia while Greece will go against Spain. France beat Turkey
76-53 behind 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists from All-Euroleague
guard Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow. Evan Fournier and Joffrey Lauvergne
each had 12 while Nicola Batum added 10 for France.
Spain 80-66 Poland
Spain had to battle hard to defeat Poland 80-66 and advance to the
quarterfinals. Spain will face Greece on Tuesday for a spot in the
semifinals. Pau Gasol led the winners with 30 points on 6-of-7
three-point shots. Former two-time Euroleague Rising Star Nikola
Mirotic added 15 while reigning Euroleague champion Sergio Llull of
Real Madrid had 12 for Spain, that was without injured star Rudy
Fernandez of Real Madrid.
Greece 75-54 Belgium
Greece did not find much trouble to down Belgium 75-54 and advance to
the quarterfinals. Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion
Ioannis Bourousis led the winners with 14 points. Kostas Koufos added
13 while Georgios Printezis and Giannis Antetokounmpo each had 10 for
Greece. Pierre-Antoine Gillet led Belgium with 14 points. Sam Van
Rossom of Valencia Basket added 13 while Matt Lojeski of Olympiacos had
Latvia 73-66 Slovenia
Latvia stormed into the EuroBasket 2015 quarterfinals by knocking off
Slovenia 73-66 in the first game of the eighthfinals in Lille. Janis
Strelnieks of Brose Baskets Bamberg paced the winners with 17 points, 6
rebounds and 8 assists while Kaspars Berzins of Nizhny Novgorod added
13 points for Latvia. Zoran Dragic of Khimki Moscow Region led Slovenia
with 17 points.
September 11, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 6 roundup
The sixth and final day of group stage action at
EuroBasket 2015 finished with sixteen teams heading to Lille, France,
for the second round games over the weekend. France, Serbia and Greece
advance with unblemished records and Lithuania was the winner of the
other group. The second round matchups on Saturday are France vs.
Turkey, Latvia vs. Slovenia, Greece vs. Belgium and Spain vs Poland. On
Sunday it will be Serbia vs. Finland, Croatia vs. the Czech Republic,
Lithuania vs. Georgia and Israel vs. Italy.
France completed a perfect run through Group A by trouncing a depleted
Israel side 61-86. The result dropped Israel to 3-2 and second place in
the group. Rudy Gobert posted 15 points and 10 rebounds and Joffrey
Lauvergne added 14 points for France, which will face Turkey in the
next round. Raviv Limonad led Israel with 13 points.
Serbia led from start to finish and remained unbeaten to win first
place in Group B in Berlin by defeating Italy 101-82. Led by 14 first
quarter points from Milos Teodosic, Serbia already built a 13-point
margin in the opening 10 minutes. Italy did close the deficit to 29-27
in the second quarter, but reigning Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica
helped Serbia to a 48-40 halftime advantage.
Greece claimed its fifth win by outlasting the Netherlands 68-65 in
Zagreb. The result eliminated the Dutch squad. Giannis Antetokounmpo
posted a double double to lead Greece, which saw every player score and
play at least 10 minutes, spare Olympiacos Piraeus star Vassilis
Spanoulis, who sat out. Charlon Kloof led the Netherlands with 15
points and CAI Zaragoza forward Henk Norel added 11.
Lithuania finished atop the group at 4-1 after beating the Czech
Republic 81-85 after overtime. Unicaja Malaga forward Mindaugas
Kuzminskas scored 18 points and Zalgiris Kaunas guard Mantas Kalnietis
added 15 to lead the winners. Blake Schilb of Galatasaray Istanbul
posted 18 points and 8 rebounds and FC Barcelona Lassa guard Tomas
Satoransky ran the show with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 15 assists.
September 10, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 5 roundup
Serbia, France and Greece remained perfect at EuroBasket 2015 after Day
5 wins on Wednesday, but only Greece clinched first place in its group.
In the remaining three groups, there will be direct head-to-head
clashes for first place on Thursday, the final day of group stage
Israel guaranteed itself a spot in the second round and will play host
France for first place in the group after defeating Poland 73-75 in
Montpellier, France. Gal Mekel of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade made 6
free throws without a miss over the final 30 seconds to help keep
Israel in front. The white-and-blue crew improved to 3-1, while
dropping Poland to 2-2.
Italy set up a showdown for first place in the group after edging
Germany 89-82 after overtime in Berlin. Danilo Gallinari starred with
25 points to lead Italy, which improved to 3-1 and will win the group
if it beats Serbia on Thursday. Germany led by 7 early in the fourth
quarter, but Italy fought back and the game went down to the wire.
Gallinari’s jumped in the closing seconds tied the game at 76-76 and
Dennis Schroeder missed a layup at the buzzer that would have won it
Greece secured first place in Group C when it beat Slovenia 83-72 on
Wednesday in Zagreb to stay unbeaten. Greece dominated inside from the
start, dominating the glass and grabbing 7 offensive rebounds and
building 30-20 lead, before Vassilis Spanoulis ended the first half
stringing together 10 points, including back-to-back threes for 46-31
Tomas Satoransky of FC Barcelona Lassa was the big hero for the Czech
Republic as it edged Belgium 64-66 in Riga and secured a place in the
next round. The Czechs improved to 3-1 and will face Lithuania on
Thursdya with first place in the group at stake. Belgium dropped to
2-2. In a game that had many lead changes and went down to the wire,
Satoransky nailed a three-pointer with 35 seconds to go for a 62-64
lead and then grabbed a key defensive board and sank 2 free throws to
seal the deal.
September 9, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 4 roundup
The Tuesday action at EuroBasket 2015 featured a
total of six games, half of which were from Group B in Berlin, Germany,
and the other half in Group C in Zagreb, Croatia. The 12 teams
competing in either Group A or Group D had rest days. All 24 teams will
be in action once again on Wednesday.
Turkey led from start to finish against host Germany en route to a
75-80 victory. Fenerbahce Istanbul guard Bobby Dixon buried a pair of
three-pointers as Turkey scored the first 9 points of the game and
built an 11-31 lead by the end of the first quarter. Germany mounted
one last run with the help of the home crowd and scored 32
Greece remained unbeaten in Zagreb after holding off Georgia 68-79.
Greece grabbed a double-digit lead in the first quarter and increased
it to 22-50 by halftime. Even though Georgia closed the gap in the
third quarter, the outcome was never in doubt. Panathinaikos Athens
guard Nick Calathes paced the winners with 19 points and 8 assists,
Kostas Koufos and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 each and Brose
Baksets Bamberg’s Nikos Zisis added 11.
September 8, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 3 roundup
Day three of EuroBasket 2015 will go down as a day
to remember for some and a day to forget for others. There were only
six games scheduled on Monday; it was a rest day for the six teams each
in Group B in Berlin and Group C in Zagreb. Of those that played, there
was one overtime, multiple comebacks from double-digit deficits and a
pair of buzzer-beaters. The final results saw only one team at 3-0 –
France, while Group D features a four-way tie between Belgium, the
Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania for first place, all with 2-1
records. The 12 teams that played on Monday will have Tuesday off.
France sits alone atop Group A as it lone undefeated team after seeing
off Poland 69-66 on Thursday in Montpellier, France. Tony Parker, who
early in the game become the all-time leading scorer in EuroBasket
history, finished with 16 points, while All-Euroleague guard Nando De
Colo of CSKA Moscow and Le Mans Sarthe Basket forward Mickael Gelabale
added 12 each for the winners.
There is a four-way tie atop Group D after Belgium and Latvia won games
in Riga. Belgium bested Lithuania 74-76 on Olympiacos Piraeus scorer
Matt Lojeski’s tip-in at the buzzer. Lithuania led by 6 with two
minutes to go, but the Belgians finished the game with 8 unanswered
points to improve to 2-1. Back-to-back threes by Jonathan Tabu and
Dominion Bilbao Basket forward Axel Hervelle tied the game.
September 7, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 2 roundup
The second day of action at EuroBasket 2015 action
in four European cities saw seven teams stay unbeaten: France, Israel
and Poland in Group A, Serbia in Group B, Greece in Group C, and
Lithuania and the Czech Republic in Group D. Meanwhile, four countries
- Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -
all got back into their group races with first victories.
Three undefeated teams sit atop Group A after France, Israel and Poland
all doubled down on their opening-night victories in Montpellier.
France had an easy ride to 2-0 with its 54-81 victory over winless
Bosnia and Herzegovina. A 21-50 difference in the middle quarters said
it all about France's dominance in both depth and experience.
Serbia stayed undefeated atop killer Group B by shaking off a challenge
from host Germany to win 68-66 in Berlin. Nemanja Bjelica, last
season's Turkish Airlines Euroleague MVP, hit a one-handed running shot
with a second remaining to give Serbia (2-0) the victory and led his
team with 12 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce Istanbul and Zoran
Erceg added 9 points each for Serbia, while Milos Teodosic of CSKA
Moscow had 8 and 4 assists.
Greece sits alone atop Group C in Zagreb after coming from behind in
thrilling fashion to defeat host Croatia 72-70 as former Euroleague MVP
Vassilis Spanoulis led the winning rally. Croatia led 53-61 with 8
minutes left before Spanoulis took over, scoring 9 points in a 19-6 run
over the next 6:30 to push Greece (2-0) to victory.
There's a two-way tie at the top of Group D after the Czech Republic
rolled to a second consecutive win 64-78 over Ukraine. Fenerbahce
Istanbul forward Jan Vesely was unstoppable again with 19 points, 9
rebounds and 3 assists. He was seconded by Tomas Satoransky of FC
Barcelona Lassa with 15 pionts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
September 6, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, Day 1 roundup
EuroBasket 2015 got off to a thrilling start on
Saturday as the action started in all four host cities - Berlin,
Germany; Montpellier, France; Riga, Latvia; and Zagreb, Croatia. Jan
Vesely of Fenerbahce Istanbul paced Czech Republic to a big win over
Estonia, Robin Smeulders of EWE Baskets Oldenburg hit a game-winning
shot as Netherlands edged Georgia, while Nando De Colo had a big night
as France edged Finland in overtime.
The co-host nation France needed to work extra time before defeating
Finland in overtime 97-87 in Montpellier. Nando De Colo of CSKA Moscow
helped France take 37-25 margin midway through the second quarter, and
the hosts led by as many as 63-47 in the third and 74-60 early in the
In the battle of the heavyweights, Serbia beat Spain 70-80 in a game
that Serbia ended on a 0-9 run to grab an important opening day
victory. Spain was held scoreless in the starting 5 minutes, but behind
Real Madrid’s All-Euroleague selections Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez
made a 21-4 run to open 21-9 up lead.
Croatia opened EuroBasket with a hard-fought 80-73 win over Slovenia in
the Croatian capital. Slovenia started the game better through Zoran
Dragic and Jaka Blazic, but behind EA7 Milan’s Kruno Simon and Cedevita
Zagreb’s Luka Zoric, the hosts rallied from an early 8-point deficit to
take 44-38 halftime lead.
In a game that went down to the wire in Riga, Lithuania survived a
thriller to edge Ukraine 69-68. Mantas Kalnietis of Zalgiris Kaunas hit
a triple early in the second quarter to help Lithuania to 25-14, but
Ukraine answered with 0-12 run capped by Lokomotiv’s Kyrylo Fesenko for
Turkish Airlines Euroleague and
Eurocup stars will be front and center when EuroBasket 2015 tips off
Saturday in four countries, with more than 137 of them competing in the
signature tournament of the off-season. Twenty-four teams will go for
glory in the 15-day tourney, whose concluding stages will be held at
Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France. The competition will be hot not
only for the medals, but as part of the Road to Rio, as EuroBasket
2015's two finalists will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The teams ranked third through seventh
will receive berths to one of three pre-Olympic qualifying events from
which three final tickets to the Rio games will be claimed. France
defeated Lithuania in the EuroBasket 2013 final and both are among the
many teams to watch this time. The 24 teams are divided into four
groups of six, with the opening phase being played in Berlin, Germany;
Montpellier, France; Riga, Latvia; and Zagreb, Croatia. Read more here.