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September 21, 2015 - Gasol headlines All-Star five

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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.

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September 21, 2015 - EuroBasket 2015, gold medal game: Spain conquers gold!

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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.

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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.

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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 qualifying events.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 10.

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.

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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.

Group A

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.

Group B

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.

Group C

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.

Group D

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.

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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 action.

Group A

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.

Group B

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 for Germany.

Group C

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 halftime margin.

Group D

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.

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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.

Group B

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 fourth-quarter points.

Group C

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.

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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.

Group A

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.

Group D

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.

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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.

Group A

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.

Group B

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.

Group C

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.

Group D

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.

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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.

Group A

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 fourth.

Group B

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.

Group C

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.

Group D

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 25-26.

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September 4, 2015 - Eurobasket 2015 preview

eurobasket 2015Turkish 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.

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