The first two days of Eurobasket 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia has brought us some exciting games. On the second day there were three last-second one -point victories by Latvia, Croatia and the Czech Republic plus a huge upset as the host, Slovenia came back from an eight-point deficit to top tournament favorite Spain.
Bostjan Nachbar hit a three-pointer to put Slovenia ahead over Spain 70-68 with slightly over three minutes remaining. Goran Dragic followed with a dunk and Slovenia pulled away for a 78-69 win. Dragic finished with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals, while Nachbar added 14 points. Spain center Marc Gasol had 17 points and seven boards and Jose Calderon added 14 points, hitting four-of-five three-pointers.
Croatia’s Ante Tomic scored on a drive with nine seconds to go to give his team a 77-76 lead over Georgia. Georgia’s George Tsintsadze, missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won it. Tsintsadze scored a game-high 25 points while teammate Ricky Hickman added 20. Dontaye Draper led Croatia with 16 points.
Jan Vesely had a dominant performance with 23 points, 14 rebounds and four steals to lead the Czech Republic to a 69-68 win over Poland. Lubos Barton hit two late three-pointers for the Czechs, the second with just four seconds remaining to give his team a one-point lead. Poland’s Maciej Lampe missed a jumper at the buzzer.
Latvia (2-0) edged Montenegro 73-72 as Kristaps Janicenoks hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds remaining in the contest. Latvia came back from an eight-point deficit as Janicenoks led the winners with 15 points. Tyrese Rice (24 points) got to the basket on the final possession but couldn’t get his lay-in to fall.
In other games, Lithuania (1-1) topped Macedonia (0-2) 75-67 behind 17 points from Mantas Kalneitis. Serbia (2-0) got past Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-2) 77-67 as Stefan Markovic scored 15 points.
Finland (2-0) topped Sweden 81-60 as Gerald Lee scored 14 points. Jeffery Taylor led Sweden with 19. Italy (2-0) had little problem in besting Turkey 90-75 led by 23 points from sharp-shooting guard Pietro Aradori, 20 points from Alessandro Gentile and 14 points and 10 rebounds from center Nicolo Melli.
Greece (2-0) fell behind early but them took control of Russia 80-71 as Kostas Kaimakoglou and Vassilis Spanoulis each scored 11 points.
Ukraine (2-0) topped Israel 74-67 as Sergey Gladyr led the winner with 17 points. Mike Fratelllo is coaching the Ukraine. Belgium got past Germany (1-1) 77-73 as Jonathan Tabu scored 15 points.
France (1-1) came back from their loss against Germany by easily beating Great Britain 88-65 behind Nicolas Batum’s 17 points and 16 points from Tony Parker .