Started 40th European championship on basketball among men.
46 points from Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier not enough for France to win over the Finns. At the end of normal time the hosts of Eurobasket delayed the game into overtime, but an accurate throw by Jerome Wilson five seconds before the end of the game brought “Suomi” victory over the third team of the continent.
France – Finland 84:86 2ОТ (15:23, 18:9, 20:17, 19:23, 12:14)
Greece is not expected to encounter any problems at the match with the Icelanders. The most productive of the Greeks was the point guard of Panathinaikos Nikos Pappas (20 points).
Iceland – Greece 61:90 (10:26, 23:11, 12:24, 16:29)
Record international career of 30 points from Goran Dragic has allowed Slovenia to open the tournament with a victory over the poles.
Slovenia – Poland 90:81 (24:22, 29:24, 21:12, 16:23)
Standings: Greece, Slovenia, Finland – 2, France, Poland, Iceland – 1.
Star Lithuania started the tournament with an unexpected defeat against Georgia. The team of Dainius Adomaitis couldn’t keep Tornike Shengelia, scored 29 points. The Lithuanians could expect at least overtime, but in the crucial moment of the forward of “new York Kuzminskas summed accuracy from the free throw line.
Lithuania — Georgia 77:79 (18:18, 21:16, 18:25, 20:20)
18 points forward of “Atlanta” Marco Belinelli allowed Italy with a crushing score to deal with Israel. The hosts of Eurobasket finally parted more after the break, scoring only 16 points.
Italy — Israel 69:48 (21:15, 15:17, 15:9, 18:7)
Standings: Italy, Germany, Georgia – 2, Lithuania, Ukraine, Israel – 1.
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