France, Slovenia advance at EuroBasket behind Rudy Gobert, Luka Doncic

France, Slovenia advance at EuroBasket behind Rudy Gobert, Luka Doncic

BERLIN — Rudy Gobert scored 20 factors and grabbed 17 rebounds as Olympic silver medalist France moved into the EuroBasket quarterfinals by keeping off Turkey 87-86 in extra time Saturday.

Gobert experienced a putback dunk with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the activity then scored the very first four points of overtime, and France hardly ever trailed in the added session.

“Crazy activity,” Gobert mentioned.

Crazier finish.

Turkey experienced what appeared like comprehensive handle of the recreation with 12.2 seconds left in regulation. It had the ball, up by two, was heading to the foul line for two free throws and would retain possession of the ball following these shots since France had been whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul.

But Cedi Osman skipped both equally free throws, a scene reminiscent of when he did the exact same late in what became a 1-position decline to the U.S. at the Basketball Earth Cup in 2019. France wound up forcing a turnover on the ensuing possession, and Gobert’s dunk tied the video game.

“Actually difficult location for us, but we got fortunate, he skipped both,” Gobert reported. “Then we ended up able to steal the out of bounds, get a bucket and get to extra time. We in no way stopped. We under no circumstances stopped combating. We generally believed. Clearly, not our most effective match, but the thing I am genuinely proud of is the point that we hardly ever gave up. A good deal of groups would have specified up in that placement.”

Thomas Heurtel and Evan Fournier had 13 details apiece for France, which led by 16 halfway via the second quarter.

But Turkey shut the 3rd quarter on a 19- run, turning an 11-stage deficit into a 57-49 direct going into the closing 10 minutes of regulation. France missed 11 consecutive shots in that extend.

Turkey experienced a likelihood to gain on the final possession of extra time, but Furkan Korkmaz lost his dribble with about two seconds remaining and his team never ever got a shot off.

Bugrahan Tuncer scored 22 for Turkey, although Korkmaz additional 18.

“I will not know what to say, truly,” Tuncer stated. “I am so mad. I’m so unfortunate. If I are not able to find any great words, I’m sorry about it. This is unacceptable.”

France will play the winner of the Sunday activity amongst Serbia and Italy in the quarterfinals. That matchup is scheduled for Wednesday.

“Possibly it can be the worst emotional reduction in my 26-calendar year occupation,” Turkey mentor Ergin Ataman claimed. “Congratulations to France. I hope that they will continue on on a fantastic way in the quarterfinals. That’s all.”

Slovenia 88, Belgium 72

Luka Doncic scored 35 points and defending winner Slovenia employed a 17- operate in the fourth quarter to get rid of Belgium.

Doncic and Goran Dragic merged to score or be credited with assists on Slovenia’s very first 40 details of the next fifty percent.

“Belgium was participating in good basketball,” mentioned Doncic, who is averaging 28 details in six tournament game titles and 39.3 per activity in his previous three contests. “We knew this was heading to be a difficult activity. They had been combating till the stop. But in the end, I feel we performed a small far better.”

Doncic had 5 rebounds, 5 helps and 4 steals for Slovenia, though Klemen Prepelic scored 13, Mike Tobey finished with 12 and Dragic extra 11.

Manu Lecomte scored 16 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet experienced a 15-point, 10-rebound activity for Belgium.

Slovenia received to the line 25 moments to only 8 for Belgium.

“I am listening for a great deal of months now, the word ‘equality.’ But equality won’t exist in basketball,” Belgium coach Dario Gjergja explained.

Upcoming for Slovenia is a quarterfinal video game Wednesday from the winner of the Ukraine-Poland matchup. People teams will perform Sunday.

Germany 85, Montenegro 79

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points and Germany wasted most of a 27-point next-50 % direct ahead of hanging on to oust Montenegro.

Germany led 51-24 early in the 3rd quarter ahead of Montenegro outscored the hosts 53-29 around the next 19 minutes.

But Germany sealed the gain with 5 no cost throws in the last seconds — a few of them coming off an unsportsmanlike foul and specialized foul connect with.

Maodo Lo and Franz Wagner both of those scored 14 for Germany. The Germans will satisfy either Greece or the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals Tuesday all those groups meet in a round-of-16 match Sunday.

Kendrick Perry scored 25 for Montenegro, which received 22 from Bojan Dubljevic, 13 from Marko Simonovic and 12 from Vladimir Mihailovic.

Spain 102, Lithuania 94, OT

Lorenzo Brown scored 28 factors, Willy Hernangomez extra 21 and Spain survived some frantic times to keep off Lithuania in extra time.

Rudy Fernandez and Juancho Hernangomez each scored 13 for Spain, which will fulfill possibly Finland or Croatia in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Finland and Croatia enjoy a spherical-of-16 video game Sunday.

Brown scored the to start with five factors of overtime, and Spain hardly ever trailed in the additional session.

Ignas Brazdeikis gave Lithuania a likelihood, acquiring a suggestion-in to rattle all over the rim and tumble as time expired in regulation. But Lithuania squandered an eight-issue lead in the last 5:56 of the fourth quarter, and Spain wound up tying the game on a layup by Brown with 2:23 left in the fourth.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Lithuania with 18 details. Brazdeikis scored 17, while Domantas Sabonis and Lukas Lekavicius had 15 apiece.

Rokas Jokubaitis included 13 for Lithuania, which misplaced inspite of taking pictures 51% — 7 percentage details better than Spain.