A much more relaxed schedule with only half the games as Days 1 and 2 yesterday, with Motiejunas and Casspi playing but Asik resting, as Turkey didn't play.
Germany's downward spiral continued, as the Panzers lost a second straight match after miraculously beating France in Day 1. The Germans wasted a double-double (22pts-11ast) from midget point guard Heiko Schaffartzik, commiting double the TOs than Ukraine and taking half as many shots inside the arc. The fact that the Ukrainians picked 14 offensive rebounds to only 7 for an ailing german side is telling - Ukrain just wanted it more. Germany came close to the win, and even led by one with 3:26 left after trailing by 16 just before the end of the 3rd, but the guys in yellow and blue held on tight for a win that puts them in trajectory for the next round.
Belgium confirmed its favorite role against Great Britain, extending a 5 point lead to 11 with minutes to go, and putting the game out of reach. I didn't watch that game, so I cannot attest to anything the official Eurobasket site claims.
France led comfortably against Israel, and then in the third they expanded their lead to 20. Israel simply gave up after that, the talent level disparity too big to be covered by grit alone. Omri Casspi was a little better this game, scoring 14 points on 3/8 FGs (2/5 from 3) and 6/6 FTs. He complimented that with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, but also had 2 TOs, all in 26 minutes of play.
Lithuania had an easier task in front of themselves. Behind a double-double from Jonas Valanciunas and not needing another heroic performance by sole point guard Mantas Kalnietis, Lithuania forced their will upon Latvia with strong inside play. Motiejunas, now constantly paired with Valanciunas, also contributed 9 points, 6 rebounds and a block in 15 minutes. He got more touches this time, going 4/8 for 2 and missing a 3-pointer. It was a solid performance in limited time, and seeing as Linas Kleiza continues to produce sub-par numbers we might get to see more of Motie in the near future. The point center of the Lithuanians, Robertas Javtokas, got a DNP this game, with Valanciunas starting next to Kleiza. The Lithuanians defended better and outrebounded Latvia, mitigating the damage their 18 turnovers would have costed. Really, just a talented team beating a not-so-talented team.
In the only other match of the day, FYROM managed to snatch a victory against Serbia. Despite having a smaller frontcourt they outrebounded Serbia 48-36, and led by Bo McCalebb (who is totally from FYROM) and Pero Antic (double-double 16pts 14 rb) managed to win and stay strong in the hunt for a ticket to the next round.