Hello Dreamshakers! Let us continue where we left off - the Sunday games of the Eurobasket.
Great Britain continued their push for a spot in the second round, soundly beating Germany 81-74, overcoming a slow start and a 10-point deficit in the first quarter. Germany wasted a 20-14 effort from Tibor Pleiss (who led every statistical category for Germany except steals), while Great Britain got 21pts 11rb from Myles Hesson and 23pts from Andrew Lawrence.
Mirza Teletovic finally found some kind of rhythm and along with another brilliant performance from Nihad Djedovic (20pts, 7rb, 6ast) Bosnia and Herzegobina overcame a FYROM side shooting 31% from the floor. FYROM were particularly bad from range, going 3/25 from deep, and getting outrebounded was not gonna help their cause.
Spain ravaged the corpse of the Polish national squad, erupting for a 36 point beatdown. Six Spaniards scored in double figures and no one played more than 24 minutes for a Spanish side that looks more and more comfortable on the floor together. Ricky Rubio finally got enough floor time and rewarded his coach with 15 points, 5 assists and 2 steals in 23 minutes of play. Poland was outclassed.
Hanno Möttölä, the 36-year old mascot/player of the Finnish national squad, had his game of the tournament, scoring 12 points to keep Finland alive at the end of regulation against Russia. Shawn Huff went off for 20 points and three Finns had double-doubles. Alexey Shved again led Russia with 25 points 5 rebounds and 6 assists, but once again wasn't enough for an ailing Russia, dropping out of the group stage a year after finishing 3rd in the Olympics.
Ukraine fought and fought, but in a sequence so familiar to NBA fans, Parker scored nine straight in a 14-0 spurt for Les Bleus and France never looked back with 7 minutes to go.
Nenad Krstic scored 13 points in the critical fourth quarter, pacing Serbia to a hard-fought win over Latvia. The Serbs managed to get three consecutive good defensive plays and score on the other end to pry the game away from a pesky Latvian side.
The Czech Republic had an easy night against a deflated Georgia side, beating them with 95-79. Casspi played little in an Israel blowout of Belgium to keep the hopes of the Israelis alive with one game to go. Guard Afik Nassim led the way with 23 points.
Lithuania was tried hard against Montenegro, and momentum didn't seem to favor Lithuania when Rice hit an improbable 3-pointer to tie it all at the buzzer. Then Kalnietis continued his run for MVP of this Lithuanian squad, playing a great overtime and giving his team the win. Motie played 3 minutes and was held scoreless.
Croatia edged Slovenia out in another OT thriller, despite Dragic' 23 points. Greece surrendered to Italy behind nonexistent defense and Turkey beat Sweden in a match that didn't matter for Turkey.
Sorry for the brief recap, Greece is losing badly to Finland and I am sad.