Monday, September 5, 2011

FIBA Eurobasket 2011 latest results

Source : NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer

SIAULIAI, Lithuania (AP)—Juan Carlos Navarro scored 22 points and defending champion Spain swept aside host Lithuania 91-79 Sunday night to advance to the second round of the European basketball championship.

France, Serbia, Germany, Russia and Slovenia also advanced.

France rallied with a big fourth quarter despite playing without Tony Parker(notes) to beat Italy 91-84, an outcome that allowed Serbia and Germany to advance even before their later match.

Serbia, which lost the final to Spain two years ago, joined France with a perfect 4-0 record in Group B by overcoming 25 points from Dirk Nowitzki(notes) to beat Germany 75-64. Germany is 2-2.

In a major upset in Group A, Poland beat world championship silver medalist Turkey 84-83, leaving Turkey on the brink of elimination. Turkey must beat Spain in its last match.

In a tight Group C, Macedonia edged Finland 72-70, Greece beat Montenegro 71-55 and Bosnia-Herzegovina upset Croatia 92-90. Montenegro is the only team without a chance of advancing.

Russia beat Bulgaria 89-77 and Slovenia defeated Belgium 70-61 as both advanced with 4-0 records before final group matches. Georgia beat Ukraine 53 to stay alive.

The top three teams from each of the four groups advance. Head-to-head results from group games carry over to the second round so every win is important.

Spain scored 62 points in the first half—the highest so far—giving them a 26-point advantage at the break against the host team.

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol(notes) finished with 17 points for Spain. Serge Ibaka(notes) had 15 points and nine rebounds.

In France’s game, Parker was kneed in the left thigh by Andrea Bargnani(notes) on the second play of the game, struggled through the first half and part of the third quarter before leaving the game for good.

“I am going to have treatment on it tonight and see if I can play tomorrow,” Parker said. France plays Serbia on Monday. “The doctor said I should not take a risk in the fourth quarter.”

Italy fell to 1-3 despite leading by seven at the end of the third quarter. But France outscored Italy 31-17 in the fourth, with Boris Diaw(notes) of the Charlotte Bobcats getting 21 points.

Nicolas Batum(notes) of the Portland Trail Blazers added 20. France got 28 of the points from bench players.

“We came back at the end thanks to our bench,” Diaw said. “It’s a great win for us. We found out that we know how to play without Tony, that we have other solutions on the offense.”

Diaw, who had eight points in the fourth quarter, made a layup with 36 seconds remaining to put France up by three, 85-82.

Marco Belinelli(notes) of the New Orleans Hornets, who finished with 19 points, then missed a layup, Batum got the rebound, drew a foul and made both free throws.

Danilo Gallinari(notes) of the Denver Nuggets, who had 18 points, then missed a 3-point attempt and Diaw sank two more free throws for the final score.

“A few bad shots, a few rebounds at the end decided the game,” Italy coach Simone Pianigiani said.

Bargnani, the Toronto Raptors center, led Italy with 22 points.

Dusko Savanovic scored 18 points to lead Serbia past Germany 75-64, missing one shot from the field as Serbia’s bench outscored Germany’s 29-3.

Nowitzki scored 25 points, while Chris Kaman(notes) had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Germany.

In Poland’s win over Turkey (2-2), Derdan Berisha scored 21 points, including the winning jumper with 12 seconds remaining.

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