Slovenia claim FIBA Eurobasket title

Slovenia claim FIBA Eurobasket title

Slovenia claim FIBA Eurobasket title

Slovenia's captain Goran Dragic, who officially retired after the match was an asset for his team. In the middle of the final quarter the Serbs after a long chase took the lead, but Slovenia immediately organized dash 12:0 and shut down all questions about the winners of Eurobasket 2017.

A dominant first half allowed Spain to prevail over Russian Federation, 93-85, in the EuroBasket 2017's third-place match on Sunday in Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome.

Klemen Prepelic claimed 21 points and US-born Anthony Randolph, who only became a Slovenian citizen in June, had 11.

He scored a game-high 35 points.

Dragic scored 20 of Slovenia's 36 points in the second quarter to help give it a 56-47 halftime lead.

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"He was cramping on the sidelines", Slovenia coach Igor Kokoskov told, the official website for basketball's governing body, after the game. Dragic still managed to score nine points and Slovenia stayed ahead, 71-67, but lost young star Luka Doncic with a sprained ankle.

Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanovic (22 + 5 assists), Macvan (18 + 5 rebounds), Percevic (8 + 5 rebounds).

Dragic may be a nine-year National Basketball Association veteran but Kokoskov, the first European to be a full-time assistant coach in the league, has spent 17 seasons there, after a brief stint at college level.

Meanwhile, giants Spain won the bronze medal after defeating Russian Federation also 93-85. Alexey Shved led Russian Federation with 18.

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