Slovenia tops Serbia for first EuroBasket title

Doug Mendoza
September 20, 2017

Slovenia overcame injuries to stars Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic to outlast Serbia 93-85 and win their first FIBA EuroBasket title after a pulsating Final, according to the official website of FIBA.

Russia's Nikita Kurbanov, left, and Russia's Semen Antonov, center, try to block Spain's Pau Gasol, right, during their Eurobasket European Basketball Championship third place match in Istanbul, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. However, as the fourth quarter wore on Dragic exhausted noticeably and Serbia were able to take the lead halfway through the period.

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

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After a balanced first quarter, which ended in Serbia's 22-20 lead, Slovenia managed to score 36 points in the second that gave them a 56-47 edge at halftime. "They brought the National Basketball Association speed on the floor", Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said.

Slovenia's victory push was nearly derailed when 18-year-old Luka Doncic hobbled off with an injury with his team leading by eight points midway through the third quarter. Slovenia prevailed nonetheless, going on a 12-0 run at the end of the game to beat Yugoslav neighbor Serbia 93-85. "He told me 'Be prepared for the press conference and say something deep and smart.' Well, I can't say anything".

Pau Gasol led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Marc Gasol totalled 25 points as Spain bounced back from their semi-final loss to Slovenia.

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