The first day of quarterfinals action at EuroBasket 2017 took place at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday. Spain advanced to the semifinals by downing Germany 72-84. Slovenia edged Latvia 103-97 in an outstanding game. Star guard Luka Doncic of Real Madrid led the winners with 27 points.
Slovenia 103-97 Latvia
In arguably the best game of the tournament, Slovenia reached the EuroBasket semifinals for the second time ever by topping Latvia 103-97. Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Rising Star Luka Doncic of Real Madrid led the winners with 27 points and nine rebounds. Goran Dragic added 26 points and eight assists, Klemen Prepelic of Levallois Metropolitans had 17 points while Anthony Randolph of Madrid got 16 and nine rebounds for Slovenia. Former 7DAYS EuroCup Rising Star Kristaps Porzingis led Latvia with 34 points. Davis Bertans added 23 points, Dairis Bertans of AX Armani Exchange Milan had 12 and Rolands Smits got 10 for Latvia. Both teams exchanged baskets at full speed in the early going, as a three-pointer by Dairis Bertans gave Latvia a 10-13 lead. Dragic and Randolph fueled a 18-2 run which Doncic highlighted with a big three-pointer that made it a double-digit lead, 30-15. Slovenia still led 34-23 after 10 minutes and extended it to 38-25 on a triple by Klemen Prepelic of Levallois Metropolitans. Porzingis and Timma rescued Latvia but Doncic kept Slovenia way ahead, 48-41. It didn't last long, however, as the Bertans brother, Timma and a big triple by Janis Blums put Latvia in charge, 51-55, at halftime. Randolph and Doncic led an 11-0 run that put Slovenia ahead for good, 62-55. Dragic took over and got help from Doncic and Gasper Vidmar to restore a double-digit Slovenian lead, 76-66, after 30 minutes. Latvia was not done, however, as a jumper by Dairis Bertans made it a two-point game, 81-79, with six minutes left. Doncic scored again and added a couple of three-pointers - one off the glass from way downtown - for an 91-83 Slovenian edge. Porzingis singlehandedly got Latvia within 93-92 but Dragic, Prepelic and Doncic took care of business in crunch time.
Germany 72-84 Spain
Spain made it to its 10th consecutive EuroBasket semifinal by downing Germany 72-84. Marc Gasol led the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Pau Gasol added 19
points for Spain. Dennis Schoeder led Germany with 27 points and eight assists. Daniel Theis added 15 points. Daniel Barthel of FC Bayern Munich and Robin Benzing
fueled a 7-0 opening run and Johannes Voigtmann of Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz soon dunked off a steal to make Spain call timeout at 11-2. The Gasol brothers combined for
14 first-quarter points, keeping Spain within 19-16 after 10 minutes. Maodo Lo of Brose Bamberg made it a seven-point game, 23-16, early in the second quarter. Pierre
Oriola of FC Barcelona Lassa and Joan Sastre of Valencia Basket stepped up for Spain and a three-pointer by Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow soon gave his team its
first lead, 16-24. Theis and Schroeder kept Germany within 33-34 at halftime. Schroeder tied the game, 39-39, after the break and Johannes Thiemann soon gave Germany a
47-43 margin midway through the third quarter. Spain improved its defense and three-pointers by Sastre, Rodriguez and Marc Gasol put their team ahead for good, 50-56.
Marc Gasol added nine more points late in the third quarter for a double-digit Spanish lead, 53-65, after 30 minutes. Nothing changed since that moment, as Spain kept
full control of the game and a three-pointer by Rodriguez sealed the outcome, 62-79, with over three minutes left.