Slovenia will wait until Friday evening before learning who its opponent will be in Sunday’s EuroBasket 2017 gold medal game. Slovenia routed Spain in the first semifinal at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, and will play the winner of the Friday semifinal between Russia and Serbia for the title.
Spain 72-92 Slovenia
Slovenia clinched its first medal of any kind at a major tournament by routing Spain 72-92 on Thursday to advance to the championship game at EuroBasket 2017. Nine players scored at least 5 points in Slovenia’s balanced attack. Real Madrid big man Anthony Randolph and Goran Dragic scored 15 points each, while EuroLeague Rising Star Luka Doncic, also of Madrid, flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Levallois Metropolitans swingman Klemen Prepelic added 13 points and Gasper Vidmar has 12. Pau Gasol led Spain with 16 points, Ricky Rubio scored 13 and Marc Gasol posted 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dragic was the only Slovenia player to score twice in the first quarter as the squad displayed great team basketball to lead 19-25 after 10 minutes. Randolph’s slam made it an 8-point game early in the second quarter, but Spain pushed back and rallied to within 33-35 on Juancho Hernangomez’s layup. Slovenia used a 0-7 run capped by a Vidmar slam to take a 38-47 lead, however the Gasol brothers helped Spain close the gap to 45-49 at the break. After Jaka Blazic scored the first two baskets of the second half, Vidmar gave Slovenia its first double-digit lead, 45-55. The difference hit 15 on a three-point play by Ziga Dimec and then a Randolph triple and Doncic free throws made it 55-73. CSKA Moscow guard Sergio Rodriguez’s layup ended the third quarter at 57-73. The Slovenia lead peaked at 19 on a Prepelic three-pointer to start the fourth. Spain scored the next 5 points, but could not get any closer. A three by Dragic took the lead into the 20s and even though Spain tried hard over the final five minutes, the outcome was decided.