EuroBasket 2017, Day 14 roundup

Sep 15, 2017 by Euroleague.net (Photos: FIBA) Print
EuroBasket 2017, Day 14 roundup

Serbia led all but 26 seconds of the night before holding off Russia an exciting EuroBasket 2017 semifinals in Istanbul, Turkey. Serbia will face Slovenia in the gold-medal game on Sunday, while Russia will play Spain for the bronze.

Russia 79-87 Serbia

EuroLeague champ Bogdan Bogdanovic netted 24 points with 4 assists, big man Boban Marjanovic had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Vladimir Lucic of Bayern Munich played a key role with 13 points and 8 rebounds while making a couple of key defensive plays down the stretch for Serbia which returns to its first EuroBasket final since 2009. Lucic's Bayern teammate Stefan Jovic finished with 8 points and 6 assists, but left the game in the second half with what appeared an ankle injury. Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region starred with 33 points and 5 assists, CSKA Moscow forward Andrey Vorontsevich scored 14 points, and Dimitriy Khvostov of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar netted 10 in defeat. A pair of runs, a 0-5 to start the game, and a 0-7 soon after, with Jovic and Bogdanovic in main roles, gave Serbia 6-12 margin. Russia did not let advantage grow, as three-pointers by Shved and Vorontsevich got them within a single point, but Vasilije Micic of Zalgiris Kaunas hit a long jumper at the end of the first quarter, making it 20-25. Khvostov nailed a triple, and Shved made 3-of-3 from the foul line to make it 26-28, but that's when the show by Jovic, Bogdanovic and Marjanovic started. The three men combined to score 12 consecutive points, before Bayern's Milan Macvan capped a 0-14 run to open 26-42 lead midway through the second quarter. Vorontsevich stopped the bleeding for Russia, but Serbia went into halftime up 34-48, and behind-the-back assist by Macvan for his Bayern teammate Lucic restored a 16-point margin, 55-39. However, Russia was not going away. Shved, CSKA’s Vitaly Fridzon and Vorontsevich each hit a three that cut the deficit to 52-57, forcing a Serbia timeout. But Dragan Milosavljevic of Unicaja Malaga nailed a corner triple for Serbia, and Jovic drove for a layup that gave Serbia more breathing room, 52-64. Serbia entered the fourth quarter up 57-66, but Russia kept it close. Khimki’s Andrey Zubkov had a pair of baskets, and two three-pointers by Shved closed it within 73-75. But Micic answered with a three-pointer, and Bogdanovic added one of his own to open 74-81. A mid-range jumper by Bogdanovic 38 seconds later sealed the deal.