The Tuesday action at EuroBasket 2015 featured a total of six games, half of which were from Group B in Berlin, Germany, and the other half in Group C in Zagreb, Croatia. The 12 teams competing in either Group A or Group D had rest days. All 24 teams will be in action once again on Wednesday.
Turkey led from start to finish against host Germany en route to a 75-80 victory. Fenerbahce Istanbul guard Bobby Dixon buried a pair of three-pointers as Turkey scored the first 9 points of the game and built an 11-31 lead by the end of the first quarter. Germany mounted one last run with the help of the home crowd and scored 32 fourth-quarter points. In the final minute, Sinan Guler of Galatasaray Istanbul and Semih Erden of Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul combined for 5 free throws to keep the Germans at bay. Anadolu Efes Istanbul swingman Cedi Osman paced Turkey with 17 points, Erden posted 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Dixon and Ersan Ilyasova netted 15 points each for the winners. Dennis Schroeder led Germany with 24 points. Italy joined Turkey in second place at 2-1 after beating Spain 98-105 as Danilo Gallinari, the 2008 Euroleague Rising Star, shined with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Marco Belinelli totaled 27 points and 7 assists. The game was close throughout; Spain led 45-42 at halftime, but after FC Barcelona Lassa guard Pau Ribas opened the second half with a basket, Italy scored 15 unanswered points and never trailed again. Andrea Bargnani added 18 points, Alessandro Gentile of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan scored 13 and Pietro Aradori of Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia chipped in 11. Pau Gasol paced Spain with 34 points and 10 rebounds, two-time Euroleague Rising Star Nikola Mirotic netted 13 and Real Madrid guard Sergio Llull dished 9 assists with his 9 points. Earlier, Serbia improved to 3-0 by cruising to a comfortable 93-64 win over Iceland. Serbian head coach Sasha Djordjevic of Panathinaikos Athens had four double-digit scorers on his team, including his two Panathinaikos big men – Miroslav Raduljica scored 13, and Ognjen Kuzmic 11 points. Nemanja Nedovic of Unicaja Malaga paced the winners with 15 points, while Nikola Kalinic of Fenerbhce Istanbul scored 12 and dished 5 assists. Serbia led from start to finish; it started the game with an 11-3 run and never looked back. Logi Gunnarsson netted 18 points for 0-3 Iceland.
Greece remained unbeaten in Zagreb after holding off Georgia 68-79. Greece grabbed a double-digit lead in the first quarter and increased it to 22-50 by halftime. Even though Georgia closed the gap in the third quarter, the outcome was never in doubt. Panathinaikos Athens guard Nick Calathes paced the winners with 19 points and 8 assists, Kostas Koufos and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 each and Brose Baksets Bamberg’s Nikos Zisis added 11. Laboral Kutxa Vitoria forward Toko Shengelia led Georgia with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Earlier, Slovenia held off the Netherlands 81-74 to improve its record to 2-1. Slovenia opened the game with a 12-0 run and did not allow any points for the first six minutes. The Slovenians were helped by huge fan support in building a 16-point margin in the second quarter, but a pair of baskets from Robin Smeulders of EWE Baskets Oldenburg cut it to 41-29 at halftime, and a 0-12 run to start the third quarter tied the game at 41-41. Slovenia did pull away to a double-digit margin again, and led 69-59 with four minutes to go, but needed to stave off another Dutch attempt at a comeback before claiming victory. Zoran Dragic of Khimki Moscow Region had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in victory. Jaka Blazic of Crvena Zvezda Telekom also scored 13, while Alen Omic of Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Charlon Kloof paced the Dutchmen with 25 points, 6 boards and 4 assists, while Smeulders finished with 14 points. In Tuesday’s nightcap, Croatia used a dominant second half to take down The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 73-55. Efes forward Dario Saric scored 15 points and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 13 to lead Croatia, which tied Slovenia for second place in the group at 2-1. Macedonia led 30-32 at halftime and only 1 point separated the sides midway through the fourth quarter, but Croatia quickly took charge and pulled away before sealing the win with a 10-0 fourth quarter run. Armani swingman Krunoslav Simon added 12 points and Barcelona’s All-Euroleague center Ante Tomic posted 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Predrag Samardziski led Macedonia with 10 points.