clearn.png
Monday November 28th, 2022 7:32PM

EuroBasket: Poland tops Doncic, Slovenia; France over Italy

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BERLIN (AP) — Luka Doncic and Slovenia roared back from a 23-point deficit, and looked as if they were well on their way to a berth in the EuroBasket semifinals.

Poland had other ideas — and in an absolute shocker, EuroBasket will have a new champion.

Mateusz Ponitka had 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, and Poland beat Slovenia 90-87 to move into the semifinals of the European championships for the first time since 1971.

Vlatko Cancar led Slovenia with 21 points, and Goran Dragic scored 17.

Doncic was held to 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting, though he added 11 rebounds and seven assists. The Dallas Mavericks star needed an injection to get through the game and has been dealing with injuries throughout the tournament, he said.

“But that's not the reason," Doncic said. “Today I played terrible. I let my team down. I let the whole country who was supporting us down. I've got to look at this game and be better."

Poland led by 23 late in the second quarter and carried a 58-39 lead into halftime, but Slovenia got within one with a 24-6 run in the third quarter.

Dragic scored to start the fourth and put Slovenia on top, and the lead was 73-68 on a jumper by Klemen Prepelic with 6:58 left.

Poland outscored Slovenia 21-7 over the next six minutes, and held on in the final seconds.

A.J. Slaughter and Michal Sokolowski each scored 16 for Poland, which got 14 from Jaroslaw Zyskowski and 11 from Aleksander Balcerowski.

“Amazing," Sokolowski said. “And now we can't stop. ... We dreamed about a medal at the beginning. Right now it's closer, but we don't have it yet. I want to reach it."

FRANCE 93, ITALY 85

France pulled off a wild rally at the end of regulation, then carried that momentum into a spot in the EuroBasket semifinals.

Thomas Heurtel scored 20 points, Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and France found a way to get past Italy 93-85 in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

France was down by seven with 1:59 left in regulation, and that was when it started on what became a 25-10 run to finish the contest.

It was France’s second consecutive fourth-quarter rally and overtime win, after needing the same formula to get past Turkey in the round of 16 on Saturday.

“I don’t really believe in luck,” Gobert said. “Tonight, we could have given up, once again, but we got the baskets we needed.”

Next up for France: Poland on Friday for a berth in the title game. The other half of the semifinal bracket was set Tuesday: Germany will play Spain, also on Friday.

Gobert started the game-ending burst with a dunk to get his team within 75-70.

Italy had a chance to potentially seal the game with 16 seconds left, up by two, but Simone Fontecchio missed a pair of free throws. It was another eerie resemblance to Saturday, when Cedi Osman, with Turkey up by two, missed two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to extend France's hopes.

Heurtel’s layup tied the game with 5.2 seconds left in regulation. France trailed only once in overtime, for just 23 seconds, and Evan Fournier’s floater with 3:29 left put his team ahead for good.

Fournier scored 17 for France, which got 15 from Guerschon Yabusele and 13 from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

“Congratulations to France," Italy coach Gianmarco Pozzecco said. “They never gave up."

Fontecchio and Marco Spissu each had 21 points for Italy, which was seeking its first trip to the EuroBasket semifinals since winning bronze in 2003.

Luigi Datome scored 12 and Nicolo Melli added 10 for Italy, which trailed by as many as 11 in the early going but outscored France 31-18 in the third quarter and led by as many as eight early in the fourth.

“What can I say? Very painful, of course," Datome said. “Very, very painful. But I'm so proud of my teammates."

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
EuroBasket: Poland tops Doncic, Slovenia; France over Italy
France pulled off a wild rally at the end of regulation, then carried that momentum into a spot in the EuroBasket semifinals
7:03PM ( 20 minutes ago )
NBA considered suspending Sarver for more than 1 year
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was likely spared even stronger sanctioning by the NBA for his racist, misogynistic and hostile words and actions because of one key conclusion by investigators
7:03PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Wynns, Rodón lead Giants, slow down Braves to win series
Austin Wynns drove in three runs, Carlos Rodón struck out eight in five dominant innings and the San Francisco Giants slowed the Atlanta Braves 4-1 to win the series
6:53PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
More than 121 million watched NFL games on opening weekend
More than 121 million fans watched a telecast of an NFL game during the league's opening week, a 5% increase over last season
5:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
Miami's blitz still a bad memory for Jackson, Ravens
When Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens faced Miami in November, it was as discombobulated as they looked all season
5:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ramírez homers as Guardians beat Angels for 6th straight win
José Ramírez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 for their sixth consecutive victory
5:33PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Aces beat Sun 85-71, take 2-0 series lead in WNBA Finals
A’ja Wilson had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Las Vegas Aces to an 85-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals
7:59AM ( 11 hours ago )
Richardson visits Moscow as Griner, Whelan remain jailed
Bill Richardson, who has worked to secure the releases of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, visited Moscow this week and held meetings with Russian leaders
8:10PM ( 23 hours ago )
Suns owner Sarver suspended 1 year, fined $10M after probe
The NBA suspended Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him $10 million after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called “workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies.”
3:23PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Basketball
NBA considered suspending Sarver for more than 1 year
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was likely spared even stronger sanctioning by the NBA for his racist, misogynistic and hostile words and actions because of one key conclusion by investigators
7:03PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Wynns, Rodón lead Giants, slow down Braves to win series
Austin Wynns drove in three runs, Carlos Rodón struck out eight in five dominant innings and the San Francisco Giants slowed the Atlanta Braves 4-1 to win the series
6:53PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Armenia, Azerbaijan agree on cease-fire to end fighting
A senior Armenian official says Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiated a cease-fire to end a flare-up of fighting that has killed 155 soldiers on both sides
6:49PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Queen Elizabeth II lies in state as throngs pay respects
Queen Elizabeth II has left Buckingham Palace for the last time, her casket borne to Westminster Hall by a horse-drawn gun carriage in a somber procession
6:48PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Minor leaguers form union, 17 days after organizing began
More than 5,500 minor league baseball players have formed a union, completing a lightning-fast organization campaign that launched just 17 days earlier in an effort to boost annual salaries as low as $10,400
6:42PM ( 41 minutes ago )