Ukraine To WCOB, France And Lithuania To Play For Eurobasket Title

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Lithuania and France will meet for the Eurobasket title, thanks to wins in Friday’s respective semifinals. Lithuania beat Croatia comfortably, while France knocked off Spain in an overtime thriller.

Earlier on Friday, Mike Fratello and Ukraine earned a berth to next year’s World Cup of Basketball with a win over Italy in the loser’s bracket. Ukraine will play Slovenia for sixth place on Saturday, while Italy will face Serbia for Europe’s final automatic berth to the WCOB.

The semifinalists already earned their bids, but they were still playing for big stakes. And Linas Kleiza came up big for Lithuania, registering 22 points and 11 rebounds against Croatia. Jonas Maciulis led all scorers with 23 points, including six during 15-1 run that opened things up in the third quarter.

Spain took control of the other semifinal in the second quarter and led by 14 at halftime, but France slowly fought back and took a brief lead on a Tony Parker 3-pointer with two minutes to go in the fourth. The game was tied in the final minute and both teams had a chance to win it, but Rudy Fernandez made an incredible block on a Parker drive and Jose Calderon‘s 3 in the final seconds was off the mark. Spain then shot 2-for-7 and committed four turnovers in overtime, while France made their free throws down the stretch to pull out a three-point win.

Parker led all scorers with 32 points, with none of his teammates scoring more than 10. Marc Gasol led Spain with 19 points and nine rebounds.

There are two more big games to be played in Slovenia. On Saturday, either Italy or Serbia will be the 20th team in the WCOB field. And on Sunday, either France or Lithuania will be the next Eurobasket champion.

2014 World Cup of Basketball field

No. Team Qualified
1 Spain Host
2 USA 2012 Olympic champion
3 Iran FIBA Asia champion
4 Philippines FIBA Asia 2nd place
5 Korea FIBA Asia 3rd place
6 Australia FIBA Oceania champion
7 New Zealand FIBA Oceania 2nd place
8 Angola FIBA Africa champion
9 Egypt FIBA Africa 2nd place
10 Senegal FIBA Africa 3rd place
11 Mexico FIBA Americas champion
12 Puerto Rico FIBA Americas second place
13 Argentina FIBA Americas third place
14 Dominican Republic FIBA Americas fourth place
15 France Eurobasket finalist
16 Lithuania Eurobasket finalist
17 Croatia Eurobasket 3rd/4th place
18 Slovenia Eurobasket 5th/6th place
19 Ukraine Eurobasket 5th/6th place
20 Serbia/Italy winner Eurobasket 7th place
21 Wildcard
22 Wildcard
23 Wildcard
24 Wildcard

30 Comments

  1. Gregor says:

    Slovenia has beaten Ukraine!! Good game guys! I’m sorry to see France in the finals, Spain would be a much more interesting opponent. Now I’ll have to watch Tony Parker vs Lithuania instead of Spain vs Lithuania. One man versus a team is just not interesting for me.

  2. jbjbjb says:

    I am Estonian, but really cheering for the Lithuanian national team. They always have the most interesting line-ups and a different player carries their team every game. Good luck today!

  3. Valentas says:

    Final will be not interesting-Lithuania win18 points minimum.

  4. ECO says:

    Lithuania play as a TEAM and France as a INDIVIDUALS. In NBA it is OK but in Europe you MUST play as a TEAM in order to win. Parker scored just 11pts against Lithuania because he was guarded by Seibutis who is the best defensive SG in the Europe. I think Lithuania will win and MUST win. Like Kalnietis( Lithuanian PG ) told in interw : France can think that they ar better team but we will look at box-score after game :)

  5. Vanilla-Face says:

    Jonas Valanciunas!!!

  6. JV says:

    Lithuania deserves to win, they play like a team, while France is playing individual games(T. Parker) and lithuania beated france, it will be interesting basketball match.

  7. Octavio says:

    Será un gran Mundial y esperamos ver a México como cabeza de grupo y haciendo excelente papel.

  8. JJWATT99 says:

    Spain has had the best team after the States for like 8-10 years. Even without Pau Gasol, Ibaka, Navarro, Reyes and Mirotic we have been there

  9. Boricua says:

    Puerto Rico!!!!!!

  10. team pinas says:

    Your talking about NBA players in Team Philippines not even a single one is in the NBA!!!! TEAM PHILIPPINES PUSO!!!!!!!!!

  11. james says:

    GO KOREA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4th
    ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and also USA USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. anandlal says:

    GO PILIPINAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Petka says:

    Uz LIETUVA VYRAI !!!!!!!!!!

  14. Cole says:

    Tony Parker has quietly become the best point in the NBA. He shreds defenses and scores @ will. Yet somehow still flies under the radar?

  15. ltu number 1 says:

    well i can say only one thing – don’t underestimate lithuania,because lithuania will beat france in finals and will win gold!

  16. remiboursier92 says:

    French current NBA players:
    Nicolas Batum
    Tony Parker
    Joakim Noah
    Boris Diaw
    Nando De Colo
    Ronny Turiaf
    Rodrigue Beaubois
    Kevin Seraphin
    Evan Fournier
    + familiar names such as:
    Johan Petro
    Mickael Gelabale
    Alexis Ajinca

    They should be the 2nd best team in the world. Too many talented and athletic players to be defeated by any European team.

  17. leon miguel says:

    LABAN GILAS!!! LABAN PILIPINAS!! PUSO!!

  18. Ukraine – Slovenia play for 5th place, not for 6th.

  19. Zlatko Samardzic says:

    Serbia… only team who beat finalists

  20. ripistons says:

    Forgot to mention how bad Rubio played. He did terrible mistakes and contributed to France much more than he did to his team. He was completely lost in this tournament. A very disappointing scene…,

  21. ripistons says:

    Parker played an amazing game. He carried the team by himself on his shoulders. Hopefully he and France can beat Lithuania to claim the championship. He deserved it more than an other individual in this tournament. Wow !

    Nobody stepped up other than Sergio Rodriguez in the 4th Q and OT for Spain. Rudy was amazing in the 3rd and he played well in 4th as well but he was no were to be found in the last minutes of 4th and OT. France’s zone defense distrupted Spain’s offense a lot, forcing them to shoot contested 3 pointers with a few seconds remaining on the shot clock in the 4th quarter.

  22. Už Lietuva!!! says:

    mldc vyrai!!

  23. JayGee says:

    Tomorrow,on sunday morning,i will go to church to give thanks and praises to our G.O.D:TP9!
    Just one more game!come on “les bleus”!

  24. Lt says:

    That will be interesting. Lithuania against NBA (5 NBA players)…

  25. Jacie Moon says:

    Lithuania!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Asian Boy!!! says:

    Go Philippines!!!! PUSO!!!!!