France, Slovenia advance at EuroBasket behind Rudy Gobert, Luka Doncic

BERLIN — Rudy Gobert scored 20 factors and grabbed 17 rebounds as Olympic silver medalist France moved into the EuroBasket quarterfinals by holding off Turkey 87-86 in time beyond regulation Saturday.

Gobert had a putback dunk with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the sport then scored the primary 4 factors of time beyond regulation, and France by no means trailed within the additional session.

“Crazy recreation,” Gobert mentioned.

Crazier end.

Turkey had what appeared like full management of the sport with 12.2 seconds left in regulation. It had the ball, up by two, was going to the foul line for 2 free throws and would maintain possession of the ball after these pictures as a result of France had been whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul.

But Cedi Osman missed each free throws, a scene paying homage to when he did the identical late in what turned a one-point loss to the US at the Basketball World Cup in 2019. France wound up forcing a turnover on the following possession, and Gobert’s dunk tied the sport.

“Really robust spot for us, however we obtained fortunate, he missed each,” Gobert mentioned. “Then we have been capable of steal the out of bounds, get a bucket and get to time beyond regulation. We by no means stopped. We by no means stopped combating. We all the time believed. Obviously, not our greatest recreation, however the factor I’m actually happy with is the truth that we by no means gave up. A number of groups would have given up in that place.”

Thomas Heurtel and Evan Fournier had 13 factors apiece for France, which led by 16 halfway by means of the second quarter.

But Turkey closed the third quarter on a 19-0 run, turning an 11-point deficit right into a 57-49 lead going into the ultimate 10 minutes of regulation. France missed 11 consecutive pictures in that stretch.

Turkey had an opportunity to win on the ultimate possession of time beyond regulation, however Furkan Korkmaz misplaced his dribble with about 2 seconds left and his staff by no means obtained a shot off.

Bugrahan Tuncer scored 22 for Turkey, whereas Korkmaz added 18.

“I do not know what to say, actually,” Tuncer mentioned. “I’m so mad. I’m so unhappy. If I can not discover any good phrases, I’m sorry about it. This is unacceptable.”

France will play the winner of Sunday’s Serbia-Italy recreation within the quarterfinals. That matchup is scheduled for Wednesday.

“Maybe it is the worst emotional loss in my 26-year profession,” Turkey coach Ergin Ataman mentioned. “Congratulations to France. I hope that they’ll proceed on a great way within the quarterfinals. That’s all.”

Slovenia 88, Belgium 72

Luka Doncic scored 35 factors and defending champion Slovenia used a 17-0 run within the fourth quarter to eradicate Belgium.

Doncic and Goran Dragic mixed to attain or be credited with assists on Slovenia’s first 40 factors of the second half.

“Belgium was enjoying nice basketball,” mentioned Doncic, who’s averaging 28 factors in six match video games and 39.3 per recreation in his final three contests. “We knew this was going to be a tough recreation. They have been combating till the top. But in the long run, I feel we performed somewhat higher.”

Doncic had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Slovenia, whereas Klemen Prepelic scored 13, Mike Tobey completed with 12, and Dragic added 11.

Manu Lecomte scored 16 factors and Pierre-Antoine Gillet had a 15-point, 10-rebound recreation for Belgium.

Slovenia obtained to the road 25 instances to solely eight for Belgium.

“I’m listening for lots of weeks now, the phrase ‘equality.’ But equality does not exist in basketball,” Belgium coach Dario Gjergja mentioned.

Next for Slovenia is a quarterfinal recreation Wednesday towards the winner of the Ukraine-Poland matchup. Those groups will play Sunday.

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