Germany Wins 2OT Thriller, But Not Until Lithuania’s Protest Denied In EuroBasket

Cologne, Germany (AP) — Lithuania unsuccessfully protested their double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday, claiming the referees did not award them a free throw after a technical foul in regulation.

FIBA denied the protest.

That means it’s a German win – and a huge one for the home team. Franz Wagner scored 32 points, Dennis Schroder added 25, and Germany prevailed 109-107 in a game that was tight throughout, with neither team ever leading by more than nine points.

“We are not happy,” said Lithuania coach Kazys Maksvytis.

The Germans were excited as they are now certain to qualify from the group stage and reach the knockout round of the tournament.

According to FIBA, Germany coach Gordy Herbert was called for a technical with 1:26 left in the third quarter after a personal foul was called against his team. Jonas Valanciunas took two free throws for Lithuania for the personal foul, but no free throw was awarded for the coach.

Herbert said he was told by one of the referees with 7 seconds left in regulation that there was “a situation” regarding technicals and what needed to happen.

“That was the first I heard of it,” said Herbert.

FIBA said the protest was “unacceptable, as the reasons for the protest were delivered outside the designated time of 60 minutes after the match”. However, FIBA ​​added that the protest, even if it had been filed in time, would have been dismissed “as the reason presented is not one of the grounds on which an objection can be filed.”

Arnas Butkevicius’ 3-pointer from the left wing for Lithuania – the potential game-winner – bounced off the rim as the clock ran out in the second overtime period.

Maodo Lo scored 21 points for Germany (3-0) and Daniel Theis added 11.

Valanciunas had 34 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania (0-3), while Marius Grigonis scored 17, Domantas Sabonis finished with 13, Ignas Brazdekis scored 12 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 11.

Lithuania’s three losses were by seven, four and two points.

“It was a difficult game,” Valanciunas said. “They played well. I thought we answered most of the time. … Congratulations to them.”

Valanciunas scored the final four points of regulation as Lithuania won 89-85 in the final 42 seconds. Schroder missed a layup at the buzzer of the fourth and Wagner missed one at the end of the first overtime.

But in the second OT, the Germans scored the first five points and never trailed. Valanciunas was fouled with 2:29 left, Lo made a 3-pointer 17 seconds later for a 106-102 lead and Germany held on.

“To come out on top, after all that, I think is definitely a sign of our character and unity as a team,” Lo said.

GROUP B

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 97, SLOVENIA 93

Also in Cologne, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-1) stunned Luka Doncic and defending EuroBasket champions Slovenia (2-1) behind 23 points from John Roberson and 22 from Dzanan Musa.

Miralem Halilovic scored 13, while Jusuf Nurkic and Edin Atic each had 12 for the winners.

Doncic had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Slovenia, but went 0 for 8 from 3-point range. Vlatko Cancar led Slovenia with 22 points, Goran Dragic added 20, Klemen Prepelic scored 12 and Mike Tobey finished with 11.

FRANCE 78, HUNGARY 74

Guerschon Yabusele scored 17 points and France (2-1) blew most of a 15-point lead before holding on to beat Hungary (1-2).

Adam Hanga’s 3-pointer with 1:04 left Hungary within 74-72. Hungary was stopped on France’s next possession and had a shot at what would have been its first lead, but David Vojvoda’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim with 23 seconds left.

Rudy Gobert scored 15 points, Evan Fournier added 12 and Vincent Poirier had 10 for France.

Hanga scored 18 for Hungary and Michael Hopkins added 10.

TEAM A

BELGIUM 83, SPAIN 73

In Tbilisi, Georgia, Manu Lecomte scored 20 points and Belgium finished the game on a 12-0 run to stun Spain.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet scored 14 points for Belgium (2-1), which got 11 from Retin Obasohan and 10 from Ismael Bako.

Willy Hernangomez scored 18 for Spain (2-1), while Juancho Hernangomez and Lorenzo Brown each had 11.

MONTENEGRO 91, BULGARIA 81

Vladimir Mihajlovic scored 23 points and Montenegro (2-1) closed out the game with an 18-6 run to get past Bulgaria (0-3).

Igor Drobnjak and Bojan Dubljevic each had 17 points for Montenegro, Nemanja Radovic added 16 and Kendrick Perry scored 12.

Aleksandar Vezenkov led all scorers with 26 for Bulgaria, which led 75-73 in the fourth before missing eight of its last 10 shots. Andrei Ivanov finished with 17 and Chavdar Kostov added 10 for Bulgaria, which attempted 64 shots in the game – 40 of them from 3-point range.

GEORGIA 88, TURKEY 83, 2OT

The hosts in Group A overcame an early 10-point deficit to hand Turkey (2-1) their first loss, although there was even more controversy after the game.

Turkey claimed one of its players – local media reported as Furkan Korkmaz – got into a fight in the dressing room after the match. It was unclear who else was involved in the incident.

Turkey assistant coach Hakan Demir said his national federation wants to review the safety equipment. Turkey was also upset that 22 seconds ran off the clock during a fourth-quarter on-court brawl between Korkmaz and Georgia’s Duda Sanandze.

“We will watch the cameras,” Demir said. “This species, unfortunately, is a big disappointment. We are here to play basketball. … On the field, Georgia won the game. We congratulate them. It’s not a problem. We lost in two overtimes. Does not matter.”

Korkmaz and Sanandze were both ejected.

Alexander Mamukelashvili had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia (1-2), while Thaddus McFadden scored 17, Rati Andronikashvili and Giorgi Shermadini each scored 15 and Sanadze added 13.

Alperen Sengun led Turkey with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Sertac Sanli scored 15, Cedi Osman added 14 and Melik Mahmutoglu had 11. Shane Larkin finished with nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Turkey’s defeat created a four-way tie with Montenegro, Spain and Belgium topping Group A. The top four teams in each group advance to the knockout stages.

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