BERLIN — Rudy Gobert scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Olympic silver medalist France advanced to the EuroBasket quarterfinals with an 87-86 overtime victory over Turkey on Saturday.
Gobert had a layup with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then scored the first four points of overtime and France never trailed in the extra period.
“Crazy game,” Gobert said.
More crazy ending.
Turkey had what seemed like complete control of the game with 12.2 seconds left in regulation. He had the ball, twice in front, went to the foul line for two free throws and would keep possession after those shots because France was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul.
But Cedi Osman missed both shots, a scene reminiscent of when he did the same late in a one-point loss to the USA at the 2019 Basketball World Cup. France finished by forcing a turnover on the ensuing possession and Gobert’s dunk tied the game the game.
“Really tough spot for us, but we were lucky, he missed both,” Gobert said. “Then we were able to get a steal out of bounds, get a bucket and get to overtime. We never stopped. We never stopped fighting. We always believed. Obviously, it’s not our best game, but what I’m really proud of is the fact that we never gave up. Many teams would have given up in this position.”
Thomas Heurtel and Evan Fournier each had 13 points for France, which led by 16 midway through the second quarter.
But Turkey closed the third quarter on a 19-0 run, turning an 11-point deficit into a 57-49 lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation. France missed 11 consecutive shots in that stretch.
Turkey had a chance to win on the final possession of overtime, but Furkan Korkmaz lost his dribble with about 2 seconds left and his team never got off a shot.
Bugrahan Tuncer scored 22 for Turkey, while Korkmaz added 18.
“I don’t know what to say, really,” Tuncher said. “I’m so mad. I’m so sad. If I can’t find good words, I’m sorry about it. This is unacceptable.”
France will play the winner of Sunday’s Serbia-Italy match in the quarter-finals. The match is scheduled for Wednesday.
“Maybe it’s the worst emotional loss in my 26-year career,” Turkey coach Ergin Ataman said. “Congratulations to France. I hope they continue their good run in the quarter finals. That’s all.”
SLOVENIA 88, BELGIUM 72
Luka Doncic scored 35 points and defending champion Slovenia used a 17-0 fourth-quarter run to shut out Belgium.
Doncic and Goran Dragic combined to score or be credited with an assist on Slovenia’s first 40 points of the second half.
“Belgium has been playing great basketball,” said Doncic, who is averaging 28 points in six tournament games so far — 39.3 per game in his last three contests. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. They fought until the end. But in the end, I think we played a little bit better.”
Doncic had five rebounds, five assists and four steals for Slovenia, while Klemen Prepelic scored 13, Mike Tobey finished with 12 and Dragic added 11.
Manu Lecomte scored 16 points and Pierre-Antoine Gillet had a 15-point, 10-rebound game for Belgium.
Slovenia got to the line 25 times, to just eight for Belgium.
“I have been hearing the word ‘equality’ for many weeks. But there is no equality in basketball,” Belgium coach Dario Gergia said.
Next up for Slovenia is the quarter-final match on Wednesday, against the winner of the Ukraine-Poland match. These teams will play on Sunday.
GERMANY 85, MONTENEGRO 79
Dennis Schroder scored 22 points and Germany blew most of a 27-point lead in the second half before going on to put away Montenegro.
Germany led 51-24 early in the third quarter before Montenegro outscored the hosts 53-29 over the next 19 minutes.
But Germany sealed the victory with five free throws in the final seconds – three of them coming from an unsportsmanlike foul and a technical foul.
Maodo Lo and Franz Wagner each scored 14 for Germany. The Germans will meet either Greece or the Czech Republic in Tuesday’s quarter-finals. These teams meet in the round of 16 on Sunday.
Kendrick Perry scored 25 for Montenegro, which got 22 from Bojan Dublijevic, 13 from Marko Simonovic and 12 from Vladimir Mihailovic.
SPAIN 102, LITHUANIA 94, O.T
Lorenzo Brown scored 28 points, Willy Hernangomez added 21 and Spain survived some frantic moments to hold off Lithuania in overtime.
Rudy Fernandez and Juancho Hernangomez each scored 13 for Spain, which will meet either Finland or Croatia in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Finland and Croatia play in the round of 16 on Sunday.
Brown scored the first five points of overtime and Spain never trailed in overtime.
Ignas Brazdeikis gave Lithuania a chance, with a tip-in rattling around the rim and falling as time expired in regulation. But Lithuania blew an eight-point lead in the final 5:56 of the fourth quarter, and Spain tied the game on Brown’s layup with 2:23 left in the fourth.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas led Lithuania with 18 points. Brazdeikis scored 17, while Domantas Sambonis and Loukas Lekavicius each scored 15.
Rokas Jokubaitis added 13 for Lithuania, which lost despite shooting 51 percent — 7 percent better than Spain.
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