Italy uses 16-2 fourth-quarter run to knock Jokic, Serbia out of EuroBasket

BERLIN (AP) – Italy opened the fourth quarter with a 16-2 run to take control and oust previously unbeaten Serbia — and two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic — in a upset, 94-86.

Marco Spissu scored 22 points and Nicolo Melli added 21 for Italy, which got 19 from Simone Fontecchio and 16 from Achille Polonara.

Jokic led all scorers with 32 points for Serbia, plus 13 rebounds. He made 8 of 14 shots from the field. his teammates combined to shoot 18 for 47 (38%).

Italy will face France in the quarter-final on Wednesday.

POLAND 94, UKRAINE 86

Ukraine’s run at EuroBasket is complete.

AJ Slaughter scored 24 points, Mateusz Ponitka added 22, and Poland knocked Ukraine out of the European championships with a 94-86 victory on Sunday.

Aleksander Balcerowski scored 14 and Michal Sokolowski had 13 for Poland, which finished the game on a 20-10 run and will now face Luka Doncic and defending EuroBasket champion Slovenia in a quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.

And with that, the summer program for the Ukrainian national team came to an abrupt end. The team played and trained in many countries across Europe throughout the summer, but were unable to gather on their own due to the ongoing war caused by Russia’s invasion in February.

The games were broadcast across Ukraine during EuroBasket and the players said they know their participation in the tournament lifted their spirits.

“I hope it inspires them and helps them a lot, just to take their minds off the war a little bit and watch us play,” Svi Mykhailiuk said. “Obviously, today was not a great example of us playing, but all this time we did our best. I hope they enjoyed it. Obviously, it’s hard for everybody because all the guys’ families are still there and it’s hard to be here. But I appreciate everyone being here. I appreciate everyone who is fighting.”

Vyacheslav Bobrov led Ukraine with 15 points. Artem Pustovyi and Issuf Sanon scored 13 each, Mykhailiuk had 12 and Ivan Tkachenko finished with 10.

Neither team ever led by more than nine in a game that featured 12 lead changes and 11 ties.

“It was difficult, but we did what we did,” Mykhailiuk said. “I think we did more than everybody expected us to do.”

FINLAND 94, CROATIA 86

Lauri Markkanen scored 43 points and Finland is now confident of its best EuroBasket result in 55 years.

Shawn Huff’s 3-pointer with 4:25 left put Finland ahead to stay, Markkanen’s layup capped a 10-0 run and Finland cruised past Croatia for its first EuroBasket quarterfinal berth since 1967.

Finland play Spain on Tuesday, seeking their first European Championship semi-final berth in 17 appearances.

Markkanen made 19 of 29 shots from the field, scoring 26 of his points in the second half. He also had nine rebounds for Finland, which got 17 points from Sasu Salin and 16 from Edon Maxhuni.

The 43 points tied Markkanen for the eighth-highest scoring performance in EuroBasket history and the best by a Finnish player.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points for Croatia, which got 17 from Jalin Smith, 12 from Dario Saric and 11 each from Kruslav Simon and Karlo Matkovic.

GREECE 94, CZECH REPUBLIC 88

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Greece advanced to the quarterfinals with host Germany by beating the Czech Republic.

Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 31 seconds left sealed the deal for Greece, which got 14 points from Nick Kalathis, 13 from Ioannis Papapetrou and 10 from Kostal Slukas.

It was the fourth and final game of the day — a mathematically odd day in Berlin, where all four winners scored exactly 94 points. The four losing scores: 86, 86, 86 and 88.

Jan Vesely had 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting for the Czech Republic, which got 17 from Vojtech Hruban, 12 from Ondrej Balvin and Patrik Auda and 11 from Jaromir Bohacik.

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