Lithuania protests double loss to Germany at EuroBasket

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Lithuania protested their double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday, arguing that referees did not award them a free throw following a legal technical foul.

It was not immediately clear how, or if, FIBA ​​would respond to the protest.

So far it’s a German victory – and a huge one for the hosts. Franz Wagner scored 32 points, Dennis Schroder added 25 and Germany held off Lithuania 109-107 in a game that was close throughout, with no team ever leading by more than nine points.

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

According to FIBA, German coach Gordie 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 fired two free throws for Lithuania for the personal foul, but no technical free throws were awarded.

Herbert said he was told by one of the referees with 7 seconds remaining in regulation that there was “a situation” regarding technique and what should have happened.

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

Arnas Butkevicius’ 3-pointer from the left wing for Lithuania – the potential game winner – bounced off the edge as time ran out in the second extra session.

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 tough game,” Valanciunas said. “They played well. I thought we responded most of the time. … Congratulations to them.

Valanciunas scored the final four points in regulation as Lithuania rallied 89-85 in the final 42 seconds. Schroder missed a back jump 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 substituted with 2:29 to go, Lo made a 3-pointer 17 seconds later for a 106-102 lead and Germany held on.

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

GROUP B

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 97, SLOVENIA 93

Also in Cologne, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-1) stunned Luka Doncic and defending EuroBasket winners 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) squandered most of a 15-point lead before hanging on late to defeat Hungary (1-2).

Adam Hanga’s 3-pointer with 1:04 to go put Hungary up 74-72. Hungary earned a save on the next French possession and had a chance to take what would have been their first lead, but David Vojvoda’s 3-point try bounced back 23 seconds from time.

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

Hanga scored 18 for Hungary and Mikael Hopkins added 10.

GROUP A

BELGIUM 83, SPAIN 73

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

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

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

MONTENEGRO 91, BULGARIA 81

Vladimir Mihailovic scored 23 points and Montenegro (2-1) finished the game on an 18-6 streak to catch 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 scoring with 26 for Bulgaria, which led 75-73 in the fourth before missing eight of its last 10 shots. Andrey Ivanov finished with 17 and Chavdar Kostov added 10 for Bulgaria, who attempted 64 shots in the game, including 40 from 3-pointers.

GEORGIA 88, TURKEY 83, 2OT

The Group A hosts rallied from an early 10-point deficit and handed Turkey (2-1) their first loss, although there was even more controversy after the game.

Turkey alleged that one of their players – local media said it was Furkan Korkmaz – had an altercation in the dressing room after the game. It was unclear who else was involved in the incident.

Turkey assistant coach Hakan Demir said his national federation wanted to review the security footage. Turkey were also upset that 22 seconds elapsed in a fourth-quarter on-field altercation between Korkmaz and Georgia’s Duda Sanadze.

“We’re going to watch the cameras,” Demir said. “That kind of thing, unfortunately, is a big disappointment. We’re here to play basketball. … On the court, Georgia won the game. We congratulate them. It’s not a problem. . We have lost in two extra times. It doesn’t matter.”

Both Korkmaz and Sanadze were expelled.

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 goals, Cedi Osman added 14 and Melik Mahmutoglu scored 11. Shane Larkin finished with nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five interceptions.

Turkey’s defeat created a four-way tie with Montenegro, Spain and Belgium joining them at the top of Group A. The top four teams from each group advance to the knockout stage.

MONDAY SCHEDULE

Group C and Group D return to the floor. Group A and Group B have one day off.

In Group C, in Milan, Ukraine (2-0) will seek to remain undefeated against Italy (1-1). Also in Milan on Monday: Greece (2-0), who won both matches with eight points combined, take on Great Britain (0-2) and Croatia (1-1) take on Estonia (0-2) ).

In Group D, in Prague, Serbia (2-0) takes on Finland (1-1), Israel (2-0) takes on Poland (1-1) and the Czech Republic (0-2) takes on the Netherlands -Low (0-2).

All four groups are in action on Tuesday, with 12 matches scheduled. Group play continues until Thursday and the Round of 16 begins in Berlin on Saturday.

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