Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Rebounds to Beat Yugoslavia




PAU, France -- Russia handed Yugoslavia its first loss in the European Championship, beating the two-time defending champion 76-68 behind Zakhar Pashutin's 20 points Monday.


In a replay of last year's World Championship final when Yugoslavia won the title, Pashutin made seven of eight field goal attempts and hit all three of his 3-point shots. His brother, Yevgeny, had 10 assists and four steals to go with nine points.


Dejan Bodiroga had 14 for Yugoslavia, while the Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac got 13.


Yugoslav coach Zeljko Obradovic used many bench players and Sacramento Kings forward Predrag Stojakovic, recovering from a knee injury, made his debut in the championship, missing three shots and committing three turnovers in five minutes of play.


Point guard Sasha Obradovic slipped and twisted his ankle early in the second half and never returned. The second point guard, Dragan Lukovski, missed his second game, also with an injury.


The loss made little difference for Yugoslavia, which still won its second-round pool with a 5-1 record. Russia also qualified for the quarterfinals.


In the other games in Pau, Spain beat Israel 88-74 and advanced when France rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Slovenia 74-69.


In Le Mans, Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis had 25 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in 31 minutes as Lithuania beat Italy 74-62. Lithuania, which like Yugoslavia reached the quarterfinals with a 5-1 record, also got 19 points from Arturas Karnisovas. Andrea Meneghin led Italy with 16.


In the other games in Le Mans, Germany advanced to the last eight with a stunning 102-85 victory over Croatia and Turkey beat the Czech Republic 78-73 behind Mirsad Turkcan's 17 points to qualify in third place, ahead of Germany.


Shooting guard Drazan Tomic, a Croatian-born naturalized German, burned his former countrymen with a tournament-high 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range.


Vladimir Bogojevic, a Serbian-born point guard, notched a championship-high 12 assists to go with his 12 points and four rebounds.


Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks scored 21 points for Germany, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds. Three other Germans scored in double figures.


The Croatians got 14 points, eight assists, three steals and three rebounds from Toni Kukoc, the winner of three NBA championship rings with the Chicago Bulls. But Kukoc made only five of 13 field goal attempts in what was likely his last game for the national team.


By its ouster, Croatia failed to qualify for next year's Olympics in Sydney, a bitter blow to one of Europe's most respected teams.


The top five teams in the European Championship will join Yugoslavia, which qualified for the Olympics by winning the world championship title last year.


In Pau, France was still trailing by 15 with eight minutes to play. But guard Antoine Rigaudeau and forward Tariq Abdul-Wahad of the Sacramento Kings then woke up from a scoring slump and paced the French rally. Rigaudeau, with two points in the first half, finished with 12. Abdul-Wahad, scoreless in the first half, finished with 11.


Slovenia, which would have qualified had it won, got 16 points and nine rebounds from Radoslav Nesterovic, the Minnesota Timberwolves center, and 15 points from Marko Milic, a forward with the Phoenix Suns.