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Russia Advances to Eurobasket Quarterfinals

APRussia's Timofei Mozgov lunging for the ball during their EuroBasket 2009, European Basketball Championships group E qualifying round match against Macedonia in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Tuesday Sept. 15, 2009.

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Center Timofei Mozgov had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead defending champions Russia past Macedonia 71-69 and into the quarterfinals of the European Basketball Championship.

Macedonia had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds after Russia threw the ball away with 5.9 seconds to play. But Macedonia guard Dimitar Mirakovski's runner in the lane bounced out at the buzzer and Russia hung on for the win, despite shooting just 1 of 15 from behind the arc.

Power forward Pero Antic scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead Macedonia, which was eliminated with the loss.

In other Group E games later Tuesday, unbeaten France plays Greece, and Croatia takes on Germany with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

The top four teams in Group E and Group F advance to the quarterfinals.