Russia remained unbeaten at EuroBasket 2011 thanks to a win in the final game before the knockout round. Russia beat Macedonia to win Group F and a top seed in the knockouts. The Russians totally had it in the bag all the way through. No drama needed. Right, Sergei Monia?
That was a game-winning banked fallaway three-pointer at the buzzer. With the shot, Russia draws Serbia in the next round, while Macedonia must now face daunting host nation Lithuania.
In the other game of import in Group F on Monday, Slovenia defeated Finland 67-60 to advance to the knockout round. There, they'll meet reigning European champion Spain. The real game for Slovenia now is, should they lose as expected, the consolation match against the loser of Macedonia-Lithuania. The winner of that consolation match will move on to the 2012 London Olympics qualifying tournament to be held next July.
Greece has already advanced to the knockout round and clinched the third seed in Group F. They beat an eliminated Georgian squad 73-60. Greece dances with France on Friday.