2013 EuroBasket results: France, Lithuania and Ukraine win on Friday


EuroBasket 2013's second round continued on Friday with Group E action. France bounced back from Wednesday's loss while Serbia dropped its first game this round.

France and Lithuania improved to 3-1 in EuroBasket 2013's second round, positioning them for trips to the quarterfinals. Serbia lost its first game of this round, but at 3-1 will still make the quarterfinals. Belgium remains winless and can't advance. The final quarterfinal spot from this group will go to either Ukraine, which beat Serbia on Friday, or Latvia.

Here's a breakdown of Friday's action:

Lithuania 86, Belgium 67 -- Following an impressive victory over France, Lithuania ran roughshod over Belgium in an 86-67 win. Donatas Motiejunas had 13 points to lead Lithuania, while Jonas Valanciunas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 12 points apiece. Valanciunas added 10 rebounds to notch a double-double.

Lithuania held a six-point lead after one quarter, but things got out of hand in the second. Lithuania outscored Belgium 26-9 in the second frame and extended their lead to a whopping 34 points after three quarters. Belgium closed the final margin to 19 with a big fourth quarter.

Lithuania shot an even 50 percent from the field and held Belgium to 39 percent shooting. Lithuania dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 43-30.

Jonathan Tabu had 15 points to lead Belgium. Axel Hervelle was the only other player on Belgium to reach double figures in scoring with 10. Belgium has now lost both second-round games.

Ukraine 82, Serbia 75 -- Two days after being blown out by Latvia, Ukraine needed little motivation to scrap for a win against Serbia on Friday. That the Ukrainians did. Maxym Korniyenko led Ukraine with 21 points and Pooh Jeter added 20, many of which came on timely buckets in the fourth quarter.

Ukraine improved to a 2-2 record against teams still alive in EuroBasket while Serbia dropped to 3-1 against teams in Group E.

Serbia turned the ball over just 11 times but gave up 15 points to Ukraine on those miscues. In what was otherwise a very well-played game by both teams, Ukraine limited itself to just six turnovers and in those only gave up five points to Serbia. Both teams shot above 43 percent from the floor -- not something you could say for too many EuroBasket games so far -- and hit more than 35 percent from three-point range.

Serbia grabbed 18 offensive boards but only scored 11 points off those opportunities. It also missed 12-of-24 free throw attempts and couldn't take advantage of getting several Ukrainians in foul trouble.

Nemanja Bjelica paced Serbia with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and former NBA center Nenad Krstic added 17 points.

France 102, Latvia 91 -- France bounced back from Wednesday's loss to Lithuania with a victory over Latvia and moved closer to a spot in the quarterfinals. Alexis Ajinça led France with 25 points, but this wasn't a one-man show. Tony Parker followed closely with 23 points, and Boris Diaw added 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

France's Nicolas Batum had a strong game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He was 7-of-10 from the field, which helped contribute to France's 59.7 percent shooting. Head over to Blazer's Edge for more on Batum's performance.

Latvia lived by the three-point shot and was successful at it, sinking 11-of-24 shots; while the team shot 53.8 percent from the field, only Dairis Bertans scored 20-plus points, finishing with 28. Janis Strelnieks chipped in 14 points and Rihards Kuksiks and Rolands Freimanis each put in 11.

France also won the battle of the boards with 35 rebounds to Latvia's 23.

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