EuroBasket results 2013: France, Lithuania, Serbia and Ukraine advance

Christian Petersen

Four teams from Group E advanced to the final round of EuroBasket on Sunday.

The picture in EuroBasket's final round cleared itself up on Sunday after the final set of second-round games for Group E. Serbia, France, Lithuania and Ukraine all advanced to the tournament round after a Belgium win against Latvia took away the opportunity for Latvia to jump Ukraine in the standings.

Monday will conclude second-round play as the six teams in Group F play for the right to advance. But before that happens, here's what secured the final-round appearances for four of the six teams in Group E.

Serbia 77, France 65 -- Serbia improved to 4-1 against remaining teams with the win against France. Behind 19 points from former NBA big man Nenad Krstic, Serbia will move to the third round on a roll. France struggled from the perimeter and couldn't defend the paint against Serbia in a loss that dropped it to 3-2.

Golden State Warriors first-round pick Nemanja Nedovic also impressed for Serbia. The 22-year-old guard scored 17 points and hit 5-of-8 from three-point range.

France had five players in double figures but couldn't find balance. It hit just 2-of-14 three-pointers and shot 38.7 percent overall. Tony Parker scored 10 points to go with five assists, and Nando de Colo, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Alexis Ajinca scored 12 each.

France had 18 second-chance points and Serbia missed 11 free throws, yet Serbia made up for it, simply by hitting more shots at a 50 percent clip.

Lithuania 70, Ukraine 63 -- Former NBA forward Linas Kleiza scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds to help Lithuania hold off Ukraine. The Lithuanians went a perfect 3-0 in the second round and hold a 4-1 record against remaining EuroBasket squads to advance them to the next round.

Phoenix Suns center Slava Kravtsov led Ukraine with nine rebounds and for Lithuania, Toronto Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas played just 13 minutes and scored two points. Additionally, Houston Rockets big man Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points for Lithuania.

Ukraine's loss dropped it to 2-3 against remaining teams but because of Belgium beating Latvia earlier in the day, it will advance to the final round.

Sergii Gladyr scored 18 for Ukraine, and American-born Pooh Jeter added 10 points and eight assists in the loss. Jeter hit two free throws with 1:21 left in the game to bring Ukraine within a point, but Kleiza answered for Lithuania with a three-pointer to give his team a 67-63 lead and Ukraine wouldn't score again.

Both teams shot below 38 percent from the floor, but Lithuania only turned the ball over nine times while also grabbing 17 offensive rebounds.

Belgium 60, Latvia 56 -- Belgium only needed to play for pride, but on Sunday it also played spoiler. The win for Belgium ended Latvia's hopes of making the final, tournament-style round of EuroBasket as both teams finished with 1-4 records against remaining teams.

Latvia simply couldn't find the bottom of the net and shot 29.4 percent from the floor while hitting just five of 29 three-point attempts. Conversely, Belgium attacked with a more conservative approach. It made five threes, the same amount as Latvia, but only needed 13 attempts.

Nonetheless, it was a close, defensive game throughout. The teams were tied at 46 with more than eight minutes remaining in the game and Belgium went on a 9-0 run in just two minutes. Latvia couldn't come back despite a 7-0 response.

Forward Sacha Massot led Belgium with 14 points and three blocks, and Wen Mukubu added 13 points of his own. Rolands Freimanis was Latvia's only double-digit scorer with 10 points.

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