2013 EuroBasket results: Spain advances to quarterfinals

Harry How

Greece's double-overtime loss to Croatia pushed Spain through to the quarterfinals, and the second round of play comes to an end.

Spain took the eighth and final spot in the EuroBasket 2013 quarterfinals thanks to Greece's 92-88 loss in double overtime to Croatia, and the rest of the final round field was set on Monday. Let's take a closer look at that game and the rest of Monday's action.

Croatia 92, Greece 88 (double OT): Greece fought valiantly to stave off elimination, but it fell just short against Croatia in double overtime. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 22 points, with 13 of those coming in the two overtime periods. Ante Tomic added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Croatia will face Ukraine to begin third-round play.

The game was close throughout, and it went to overtime after Nikos Zisis buried a three-pointer to tie the game up at 70-70 with 10 seconds left in regulation. Greece had a three-point lead in the final minute of the first overtime, but Bogdanovic hit a three with 25 seconds left and Zisis missed a potential game-winner.

Croatia appeared to take control midway through the second overtime, going up by seven points. Greece stormed back to tie the game at 86-86, but Dontaye Draper's bucket with 33 seconds left put Croatia up for good. Following a miss by Zisis, Bogdanovic hit two free throws to help ice the game.

Greece kept the game close despite shooting just 35.1 percent from the field and getting outrebounded by 12. Greece nearly made up for that by attempting 18 more free throws and forcing 18 turnovers.

Yannis Bourousis led Greece with 21 points and nine rebounds. Vassilis Spanoulis added 18 points.

Italy 86, Spain 81 (OT): Luigi Datome hit a game-tying layup in the final second of regulation to help Italy complete a 15-point rally, and Italy simply outplayed Spain in overtime to earn a resilient victory Sunday.

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebound for Spain, and point guard Sergio Rodriguez added 18 points and six assists in a losing effort.

Italy led 24-12 late in the first quarter but Spain answered with a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to tie the game. The teams were tied at 37 apiece at halftime, but in the third quarter Spain went on an 18-3 run to take a 60-45 lead, the Spaniards' largest of the game.

Italy wasn't deterred. Spurs guard Marco Belinelli missed a lefty layup in the closing seconds but the ball was knocked out of balls on a scramble off the miss. Italy had the ball and with two seconds left on the inbounds, and Datome split two Spanish defenders along the right baseline to lay the ball in for a tie that forced overtime.

Datome finished with 11 points and Belinelli scored 16. But it was Italian forward Alessandro Gentile scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds that led the way. Pietro Aradori put in 17 points, and Italy outrebounded the athletic Spanish team 48-38, all while making up for 17 turnovers to Spain's nine.

Spain will face a tough first test in the second round as it takes on Group E's No. 1 seed, Serbia. Italy will face Group E second-seed Lithuania.

Finland 92, Slovenia 76: The teams played an even first half at 42-42, but Finland started the second half on a 14-2 run. That lead eventually hit 19 points, 68-49, but Slovenia turned things around for a bit and cut the deficit to just seven points at one point in the fourth quarter. But Finland's deadly shots from the arc ballooned the lead to double digits once again.

Finland shot 53 percent from three-point range, sinking 17-of-32 shots. Overall, Finland hit on 58 percent of its shots, including Gerald Lee Jr. hitting 7-of-8 from the field. Lee led the team with 17 points and six rebounds. Sasu Salin and Mikko Koivisto each added 16 points and Petteri Koponen chipped in 14 points and dished out six assists.

Slovenia's Bostjan Nachbar led his team with 15 points and five rebounds. Jure Balazic was the only other player on Slovenia to reach double-digit points with 14.

Despite the loss Slovenia is on to the quarterfinals. Slovenia and Goran Dragic face Tony Parker and France in the quarterfinals.

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