Overview of the most interesting of the third day of the European Championship in basketball 2022

BRATISLAVA. Bosnia and Herzegovina lost to Germany 82:92 in the second match at EuroBasket 2022. They went into halftime with a five-point lead, but after the third period of ten minutes they already lost by twelve.

The Balkans experienced a quarter of the horror. They did not do well offensively and defensively. The home team was clearly better in this part of the game and eventually won the quarter with 28:11.

“I have told my players that they should be happy that they only lost five points in the first half,” national coach Gordon Herbert told Eurohoops.net.

“We went into the second half much better, we had more intensity and in general we played better,” the Germany coach added.

In the match, Džanan Musa, last year’s most useful player in the Endesa League, scored the most points. He scored 30 points on 13/17 shooting from the field.

“We respect everyone, but we are not afraid of anyone,” Musa said at a press conference after the game. “We know they are great teams, but everything is still open in the group. So we will take on this challenge.”

Another star of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team, Jusuf Nurkic, was seen in the match with some beautiful moments. One or even two of them were the blocks they exchanged with the talented Wagner.

VIDEO: Jusuf Nurkič and Franz Wagner exchanged blocks in the match

He criticized the FIBA ​​rules

After the game, he also took this moment with him in his criticism of the referees.

“Personally, I think FIBA ​​fights by the rules. Here they have to catch up to the NBA. I had so many opportunities to make a mistake. For example, when Wagner was about to jam, it was clearly a clean block and whistled the referee for a violation.

Okay, let’s move on. Then when I turned around in the fight with Theis he clearly pushed me outside the rules and it wasn’t a foul, it was said to be a foul on Wagner.

At the end of the day we understood that we are playing at home, there is a home crowd and the umpires won’t let us rest. We don’t feel like it too much and we move on,” Nurkic said at the press conference.

Although he scored 21 points and seven rebounds, his plus-minus number was -14. The team did not benefit much from his stay on the board.

“I don’t think anything has gone wrong, but we just don’t have the experience to play great basketball for 40 minutes. We are a young team and things will only get better,” he added.

Dennis Schröder tries to get past the defending Jusuf Nurkic.

Dennis Schröder tries to get past the defending Jusuf Nurkic. (Author: TASR/AP)

The Germans showed the same team play as against France. No fewer than five players scored in double figures. The NBA duo Dennis Schröder and Franz Wagner had the most (18).

Germany will play against Lithuania on Sunday. At least until then, the Germans will remain in first place in the group B table.

Bosnia now faces a very difficult series of matches. On Sunday they will play a duel against the leaders of the group, Slovenia, on Tuesday France awaits them and Lithuania on Wednesday.

“I think in the next games we have to learn from our mistakes because we have three really tough games against Slovenia, France and Lithuania. We can’t make the mistakes we made today,” Musa revealed.

Lithuania is over

In the “group of death” the favorites for the European Championship title, France and Lithuania, came against each other. Lithuanian basketball players entered the final quarter with a six point lead.

In the last ten minutes the score was tied at 64:64, but just before the end the French showed an important run of seven points.

After a cold shower from Germany in the first game, French star Evan Fournier woke up. In the match, he scored 27 points while shooting 45% from the field.

“I think I got a little more involved offensively tonight and that helped me find my rhythm. I finally started playing basketball in this championship,” Eurohoops.net quoted Fournier as saying.

VIDEO: Clip of Evan Fournier’s actions in the match with Lithuania

Apart from him, none of the French had double digits. For example, the stellar Gobert scored just eight points on 1/5 shooting from the field. He hit the free throw six times.

Germany will wait for Lithuania on Sunday, followed by Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “We have to keep fighting for the title,” said Lithuanian coach Kazys Maksvytis.

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and head coach Mike Brown also came to watch the attractive game against France and watch their European star Domantas Sabonis.

Jokič in a sold out hall

Czech basketball players played in front of a packed O2 Arena in Prague.

They faced the favorite from Serbia, who won with 81:68. More than 15,000 spectators watched this game. This number became a record in the history of Czech basketball.

“Compared to Friday, the atmosphere was much better. Although yesterday was also great, this time there were four thousand more people. It is known, the fans are the sixth player on the board for us.

We will need them all to get to the remaining games,” Czech quarterback Ondřej Sehnal told iSport.cz after the game.

Against the Netherlands, the star of the team Nikola Jokic did not play a large number of minutes. Despite this, he recorded a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Czechs should be commended for the fighting spirit with which they played. In the match against Poland they paid for the first quarter, against Serbia for the second, which they lost at 10:23.

VIDEO: Nikola Jokič in the game against the Czech Republic

On the Czech side, the young Oklahoma City Thunder player Vít Krejčí scored the most. He finished the game with thirteen points. On the contrary, the lower basket player Ján Veselý shot 0/6 off the field after the game.

The leader of the Czech team, Tomáš Satoranský, did not participate in the game due to an ankle injury. He was originally going to be saved for the remaining matches in the group.

He will wait for the Czech Republic at 5.30 p.m. on Monday. The Netherlands, which lost 24 points to Serbia in the first game. The Czechs will want, and most importantly, probably have to win this match if they want to get out of the group.

Dončič was back in office

Under the watchful eye of Dallas Mavericks general manager Nic Harrison and team legend Jason Kidd at the Cologne Arena, Luka Dončič scored 20 points for Hungary in 19 minutes of play in a stunning 8/11 shooting from the field.

He was close to a triple-double with seven rebounds and seven assists. Thanks to this performance, Slovenia won 103:88 and is second in Group B.

In a match he also performed a nice actionwhen he put a “football manger” on the opponent and entered the break, which he ended with a precise pass for the “alley-oop” action.

On Sunday at 5:45 PM. the Slovenians start the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Slovakia is also represented at the tournament. Saturday’s match between Bulgaria and Turkey was whistled by well-known Slovakian referee Zdenko Tomašovič.

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