EuroBasket 2011: Group A Round-Up September 06, 2011 13:15

Here at Basketball Megastore, we are big fans of Team GB and basketball in general, so over the last week we have been closely following the results from Group A of EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

Group A of EuroBasket 2011 has proved to be a very tough group for Team GB, what with the likes of Turkey, Spain and Lithuania all being in the same group. Many have called it the "group of death".

Below are a few of our favourite games from Group A:

Great Britain Vs Lithuania

Team GB started the tournament with a resilient 69-80 loss to EuroBasket hosts and overall contenders, Lithuania. Luol Deng finished the game as top scorer with 25 points, to go with 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

Turkey Vs Lithuania

This game was destined to be cracker with the World Championship Silver medallists, Turkey, facing the World Championship Bronze medallists Lithuania.

The game ended 75 -68 in a win to hosts Lithuania. Top scorer for the game was Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova with 20 points. Turkish Center, Omer Asik, finished the game with a double-double, with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Great Britain Vs Portugal

Going into this game GB had lost all three of its group games, so it was very important that GB got the win if it had any chance of progressing to the next round of the tournament.

Led by star player Luol Deng, who had 21 first half points, GB finished the half strongly to take a 10 point lead into the second half.

During the second half, Portugal closed the gap to within 7 points with only 4:32 to go, but they didn't get any closer.
The game finished 85-73 to Great Britain, giving them their first win in an international leading tournament. Deng scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

Carlos Andrade led Portugal with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Poland Vs Turkey

Minnows Poland took on the might of Turkey in this match-up, and surprisingly prevailed. Poland led 39-35 at the break, but trailed 75-68 with 4:52 to go. They then went on a 7-0 run, tying the game at 75-75 with 3:36 to play.

Both teams then traded baskets until Poland's Dardan Berisha made the game winning basket with 12 seconds left on the clock to give Poland an improbable 84-83 victory.

Berisha was the top scorer for the Poles with 21 points, while, Enes Kanter, led Turkey with 19 points.

Lithuania Vs Spain

Spain started the game quickly ending the first quarter up 31-12 thanks to 15 points from Carlos Navarro. They then went on another run in the second quarter to finish the half up 62-36.

The hosts came back in the second half to outscore Spain 23-19 in the 3rd and 20-10 in the 4th, but the damage was already done. Spain came out victors with a 91-79 commanding win.

Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro finished the game with 22 points and 4 assists and compatriot Serge Ibaka tallied 15 points and 9 rebounds in only 17 minutes of playing time.

Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas led his team with 13 points and 3 assists.

Spain Vs Turkey

Spain entered this game undefeated in the group stages, whereas Turkey had two defeats to its name and badly needed the win, to secure qualification to the next phase of the tournament.

Spain started off well again taking a 19-10 lead into the second quarter, but, then the Turkish team started to gel, finishing the half only 3 points behind, 38-35.

In the third quarter Spain outscored Turkey 17-14, which gave them a 6 point lead going into the decisive last quarter.

In the last quarter Turkey's defence stepped up and managed to hold the Spanish side to only 2 points for the quarter, sealing the game and qualification for the Turkish side.

The score ended 65-57 to Turkey with Emir Preldzic leading all scorers with 18 points. Omer Asik scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners.

Team

Played

W

L

PF

PA

Pts

Spain

5

4

1

404

364

9

Lithuania

5

4

1

429

374

9

Turkey

5

3

2

385

333

8

Great Britain

5

2

3

372

410

7

Poland

5

2

3

401

424

7

Portugal

5

0

5

344

430

5