Cologne, Germany (AP) – Luka Doncic was asked Tuesday if it was him or the Greek Giannis Antikonmo He had a better chance of setting a record in the EuroBasket Championship.
Doncic picked up Antiokonmo quickly.
A day later, he might have been proven wrong.
Doncic scored 47 points – the second most by anyone in European Championship history – led Slovenia to overtake France 88-82 on Wednesday to take the top seed from Group B at the start of this weekend’s knockout round.
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“Luca is, of course, a great player,” said the France midfielder. Rudy GobertOne of the best defenders in the world.
Doncic scored 27 of Slovenia’s first 36 points, and scored 15 of 23 shots from the field, in addition to scoring seven rebounds and five assists.
Eddie Terras scored 63 points for Belgium against Albania in 1957. This is the only European Basketball Championship performance in which someone got more points than Doncic on Wednesday. The previous best attempt was the 46th of Greek striker Nikos Galis against Sweden in 1983.
The highest number in this year’s European Basketball Championship, which entered Wednesday, was Antetokonmo’s 41 goals against Ukraine.
Goran Dragic broke the tie with a corner kick with 1:20 left to put Slovenia (4-1) ahead for good. This was a measure of recovering Slovenia, which lost to France in the Olympic semi-finals at last summer’s Tokyo Games.
“Luka had a great night,” said Slovenia coach Aleksandar Ciculic. “It spoils us a lot. We think this is normal. This is not normal.”
Wednesday the last round of team play began. There are four groups with six teams in each, and the top four clubs in each group – 16 teams in total – move to Berlin for the knockout stage that begins on Saturday.
Lithuania 87, Bosnia and Herzegovina 70
Lithuania is going to the knockout stage of EuroBasket.
Marius Grigounis scored 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Lithuania topped Bosnia and Herzegovina – a game where the winner takes it all in terms of which team will move from Group B to the round of 16.
Arnas Butkevicius and Ignas Prazdekis each scored 13 points, and Dumantas Sabonis He added 12 for Lithuania, who survived the second game in a row to be won.
Deznan Musa led all scorers with 22 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-3), while Yusuf Nurkic added 15 points.
Round 30-10 that spanned the second and third quarters was key for Lithuania (2-3). The game was tied at 32 points before the surge advanced Lithuania 62-42 early in the third quarter.
Germany 106, Hungary 71
Christian Senjfelder scored 22 points, Modu Lo added 21 points, and Germany (4-1) prepared for the trip from Cologne to Berlin with an easy victory over Hungary (0-5).
Nils Jaffe scored 19 and Andreas Obst scored 16 and Franz Wagner He got 15 points in just 12 minutes for Germany.
Hungary’s Zoltan Pearl led with 15 points, while Zilard Benke scored 13, Adam Somogyi had 11 and David Vojvoda had 10.
Spain 72, Turkey 69
In Tbilisi, Georgia, Lorenzo Brown put the second game on the left, Spain (4-1) ahead, to stay in the group victory over Turkey (3-2).
Willie Hernangómez Spain led with 15 points, and Brown finished with 11 points. Spain will meet Lithuania in the round of 16 this weekend.
Belgium 89, Bulgaria 80
Belgium (3-2) secured their place in the group stage, with Retin Obasuhan scoring 25 points and Manu Lecomte adding 20 points.
Maxime de Zieu scored 13 goals for Belgium.
Alexander Vyzhinkov scored 26 points and 13 rebounds, and De Post scored 18 for Bulgaria (1-4), which was eliminated.
Montenegro 81, Georgia 73
Montenegro (3-2) finished last in Group A qualifiers, Georgia (1-4) behind 22 points from Igor Drobnik and 17 points from Kendrick Berry.
Bojan Dubljevic added 10 for Montenegro.
For Georgia, Taddos McFadden scored 16 goals, Alexander Mamukilashvili 15, while Duda Sanadze and Georgi Shermadini scored 14 goals each.