EUROBASKET: QUARTERS TAKE SHAPE

Macedonia and Russia secured quarter-final berths at EuroBasket on Thursday as they remained unbeaten.

Russia 79 Finland 60

Russia cast aside Finland to keep their perfect record intact and secure a spot in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket with a 79-60 victory.

A 14-4 run in the first half gave David Blatt’s men the platform to surge clear and after they had won the second quarter 15-6 to build a 33-20 half-time advantage, they cruised away, led by 14 points from Andrei Kirilenko.

Macedonia 65 Georgia 63

Macedonia secured their spot in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket with a 65-63 victory over Georgia on Thursday.

The Macedonians, led by 25 points from Siena guard Bo McCalebb, led 29-26 at half-time but powered away in the third quarter to remain unbeaten.

Georgia, led by 20 from ex-NBA forward Niikolz Tskitishvili, now face a mammoth task to progress.

Greece 69 Slovenia 60

Greece used a late push to see off Slovenia and move closer to a spot in the last eight.

Niko Zisis had a game-high 19 points including a three-pointer with 10 seconds left which put the game beyond reach.

But the Slovenes had rallied from 35-20 down in the second quarter to go in front late in the third during a 9-0 run which put them up 46-44 headed into the final period before they succumbed at the last.

Jaka Lakovic had 14 for Slovenia who are now 1-2.

Image: FIBA Europe

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