Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Dragic leads Slovenia to Eurobasket glory

Dragic leads Slovenia to Eurobasket glory

He was scoreless in the final quarter.

The MVP of EuroBasket is probably Goran Dragic, who has been nothing short of awesome averaging 21 points and 5.4 assists per game, and hitting 37.5 percent from three in leading Slovenia to the title game.

As Dragic limped to the bench with an injury, Klemen Prepelic took over, grabbing rebounds and scoring two crucial free throws as Slovenia dug deep to take the lead again and seal a historic victory over their bitter rivals in their first major final.

The Dragon went off for a whopping 20 points alone in the 10-minute second period to help Slovenia build a nine-point lead at intermission.

"We are an uptempo team ... the importance of the game shouldn't change what we do", said Slovenia's Serb coach, Igor Kokoskov.

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Dragic's points were the most in a final since Spanish star Pau Gasol's 36 in 2003 and short of Aleksandar Djordjevic's all-time record of 41.

Spain went up by 17 points, 45-28, after the first half, which proved to be an insurmountable lead over Russians. Slovenia prevailed nonetheless, going on a 12-0 run at the end of the game to beat Yugoslav neighbor Serbia 93-85.

Kokoskov, also the assistant coach for the Utah Jazz, gave a nod to his boss - coach Quin Snyder.

Earlier, Spain defeated Russian Federation 93-85 to take third place, with 51 points coming from the Gasol brothers, Pau (26) and Marc (25).

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