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EuroBasket 1995 final tournament stage was XXIX European basketball championship and was held in Athens, Greece from 21st of June to 2nd of July, 1995.

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Groups

14 team participating in the tournament were separated into two groups. 4 teams from each group advanced into quarterfinals.

Group A

Group B

Preliminary Round

The preliminary round was held between June 21 and June 28 in Athens, Greece.

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Group A

Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Yugoslavia 12 6 0 490 411 +79
2.  Lithuania 11 5 1 513 442 +71
3.  Greece 10 4 2 448 430 +18
4.  Italy 9 3 3 438 433 +5
5.  Israel 8 2 4 419 417 +2
6.  Germany 7 1 5 448 488 -20
7.  Sweden 6 0 6 393 528 -135
June 21, 1995
Germany Germany 82 - 96 Lithuania Lithuania
Israel Israel 71 - 73 Italy Italy
Greece Greece 80 - 84 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
June 22, 1995
Italy Italy 68 - 67 Germany Germany
Greece Greece 73 - 89 Lithuania Lithuania
Sweden Sweden 62 - 87 Israel Israel
June 23, 1995
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 70 - 61 Lithuania Lithuania
Germany Germany 81 - 71 Sweden Sweden
Greece Greece 67 - 61 Italy Italy
June 24, 1995
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 87 - 74 Italy Italy
Israel Israel 78 - 60 Germany Germany
Greece Greece 86 - 68 Sweden Sweden
June 26, 1995
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 85 - 58 Sweden Sweden
Greece Greece 59 - 49 Israel Israel
Lithuania Lithuania 80 - 69 Italy Italy
June 27, 1995
Israel Israel 59 - 72 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Lithuania Lithuania 96 - 73 Sweden Sweden
Germany Germany 79 - 83 Greece Greece
June 28, 1995
Italy Italy 93 - 61 Sweden Sweden
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 92 - 79 Germany Germany
Lithuania Lithuania 91 - 75 Israel Israel

Group B

Team Pts W L PF PA Diff
1.  Croatia 12 6 0 534 464 +70
2.  Spain 10 4 2 499 473 +26
3.  Russia 10 4 2 577 508 +69
4.  France 10 4 2 496 466 +30
5.  Slovenia 8 2 4 505 506 -1
6.  Turkey 7 1 5 462 539 -77
7.  Finland 6 0 6 457 574 -117

Finals

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
                   
June 30, 1995        
  Russia  71
July 1, 1995
  Lithuania  82  
  Croatia  80
June 30, 1995
    Lithuania  90  
  Italy  61
July 2, 1995
  Croatia  71  
  Yugoslavia  96
June 30, 1995
    Lithuania  90
  Greece  66
July 1, 1995
  Spain  64  
  Yugoslavia  60 Third place
June 30, 1995
    Greece  52  
  France  86   Greece  68
  Yugoslavia  104     Croatia  73
July 2, 1995

Yugoslavia vs. Lithuania

One of the most intense matches in Eurobasket history, the finals match between Yugoslavia and Lithuania almost ended in scandal. The match was played on July 2, 1995. From the start, the two teams matched up evenly, as Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Aleksandar Đorđević and Predrag Danilović scored point after point. At halftime, the Lithuanians were ahead by a point, 49-48. However, an American referee George Toliver signaled Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis for a technical foul, which led to Lithuanian protestations.

After a few more controversial fouls signaled by the referee, Yugoslavia took the lead. This angered the Lithuanians, and two minutes remaining in the game, the Lithuanian team captain Šarūnas Marčiulionis signaled for his teammates to leave the court. Everyone in the crowd was in total shock. After a few minutes, Aleksandar Đorđević, who was the leading scorer with 41 points (made 9 three-pointers out of 12 attempted), tried to convince Marčiulionis to continue playing.

The persuasions were successful, and five Lithuanians returned to the court. Yugoslavia was leading 89-83 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Playmakers Arvydas Sabonis and Rimas Kurtinaitis could not return to the court, as they fouled out before the Lithuanian refusal to play. And although the Lithuanian team tried their hardest to catch up with the Yugoslavian team, they eventually lost 96-90.

After the Yugoslavs' victory, the Greek crowd that cheered against Yugoslavia throughout the final because it eliminated their team in the semifinals, further showed their displeasure during the winners ceremony by chanting "Lithuania is the champion!".[1] Furthermore, there was controversy during the medal ceremony as right before the winning Yugoslav team were about to receive their gold medals, the third-placed Croatian team, in an unprecedented move, stepped down from the medal podium and walked off the court.

2 July 1995
22:00
Yugoslavia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 96–90 Lithuania Lithuania   Athens, Greece
Attendance: 20 000
Referees: United States George Toliver, Greece Nikos Pitsilkas
Scoring by quarter: 21-22, 27-27, 24-19, 24-22
Pts: Đorđević 41
Rebs: Divac 9
Asts: Bodiroga, Danilović, Đorđević 3
Pts: Marčiulionis 32
Rebs: Sabonis 8
Asts: Marčiulionis 6

Final rankings

  1.  Yugoslavia
  2.  Lithuania
  3.  Croatia
  4.  Greece
  5.  Italy
  6.  Spain
  7.  Russia
  8.  France
  9.  Israel
  10.  Germany
  11.  Sweden
  12.  Slovenia
  13.  Turkey
  14.  Finland

Team rosters

1. FR Yugoslavia: Vlade Divac, Žarko Paspalj, Zoran Savić, Predrag Danilović, Aleksandar Đorđević, Dejan Bodiroga, Željko Rebrača, Saša Obradović, Dejan Tomašević, Zoran Sretenović, Miroslav Berić, Dejan Koturović (Coach: Dušan Ivković)

2. Lithuania: Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Artūras Karnišovas, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Valdemaras Chomičius, Gintaras Einikis, Arūnas Visockas, Gintaras Krapikas, Gvidonas Markevičius, Saulius Štombergas, Mindaugas Timinskas, Darius Lukminas (Coach: Vladas Garastas)

3. Croatia: Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Stojan Vranković, Arijan Komazec, Velimir Perasović, Vladan Alanović, Veljko Mršić, Ivica Žurić, Alan Gregov, Davor Pejčinović, Josip Vranković, Ivica Marić (Coach: Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović)

4. Greece: Panagiotis Giannakis, Panagiotis Fassoulas, Fanis Christodoulou, Nikos Ekonomou, Fragiskos Alvertis, Giorgos Sigalas, Dinos Angelidis, Lefteris Kakiousis, Efthimis Bakatsias, Tzanis Stavrakopoulos, Kostas Patavoukas, Efthymis Rentzias (Coach: Makis Dendrinos)

All-Tournament Team

Top scorers (ppg)

  1. Šarūnas Marčiulionis (Lithuania) 22.5
  2. Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania) 21.7
  3. Yann Bonato (France) 21.6
  4. Michael Koch (Germany) 21.5
  5. Arijan Komazec (Croatia) 20.2
  6. Teoman Alibegovic (Slovenia) 20.1
  7. Artūras Karnišovas (Lithuania) 19.7
  8. Sergei Bazarevich (Russia) 18.37
  9. Alberto Herreros (Spain) 18.3
  10. Predrag Danilović (Yugoslavia) 17.4
  11. Sergei Babkov (Russia) 16.8
  12. Slavko Kotnik (Slovenia) 16.6

References


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