EuroBasket 1995

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FIBA EuroBasket 1995
29th FIBA European Basketball Championship
Official website
EuroBasket 1995 (archive)
Tournament details
Host nation Greece
Dates June 21 – July 2
Teams 14 (from 50 federations)
Venues (in 1 host city)
Champions  Yugoslavia (6th title)
MVP Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Lithuania Šarūnas Marčiulionis (22.5)  Russia (91.8)
Rebounds Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (14.5)  Russia (34.8)
Assists Croatia Toni Kukoč (5.3)  France (15.0)
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EuroBasket 1995 final tournament stage was XXIX European basketball championship and was held in Athens, Greece from 21 June to 2 July 1995. This European championship was the first one that saw the successful return of Lithuania national basketball team to the tournament, since its last triumph in Eurobasket 1939.

Groups[edit]

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

Group A

Group B

First round[edit]

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

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Yugoslavia 6 6 0 490 411 +79 12
 Lithuania 6 5 1 513 442 +71 11
 Greece 6 4 2 448 430 +18 10
 Italy 6 3 3 438 433 +5 9
 Israel 6 2 4 419 417 +2 8
 Germany 6 1 5 448 488 −40 7
 Sweden 6 0 6 393 528 −135 6
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[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Croatia 6 6 0 534 464 +70 12
 Spain 6 4 2 499 473 +26 10
 Russia 6 4 2 577 508 +69 10
 France 6 4 2 496 466 +30 10
 Slovenia 6 2 4 505 506 −1 8
 Turkey 6 1 5 462 539 −77 7
 Finland 6 0 6 457 574 −117 6
Russia  126–74  Finland
France  89–68  Slovenia
Spain  85–70  Turkey
Croatia  91–83  Slovenia
Russia  85–65  France
Spain  87–74  Finland
Turkey  81–79  Finland
France  86–75  Spain
Croatia  81–81 aet. 100–94  Russia
France  90–76  Turkey
Russia  92–82  Slovenia
Croatia  80–70  Spain
Croatia  90–68  Turkey
France  94–81  Finland
Spain  88–85  Slovenia
Slovenia  93–74  Turkey
Croatia  92–77  Finland
Spain  94–78  Russia
Slovenia  94–72  Finland
Russia  102–93  Turkey
Croatia  81–72  France

Finals[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)        
  Russia  71
1 July 1995 (1995-07-01)
  Lithuania  82  
  Croatia  80
30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)
    Lithuania  90  
  Italy  61
2 July 1995 (1995-07-02)
  Croatia  71  
  Yugoslavia  96
30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)
    Lithuania  90
  Greece  66
1 July 1995 (1995-07-01)
  Spain  64  
  Yugoslavia  60 Third place
30 June 1995 (1995-06-30)
    Greece  52  
  France  86   Greece  68
  Yugoslavia  104     Croatia  73
2 July 1995 (1995-07-02)
Semi-finals Fifth place
1 July 1995 (1995-07-01)
   Russia  70  
   Italy  80  
 
2 July 1995 (1995-07-02)
       Italy  82
     Spain  75
Seventh place
1 July 1995 (1995-07-01) 2 July 1995 (1995-07-02)
   France  74    Russia  108
   Spain  75      France   89


 Eurobasket 1995 Champions 

Yugoslavia
Sixth title

Yugoslavia vs. Lithuania[edit]

One of the most intense matches in Eurobasket history, the finals match-up between Yugoslavia and Lithuania on Sunday, 2 July 1995 almost ended in scandal. Played in the boiling atmosphere of the Athens' OAKA, more than 20,000 people filled up the arena, most of them local Greeks vociferously cheering for Lithuania, or more specifically cheering against Yugoslavia because it eliminated Greece in the semifinals.[citation needed]

From the start, the two teams matched up evenly, as Lithuania's Šarūnas Marčiulionis and Arvydas Sabonis and Yugoslavia's Aleksandar Đorđević and Predrag Danilović exchanged points. At halftime, the Lithuanians were ahead by a point, 49–48. Vlade Divac got a technical foul early in first half. In second half, an American referee George Toliver signaled Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis for a technical foul, which led to Lithuanian protestations.

After a few more fouls signaled by the referee, one offensive and one technical against Lithuania, the Lithuanian team refused to return to the court after timeout. 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 93–89 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Players 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 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
Scoring by half: 48–49, 48–41
Pts: Đorđević 41
Rebs: Divac 9
Asts: Bodiroga, Danilović, Đorđević 3
Pts: Marčiulionis 32
Rebs: Sabonis 8
Asts: Marčiulionis 6
Athens, Greece
Attendance: 20 000
Referees: United States George Toliver, Greece Nikos Pitsilkas

Final rankings[edit]

  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[edit]

1. 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[edit]

Top scorers (ppg)[edit]

  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

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