• Teodosic’s three pointer knocks out Spain
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Sep 09, 2010-

Spain are still in a celebratory mood after winning the FIFA World Cup. Tennis star Rafael Nadal have been outstanding in the tennis courts. One title has however slipped from their grips after Serbia scored a narrow 92-89 win to qualify for the FIBA World championship semi-finals.

It takes a special player with a big heart to win a tight game.The onus fell onto Milos Teodosic who buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds left to break an 89-89 tie and Spain could not get off on the next possession.

The win saw Dusan Ivkovic’s side avenge their defeat at the hands of the Spaniards in the final of last year’s EuroBasket in Spain and return to the last four in the FIBA World Championship for the first time since 2002.

The loss means Spain fail to make it to the semi-final stages of a major international competition for the first time since 2004. 

Early on, Serbia rode the hot hand of Nemanja Bjelica and Novica Velickovic – who combined for 21 points – to take a 27-23 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Velickovic buried two three pointers for an 8-5 lead and Bjelica scored from just about everywhere to push that advantage to 21-13. The Serbians took their only double-digit lead of the game, 23-13, on Velickovic’s floater.

Reigning world champions Spain came back thanks to the scoring punch of Juan Carlos Navarro as he accounted for eight of his team’s last 10 points.

Dusko Savanovic made a big three-point play with 4:38 left in the first half for a 37-30 cushion. Jorge Garbajosa connected not once but twice from long range to cut the deficit to 42-38.Keselj had five of Serbia’s last seven points of the half as they took a 49-41 lead into the locker room.

Spain used a 10-0 run at the start of the second half to take their first lead of the game.Garbajosa then knocked down a long bomb and Navarro capped

the spurt for a 51-49 advantage.

Keselj – who was inserted in Serbia’s starting line-up for the start of the third quarter – edged his team back in front, 52-51, when he connected from beyond the arc and the teams went back and forth as the lead changed 10 times in the period.

Fernandez made good on two foul shots to put Spain up 62-59 but Serbia then accounted for eight of the last 10 points to take a 67-64 lead into the final quarter.

Velickovic beat Spain’s full court pressure for a coast-to-coast lay-up before playing the pick-and-roll with Teodosic to perfection for an easy two that saw Serbia go back in front 63-62 and Savanovic and Krstic had the last four points of the period.

Serbia pulled away early in the fourth period thanks to the firepower provided by super subs Savanovic and Keselj, and the latter’s three-pointer made it 72-64.

Spain cut the deficit to 79-76 on a three-point play by Fernandez but Savanovic knocked down another clutch basket, this time from beyond the arc for an 86-78 cushion midway through the quarter

Garbajosa made a lay-up but missed the free-throw for a three-point play before Gasol hit a high-arching fadeaway over Krstic and Fernandez sliced his way to the basket as the Spaniards ran off six unanswered points to get within 86-84 with two minutes remaining.

Keselj hit double-clutch three-pointer over outstretched arm of Fernandez but Navarro answered with a long bomb of hiw own at the other end.

Navarro faked the three and fed Gasol for a thunderous dunk to tie the score at 89 all with 25.8 seconds left to play.Teodosic then ran the clock out before hitting the big shot over Garbajosa.

Hosts Turkey overran Slovania 95-68 to ease into the semi-finals.

This is the third time that Turkey has played in this tournament, and they first time that they will have a chance to play for a medal as they extended their winning streak to seven games, including five in the Preliminary Round.

It was a slow start for the Turkish team as the Slovenians were led by Bostjan Nachbar who scored 7 of their first 10 points to take a 10-6 lead after a three pointer.

Turkey responded quickly with a man to man defense, which has been the first time they have used it in this tournament and also with three pointers by Omer Onan along with Kerem Tunceri to take a 12-10 lead with 6:38. The quarter ended with a 10-0 run as Turkey finished the first ten minutes up 27-14.

The efficient three point scoring by Turkey continued in the second quarter, not only from the starters, but also from the bench as they finished shooting 8-11 from three. Also they took advantage of the mistakes by the Slovenians to convert some easy buckets. The first half ended 50-31 in favor of Turkey as Ersan Ilyasova led the way with 14 points.

In the third quarter the Turkish offensive continued with their aggressive attack while Slovenia just couldn’t find an open player consistently. Ten players who got an opportunity to play already scored by that point and finished with a 71-43 lead.

The Slovenians hoped for a late comeback with Jaka Lakovic and Nachbar still on the court in the final quarter but the lead was too big and the Turkish never let their guard down.

Slovenia had a good performance in this tournament, starting with a second place finish in Group B and then they routed Australia in the semifinals 87-58. This team that finished fourth in last year’s Eurobasket missed some key players like Erazem and Domen Lorbek.

Now Turkey plays Serbia in the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship on September 11.

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