BASKETBALL

EuroBasket 2017: Slovenia beat Serbia 93-85

Slovenians claim first ever EuroBasket title with victory over Serbia in Istanbul

Anadolu Agency

Slovenia have won their first ever gold medal in EuroBasket 2017 and become Europe's champions after defeating Serbia 93-85 in Istanbul on Sunday.

The thriller at Sinan Erdem Dome saw undefeated Slovenia taking on Serbia, who only lost once in group stage.

Slovenia, as expected, displayed a great scoring performance in the first half, as they did throughout the campaign, scoring 56 points.

Serbia did not give up and fought their back in the third and fourth quarters, and managed to even the score at 82-82 with 3:22 to go in the final.

However, Slovenians managed to go on a 10-0 run to claim their first ever title in the tournament history.

Slovenia's captain Goran Dragic, who retired after tonight's final from international basketball, was essential for his team in the final. He scored a game-high 35 points.

Shooting guard Klemen Prepelic accompanied Dragic with 21 points, center Anthony Randolph also chipped in 11 points.

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