Slovenia beat Serbia, win gold in EuroBasket 2017

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

Slovenia beat Serbia, win gold in EuroBasket 2017

The thriller at Sinan Erdem Dome saw undefeated Slovenia taking on Serbia, who only lost once in a 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 way back in the third and fourth quarters, managing 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 is expected to retire from international basketball after tonight's last game, was essential for his team. He scored a game-high 35 points.

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

For Serbia, point guard Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 22 points, center Milan Macvan chipped in 18 points but it was not enough to claim the gold medal.

After the match, an All-Star 5 was announced to award the five best players of the tournament, who were Spain's Pau Gasol, Serbia's Bogdan Bogdanovic, Russia Alexey Shved and Slovenian teammates Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic.

Alexey Shved was the top scorer in the tournament, with 24.3 points per game.

Pau Gasol, who started his international tournament career with a bronze medal in EuroBasket 2001, ironically finished his international career with a bronze medal again in Istanbul this year.

Goran Dragic was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament. He helped his team go undefeated with 22.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per game.

Anadolu Agency

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