COLOGNE, Germany — Lithuania protested their double overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday, arguing that the referees did not award them a free throw following a legal technical foul.
It was not immediately clear how, or if, FIBA would respond to the protest.
So far it’s a German victory – and a huge one for the hosts. Franz Wagner scored 32 points, Dennis Schroder added 25 and Germany held off Lithuania 109-107 in a game that was close throughout, with no team ever leading by more than nine points.
“We are not happy,” said Lithuanian coach Kazys Maksvytis.
According to FIBA, German coach Gordie Herbert was called for a technical with 1:26 left in the third quarter, after a personal foul was called against his team. Jonas Valanciunas fired two free throws for Lithuania for the personal foul, but no technical free throws were awarded.
Herbert said he was told by one of the referees with 7 seconds remaining in regulation that there was “a situation” regarding technique and what should have happened.
“It was the first I had heard of it,” Herbert said.
Arnas Butkevicius’ 3-point shot from the left wing for Lithuania – the potential game winner – bounced off the edge as time ran out in the second extra session.
Maodo Lo scored 21 points for Germany (3-0) and Daniel Theis added 11.
Valanciunas had 34 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania (0-3), while Marius Grigonis scored 17, Domantas Sabonis finished with 13, Ignas Brazdekis scored 12 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 11.
Lithuania’s three losses were by seven, four and two points.
“It was a tough game,” Valanciunas said. “They played well. I think we responded most of the time. … Congratulations to them.”
Valanciunas scored the final four points in regulation as Lithuania rallied 89-85 in the final 42 seconds. Schroder missed a back jump at the buzzer of the fourth, and Wagner missed one at the end of the first overtime.
But in the second OT, the Germans scored the first five points and never trailed. Valanciunas was substituted with 2:29 to go, Lo made a 3-pointer 17 seconds later for a 106-102 lead and Germany held on.
“To come out on top, after all of this, I think is definitely a sign of our character and our unity as a team,” Lo said.
BELGIUM 83, SPAIN 73
In Tbilisi, Georgia, Manu Lecomte scored 20 points and Belgium finished the game on a 12-0 run to surprise Spain.
Pierre-Antoine Gillet scored 14 points for Belgium (2-1), including 11 for Retin Obasohan and 10 for Ismael Bako.
Willy Hernangomez scored 18 goals for Spain (2-1), while Juancho Hernangomez and Lorenzo Brown netted 11 each.
MONTENEGRO 91, BULGARIA 81
Vladimir Mihailovic scored 23 points and Montenegro (2-1) finished the game on an 18-6 streak to catch Bulgaria (0-3).
Igor Drobnjak and Bojan Dubljevic each had 17 points for Montenegro, Nemanja Radovic added 16 and Kendrick Perry scored 12.
Aleksandar Vezenkov led all scoring with 26 for Bulgaria, which led 75-73 in the fourth before missing eight of its last 10 shots. Andrey Ivanov finished with 17 and Chavdar Kostov added 10 for Bulgaria, who attempted 64 shots in the game, including 40 from 3-pointers.
Group C and Group D return to the floor. Group A and Group B have one day off.
In Group C, in Milan, Ukraine (2-0) will seek to remain undefeated against Italy (1-1). Also in Milan on Monday: Greece (2-0), who won both matches by eight points combined, take on Great Britain (0-2) and Croatia (1-1) take on Estonia (0-2) ).
In Group D, in Prague, Serbia (2-0) takes on Finland (1-1), Israel (2-0) takes on Poland (1-1) and the Czech Republic (0-2) takes on the Netherlands -Low (0-2).
All four groups are in action on Tuesday, with 12 matches scheduled. Group play continues until Thursday and the Round of 16 begins in Berlin on Saturday.