With the help of a 20-1 second half run, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 68-55 to clinch first place in Group C and an automatic berth for EuroBasket 2007.
The Czech Republic, who were without top-scorer Jiri Welsch, fell to 4-2 and will have to wait on the outcome of other games to see if they have one of the two top records from second placed teams, which would also earn a EuroBasket 2007 automatic berth.
Russia and the Czech Republic were close in the first half as no team could pull ahead by more than five points.
The Czech Republic took a 35-31 lead into halftime and increased their lead to seven when Pavel Benes opened the third by hitting a three-pointer.
Russia fought back and then took command just inside the four-minute mark of the third quarter, when they were trailing by three points, 45-42.
The 20-1 run started when Aleksey Sevresenko hit a pair of free throws and following a Czech Republic turnover, Fedor Dmitriev connected on a three-pointer.
Free throws from Sergey Bykov and Dmitriev followed by Sergey Monya’s three-pointer before the end of the quarter extended the run to 9-0.
Russia didn’t stop there and three jumpers from Dmitriev, a three-pointer from Monya and a jumper from Bykov over the first 3:23 of the fourth quarter extended the spurt to 20-1 and put David Blatt’s men in the lead, 62-46.
Russia maintained their double-digit lead until the final buzzer to secure their fifth win.
Dmitriev was the high-man for Russia with 14 points, while Jaroslav Prasil had a game-high 15 for the Czech Republic.