Slovenia drained seven three-pointers during a 24-6 run to start the fourth quarter in knocking off France 88-74 to clinch seventh place at the 2007 EuroBasket as well as a berth in next summer's pre-Olympic tournament.
Jaka Lakovic hit three long bombs in the big stretch on his way to 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
In most international competitions, the game for seventh place means very little other than the two quarter-finalists wanting to end their tournament on a high note after two straight losses.
But the game for seventh at the 2007 EuroBasket promises to be an extremely contested affair as Slovenia take on France with a spot in the pre-Olympic tournament up for grabs.
||Height||Birth date||Place of birth||Current club|
|4||Sandi Cebular ||SG ||1.94 ||24.06.1986 ||Celje
|4||Domen Lorbek ||G ||1.98 ||06.03.1985 ||Kranj
||MMT Estudiantes |
|5||Jaka Lakovic ||PG ||1.86 ||09.07.1978 ||Ljubljana
||AXA FC Barcelona |
|6||Aleksandar Capin ||G ||1.86 ||06.10.1982 ||Sarajevo
||Whirlpool Varese |
|7||Goran Dragic ||PG ||1.94 ||06.05.1986 ||Ljubljana
||TAU Cerámica |
|8||Radoslav Nesterovic ||C ||2.14 ||30.05.1976 ||Ljubljana
||Toronto Raptors |
|9||Matjaz Smodis ||PF ||2.05 ||13.12.1979 ||Trbovlje
||CSKA Moscow |
|10||Jaka Klobucar ||SG ||1.98 ||19.08.1987 ||Novo Mesto
||Geoplin Slovan |
|10||Uros Slokar ||PF ||2.10 ||14.05.1983 ||Ljubljana
||Triumph Lyubertsy |
|12||Goran Jagodnik ||PF ||2.01 ||23.05.1974 ||Koper
|14||Gasper Vidmar ||C ||2.10 ||14.09.1987 ||Ljubljana
||Efes Pilsen |
|15||Erazem Lorbek ||C ||2.10 ||21.02.1984 ||Kranj
||Lottomatica Roma |
Less than 24 hours after their inexplicable loss to Greece last night, Slovenia had a sense of deja-vu.
Facing Germany in the 5-8 classification games Slovenia lost 69-65 after a big comeback by their opponent in the last minutes.
Slovenia and Germany both come into their showdown in the 5th-8th classification round wanting nothing more than to forget their last game.
Slovenia saw defending champions Greece use a 14-1 run over the final 2:30 in an absolutly heart-wrenching quarter-final loss and Germany were blown out by Spain, trailing by 37 points in the fourth period.
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