Lithuania protests EuroBasket loss to Germany after free throw not awarded on technical foul rejected by FIBA

COLOGNE, Germany — Lithuania unsuccessfully protested its double-overtime loss to Germany in the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday because the referees denied it a free throw following a technical foul in regulation.

FIBA denied the protest.

So far, it’s a German win — 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 tight throughout, with neither team leading by more than nine points.

“We are not happy,” Lithuania coach Kazys Maksvytis said.

According to FIBA, Germany coach Gordie Herbert was called for a technical with 1:26 left in the third quarter, after calling a personal foul against his team. Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws for Lithuania for personal fouls, but no free throws were awarded for technicals.

Herbert said one of the referees told him with 7 seconds left in regulation that there was “a situation” regarding the technical and what should have happened.

“That was the first time I heard about it,” Herbert said.

FIBA stated that the protest was “inadmissible because the reasons for the protest were delivered outside the designated time of 60 minutes after the game.” But FIBA ​​added that the protest, even if filed in a timely manner, will be rejected “because the reason presented is not one of the reasons for which a protest can be filed.”

Arnas Butkevicius’ 3-pointer from the left wing for Lithuania — the potential game-winner — bounced off the rim as the clock ran out in the second extra session.

Maodo Lo scored 21 points for Germany (3-0), and Daniel Theis added 11.

Valanciunas had game highs of 34 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania (0-3), while Marius Grigonis scored 17, Domantas Sabonis finished with 13, Ignas Brazdeikis scored 12 and Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 11.

Lithuania’s three losses were seven, four and two points.

“It was a tough game,” Valanciunas said. “They played well. I thought we responded often. … Congrats to them.”

Valanciunas scored the final four points of regulation as Lithuania rallied from an 89-85 deficit in the final 42 seconds. Schroder missed a step-back jumper 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 subbed out with 2:29 left, 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 that, I think it’s definitely a sign of our character and togetherness as a team,” Lo said.

GROUP A

GEORGIA 88, TURKEY 83, 2OT

The host nation in Group A rallied from an early 10-point deficit and handed Turkey (2-1) its first loss, though there was more drama following the game.

Turkey admitted that one of its players — local media said was Furkan Korkmaz — got into a fight in the locker room area after the game. It is unclear who else was involved in the incident.

Turkey assistant coach Hakan Demir said his national federation wanted to review the security footage. Turkey was also upset that 22 seconds ran off the clock in a fourth-quarter on-court brawl between Korkmaz and Georgia’s Duda Sanadze. In a statement on Monday, FIBA ​​deemed that the scorekeeping error did not affect the outcome of the game.

“We will keep an eye on the cameras,” Demir said. “This kind of thing, unfortunately, is a big disappointment. We are here to play basketball. … On the court, Georgia won the game. We congratulate them. It’s no problem. We lost in two overtimes. Doesn’t matter. “

Both Korkmaz and Sanadze were ejected.

Alexander Mamukelashvili had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia (1-2), while Thaddus McFadden scored 17, Rati Andronikashvili and Giorgi Shermadini each scored 15 and Sanadze added 13.

Alperen Sengun led Turkey with 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Sertac Sanli scored 15, Cedi Osman added 14 and Melih Mahmutoglu had 11. Shane Larkin finished with nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Turkey’s defeat created a four-way tie with Montenegro, Spain and Belgium joining it at the top of Group A. The top four teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage.

BELGIUM 83, SPAIN 73

In Tbilisi, Georgia, Manu Lecomte scored 20 points and Belgium ended the game on a 12-0 run to surprise Spain.

Pierre-Antoine Gillet scored 14 points for Belgium (2-1), which got 11 from Retin Obasohan and 10 from Ismael Bako.

Willy Hernangomez scored 18 for Spain (2-1), while Juancho Hernangomez and Lorenzo Brown each had 11.

MONTENEGRO 91, BULGARIA 81

Vladimir Mihailovic scored 23 points and Montenegro (2-1) closed the game on an 18-6 run to rally against 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 scorers with 26 for Bulgaria, which led 75-73 in the fourth before missing eight of its final 10 shots. Andrey Ivanov finished with 17 and Chavdar Kostov added 10 for Bulgaria, which attempted 64 shots in the game — 40 of them from 3-point range.

GROUP B

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 97, SLOVENIA 93

Also in Cologne, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2-1) stunned Luka Doncic and defending EuroBasket winner Slovenia (2-1) behind 23 points from John Roberson and 22 from Dzanan Musa.

Miralem Halilovic scored 13, while Jusuf Nurkic and Edin Atic each had 12 for the winners.

Doncic had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Slovenia but went 0–or 8 from 3-point range. Vlatko Cancar led Slovenia with 22 points, Goran Dragic added 20, Klemen Prepelic scored 12 and Mike Tobey finished with 11.

FRANCE 78, HUNGARY 74

Guerschon Yabusele scored 17 points and France (2-1) squandered a nearly 15-point lead before hanging on late to beat Hungary (1-2).

Adam Hanga’s 3-pointer with 1:04 left pulled Hungary within 74-72. Hungary stopped on France’s next possession and had a shot at what would be its first lead, but David Vojvoda’s 3-point try bounced off the rim with 23 seconds left.

Rudy Gobert scored 15 points, Evan Fournier added 12 and Vincent Poirier had 10 for France.

Hanga scored 18 for Hungary, and Mikael Hopkins added 10.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

Group C and Group D return to the floor. Group A and Group B get a rest day.

In Group C, in Milan, Ukraine (2-0) will look to remain unbeaten when it faces host Italy (1-1). Also in Milan on Monday: Greece (2-0), which has won its two games by a combined eight points, plays Great Britain (0-2) and Croatia (1-1) faces Estonia (0- 2).

In Group D, in Prague, Serbia (2-0) will play Finland (1-1), Israel (2-0) will face Poland (1-1) and the Czech Republic (0-2) will will meet the Netherlands (0-2).

All four groups are in action on Tuesday, with 12 games on the schedule. Group play continues through Thursday, and the round of 16 begins in Berlin on Saturday.