Bosphorus Bridge lit in colors of Slovenian flag after Eurobasket win
ISTANBULThe Bosphorus Bridge, now known as the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, was illuminated in the colors of the Slovenian flag after the country won its first European basketball title late on Sept. 17 with a 93-85 victory against Serbia.
The FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Final match was held in the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul.
Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic, playing his last international match, led the way with 35 points as Slovenia, with just two million people, became the smallest country to lift the title since Latvia in 1935.
Dragic’s points were the most in a final since Spanish star Pau Gasol’s 36 in 2003 and short of Aleksandar Djordjevic’s all-time record of 41.
Klemen Prepelic claimed 21 points and U.S.-born Anthony Randolph, who only became a Slovenian citizen in June, had 11.
“We were chasing a medal for 25 years and now we have gold - it’s incredible,” said Prepelic.
Slovenia’s victory push was almost derailed when 18-year-old Luka Doncic hobbled off with an injury with his team leading by eight points midway through the third quarter.
With the scores level with just over two minutes left, Klemen Prepelic hit a clutch shot followed by a Randolph jumper to give Slovenia the breathing space it needed.
Earlier, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol scored 26 and 25 points respectively as Spain claimed their ninth European medal in the last 10 editions with a 93-85 win against Russia in the third-place match.